Essential Digital Video Handbook

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The Essential Digital Video Handbook is an all-inclusive guide for both experienced and complete amateur videographers who would like to make money from their skills. This book explains the entire process of making professional-looking movies, covering everything from choosing the right equipment to preparing the final edited movie for output.The text is clear and concise, covering all the key areas pertinent to this market?hardware, software, and the various lighting and sound instruments that are available. The...
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Overview

The Essential Digital Video Handbook is an all-inclusive guide for both experienced and complete amateur videographers who would like to make money from their skills. This book explains the entire process of making professional-looking movies, covering everything from choosing the right equipment to preparing the final edited movie for output.The text is clear and concise, covering all the key areas pertinent to this market?hardware, software, and the various lighting and sound instruments that are available. The book also features a section covering the business aspect of videography, with everything you need to know to get through a job smoothly, successfully, and lucratively. The Essential Digital Video Handbook also offers a step by step guide to professional looking moviemaking, avoiding potential pitfalls. With the informative and authoritative feel of a computer manual combined with full color visual inspiration to guide the reader from take 1 to final cut, this book is the ultimate videography guide. Peter May is a principle in the Duncan-May-Landaas Limited Partnership, an investment group focused on home video productions, which has produced more than 30 award-winning television documentary projects. Peter has also produced, directed, and edited many international programs and is recognized as a leading authority in his field.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592530243
  • Publisher: Rockport Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/1/2004
  • Pages: 191
  • Product dimensions: 8.98 (w) x 10.22 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 8
Dr. Philo T. Farnsworth 8
In Praise of the Accomplished Amateur 9
Turning Professional 10
Chapter 1. Choosing Your Equipment 12
Five-Step Foolproof Checklist for Finding Your Ideal DV Camera 12
Features
Ergonomics
Optics
The Test
Options
Moving Pictures Need Moving Audio 24
Microphones and audio accessories
The Cutter's Toolkit 25
Nonlinear video editing programs
Supplemental software for special effects, audio, cleaning, and compression
Chapter 2. Finding Work 32
Where to Look 32
Making It Pay 35
Chapter 3. The 7 P's 36
Overview 36
Audience
Ability, audacity, and reality
Studying the masters
Scripting 40
Dramatic scripts
Documentary scripts
Industrial scripts
Location Work 49
Weddings
Location scouting, stealing shots
If You Want to Be Professional about All This 55
Storyboarding: From Stan Lee to stick figures
Budgets
Rights, clearances, and losing the farm
Chapter 4. On Location 60
Lighting Makes the Difference 60
Lighting equipment
Serious instruments
Lighting on a budget
Your grip kit
Lighting Techniques 66
What's the point of lighting?
3-point lighting
2-point and 1-point lighting
Sound Thinking 73
Principles of audio recording
Levels, latitude, and technical quality
Microphone types and when to use them
Booms, clips, hair placements, and tricks
The sound of silence
Rolling Tape 82
"Roll tape! No, wait!"
Set up the viewfinder
Check for unity
Battery levels
Check audio
Choose a filter and white balance
Expose and focus
"OK, Roll tape!"
Basic tips for shooting news style
Basic tips for shooting production style
Secrets of Our Visual Language 90
Visual grammar primer
Composition
Framing
Rule of thirds
Centers of interest
Elements of the frame
Camera Placement 104
Angles and eye-lines
The 180[degree] rule and screen direction
The 30[degree] rule
Sequence shooting, talking, and turning
Camera Movement 116
Pan and tilt
Track, truck, and dolly
Stop zooming!
Dutch angles, booms, cranes, and the new world of camera movement
Makeup 123
The Tough Stuff 124
Shooting food
Shooting special effects: fights, blood, gunshots, ghosts, accidents, and superpowers
Chapter 5. Basic Principles of Editing 130
The Mechanics of Editing 131
Step 1: Logging tape
Step 2: Digitization and batch capture
Step 3: Creating a timeline
Step 4: Arranging your shots
Step 5: Trimming, slippin', and a slidin'
Step 6: Print to tape
The Universal Principles of Editing 132
The Rules 134
Match-on-action
Match-on-shape
Match-on-whatever
Breaking the Rules 141
Potemkin and MTV
Creating a "look"
Transitions 143
What they mean and when to use them
What they can't do
Pacing 148
Textbook structure
Don't be afraid to kill
Using music and sound
Editing the sound tracks
Editing the music
Soundscapes
Special Effects 157
Combining shots using keys
Color matching and color effects
Film look
Animation
Titling
Fixing it in post
Chapter 6. The Finished Product 172
Abandoning the Edit 172
Output 173
Print to tape
Distributing on DVD
Web streaming
Glossary 178
Index/Photo Credits 190
About the Author/Acknowledgments 192
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