How To Do Everything With Digital Video

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Discover the boundless world of digital video. Beginning with the essential task of steadying your camera, this exceptional resource provides a solid foundation for understanding shooting techniques, editing, sound and visual effects, and transferring your finished video to other media -- including the Internet and CD-ROM. Get helpful tips on shooting a variety of subjects including people, sporting events, landscapes, architecture -- and even interviews. Perform professional editing, use hardware, manage your ...
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Overview

Discover the boundless world of digital video. Beginning with the essential task of steadying your camera, this exceptional resource provides a solid foundation for understanding shooting techniques, editing, sound and visual effects, and transferring your finished video to other media -- including the Internet and CD-ROM. Get helpful tips on shooting a variety of subjects including people, sporting events, landscapes, architecture -- and even interviews. Perform professional editing, use hardware, manage your project efficiently, and produce high-quality video. How To Do Everything with Digital Video will teach you to get the most from your equipment, your subjects, and your own font of ideas.
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Step-by-step instructions, a lack of extraneous information, and ample screen shots make this title useful for both new Mac users and those upgrading from earlier versions of Office (for Mac or PC). The author addresses how OS X's Aqua interface has changed the appearance of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Entourage's tool bar icons, dialog boxes, and alerts. The task-based layout also allows readers to locate quickly needed instructions, and the last two chapters on combining applications will be especially valuable to users accustomed to working with only one program. Recommended; larger public libraries should expect demand, given Mac's recent resurgence, thanks in part to the Aqua interface. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780072194630
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill/OsborneMedia
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Series: How to Do Everything Series
  • Pages: 388
  • Product dimensions: 0.80 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 9.25 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xii
Introduction xiii
Part I Digital Video Cameras and Camcorders
Chapter 1 Learn the Basics of Your Digital Video Camera 3
Digital Video Cameras and Digital Video Camcorders 4
The DV Format 6
What to Look for When You're Buying a Digital Video Camera 8
Basic Operation of Your Camcorder 9
Become an Expert on Your Camcorder 17
Summary 7
Chapter 2 Operate Your Digital Camcorder with Ease 19
Holding the Camera Steady 20
Basic Shooting Techniques 21
Picture Composition 25
Videotaping Moving Objects: Panning and Tracking 27
Continuity 29
Planning and Editing 29
Summary 31
Chapter 3 Shoot Effective Video of a Variety of Subjects 33
Videotaping People 34
Videotaping Animals 39
Videotaping Sports 41
Capturing Landscapes and Architecture on Video 43
Getting the Best Interviews on Videotape 47
Spontaneous Videotaping 49
Summary 50
Chapter 4 Get the Best Lighting for Your Videos 51
The Basics of Lighting 52
Lighting Equipment 57
Don't Short Circuit Electrical Safety 61
Putting Lighting Techniques to Work 61
Summary 66
Chapter 5 Record Quality Sound 67
The Nature of Sound 68
Three Ways to Add Sound to Your Videos 72
Using a Microphone 74
Sources for Sound Effects and Music 80
Summary 82
Part II Edit Your Footage and Add Special Effects
Chapter 6 Basics of Video Editing 85
Basic Editing Methods 86
What Is Editing? 87
Why Edit? 87
Why Plan? 88
The Nature of a Video 89
Planning a Video 90
The Editing Process 93
Summary 96
Chapter 7 Select Your Digital Video Capture Hardware and Software 97
Connecting Your Camera and Your Computer 98
Choosing the Best Editing Software for Your Needs 102
Summary 107
Chapter 8 Transfer Your Video Clips and Edit Them 109
Making a Scene About Your Video Project 110
The DV-Capture Utility Program 111
Batch Capturing Clips 116
Summary 117
Chapter 9 Create an Editing Timeline 119
Using the MainActor Video Editor 120
Editing a Simple Video with MainActor Sequencer 123
Exporting Your New Video 132
Summary 133
Chapter 10 Add Transitions and Effects to Your Timeline 135
Creating Effective Transitions 136
Applying Video Transitions Using Sequencer 137
Transitions Available in MainActor Sequencer 140
Using Video Effects in Your Video Production 153
Video Paths 161
Summary 164
Chapter 11 Synchronize Your Video with Sound and Music 165
Adding Music to Your Production 166
Recording and Capturing Audio Clips and Elements 169
Using an Audio Editing Software Package 171
Editing an Audio Clip with Sound Forge 173
Processing Audio Effects in MainActor 176
Inserting and Deleting Audio Tracks in MainActor 184
Trimming Audio Clips 187
Mixing Soundtracks and Balancing Dynamics 188
Synchronizing with Recorded Video Sound 189
Summary 190
Chapter 12 Create Titles and Title Animation 191
Designing Effective Titles 192
Creating Opening Titles 193
Creating Credits 197
Copyrights and Copyright Notices 199
Using the Windows Paint Program 199
Scrolling Text Across a Bitmap 202
Using 3D Animated Text 206
Summary 212
Chapter 13 Add the Finishing Touches to Your Video 213
Duplicating Your Tapes for Distribution 214
Creating Labels for Your Videotapes 215
CD-ROM Labels and Packaging 217
Copyrights and Copyright Notices 223
Summary 226
Part III Take Your Edited Video on to Other Sources
Chapter 14 Transfer Your Finished Video to Tape and CD 229
Transferring Your Finished Video Back to Your Camcorder 230
Creating a CD from Your Digital Video 234
Embedding Your MPEG Movie in a Menu 237
Burning Your CD 240
Summary 241
Chapter 15 Use Your Video on the Internet 243
Creating a Video for Downloading 244
Creating a Video for Streaming 246
Webcasting 259
Tools for Webcasting 260
Summary 262
Part IV Create Practical Digital Video Projects
Chapter 16 Create a Video Inventory of Your Home 265
Planning a Video Inventory of Your Home 267
Creating a Shot list 271
Shooting Clips for Your Inventory Video 272
Organizing Your Clips 274
Capture Your Video Clips to Your Computer with DV-Capture 275
Creating Simple Titles to Separate the Room-by-Room Scenes 275
Editing Your Inventory Video 278
Creating a Final CD-ROM of Your Inventory Video 282
Summary 284
Chapter 17 Make a How-to Video 285
Scripting Your Project 286
Video Shooting Script 288
Creating Your How-to Video Using HyperCam Screen Camera Software 292
Summary 298
Chapter 18 Create a Marketing Video for Your Organization 299
Creating a Marketing Video for an Organization 301
Video Shooting Script 302
Shooting Your Scenes 317
Scanning Still Images 317
Designing Your Sound 318
Editing Your Clips 319
Creating Your Titles 319
Transferring Your Finished Video Out to Tape 319
Summary 320
Chapter 19 A Variety of Video Projects for You to Try 321
Making a Living Family History 322
Weddings 327
Creating an Online Seminar Web Course 332
Other Ideas for Using Your Talents as a Videographer 336
Summary 337
Part V Appendix
Appendix Use Windows XP Movie Maker and Windows Media Video 8 341
Windows Media Audio and Video 8 342
Windows Movie Maker for Windows XP 343
View Your Movie Using Windows XP Media Player 352
Summary 353
Index 355
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