You're probably wondering if all the hoopla surrounding digital video is for real. Rest assured, it is. No more Super-8 or 16mm film, no more VHS tapes (which are nearly impossible for the amateur to edit) – now it's all about digital video. All you need is a digital video camera and a decent computer with video-editing software, and any amateur home moviemaker can create great movies with ease.
Well, almost with ease. Making good movies – even home movies – still requires some basic knowledge of how the equipment works, how to set up good shots, how to use the editing software, and so on. And all that can be daunting to the beginner. That's where Digital Video For Dummies, 2nd Edition, comes in. Recently revised to cover the latest advances in digital video technology, this easy-to-understand guide can get you up and running quickly on your first digital video project.
Digital Video For Dummies, 2nd Edition, covers the following topics and more:
- Understanding digital video equipment – from cameras to computers
- Starting preproduction of your movie – from scripting and storyboarding to location scouting
- Composing and lighting a scene
- Getting great sound for your movie
- Putting all the pieces of your movie together in Apple's iMovie, Windows Movie Maker, or Adobe Premiere
- Transferring your digital movie to videotape, burning it to CD-ROM, or publishing it to the Web
- Top Ten lists highlighting tips for making spectacular movies, pointers for producing a great wedding video, and awesome accessories.
Digital Video For Dummies, 2nd Edition, also comes with a CD-ROM with trial versions of popular video-editing software, as well as some sample movies that you can play around with.
So whether you're new to the home moviemaking business, or you've been shooting home movies for years but want to give digital video a try, Digital Video For Dummies, 2nd Edition, can help you create home movies that you'll be proud to screen for your family and friends.
About the Author
Martin Doucette worked at a digital video firm and produces interactive video programs. He is also the author of Microsoft Project 2000 For Dummies.
Table of Contents
PART I: Diving Into Digital Video.
Chapter 1: Setting Your Sights on Digital Video.
Chapter 2: Touring a Digital Camcorder.
PART II: Shooting Digital Video.
Chapter 3: Maximizing Your Digital Camcorder's Capabilities.
Chapter 4: Let There Be Light!
Chapter 5: Sound Is a Big Deal!
Chapter 6: The Basics of Creating Great Video.
Chapter 7: Shooting Video on Location.
PART III: Editing Digital Video with Your Computer.
Chapter 8: Getting Your Computer Ready for Making Movies.
Chapter 9: Video Editing with Adobe Premiere.
Chapter 10: Making Movies with Windows Movie Maker.
Chapter 11: Making Movies with iMovie.
PART IV: Jazzing Up Your Video with Photos.
Chapter 12: Manipulating Digital Photos with Film Factory.
Chapter 13: Adding Graphics to Video with Adobe Photoshop.
Chapter 14: Exporting Your Movies.
PART V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 15: Ten Tips on Making Spectacular Home Movies.
Chapter 16: Ten (Or So) Pointers for Producing a Digital Video Wedding.
Chapter 17: Ten Great Toys Under $200.
Chapter 18: (Almost) Ten Great Toys Over $200.
PART VI: Appendixes.
Appendix A: About the CD.
Appendix B: Glossary.
End-User License Agreement.
Book Registration Information.