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PC Magazine guide to digital video
Author:
Ozer, Jan, 1955-
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Publication Information:
Indianapolis, IN ; Chichester : Wiley, [2004]

©2004
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xix, 448 pages: illustrations; 24 cm + 1 CD-ROM (4 3/4 in.)
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Includes index.

includes CD-ROM
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English
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PC magazine.
ISBN:
9780764543609
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Book

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What does it take to make great digital video? The right equipment, the right skills, and Jan Ozer's advice.

PC Magazine's digital video authority delivers the details that will help you make videos you can be proud of. Here's the lowdown on which camera to choose (and why), how to shoot the best footage, how to capture the best sound, how to get your video from the camera to your computer, what to do when you get it there, and how to produce a showstopper from start to finish.

Author Jan Ozer offers expert advice on:

Deciding what you do and don't need in a digital camcorder Selecting a DV or analog capture solution Picking the perfect video editor Getting the right DVD-authoring package and recorder Shooting terrific footage and capturing sound that's just right Outputting your project in various formats And producing professional-quality DVDs

The book's CD-ROM includes audio and video files comparing consumer and prosumer camcorders and demonstrating techniques like noise removal; MyDV D, Pinnacle Studio, Ulead Video Studio, RealONE Player, muvee auto Producer trial versions, and more.


Author Notes

Jan Ozer has worked with digital video since 1990, originally as VP of Marketing for Iterated Systems, a video compression developer, and thereafter as contributing editor to PC Magazine and E-Media. Since then, Jan has written three books on digital video and has instructed two- and three- day video compression seminars, most recently for the University of Wisconsin.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. xxi
How to Read This Bookp. xxi
Additional Resourcep. xxii
Part I Buying Your Equipment
Chapter 1 Choosing a DV Camcorderp. 3
Reviewing the Digital Formatsp. 3
DV Formatp. 4
Digital8p. 4
MicroMVp. 5
DVD Camcordersp. 6
Camcorder Basicsp. 6
Charge Coupled Devicesp. 6
Analyzing Lens Capabilitiesp. 10
Viewfinder and LCD Panelp. 16
Camcorder Input/Outputp. 17
Analog Inputp. 18
Microphonep. 19
Accessory Shoep. 20
Batteriesp. 21
Automatic and Manual Settingsp. 21
Features to Disregardp. 23
Buying an Inexpensive Camcorderp. 24
The Prosumer Linep. 28
Test Drivep. 29
Summaryp. 32
Chapter 2 Getting Video to Your Computerp. 33
Buying Considerationsp. 35
Format Supportp. 35
Your Technical Capabilitiesp. 35
Intended Usep. 36
Required Performancep. 36
Your Current Computerp. 36
DV-Only Productsp. 37
Movie Maker 2p. 37
Inexpensive DV-Capture Cards with Consumer-Editing Bundlesp. 38
Inexpensive DV-Capture Cards with Prosumer Editing Bundlesp. 40
Real-Time DV-Capture Cardsp. 42
Analog-Capture Devicesp. 44
USB Analog-Capture Devices (MPEG-1)p. 44
Internal Analog-Capture Cardsp. 46
USB Analog-Capture Devices (MPEG-2)p. 47
FireWire Analog-Capture Devicesp. 50
Summaryp. 51
Chapter 3 Choosing Your Video Editorp. 53
Editing 101p. 53
Movie Maker 2p. 56
VideoStudio 7p. 57
Pinnacle Studio 8p. 58
Moving On Up to the Prosumer Levelp. 61
What's Past Is Pastp. 62
Interfacep. 63
Color Correctionp. 68
Motion Controlsp. 71
Transitionsp. 73
2D and 3D Effectsp. 75
Titling Utilityp. 79
Overlayp. 81
Audio Controlsp. 82
Renderingp. 85
Prosumer Summaryp. 88
Summaryp. 89
Chapter 4 Choosing a DVD-Authoring Packagep. 91
DVD Basicsp. 92
Audio/Video Contentp. 92
SlideShowsp. 93
Menusp. 93
Advanced DVD Featuresp. 96
Editable DVDsp. 96
Converting Tapes to DVDp. 99
Consumer Authoring and Editing Programsp. 100
Prosumer Authoring Programsp. 101
Summaryp. 102
Chapter 5 Choosing a DVD Recorderp. 105
What's Past Is Prologp. 106
Defining Our Termsp. 106
The Contendersp. 107
DVD-R/RWp. 108
DVD+R/+RWp. 109
DVD-RAM and DV Multip. 110
Comparing the Formatsp. 113
The Burning Questionp. 113
Compatibilityp. 113
Overall Summaryp. 115
Buying a DVD Recorderp. 117
Internal versus Externalp. 117
Speed Metricsp. 118
Bundled Softwarep. 119
Summaryp. 119
General Information Resourcesp. 119
Pricing Resourcesp. 120
Chapter 6 Upgrading and Preparing Your Computerp. 121
1. "Recommended" Is the Minimump. 121
2. Buy, Don't Buildp. 123
3. Get Current on the Operating Systemp. 123
4. Processor--Spend Money Herep. 123
5. RAM--Get Enough but No Morep. 125
6. Hard Disk--Buy Capacity, Not Speedp. 127
High-Performance Applicationsp. 128
7. Graphics--Let Your Video Editor Decidep. 129
8. Steps Before Installingp. 129
Rules to Live Byp. 131
Summaryp. 132
Part II Shooting Your Video
Chapter 7 The Basics of Shootingp. 135
Introductionp. 135
Working in Recording Mode Shotp. 136
Framing the Shot--The Rule of Thirdsp. 137
Police Your Shootp. 139
Calling the Shotsp. 140
The Art of Motionp. 145
Keeping the Camera Steadyp. 146
Motion Effectsp. 146
The Rules of Motionp. 148
Storytellingp. 153
Tell a Storyp. 153
Storyboardsp. 153
Shoot to Editp. 154
Moviemakingp. 157
Cutawaysp. 157
Multiple Camera Anglesp. 158
Shots and Shot Combinationsp. 160
Summaryp. 164
Chapter 8 Capturing Good Audiop. 167
Camcorder Microphone Issuesp. 167
Key Audio-Related Camera Featuresp. 168
Going Beyond the Integrated Microphonep. 169
Attachable Microphonesp. 170
Separate Microphonesp. 172
Summaryp. 173
Chapter 9 Shooting for Digital Distributionp. 175
Reality 1 Bandwidth Mattersp. 175
Understanding Data Ratep. 176
Reality 2 Video Compression Is Lossyp. 178
Streaming Datap. 179
Reality 3 Inter-Frame Compression Means Motion Degrades Qualityp. 180
Applying Inter-Frame Theory to Your Videosp. 183
Sources of Motion to Watch Out Forp. 184
Test Early and Oftenp. 187
Summaryp. 188
Part III Video Editing and Production
Chapter 10 Capture for Video Editingp. 193
Capture Conceptsp. 193
Capture Optionsp. 194
Scene Detectionp. 195
Device Controlp. 195
Dropped Framesp. 195
Capture Directoryp. 196
Defragmenting Your hard Drivep. 196
DV Capturep. 197
Connecting for DV Capturep. 198
Capturing DV Manuallyp. 199
Batch Capturing DV Files--Ulead VideoStudiop. 201
Analog Capturep. 202
Setting Up for Analog Capturep. 203
Capturing Analog Videop. 206
Summaryp. 213
Chapter 11 Basic Editing Techniquesp. 215
Meet Your Video Editorp. 217
Working in the Libraryp. 217
The Preview Windowp. 220
The Movie Construction Windowp. 222
Splitting and Trimming Your Clipsp. 227
Trimming in Recording Modep. 228
Trimming in Story-Telling and Movie-Making Modesp. 229
The Mechanics of Splittingp. 229
The Mechanics of Trimmingp. 231
Using Video Transitionsp. 241
The Mechanics of Transitionsp. 242
Fading In and Outp. 244
The Art of the Motivated Transitionp. 246
Designing Titlesp. 248
Full Screen versus Overlayp. 248
Building Titlesp. 249
Animating Titlesp. 251
Growing Your Own Music Videop. 252
Summaryp. 256
Chapter 12 Working with Audiop. 257
Creating Narrationsp. 257
Getting Connectedp. 257
Preparing the Studiop. 258
Scripting Your Narrationp. 259
Recording the Narrationp. 260
Ripping CD Audio Tracksp. 263
Smart Sound Background Musicp. 265
Adding Sound Effectsp. 267
Getting Audio to the Timelinep. 268
Adjusting Track Volumep. 269
Editing Audio on the Timelinep. 270
Inserting Cross-Fades into Transitionsp. 271
Advanced Audio Topicsp. 272
Noise Removalp. 272
Equalizationp. 274
Normalizationp. 275
Audio Panningp. 275
Other Effectsp. 277
Summaryp. 278
Chapter 13 Working with Still Imagesp. 279
Producing Slideshowsp. 280
Cropping Your Imagesp. 283
One More Timep. 286
Building the Slideshowp. 286
Animating Your Imagesp. 290
Using Your Imaginate-tionp. 292
Edition's Version of Panningp. 293
Overlaying Titles and Other Still Imagesp. 294
Creating a Logo in PhotoImpactp. 298
Summaryp. 301
Chapter 14 Producing Special Effectsp. 303
The Basics Firstp. 303
The Many Shades of Color Correctionp. 306
Consumer Color-Correction Toolsp. 306
Prosumer Toolsp. 308
Consumer Special Effectsp. 310
Prosumer Effectsp. 311
Motion Effectsp. 311
Video Overlay (Keying)p. 313
3D Prosumer Effectsp. 315
Summaryp. 317
Chapter 15 Automatic Movie Generationp. 319
Movie Generation Workflowp. 319
Stylin'p. 320
Outputp. 321
Microsoft's Movie Maker 2--AutoMoviep. 321
muvee autoProducerp. 323
muvee megaProducerp. 324
Summaryp. 327
Chapter 16 Rendering Your Projectp. 329
Preliminariesp. 329
What's Missing?p. 332
Writing to Tapep. 332
Hardware Setupp. 333
Rendering and Writing Your Videop. 333
Producing MPEG Files for DVDp. 335
Producing DVD Compatible MPEG-2 Filesp. 336
Encoding in Adobe Premiere Prop. 336
Outputting DV Filesp. 339
Producing MPEG-1 Filesp. 341
Streaming Mediap. 345
Microsoft's Windows Media Technologiesp. 345
Creating RealVideo Filesp. 349
Summaryp. 351
Part IV DVD Production
Chapter 17 DVD Production Basicsp. 355
Editing to Authoring Workflowp. 355
DVD Componentsp. 358
DVD Contentp. 358
DVD Navigationp. 359
Planning Your DVDp. 361
How Much Time Do I Have?p. 362
How Much Content?p. 362
How Do I Want My Content to Flow?p. 362
Where Will I Create and Hand Off My Video?p. 362
How Will I Create My Menus?p. 364
How Dressy Will I Make My Menus?p. 365
What's My Navigational Structure?p. 366
Summaryp. 366
Chapter 18 Converting Tapes to DVDp. 369
What You'll Needp. 370
Writing to Disc in MovieFactory 2p. 370
One-Step Conversion in MyDVDp. 375
Summaryp. 380
Chapter 19 Basic DVD-Authoring Techniquesp. 381
Our Sample Contentp. 381
One-Stop DV to DVDp. 382
Step 1 Plan Projectp. 382
Step 2 Set Project Typep. 383
Step 3 Set Capture Parametersp. 385
Step 4 Capture Videop. 387
Step 5 Create Final Videos and Chapter Pointsp. 388
Step 6 Create Slideshowp. 394
Ulead MovieFactoryp. 399
Step 7 Create Menusp. 401
Step 8 Previewp. 405
Step 9 Burn, Baby, Burnp. 405
Rolling the Dice with DVD Recordablep. 409
Authoring with Video Editorsp. 409
Pinnacle Studiop. 410
Summaryp. 415
Chapter 20 Advanced DVD Productionp. 417
Planning Your DVD Productionp. 417
Capturing and Creating Final Videosp. 418
Creating Menusp. 420
Creating and Linking Submenusp. 422
Previewing the Projectp. 424
Ulead DVD Workshopp. 424
Adobe Encore--The Next Big Thangp. 426
Summaryp. 427
Appendix What's on the CD-ROMp. 429
System Requirementsp. 429
Using the CD with Windowsp. 429
What's on the CDp. 430
Author-Created Materialsp. 430
Applicationsp. 430
Troubleshootingp. 432
Indexp. 433
End-User License Agreementp. 455