Making Digital Videos (Cyberrookies Series) / Edition 1

Making Digital Videos (Cyberrookies Series) / Edition 1

by Ben Long
     
 

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

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584500995
Publisher:
Cengage Learning
Publication date:
05/28/2002
Series:
Cyberrookies Series
Edition description:
BK&CD-ROM
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.22(h) x 1.01(d)
Age Range:
13 - 18 Years

Table of Contents

1Introduction1
Analog and Digital4
Summary8
2What you Need9
Digital or Analog10
Choosing a Camera13
Choosing a Computer21
Sound31
Lights35
All That Other Gear37
Summary39
3Writing41
Telling a Good Story43
Writing a Story47
Writing a Script54
Summary61
4Preproduction63
Planning64
Scheduling67
Shots and Coverage72
Storyboarding76
Summary79
5Preparing Your Camera81
Your Camera82
Dealing with Microphones99
All That Other Gear101
6Shooting107
Roll 'em108
Composition and Framing111
Camera Movement133
Shooting to Edit133
Lighting143
Microphones148
Troubleshooting151
Summary157
7Preparing to Edit159
Picking an Editing Program159
Connecting Your DV Camera162
Connecting Your Analog Camera164
Connecting a Television to Your DV Camera165
Summary166
8Editing167
The Language of Film (or Tape)168
Where to Start171
Editing Basics173
Creating a Rough Cut179
Titles186
Summary195
9Special Effects197
Practical Effects198
Filters201
Compositing203
Rotoscoping219
The Right Tool for the Job: A Quick Guide to Special Effects223
Summary225
10Output229
E-Mail and Web Delivery229
Delivering Movies on Videotape235
Delivering Movies on CD-ROM237
Delivering Movies on DVD237
Online Film Festivals238
Summary238
Appendix AMaking it in Movie Making241
What Do You Want to Be?241
Finding a Movie-Making Job246
Where to Learn More248
Appendix BAbout the CD-ROM251
Glossary253
Index275

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