Desktop Digital Video Production

Desktop Digital Video Production

by Frederic Jones

Create, present and optimize digital video-step-by-step!

It's time to make the move to digital video! Whether you're a video professional, experienced amateur, or student, Desktop Digital Video Production will help you leverage your skills in the revolutionary new world of digital video.

Top digital video producer Frederic H. Jones walks you step-by-step


Create, present and optimize digital video-step-by-step!

It's time to make the move to digital video! Whether you're a video professional, experienced amateur, or student, Desktop Digital Video Production will help you leverage your skills in the revolutionary new world of digital video.

Top digital video producer Frederic H. Jones walks you step-by-step through every element of digital video production, including: video acquisition, lighting and Chroma Key; sound acquisition and processing; project and data management; video and sound editing; basic and advanced effects; and assembling a final product. You'll find up-to-the-minute coverage of:

  • Internet video delivery, including RealVideo streaming media and multicasting
  • Top desktop video software, including Adobe AfterEffects, Photoshop and Premiere
  • Making the most of audio.
  • Choosing and using capture hardware, disk storage, CODECs and other DV products.

You get the entire book in Adobe Acrobat format, plus all this great multimedia learning trialware: spectacular 2D animation with Adobe AfterEffects 3.1, Adobe Photoshop 4.0 for image editing and Adobe Premiere 4.2 for nonlinear video editing. 3D animation with 3D Studio Max 2.5 and Character Studio 2 for animating characters. DeBabelizer Pro for automated graphics processing.

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Provides instructions to the many elements of digital video production including video acquisition, lighting and Chroma Key, sound acquisition and processing, project and data management, video and sound editing, basic and advanced effects, and assembling a final product. The CD-ROM includes the entire book in Adobe Acrobat format, as well as multimedia learning trialware. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
Publication date:
Prentice Hall IMSC Press Multimedia Series
Product dimensions:
7.02(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.86(d)

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PREFACE: Preface

The new world of video, from acquisition through editing to final distribution is a contest with only one contestant, digital. Analog video at every level is obsolete, except for processing legacy content. The only practical question with regard to the inevitable is the timeframe for the transition from analog to digital video.
The first area of video to fall into the digital domain was that of effects, followed quickly by the entire editing process. Since most editing is now done on digital workstations rather than on analog tape, it followed naturally that the capture of the video content should evolve to digital as well. Finally, video has begun to be distributed in digital form. Computer video, delivered on CD-ROM was the first medium to utilize digital video. This has been followed by the Internet and currently by Digital Versatile/Video Discs. Eventually, all broadcast television will be HDTV digital. At that point the transition will be complete, but a change of that magnitude will not take place overnight. It began over two decades ago, and by most predictions, will not be fully realized for at least another decade.
This transition is not without precedent. In the audio world the shift from analog to digital dominance was completed in less than a decade, but it was much less complicated than it will be for video. There is still a real place in the audio production process for analog recorders and signal processors. Sound, particularly music, can be aesthetically enhanced by the analog process. A warmth caused by inherent distortion is imparted to the audio signal that is pleasing to the listener. This is not true in the world ofvideo production. Similar distortion to a video signal imparts a degradation of the signal and is universally considered to be unwanted.
The change from analog to digital video must be addressed by everyone involved in shooting, editing, and distributing video product. Anyone interested in video equipment must consider the rapid obsolescence of analog equipment, and the increased requirement of clients and broadcasters for digital masters. Every videographer, amateur, industrial and professional, must learn new tools and techniques in digital editing and effects, and must come to grips with computer, DVD, Internet and HDTV's demand for digital video.
There is another revolution in addition to the technological one, taking place in digital production. Today, a $100 software package, running on a PC, can do many of the things that only a $100,000 dedicated workstation could do ten years ago. It is now possible, with $25,000 worth of digital video equipment, to exceed the quality and sophistication of effects of those earlier system which cost ten times more. This magnitude of reduction in production costs, combined with CDROM, DVD and the Internet, has the potential to create an independent production and distribution community that is exciting, compelling, and significantly more available to many aspiring and creative film-makers and producers. In the audio world "project studios" have become the focus of both amateur and professional production and have taken over a significant proportion of music recording, most of which used to take place in expensive rented studios. The same reduction of scale in the video process is rapidly occurring. Alternate distribution channels and independent record companies have emerged. We can expect the same to occur in the video world. In fact, the digital video and audio capabilities of DVD will revolutionize both the audio and video industries.

I hope this primer in digital video production will help you transition from the analog world or, if you are a newcomer, enter this exciting field. It is designed to help existing video amateurs and professionals confronted with the need to move from analog to digital. It is also a guide for the new video professionals in multimedia and the Internet as they learn to master the essential tools and technologies of video acquisition and editing in the digital domain. I have created a sampler tray from the entire video process to familiarize you with the range of issues. This includes shooting, or acquisition of both video and audio, lighting, software for editing, effects, digital compression and distribution. I have given enough "hands on" information for this book to be considered a basic manual for each of these areas. This includes coverage of the leading editing and effects software packages such as Sonic Forge, Adobe Premiere, and AfterEffects. I have not, however, attempted to provide an in-depth manual on any one of these packages. You are referred to other books and sources as you move beyond your transitional or start-up period. Remember, this is an introduction to digital video, not an advanced course. Visit my digital video website for up-to-date information on software and equipment, as well as to discover additional information and resources. Many of the video clips, created, edited and captured in my studio during the production of this book, and which serve as illustrations, as well as color versions of many other illustrations are available on the website. I hope this book will help open the door for you to this exciting field and its opportunities, and that you will enjoy it as much as I do.

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