Jan 13th - Due Jan 20th




Research and present to class: 

1.) As with the screen capture program, research and find a good audio/video editor. One that will allow the user to do what is called non-linear editing (that is, the film can be assembled in any order from beginning to end, and changes can be made in the cut anywhere at any time). Many can be found at "shareware" or "freeware" sites on the internet, such as: www.tucows.com or www.freewarehome.com, or you can elect to beg, buy, or borrow a commercial-of-the-shelf version of one.

2.) Note the special features about the audio/video editor program of your choice, and why you chose the program you chose. Include a sole source letter of justification and approval ("J and A") for the software you chose, as if you were to be submitting it to a company purchasing department.     

3.) Be prepared to present your results to the rest of the class along with assignment 2 (previously assigned - each are due Jan 20th).

As a Guide to completing Assignment 3, you may wish to include this with your Assignment 2 presentation and complete both presentations together as though both are part of the same Corporate Engineering Design Team Presentation and where the following still applies:

Corporate Engineering Design Team Presentation background


You work for a small mechanical engineering company that has just created a new design department, in which you have been put as one of the lead designers. As part of the new design department your duties are to determine the tools necessary for the department to be able to do product design presentations for trade fairs, news bulletins, product information flyers, etc. You have all the necessary CAD tools to do the product design, but now (via internet research) you have to determine which tools of the trade (screen capture along with audio/video editing software) you will be needing in order to build sufficient presentations for company designed products.

 General Process

Remember some of your constraints would be to keep within budget and to determine department needs in a timely manner so that you can get to the real work as an engineer-graphics-designer. Also note that this is a small company (for individual software license purposes, assume that there are 5 others in your group), along with only $3K allotted in budget for this. The CEO of the company has asked to be briefed on your progress by the end of next week, and a Justification and Approval form (J&A) will be required for the purchasing department to purchase anything over $25.

Further Background Information

Learning Outcomes

 Upon completion of this exercise, you should be able to:

  • Use critical thinking skills to assess and evaluate products.
  • Effectively present and show justification for any choices made.
  • Understand key features and capabilities of audio/video editing software.
  • Complete justification for approval for a purchase request.
  • Ability to interpret, modify, and combine individual assignments dynamically and succesfully into one seamless project

Assessment and Evaluation

The J&A along with the presentation (or CEO briefing) will be used to provide feedback to the solution. The main source of support for this will be the necessity for you to research the tools via the internet.  You will need to evaluate products based on your own judgments, outside advice and or internet product rating scales. You will be evaluated by the thoroughness and professional manner as well as creativeness in which you present your choices back to the class.

Looking ahead:

Along with the first project  to be assigned this week, you also have a semester project that has now been  assigned and will be included as your final project. For that overall semester project you should already be collecting you own class notes, include some screen captures with the screen capture program in assignment 2, and completing any other documentation you deem of value towards accomplishing these projects. Continue to refine and arrange the who/what/where/when and why's of what you wish to present at final. Corel Presentation X (which is similar to Microsoft's Power Point) is also a tool that maybe helpful in developing your final, as well as a requirement for your first project.


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