Digital Video for Beginners: A Step-by-Step Guide to Making Great Home Movies

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Digital video cameras have become more affordable and reliable than ever, and with the help of former television producer, editor, and cameraman Colin Barret, new owners of this hot technology can produce a memorable video right at home. Barret offers the fruits of his expertise in a thorough, practical introduction that covers it all. In addition to advice on choosing a camcorder and tips on getting the most out of its features, illustrated tutorials explain how to shoot creatively and master techniques such as ...
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Overview

Digital video cameras have become more affordable and reliable than ever, and with the help of former television producer, editor, and cameraman Colin Barret, new owners of this hot technology can produce a memorable video right at home. Barret offers the fruits of his expertise in a thorough, practical introduction that covers it all. In addition to advice on choosing a camcorder and tips on getting the most out of its features, illustrated tutorials explain how to shoot creatively and master techniques such as point-of-view, close-ups, cutaway shots, and effective lighting. Spice up the sound by incorporating audio tracks, and find out how to create special effects. There's even a detailed description of how to set up a fully functional home editing suite.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579906689
  • Publisher: Lark Books NC
  • Publication date: 3/1/2005
  • Series: Lark Photography Books
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,437,452
  • Product dimensions: 8.28 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.27 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
What you need to know about your camcorder 12
Anatomy of the camcorder 14
Useful accessories 16
The lens 18
Focusing 20
Getting the right exposure 22
Low light 24
Artificial light and color temperature 26
Timecode 28
Built-in camcorder effects 30
Widescreen 32
Step-by-step shooting techniques 34
Planning the shoot 36
Shooting to edit 38
Establishing shots 40
Backgrounds and surroundings 42
When to zoom and pan 44
Action shots 46
Get in close 48
Shooting cutaways 50
Reverse shots 52
Over-the-shoulder shots 54
Point-of-view shots 56
Composition 58
Color 60
Natural light 62
Difficult lighting situations 64
Sound recording 66
Audio dub and commentary facilities 68
Organizing your footage 70
How to shoot great home movies 72
The natural look 74
Filming children 76
Children's birthday parties 78
School plays and concerts 80
Filming babies and toddlers 82
Video portraits 84
Weddings 86
Christmas and special holidays 88
Halloween 90
Summer vacation 92
Winter vacation 94
Sports events 96
A video tour of your house and yard 98
A video portrait of your neighborhood 100
Step-by-step digital video-editing techniques 102
Video-editing software 104
From camcorder to computer 106
The rough edit 108
Trimming clips 110
Insert edits 112
Transitions 114
Sound editing 116
Adding sound at the editing stage 118
Titling 120
Illustrated titles 122
Video special effects 124
Showing and sharing your movies 126
Making a videotape 128
Making a DVD 130
DVD menus and interfaces 132
Video compression 134
Movies and the Internet 136
Glossary 138
Index 142
Bibliography, online resources, acknowledgments 144
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