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The essential digital video handbook : a comprehensive guide to making videos that make money
May, Pete (Peter Francis), 1953-
Publication Information:
Mies, Switzerland : RotoVision, [2004]

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1 volume (various pagings) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
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Explains the entire process of making professional-looking movies, covering everything from choosing the right equipment to preparing the final movie for output. The book also features a section on business aspects of videography and is suitable for amateur and professionals alike.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 8
Dr. Philo T. Farnsworthp. 8
In Praise of the Accomplished Amateurp. 9
Turning Professionalp. 10
Chapter 1. Choosing Your Equipmentp. 12
Five-Step Foolproof Checklist for Finding Your Ideal DV Camerap. 12
The Test
Moving Pictures Need Moving Audiop. 24
Microphones and audio accessories
The Cutter's Toolkitp. 25
Nonlinear video editing programs
Supplemental software for special effects, audio, cleaning, and compression
Chapter 2. Finding Workp. 32
Where to Lookp. 32
Making It Payp. 35
Chapter 3. The 7 P'sp. 36
Overviewp. 36
Ability, audacity, and reality
Studying the masters
Scriptingp. 40
Dramatic scripts
Documentary scripts
Industrial scripts
Location Workp. 49
Location scouting, stealing shots
If You Want to Be Professional about All Thisp. 55
Storyboarding: From Stan Lee to stick figures
Rights, clearances, and losing the farm
Chapter 4. On Locationp. 60
Lighting Makes the Differencep. 60
Lighting equipment
Serious instruments
Lighting on a budget
Your grip kit
Lighting Techniquesp. 66
What's the point of lighting?
3-point lighting
2-point and 1-point lighting
Sound Thinkingp. 73
Principles of audio recording
Levels, latitude, and technical quality
Microphone types and when to use them
Booms, clips, hair placements, and tricks
The sound of silence
Rolling Tapep. 82
"Roll tape! No, wait!"
Set up the viewfinder
Check for unity
Battery levels
Check audio
Choose a filter and white balance
Expose and focus
"OK, Roll tape!"
Basic tips for shooting news style
Basic tips for shooting production style
Secrets of Our Visual Languagep. 90
Visual grammar primer
Rule of thirds
Centers of interest
Elements of the frame
Camera Placementp. 104
Angles and eye-lines
The 180[degree] rule and screen direction
The 30[degree] rule
Sequence shooting, talking, and turning
Camera Movementp. 116
Pan and tilt
Track, truck, and dolly
Stop zooming!
Dutch angles, booms, cranes, and the new world of camera movement
Makeupp. 123
The Tough Stuffp. 124
Shooting food
Shooting special effects: fights, blood, gunshots, ghosts, accidents, and superpowers
Chapter 5. Basic Principles of Editingp. 130
The Mechanics of Editingp. 131
Step 1: Logging tape
Step 2: Digitization and batch capture
Step 3: Creating a timeline
Step 4: Arranging your shots
Step 5: Trimming, slippin', and a slidin'
Step 6: Print to tape
The Universal Principles of Editingp. 132
The Rulesp. 134
Breaking the Rulesp. 141
Potemkin and MTV
Creating a "look"
Transitionsp. 143
What they mean and when to use them
What they can't do
Pacingp. 148
Textbook structure
Don't be afraid to kill
Using music and sound
Editing the sound tracks
Editing the music
Special Effectsp. 157
Combining shots using keys
Color matching and color effects
Film look
Fixing it in post
Chapter 6. The Finished Productp. 172
Abandoning the Editp. 172
Outputp. 173
Print to tape
Distributing on DVD
Web streaming
Glossaryp. 178
Index/Photo Creditsp. 190
About the Author/Acknowledgmentsp. 192