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You never thought you'd be shooting a corporate training video as part of your job as HR manager, but, well here you are--with a camcorder, a directive, and not a clue how to begin! You--and the many people who find themselves in similar situations--need this volume! Realizing that you're expected to provide professional results regardless, the authors of this volume dig deep into every phase of the DV production process: from capturing images and sound to editing, post-processing, adding special effects, and distributing the final product. Special emphasis is placed on the industrial-strength techniques that will get you up to speed quickly on the hardware and software advances that have occurred since the last edition. You'll find new sections on shooting and post-processing film-look (24p) and HDTV video, as well as special coverage of the latest eye-popping special effects. A companion DVD includes demo video clips, award-winning short films, interviews with DV pros, and lots more goodies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321238337
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press
  • Publication date: 3/26/2004
  • Series: Real World Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 7.52 (w) x 8.78 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Meet the Author

Filmmaker Pete Shaner has written and directed two independent films—Lover's Knot and Nicolas—and also writes for TV. He developed the video curriculum for UCLA Extension, where he also teaches DV production and techniques. Gerald Everett Jones has written more than 20 books on computer and business topics. He is also a screenwriter and past director of the Independent Writers of Southern California.

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Table of Contents


1. All You Can Achieve with Digital Video.

2. Yes, You Need a Script.

3. DV Technology and the Camcorder.

4. Using Your Camcorder Like a Pro.

5. Shots and Shot Plans.

6. Lighting for DV.

7. Sound on the Set.

8. Preproduction.

9. On the Set.

10. In the Cutting Room.

11. Polishing Sound and Images.

12. Distribution and E-Publishing.

13. Coming Attractions.

Appendix A. Digital Video Technology in Depth.

Appendix B. Selecting and Building an NLE System.


References and Web Links.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2005

    Good complete introductory: making real video

    I bought both editons because this book is a very good and complete introductory course on making real world video. It first guide you choosing the right DV camcorders, step by step how to make video/movie and eventually how to publish the final production to the world depending on your budget. The book starts from current DV technology and then introduces various DV camcorders (how to use them effectively) depending whether you are consumer or prosumer or professional users. It provides price range for various camcorder class. It teaches you how to plan and write scripts for different video scenes (newscast, documentary or film). It also teaches different techniques of shooting video by cameras/comcorders (angles, views, lighting and audio control). The book provides you a lots of various examples and common-sense tecnquies of using lighting and audio equipments for making good video. For DV pre-production process, it talks about production crews and things you will need and do for different stages (including cost ranges). For DV post-production process, it shows how to edit/put all movie and audio footages into final movies and how to fix video/audio problems. The books take pains to describe what types of movie editing systems (computers, hardware equipments and software applications) available in the market depending on high-end, mid-range or low-end production budgets. It then shows how the final cut and movie copies are generated and delivered to the real world. I like the book because it gives me realistic information how DV movies are made by real equipments (video, audio, editing system, etc ...) that are availalbe in the current market. This book is great for serious beginning DV or movie producers.

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