Digital Video Hacks

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Since the dawn of film, novices and experts have used quick-and-dirty workarounds and audiovisual tricks to improve their motion pictures, from home movies to feature films. Today, the tools have certainly changed, as have the quality and scope of the results. With digital video, the hacking possibilities are now limitless, for both amateurs and professional artists. From acquiring footage, mixing, editing, and adding effects to final distribution, Digital Video Hacks provides unique tips, tools, and techniques ...

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Digital Video Hacks: Tips & Tools for Shooting, Editing, and Sharing

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Overview

Since the dawn of film, novices and experts have used quick-and-dirty workarounds and audiovisual tricks to improve their motion pictures, from home movies to feature films. Today, the tools have certainly changed, as have the quality and scope of the results. With digital video, the hacking possibilities are now limitless, for both amateurs and professional artists. From acquiring footage, mixing, editing, and adding effects to final distribution, Digital Video Hacks provides unique tips, tools, and techniques for every stage of video production. You'll learn how to:

  • Get your projects started right using creative preparation tools and techniques,from making your own steadicam, boom, or dolly to effective storyboarding, timecoding, and tape labeling
  • Troubleshoot common shooting problems, including using stop-motion and time-lapse techniques, lighting effects, colored screens and gels, and household objects to establish mood or otherwise wow an audience
  • Create stunning visual effects, such as satellite zooming, surreal scenes, Matrix-like bullet-time, and green screen illusions
  • Fool your audience with audio tricks, replacing flubbed dialogue, smoothing over cuts, and covering missing audio with room tone
  • Add professional features with post-production tricks, including color correction, soundtrack cleanup, opening sequences, and DVD bookmarks
  • Distribute final content in a variety of creative ways, from exporting to basic videotape or DVD to streaming over the internet or even via cell phone
  • Use the web to provide interactivity and dynamic content, attend a remote conference, or vlog your life.

Whether you're looking for a new technique to include in your next project, a solution to a common problem, or just a little inspiration, this book reintroduces you to the digital video you only thought you knew.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596009465
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/2005
  • Series: O'Reilly's Hacks Series
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Joshua Paul has more than ten years of production experience with both cable and network television. He specializes in the post-production process and concentrates on the technical aspects of digital video. Over the last ten years he has witnessed, first-hand, the adoption of digital video and non-linear editing systems from inside the motion picture industry. An active member of the Producer's Guild of America, Joshua is also a co-founder of Overhyped Technologies, LLC, which provides software and service solutions to television production companies. Overhyped Technologies enables production companies to search, manage, and deliver thousands of hours of digital video via a web interface.

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Table of Contents

Credits

Preface

Chapter 1: Prepare

Chapter 2: Light

Chapter 3: Acquire

Chapter 4: Edit

Chapter 5: Audio

Chapter 6: Effects

Chapter 7: Distribute

Chapter 8: Random Fun

Colophon

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2008

    Best amateur video book I've read!

    'Digital Video Hacks' by Joshua Paul *OVERVIEW: A compilation of tips and tricks ''hacks'' for organizing, shooting, editing and distributing video in DV formats, Digital Video Hacks is an encyclopedia 'how-to' guide to making digital video. This book is not for the 'video virgin', someone who has never picked up a video camera - while professionals who've been making their living in the industry for several years will probably find only a few 'if any' of the tips in this book to be helpful. Professionals at that level could probably write the entries in this book - which is in fact what happened. Digital Video Hacks is an assortment of video techniques, written by multiple authors in various specialties. As such, the entries vary in their presentation, style and thoroughness. The article on 'making your own green screen' lays out all the materials you will need, their relative expenses, potential hazards and pitfalls and goes into quite a bit of detail on how to finish your project, while the 'bullet-time effect' article gives you a more basic layout of how to set up multiple cameras, and then glosses over the final steps with just a few obscure sentences on finishing your effect in post-production. *ORGANIZATION: The book has a great 'bird's eye' layout, as well as a fine-tuned internal referencing system. Chapters are organized by large topics like 'Pre-production' and 'Distribution' while individual entries are segmented into single-task topics like 'Labelling your media' or 'Creating Matrix-style bullet-time effects'. Each 'hack' is given a number, and within each entry, references to other techniques are noted with a reference to other 'hacks'. 'So, for instance in the 'Removing an Unwanted Object' hack, number 64, a reference is made to using a boom mic which is referenced as 'Hack # 53'.' On the other hand, though entries themselves seem basically in-order, they seem to follow the organizational system of most video professionals at this level that I've seen: 'Just make sure that everything's in generally the correct bin, and then we'll just rummage through to find what we need'. Though everything is sorted into broad chapter categories like 'Post-Production', within each chapter, there is no obvious way to tell how the tips are filtered beyond that. *STYLE: The style of Digital Video Hacks is conversational, and the tone friendly. It is easy to read, and did not make me feel confused with stilted business/technical language. Unfortunately, the writers tried too often to be funny, and wasted time on unintelligent jokes that I felt detracted from the writing. Though I've read one or two instructional books thatwere witty and clever, the 'humor' in Digital Video Hacks was neither - usually statements of the obvious with some very predictable absurdism or sarcasm thrown in.. The writers are good video specialists, but poor comedians. *HIGHLIGHTED CONTENT: Some of the most helpful things in the book were truly invaluable. Advice on how to 'Succesfully Complete a Project' gave the low-down on what a realistic video-maker should expect out of doing video. Tips range from 'Compiling a cheap lighting kit' to creating a black and white movie with only one color showing through. There is even a section on making a movie without using a camera, which details 'among other things' online free-video-footage databases that I had really known nothing about! This book even contains odd-ball ideas like backing up your computer to a DV tape, and 'seeing through walls'! Advice on music, aquiring footage, storyboards, time-saving editing-tips, and audio-mixing all come through with good, applicable advice that most video-makers will need to know. *HELPFULNESS: This book is quite informative, and is useful primarily as a reference. When you first get it, I recommend a thorough reading of the table of contents, and then a quick page-flipping skim of the rest of the book to see w

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2005

    Read this to really improve your filmmaking

    Digital video is one of my latest hobbies, so I was really excited to pick up a copy of this book. I was very impressed with the depth of material, the tricks that are actually possible with a home setup, and the various tips the author provides for better, more organized video. Many of the revolutionary techniques used in films even 10 years ago can be easily duplicated with a simple MiniDV camcorder and a personal computer. The author really proceeds from the standpoint that the reader has a camcorder, has tried to make a movie or two, and really wants some ideas for improvement. He begins with some excellent tips for organizing raw footage and proceeds through all aspects of the filmmaking process. The author suggests using a clap board to not only get a visual identification of the take information, but by ¿clapping¿ the board before the take, you have a way to make sure your audio and video are synchronized. The author also covers how to perform some really interesting special effects. The most common of which is chroma-keying (or using blue screen). This is actually relatively easy to do, assuming you have a good backdrop and decent lighting. The author even takes the reader through the process of building a blue screen for under $30. Some additional special effects techniques include ¿bullet time¿, made famous by the Matrix films, and how to produce a 3D film. The author does a really good job going through the whole filmmaking process, from storyboarding to post production. This book will give new filmmakers an excellent idea of what it takes to produce a film, and provides some tips on the tools necessary to do right.

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