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Overview

You bought a digital video camera so that you could take and transfer home movies to DVD easily. Only come to find out, it's not so easy when faced with the task on your own. Why does "going digital" seem like such a difficult endeavor? It doesn't have to be and Create Your Own Digital Movies can show you how to get through it all with ease. Find out what camera to choose, filming dos and don'ts, and techniques for creating, editing, saving and sharing movies. Five projects will teach you everything you need to know, plus you'll benefit from numerous other tips, tricks and other helpful information. Don't get bogged down with the intricacies of camera mechanics or software use. Let Create Your Own Digital Movies show you how easy and fun it is to use your digital video camera.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780672328343
  • Publisher: Sams
  • Publication date: 11/17/2005
  • Series: Create Your Own
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Pam Strayer has been a documentary filmmaker since the mid 1980s and a media creator at the forefront of the digital creativity frontier for the last 15 years. Creative consultant and director of video on the ground-breaking 1992 CD-ROM, From Alice to Ocean, which launched the CD-ROM publishing industry, she has written numerous books on educational software for Apple and made films for teachers for the California State Dept. of Education on using computers in the classroom. She has taught and lectured on multimedia widely at industry conferences and Bay Area schools and is the recipient of a PBS Women's Management training grant and an American Film Institute multimedia fellowship.

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Introduction Welcome to Create Your Own Digital Movies

Congratulations on getting started learning how to make movies using your personal computer. You'll find that it's easy and fun to shoot, edit, and share videos with your family members and friends . Did you know that you don't have to learn every feature in your editing software, and you don't have to learn the entire software program to get started? In this book, you'll learn a few basics first and then enjoy a project-oriented approach to help you get started and succeed in making great movies.

Making great movies is 75% about shooting well and 25% about editing well. If you learn how to shoot lively, interesting footage, your movies will shine. Whereas most video how-to books concentrate on editing alone, this book helps you develop all the skills—including both shooting and editing—you need to make great videos!

First, you'll learn how to make movies for any occasion, and then you'll move on to specific, in-depth chapters that guide you step-by-step in making some of the most popular kinds of movies. In the first four chapters, you'll get these essentials:

  • An overview on equipment basics—You'll learn about what you need in the way of a camcorder, accessories, a PC, and editing software.
  • How to shoot—You'll learn the basic building blocks for making movies.
  • How to edit—You'll learn the specific skills you need to use Movie Maker, along with general advice on how to edit well.
  • How to share your movies—You'll learn how to share your movies on the Web, via DVD, and more.

In addition, you'll learn the specifics of shooting and editing great-looking movies for specific situations, as discussed in the following chapters:

  • Chapter 5, "Project 1: Creating Birthday Party and Baby Movies"
  • Chapter 6, "Project 2: Making Travel or Vacation Movies"
  • Chapter 7, "Project 3: Making Sporting Event Movies"
  • Chapter 8, "Project 4: Making School Play (and Other Live Event) Movies"
  • Chapter 9, "Project 5: Making Family Memory Movies"

Are you interested in making great video, and do you want to learn only what you need to know to shoot and edit your first movies? Then this book is for you!

This book teaches you only what you need to know to get started making movies. When you understand the basic skills, you'll be able to make movies for many different kinds of occasions:

  • Baby and birthday party movies—By making birthday party and baby movies, you can share happy moments in life with your family and friends.
  • Vacation and travel movies—You can make the memories of a trip last long after the suitcase is unpacked by recording your adventures and sharing them with others.
  • Sports movies—You can capture all the action of your favorite sports team or family athlete by making sports movies.
  • School and other live-event movies—You can video all the fun of music and other performances and share your movies with your family or the whole class.
  • Family memory movies—You can edit together photos, audio, old films, and VHS movies, as well as new video footage that you shoot to preserve precious family memories.

Are you using software other than Movie Maker? Or editing on a Mac? Although this book provides specific information on Movie Maker software for the PC, it provides plenty of help in making great movies, no matter what editing software or computer you use.

With a wealth of information on video equipment, shooting and shot lists, general editing skills and techniques, and essential information on how to share movies, this book will teach you—quickly and easily—how to create your own digital movies from start to finish, and you'll learn only what you need to know.

So get started and enjoy the excitement of creating your first movies!

© Copyright Pearson Education. All rights reserved.

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Table of Contents

Welcome to Create Your Own Digital Movies.

1. Welcome to the Wonderful World of Digital Video.

Great Shooting = Easy Editing

Discovering Your Digital Movie Style

Digital Movie Gear

What to Look for in a Digital Video Camcorder

What to Look for in Shooting Accessories and Editing Equipment

Movie Editing Software and Computer Requirements

Summary

2. Shooting Digital Movies.

Using What You Already Know

Shots and Sequences: The Building Blocks of Movies

Examples of Shot Types

Action and Directing

Directing

Audio

Top 10 Camera Essentials

1. On/Off

2. Record/Standby

3. Widen/Tighten

4. Inserting Tape

5. Autofocus and Manual Focus

6. Batteries

7. Camera Case

8. Tripod

9. External Microphone

10. White Balance

Top 10 Tips for Shooting Video

1. Use a Tripod As Often As You Can

2. Learn How to Shoot Stable Handheld Shots

3. Avoid Frequent Panning and Zooming

4. Hold Your Shot

5. Shoot a Lot

6. Get Good Audio

7. Leave Headroom

8. Know When to Use Manual Focus

9. Compose Your Shots

10. Watch Your Lighting

Summary

3. Editing Basics: Movie Maker and More.

Getting Acquainted with Movie Maker: The Grand Tour

Finding Movie Maker

Opening Movie Maker

Exploring Movie Maker

Movie Maker Projects

Your First Editing Exercise

Step 1: Check Disk Space

Step 2: Connect Your Camcorder to Your Computer

Step 3: Capture Video

Step 4: Import Music

Step 5: Import Photo

Step 6: Organize and Combine Your Collections

Step 7: Edit

Step 8: Trim Clips

Step 9: Add Music

Step 10: Add Transitions

Step 11: Add Titles

Step 12: Rough Cut to Fine Cut

Step 13: Finish Video

Let Your Computer Do the Editing: Using AutoMovie

Top 10 Tips for Editing Video

1. Create a Beginning, a Middle, and an End

2. Select the Clips You Like Best

3. Make Sequences

4. Less Is More

5. Learn How to Edit Audio

6. Use Music

7. Trim Your Clips

8. Refine and Tweak Until the Last Minute

9. Get a Second Opinion

10. Finalize Your Movie

Summary

4. Saving and Sharing Digital Movies.

Using Different Formats

Using Movie Maker's Finish Movie Section

Using the Save Movie Wizard

Saving to CD

Sending in Email

Sending to the Web

Sending to a DV Camera

Summary

5. Project 1: Creating Birthday Party and Baby Movies.

Making Birthday Party Movies

Getting Ready for Your Shoot

Shooting a Birthday Party Movie

Editing Your Birthday Party Movie

Making Baby Movies

Shooting a Baby Movie

Editing Your Baby Movie

Summary

6. Project 2: Making Travel and Vacation Movies.

Creative Approaches to Making Travel and Vacation Movies

Getting Ready for Your Shoot

Shooting a Travel or Vacation Movie

Shots to Get Before the Trip Begins

Shots to Get During the Trip

Shots to Get After Your Trip Is Over

Editing Your Travel or Vacation Movie

Basic Editing Steps

Summary

7. Project 3: Making Sporting Event Movies.

Creative Approaches to Making Sports Movies

Getting Ready for Your Shoot

Shooting Your Sports Movie

Shots to Get Before the Event

Shots to Get During the Event

Shots to Get After the Event

Editing Your Sports Movie

Basic Editing Steps

Summary

8. Project 4: Making School Play (and Other Live Event) Movies.

Creative Approaches to Making Live Event Movies

Getting Ready for Your Shoot

Shooting Your Live Event Movie

Shots to Get Before the Event Begins

Shots to Get During the Performance

Shots to Get After the Event

Editing Your Live Event Movie

Basic Editing Steps

Summary

9. Project 5: Making Family Memory Movies.

Getting Ready to Make a Family Memory Movie

Don't Put Yourself on a Tight Time Schedule

Ask Others to Help

Start Simple

Grow Your Project Organically Over Time

Think (and Act) Like an Archivist

Creating Photo Slideshow Memory Movies

Getting Organized

A Sample Slideshow Movie: A Memorial

Editing Photo Slideshow Memory Movies

Digitizing Old Movies and VHS (and Other Format) Tapes

Digitizing Films

Digitizing VHS (and Other Format) Tapes

Getting Ready to Shoot an Oral History Movie

Shooting an Oral History Movie

Tips for Conducting Your Interview

Conducting a Good Interview

Shooting a Family Reunion

Editing Family Memory Movies

Basic Editing Steps

Summary

10. Resources for Learning.

Polishing Your Skills and Upgrading Your Tools

Learning How to Shoot Better

Improving Your Movie Maker Skills

Upgrading Your Editing Software

The Latest Video Trends

Mobile Media

Video Blogging

Video As a Sport

Summary

Index.

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Preface

Introduction Welcome to Create Your Own Digital Movies

Congratulations on getting started learning how to make movies using your personal computer. You'll find that it's easy and fun to shoot, edit, and share videos with your family members and friends . Did you know that you don't have to learn every feature in your editing software, and you don't have to learn the entire software program to get started? In this book, you'll learn a few basics first and then enjoy a project-oriented approach to help you get started and succeed in making great movies.

Making great movies is 75% about shooting well and 25% about editing well. If you learn how to shoot lively, interesting footage, your movies will shine. Whereas most video how-to books concentrate on editing alone, this book helps you develop all the skills—including both shooting and editing—you need to make great videos!

First, you'll learn how to make movies for any occasion, and then you'll move on to specific, in-depth chapters that guide you step-by-step in making some of the most popular kinds of movies. In the first four chapters, you'll get these essentials:

  • An overview on equipment basics—You'll learn about what you need in the way of a camcorder, accessories, a PC, and editing software.

  • How to shoot—You'll learn the basic building blocks for making movies.

  • How to edit—You'll learn the specific skills you need to use Movie Maker, along with general advice on how to edit well.

  • How to share yourmovies—You'll learn how to share your movies on the Web, via DVD, and more.

In addition, you'll learn the specifics of shooting and editing great-looking movies for specific situations, as discussed in the following chapters:

  • Chapter 5, "Project 1: Creating Birthday Party and Baby Movies"

  • Chapter 6, "Project 2: Making Travel or Vacation Movies"

  • Chapter 7, "Project 3: Making Sporting Event Movies"

  • Chapter 8, "Project 4: Making School Play (and Other Live Event) Movies"

  • Chapter 9, "Project 5: Making Family Memory Movies"

Are you interested in making great video, and do you want to learn only what you need to know to shoot and edit your first movies? Then this book is for you!

This book teaches you only what you need to know to get started making movies. When you understand the basic skills, you'll be able to make movies for many different kinds of occasions:

  • Baby and birthday party movies—By making birthday party and baby movies, you can share happy moments in life with your family and friends.

  • Vacation and travel movies—You can make the memories of a trip last long after the suitcase is unpacked by recording your adventures and sharing them with others.

  • Sports movies—You can capture all the action of your favorite sports team or family athlete by making sports movies.

  • School and other live-event movies—You can video all the fun of music and other performances and share your movies with your family or the whole class.

  • Family memory movies—You can edit together photos, audio, old films, and VHS movies, as well as new video footage that you shoot to preserve precious family memories.

Are you using software other than Movie Maker? Or editing on a Mac? Although this book provides specific information on Movie Maker software for the PC, it provides plenty of help in making great movies, no matter what editing software or computer you use.

With a wealth of information on video equipment, shooting and shot lists, general editing skills and techniques, and essential information on how to share movies, this book will teach you—quickly and easily—how to create your own digital movies from start to finish, and you'll learn only what you need to know.

So get started and enjoy the excitement of creating your first movies!


© Copyright Pearson Education. All rights reserved.

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