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If you're serious about desktop digital video, what you want is Adobe Premiere 6 -- if you can handle its power and complexity. Now, there's a book that demystifies just about every nook and cranny of DV, as it walks you through just about everything Premiere can do.
The book is Premiere 6 for Macintosh & Windows Visual QuickStart Guide. If you're familiar with the series, you know what to expect: a clean, open layout, with most tasks presented on one or two pages; lots of well-annotated screen captures; and just enough explanation.
Anthony Bolante is the ideal author for this book: he's taught video editing to graduate and undergraduate students using both Premiere and far pricier packages. He takes this book beyond pure "step-by-step," sharing insights into DV workflow and plenty of tips on the program's actual real-world behavior (for example, previews using the QuickTime codec render eight times as fast as those using the program's default Cinepak compressor).
Bolante covers every stage of the DV project, from importing and managing clips to editing them; creating a program; using the Timeline; trimming, transitions, mixing audio, adding effects, and building titles. There's a detailed chapter on superimposing clips in which you'll learn how to fade one image into another, blend images together, and make parts of image transparent, using keys. Especially helpful for beginners, the book offers solid coverage of capturing video -- from whatever source.
At 560 pages, this book's bigger than your typical Visual QuickStart Guide (though the price isn't). Some of the extra pages are dedicated to a detailed review of Premiere's video and audio settings, thus doubling as a basic primer on DV fundamentals: frame rates, frame sizes, compression, audio quality, and their impact on your finished program. (Bill Camarda)
Bill Camarda is a consultant and writer with nearly 20 years' experience in helping technology companies deploy and market advanced software, computing, and networking products and services. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.