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=Machinima professional certification for Second Life=
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== Overview ==
  
== Purpose ==
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The following are the criteria required for an individual to become certified in the area of Machinima using the Second Life platform at the Basic Level
 
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The purpose of this document is to maintain a list of essential skills and tools that are required to successfully create Machinima projects within the Second Life platform.
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==Definition==
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According to[Wikipedia [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Machinima], Machinima is defined as:
 
According to[Wikipedia [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Machinima], Machinima is defined as:
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This document is intended for anyone who is seeking professional level certification for complete end-to-end Machinima production on the Second Life platform.
 
This document is intended for anyone who is seeking professional level certification for complete end-to-end Machinima production on the Second Life platform.
  
= Skills Overview =
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==Pre-Requisites==
  
Overall certification should require the basic understanding of pre-production requirements, production requirements, and post-production requirements.  These include the use of camera techniques, recording techniques, and broadcasting in Second Life.
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None.
  
==Pre-production:==  
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== Testing Criteria ==
  
All skills required to prepare for a Machinima project ''before'' filming starts.  These include:
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Basic certification requires a demonstrated understanding of pre-production skills, production skills, and post-production skills.  These include the use of camera techniques, recording techniques, and broadcasting in Second Life.  Testing will consist of a short
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written test and the production of a three minute video using a pre-defined set of criteria as listed below.
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==Basic Certification==
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Completion of Basic level certification will demonstrate that successful candidates have the skills necessary to operate as an Assistant Editor of complex machinima projects.
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===Pre-production===
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All skills required to prepare for a Machinima project before filming starts.  These include:
  
 
* Storyboarding  
 
* Storyboarding  
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* Licensing arrangements
 
* Licensing arrangements
  
==Production:==  
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===Production==
  
All skills required during the filming the project.  These include  
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All skills required during the filming the project.  These include:
  
* Shooting scripts
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*   Shooting scripts
* Direction  
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*   Direction  
* Voice and audio recording  
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* Voice and audio recording  
* Lip synch  
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*   Lip synch  
* Lighting  
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*   Lighting  
* Puppeteering  
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*   Puppeteering/Animation  
* Animation  
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*   Special effects (in world)  
* Special effects (in world)  
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*   Camera skills  
* Camera skills  
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*   Frame rate utilization
* Frame rate utilization
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*   FPS and codecs
* FPS and codecs
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*   File management
* File management
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*   Still imaging
* Still imaging
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==Post-production==
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===Post-production===
  
 
All skills required to edit and release the final film for end user viewing.  These include:  
 
All skills required to edit and release the final film for end user viewing.  These include:  
  
 
* Video editing techniques and software  
 
* Video editing techniques and software  
* Audio post production  
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* Audio post production  
* Motion graphics  
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* Motion graphics  
* Titling  
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* Titling  
* File types and formats  
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* File types and formats  
* Distribution options (web, streaming, DVD, mobile).
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* Distribution options (web, streaming, DVD, mobile).
  
= Levels =
 
  
There are three levels of certification possible:
 
  
==Level One==  
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===Software skills=== 
  
===Pre-requisites===
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The primary software package that will be required is the Second Life viewer and all the features related to Machinima.  Software skills that are part of the certification are mainly centered around professional applications for capture, editing, post processing, and delivery of content. Open source applications are included where appropriate. Testing will utilize the following tools:
  
(in development)
 
  
===Level One Criteria===
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====Second Life client====
  
* Demonstrate the basic skills necessary to produce short machinima. This level will not include lip-synching.
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*  Use of built-in recording capabilities  
* Output types: music videos, video tutorials, non-lip sync audio
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* Screen snaps  
 
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* Camera usage  
==Level Two==
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* Camera controls  
 
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* Environment and local lighting  
===Pre-requisites===
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* Audio  
 
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*   In world text usage or removal  
(in development)
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* Techniques for including or excluding HUD's and various UI components (blue pop-ups, name titles, chat bubbles)  
 
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===Level Two Criteria===
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(in development)
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==Level Three==
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===Pre-requisites===
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(in development)
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===Level Three Criteria===
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(in development)
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= Software skills =
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The primary software package that will be required is the Second Life viewer and all the features related to Machinima.  This includes:
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* Use of built-in recording capabilities  
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* Screen snaps  
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* Camera usage  
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* Camera controls  
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* Environment and local lighting  
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* Audio  
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* In world text usage or removal  
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* Techniques for including or excluding HUD's and various UI components (blue pop-ups, name titles, chat bubbles)  
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Software skills that are part of the certification are mainly centered around professional applications for capture, editing, post processing, and delivery of content.  Open source applications are included where appropriate.
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====Video and graphics editors (depending on end user setup)====
  
==Video and graphics editors==
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* Final Cut Studio: Final Cut Pro, Color, Compressor, Motion  
 
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* iMovie
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* Final Cut Pro  
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* Color  
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* Compressor  
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* Motion  
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* Shake  
 
* Shake  
* Premiere
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* Premiere, After Effects
* After Effects
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* Photoshop  
 
* Photoshop  
* Gimp
 
 
* Quicktime  
 
* Quicktime  
 
* Avid
 
* Avid
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* Pinnacle Studio
 
* Pinnacle Studio
 
* Sony Vegas
 
* Sony Vegas
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* Plugins: Boris, GenArts Sapphire, Magic Bullet
  
==Audio editors==
 
  
* GarageBand
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====Audio editors (depending on end user setup)====
* Pro Tools
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* Logic
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* Logic, Soundtrack Pro
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* Pro Tools 
 
* Cubase  
 
* Cubase  
 
* Neundo  
 
* Neundo  
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* Peak  
 
* Peak  
 
* Sonar  
 
* Sonar  
* Soundtrack Pro
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* Soundbooth
* Audacity
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==Plugins==
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* Boris
 
* GenArts Sapphire
 
* Magic Bullet
 
  
==Video and audio capture tools==
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====Video and audio capture tools (depending on end user setup)====
  
 
* Fraps  
 
* Fraps  
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* ScreenFlow
 
* ScreenFlow
 
* glc (Linux)
 
* glc (Linux)
* WireTap Studio
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* WireTap Studio
  
  
==Content delivery==
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====Content delivery====  
  
 
* YouTube
 
* YouTube
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* Flash  
 
* Flash  
 
* Dreamweaver  
 
* Dreamweaver  
* Silverlight
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* DVD
* DVD Studio Pro
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* In world streaming
  
This list may be amended as new tools come to market.
 
  
 
External certifications that are considered part of this topic include: Apple Pro Certification (Final Cut Studio, Logic Studio, Aperture),  Adobe Certification (Premiere, Photoshop, Flash, et al), Avid Certification (Avid, Pro Tools).  Others may be considered where relevant.
 
External certifications that are considered part of this topic include: Apple Pro Certification (Final Cut Studio, Logic Studio, Aperture),  Adobe Certification (Premiere, Photoshop, Flash, et al), Avid Certification (Avid, Pro Tools).  Others may be considered where relevant.
  
= Technology skills=
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====Technology skills====  
  
 
This area will also require knowledge in certain technical areas.  These include understanding file types (.mov, avi, etc.), compression, network streaming, XML.
 
This area will also require knowledge in certain technical areas.  These include understanding file types (.mov, avi, etc.), compression, network streaming, XML.
 
=Testing=
 
 
All levels will have the following test components
 
 
==Written==
 
 
The written test component will demonstrate theoretical knowledge and mastery of the machinima topic area. 
 
 
 
==Lab==
 
 
The lab test component will consist of a finished project which incorporates all aspects of the machinima skills set.
 

Latest revision as of 09:07, 6 September 2010

Overview

The following are the criteria required for an individual to become certified in the area of Machinima using the Second Life platform at the Basic Level

According to[Wikipedia [1], Machinima is defined as:

"Machinima (pronounced /məˈʃiːnɨmə/ or /məˈʃɪnɨmə/) is the use of real-time three-dimensional (3-D) graphics rendering engines to generate computer animation. The term also refers to works that incorporate this animation technique"


Audience

This document is intended for anyone who is seeking professional level certification for complete end-to-end Machinima production on the Second Life platform.

Pre-Requisites

None.

Testing Criteria

Basic certification requires a demonstrated understanding of pre-production skills, production skills, and post-production skills. These include the use of camera techniques, recording techniques, and broadcasting in Second Life. Testing will consist of a short written test and the production of a three minute video using a pre-defined set of criteria as listed below.


Basic Certification

Completion of Basic level certification will demonstrate that successful candidates have the skills necessary to operate as an Assistant Editor of complex machinima projects.


Pre-production

All skills required to prepare for a Machinima project before filming starts. These include:

  • Storyboarding
  • Location settings
  • Scripts (as in "film scripts")
  • Actor preparations
  • Costumes
  • Licensing arrangements

Production

All skills required during the filming the project. These include:

  • Shooting scripts
  • Direction
  • Voice and audio recording
  • Lip synch
  • Lighting
  • Puppeteering/Animation
  • Special effects (in world)
  • Camera skills
  • Frame rate utilization
  • FPS and codecs
  • File management
  • Still imaging

Post-production

All skills required to edit and release the final film for end user viewing. These include:

  • Video editing techniques and software
  • Audio post production
  • Motion graphics
  • Titling
  • File types and formats
  • Distribution options (web, streaming, DVD, mobile).


Software skills

The primary software package that will be required is the Second Life viewer and all the features related to Machinima. Software skills that are part of the certification are mainly centered around professional applications for capture, editing, post processing, and delivery of content. Open source applications are included where appropriate. Testing will utilize the following tools:


Second Life client

  • Use of built-in recording capabilities
  • Screen snaps
  • Camera usage
  • Camera controls
  • Environment and local lighting
  • Audio
  • In world text usage or removal
  • Techniques for including or excluding HUD's and various UI components (blue pop-ups, name titles, chat bubbles)


Video and graphics editors (depending on end user setup)

  • Final Cut Studio: Final Cut Pro, Color, Compressor, Motion
  • Shake
  • Premiere, After Effects
  • Photoshop
  • Quicktime
  • Avid
  • Cinelerra (Linux)
  • Pinnacle Studio
  • Sony Vegas
  • Plugins: Boris, GenArts Sapphire, Magic Bullet


Audio editors (depending on end user setup)

  • Logic, Soundtrack Pro
  • Pro Tools
  • Cubase
  • Neundo
  • Digital Performer
  • Peak
  • Sonar
  • Soundbooth


Video and audio capture tools (depending on end user setup)

  • Fraps
  • Camtasia
  • HyperCam
  • Snapz Pro X
  • iShowU
  • ScreenFlow
  • glc (Linux)
  • WireTap Studio


Content delivery

  • YouTube
  • Vimeo
  • blip.tv
  • Flash
  • Dreamweaver
  • DVD
  • In world streaming


External certifications that are considered part of this topic include: Apple Pro Certification (Final Cut Studio, Logic Studio, Aperture), Adobe Certification (Premiere, Photoshop, Flash, et al), Avid Certification (Avid, Pro Tools). Others may be considered where relevant.


Technology skills

This area will also require knowledge in certain technical areas. These include understanding file types (.mov, avi, etc.), compression, network streaming, XML.