Television Production Handbook / Edition 10

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Thousands of students have learned the basics of television production techniques with Herbert Zettl's pace-setting, best-selling Television Production Handbook. In this Sixth Edition, you'll learn about the latest equipment and techniques that are changing the face of the industry. Whether you're a novice or have prior exposure to television production, you'll find this handbook's two-tier organization helpful in directing you to topic coverage that's appropriate for your level of knowledge. This book covers all aspects of television production, from cameras, lighting, and audio to editing, visual effects, and every stage of production. In this edition you'll find the latest information on such topics as lighting techniques, the newest small digital camcorders, nonlinear editing, desktop production, and other uses of the computer in postproduction. And the book's numerous illustrations and photographs give you a clear view of the world of television production.

A practical guide to the major aspects of today's television production, explaining everything from studio production to remotes and electronic newsgathering.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Herb Zettl continues his classic tradition of providing a comprehensive and up-to-date textbook for video production. It is an honor to be associated with such a tradition."

"I think the textbook is really quite fantastic, and great for students who want to continue to production outside of the university [...]"

"Zettl's TELEVISION PRODUCTION HANDBOOK is a comprehensive text that provides useful information in a clear and practical way. This is a good example of an interesting text created by an insider who knows television through actual experience. The book lays out the foundation for understanding how to create television and works nicely when combined with actual studio production."

"I enjoy the author's writing style. It is clear, interesting, and intelligent. We have all seen textbooks that take 500 pages to say what should be said in 200 pages. This is not one of them. The writing and the illustrations combine to make a great learning experience for students."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495501886
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 2/14/2008
  • Series: Wadsworth Series in Broadcast and Production
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 8.13 (w) x 10.07 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Herbert Zettl is a professor emeritus of the Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts Department at San Francisco State University (SFSU). While at San Francisco State University, he headed the Institute of International Media Communication and received the California State Legislature Distinguished Teaching Award and, from the Broadcast Education Association, the Distinguished Education Service Award. Prior to joining the SFSU faculty, Zettl worked at KOVR (Stockton-Sacramento) and as a producer-director at KPIX, the CBS affiliate in San Francisco. While at KPIX, he participated in a variety of CBS and NBC network television productions. Because of his outstanding contributions to the television profession, he was elected to the prestigious Silver Circle of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), Northern California Chapter. He also is a member of the Broadcast Legends of the NATAS, Northern California Chapter. Zettl has authored VIDEO BASICS, VIDEO BASICS WORKBOOK, TELEVISION PRODUCTION HANDBOOK, and SIGHT SOUND MOTION, which are translated into several languages and published internationally. His numerous articles on television production and media aesthetics have appeared in major media journals worldwide. He has lectured extensively on both subjects at universities and professional broadcast institutions both nationally and internationally. Zettl developed an interactive DVD-ROM, ZETTL'S VIDEOLAB 4.0, published by Wadsworth Cengage, a part of Cengage Learning. His previous CD-ROM version won several prestigious awards, among them the Macromedia People's Choice Award, the New Media Invision Gold Medal for Higher Education, and Invision Silver Medals in the categories of Continuing Education and Use of Video.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The Television Production Process 1
Ch. 2 Production People and Places 27
Ch. 3 The Television Camera 47
Ch. 4 Lenses 77
Ch. 5 Camera Mounting Equipment 101
Ch. 6 Camera Operation and Picture Composition 119
Ch. 7 Lighting 143
Ch. 8 Techniques of Television Lighting 181
Ch. 9 Audio: Sound Pickup 215
Ch. 10 Audio: Sound Control 251
Ch. 11 Video Recording Systems 285
Ch. 12 Postproduction Editing 319
Ch. 13 Switching Or Instantaneous Editing 359
Ch. 14 Visual Effects 377
Ch. 15 Design 405
Ch. 16 Television Talent 441
Ch. 17 Producing 459
Ch. 18 The Director in Preproduction 493
Ch. 19 The Director in Production and Postproduction 541
Ch. 20 Field Production and Big Remotes 565
Suggested Readings 609
Glossary 613
Index 635
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