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Digital Literacy Projects: Anatomy of a Scene

Information about a few types of digital literacy projects.

Why and How

Things you will learn:

  • Operate digital audio recorders and/or USB microphones to record original commentary for scene analysis.
  • Use HandBrake to rip selected footage from media.
  • Use Adobe Premiere Pro to create and record narration and voiceover tracks.
  • Mix audio recordings, fade and crossfade, adjust volume and panning across tracks.
  • Create key frames for adjusting volume with precision in audio tracks.
  • Edit clips, using effects to change speed and duration of clips to match voiceover length.
  • Export still images from video clips for voiceover commentary and analysis.
  • Export an Adobe project file into a finished composition ready for publication.

Materials and Software Needed

An external microphone is recommended, even something as simple as earbuds with a built-in mike that often comes with phones. USB microphones are also great, and when the MDC can circulate equipment again we have a variety of items to offer. Feel free to send equipment questions to

Adobe Premiere Pro. Available in the MDC Media Lab. Free download available for UNC students:

HandBrake. Available in the MDC Media Lab. Free download available:

YouTube account for uploading finished product:

WordPress Blog for posting finished product:

Wordksheet for planning your project:

Record voiceovers in a quiet space; use freeze frames to accentuate script; pace video to match pacing of audio; plan ahead with a storyboard

How to use Adobe Premiere

These tutorials cover various functions in Adobe Premiere that will help you create your anatomy of a scene project. LinkedIn Learning content can be accessed after logging in here.