Making Digital Videos (Cyberrookies Series) / Edition 1

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Have you ever thought about making your own music video or even a full-length feature? Well, with today's high-quality digital video cameras, microphones, software, computers, and delivery tools, it's possible for just about anyone to make a movie. If you have the right tools and skills, the rest is up to your imagination! Whether you want to make a video of your friend's band, a documentary, or a video of a special family event, you'll need to learn the basic skills of movie making: how to make a good story, how to translate your story into images, how to capture the images, and how to turn the images into a finished piece. Making Digital Videos answers all of these questions; from writing your script and planning the shoot, to using your gear and delivering it on tape, CD-ROM, DVD, e-mail, or the Web. You'll also learn about editing, adding sound, and creating special effects by working with actual movie footage. Each chapter includes helpful hints, watchouts, and practice activities, and for those of you considering the film industry as a career, there is information on a variety of jobs in the industry.

Provides instructions for making a variety of digital projects, including writing a script, planning a shoot, using the gear, and delivering the movie to friends on tape, CD, DVD, email, or the web.

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This guide for beginners provides basic instructions for selecting equipment, writing the script, planning the shoot, operating the camera, editing the video, adding special effects, and transferring the finished product to an e-mail file or CD-ROM. The CD-ROM contains tutorials and a demonstration version of Adobe Premiere. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584500995
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Series: Cyberrookies Series
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

Ben Long (San Francisco, CA) is a writer, producer, videographer, and the author of the best-selling title Complete Digital Photography, Third Edition as well as the first two editions of The Digital Filmmaking Handbook.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
Analog and Digital 4
Summary 8
2 What you Need 9
Digital or Analog 10
Choosing a Camera 13
Choosing a Computer 21
Sound 31
Lights 35
All That Other Gear 37
Summary 39
3 Writing 41
Telling a Good Story 43
Writing a Story 47
Writing a Script 54
Summary 61
4 Preproduction 63
Planning 64
Scheduling 67
Shots and Coverage 72
Storyboarding 76
Summary 79
5 Preparing Your Camera 81
Your Camera 82
Dealing with Microphones 99
All That Other Gear 101
6 Shooting 107
Roll 'em 108
Composition and Framing 111
Camera Movement 133
Shooting to Edit 133
Lighting 143
Microphones 148
Troubleshooting 151
Summary 157
7 Preparing to Edit 159
Picking an Editing Program 159
Connecting Your DV Camera 162
Connecting Your Analog Camera 164
Connecting a Television to Your DV Camera 165
Summary 166
8 Editing 167
The Language of Film (or Tape) 168
Where to Start 171
Editing Basics 173
Creating a Rough Cut 179
Titles 186
Summary 195
9 Special Effects 197
Practical Effects 198
Filters 201
Compositing 203
Rotoscoping 219
The Right Tool for the Job: A Quick Guide to Special Effects 223
Summary 225
10 Output 229
E-Mail and Web Delivery 229
Delivering Movies on Videotape 235
Delivering Movies on CD-ROM 237
Delivering Movies on DVD 237
Online Film Festivals 238
Summary 238
Appendix A Making it in Movie Making 241
What Do You Want to Be? 241
Finding a Movie-Making Job 246
Where to Learn More 248
Appendix B About the CD-ROM 251
Glossary 253
Index 275
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