Submission Guidelines

Assignments will be submitted via the DMA Cloud server, and this is how we will access, review, and grade your assignments. DMA Cloud is accessible remotely through a web interface or via an SFTP client such as Cyberduck. The cloud will also be available locally in the studios during class.

You can access the submission directory using the following folder path:

Home > myClasses > S19-24 > drop

You will see the following folders in the drop directory:

-- Assignment_01
    -- Render
    -- Storyboard
-- Assignment_02
    -- Render
    -- Storyboard
-- Assignment_03
    -- Render
    -- Storyboard
-- Exercise_Audio_Image
-- Exhibition_Documentation

Only storyboards and final renders will be submitted to the drop directory. Please use your own personal directory to manage and backup your project files.

Storyboards

Your storyboard should be documented digitally and formatted as a PDF.

We will use the following file naming convention for the storyboards you will be submitting for each assignment, and it is very important that you adhere to this. This includes camel case and underscores.

Note: replace DOE_JANE with your own LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME.

myClasses > S19-24 > drop > Assignment_01 > Storyboard
DOE_JANE_ASSIGNMENT_1.pdf

myClasses > S19-24 > drop > Assignment_02 > Storyboard
DOE_JANE_ASSIGNMENT_2.pdf

myClasses > S19-24 > drop > Assignment_03 > Storyboard
DOE_JANE_ASSIGNMENT_3.pdf

Final Renders

Please ensure that your final render submission for each assignment, which will be reviewed by us and presented by you during class, is of acceptable quality. This means that it should contain an audio stream, is reasonable in size and resolution, and can be played during presentations without any issues.

Please note that Assignment 2 will take longer to render as it has over 11.5 million pixels. Moreover, keep in mind that uploading to the cloud could take a long time for large files. As such prepare assignment submissions in advance. It is solely your responsibility that presentation materials are ready and uploaded by the due date.

Also make sure that all files in Assignment 2 are exactly the same length.

Filenames

We will use the following file naming convention for the final renders you will be submitting for each assignment, and it is very important that you adhere to this. This includes all caps and underscores.

Note: replace DOE_JANE with your own LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME.

myClasses > S19-24 > drop > Assignment_01 > Render
DOE_JANE_ASSIGNMENT_1.mp4

myClasses > S19-24 > drop > Assignment_02 > Render
DOE_JANE_ASSIGNMENT_2_LEFT.mp4
DOE_JANE_ASSIGNMENT_2_MID.mp4
DOE_JANE_ASSIGNMENT_2_RIGHT.mp4

myClasses > S19-24 > drop > Assignment_03 > Render
DOE_JANE_ASSIGNMENT_3.mp4

Encoding

All .MP4 files should be encoded using the H.264 codec using the settings in the File Specifications section below.

We suggest you use Adobe Media Encoder CC to convert files for playback. We have created two Adobe Media Encoder CC presets for H.264 encoding that already already configured to the required settings, which you can download here:

DESMA24_H264_CBR_30mpbs.epr
(for resolutions 1920×1200 and 1920×1080)

DESMA24_H264_CBR_50mpbs.epr
(for resolutions 3840×2160 and 3840×1200)

Once the preset file is downloaded, you can import it into Adobe Media Encoder by going to Preset > Import…

You can then use it when setting up your file encodings. See the specifications below for guidance on how to export and which presets to use for each assignment and file.

Alternatively, you can use ShutterEncoder, which is free and available for both Mac and Windows.

Under Choose Function select H.264 and Ext. should be .mp4. Then set your video bitrate to:

  • 50000 kb/s if your resolution is 3840×2160 or 3840×1200
  • 30000 kb/s if your resolution is 1920×1200 or 1920×1080

File Specifications

Assignment 1

  • DOE_JANE_ASSIGNMENT_1.mp4
    • Resolution = 3840 x 2160
    • Framerate = 30 fps
    • Codec = H.264
    • Container Format = .MP4
    • Video Bitrate = 50 Mbps (CBR)
    • Preset =
      DESMA24_H264_CBR_50mpbs.epr

Assignment 2

  • DOE_JANE_ASSIGNMENT_2_LEFT.mp4
    • Resolution = 3840 x 1200
    • Framerate = 30 fps
    • Codec = H.264
    • Container Format = .MP4
    • Video Bitrate = 50 Mbps (CBR)
    • Preset =
      DESMA24_H264_CBR_50mpbs.epr
  • DOE_JANE_ASSIGNMENT_2_MID.mp4
    • Resolution = 1920 x 1200
    • Framerate = 30 fps
    • Codec = H.264
    • Container Format = .MP4
    • Video Bitrate = 30 Mbps (CBR)
    • Preset =
      DESMA24_H264_CBR_30mpbs.epr
  • DOE_JANE_ASSIGNMENT_2_RIGHT.mp4
    • Resolution = 3840 x 1200
    • Framerate = 30 fps
    • Codec = H.264
    • Container Format = .MP4
    • Video Bitrate = 50 Mbps (CBR)
    • Preset =
      DESMA24_H264_CBR_50mpbs.epr

Assignment 3

  • DOE_JANE_ASSIGNMENT_3.mp4
    • Resolution = 3840 x 2160
    • Framerate = 30 fps
    • Codec = H.264
    • Container Format = .MP4
    • Video Bitrate = 50 Mbps (CBR)
    • Preset =
      DESMA24_H264_CBR_50mpbs.epr