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Digital SLR video & filmmaking for dummies
Carucci, John author.
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Publication Information:
Hoboken, New Jersey : John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2013.

Physical Description:
xxii, 388 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Overview: Step-by-step guide for using your digital SLR to make quality video. With digital SLR cameras becoming more and more popular as replacements for standalone video cameras, this book helps photographers become better videographers and shows videographers how to incorporate DSLRs into their work. The book includes an overview of the DSLR video tools and process and shows how to establish camera settings for effective capture, light a scene, get sound, and achieve the film look. The book also offers the basics on editing footage into a final product using common video editing tools. Offers everything needed to shoot, produce, and edit a professional looking videos using DSLR video equipment. -- Written for both professional photographers and videographers and those just starting out. -- Includes the steps for applying information to a film project, including developing a screenplay, approaching shooting like a cinematographer, and directing. -- Contains a walkthrough of common video projects including making a music video, a wedding video, and video greeting card. Digital SLR Video and Filmmaking for Dummies is designed to help photographers ramp up their video skills, videographers add DSLRs to their toolkits, and amateurs begin shooting their own short films and videos.
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Includes index.
Introduction: -- About this book -- Foolish assumptions: -- Newbies -- Students -- Photographers -- Videographers -- Conventions used in this book -- How this book is organized: -- Part 1: Joining The DSLR Video Revolution -- Part 2: Control The Camera, Control The Movie -- Part 3: Fixing It In Post -- Part 4: Becoming A Filmmaker -- Part 5: Part Of Tens -- Icons used in this book -- Where to go from here -- Part 1: Joining The DSLR Video Revolution: -- Going From Still To Video In A Single Camera: -- Making Movies With Your DSLR: -- Understanding the SLR part -- Figuring out the digital part -- Changing a lens -- Defining DSLR users -- Deciding Whether To Get A DLSR: -- Understanding why DSLRs are not quite the same as a video camera -- Seeing how DSLR is familiar to still photographers -- Thinking in movie terms -- Putting It All Together: -- Realizing that half the movie is shooting it -- Making your movie sing in post-production -- Figuring out what to do with your movie -- Exploring DSLR Video Capabilities: -- Selecting The Right Camera: -- Working on a budget -- Blowing the budget -- Using something just right -- Understanding camera controls -- Breaking Down The Numbers: -- Sensor resolution for movies -- Frame rate -- Scan types -- Outlining The Main Functions On Your DSLR: -- Moviemaking shutter speeds -- Key DSLR functions -- Knowing Your DSLR: -- Canon -- Nikon -- Olympus -- Pentax -- Sony -- Panasonic - Eyes of the camera: breaking down camera lenses -- Discovering The Tools Of Tapeless Capture: -- Size matters and so does speed -- Protecting your card -- Keeping Your Camera Steady: -- Using A Tripod: -- Keeping a good head on your shoulders - er sticks -- Simplifying with a monopod -- Creating stability without a tripod -- To Have And To Hold: -- Camera rig systems -- Breaking down the rig components -- Other handheld devices -- Moving The Camera With Support: -- Camera dolly -- Using a crane or jib -- Audio Matters: -- Deciphering Audio Capture Choices: -- Internal audio -- Portable digital audio recorders -- Explaining Microphone Flavors: -- Microphone designed for DSLR -- Microphone accessories -- Connecting your audio device -- Understanding wireless transmitters -- Recognizing the importance of monitoring audio -- Part 2: Control The Camera, Control The Movie: -- Shooting Video With Your DSLR: -- Nailing The Fundamentals Of The Shoot: -- Understanding exposure -- Putting it all together -- Keeping The Camera Steady, Eddie!: -- Handholding like a SLR doesn't work -- Not wanting, but needing, to use a tripod -- Using a rack system for steady holding -- Shooting to edit -- Shooting just enough variations -- Watching and learning from the movies -- Varying focal length -- Mastering shot structure -- Maintaining continuity between shots -- Getting Creative With Your Shoot: -- Controlling Aperture For Effect: -- Understanding depth of field -- Reciprocity at work -- Factors that affect depth of field -- Finding The Best Angle: -- Employing angles effectively -- Let the camera do the walking, -er - moving -- Playing nice with your dolly -- Using Camera Filters: -- Mounting filters: the choice is yours -- Shooting day for night -- Tooling With Camera Effects: -- Keen on green screen -- Shooting your very own chroma key -- Using Time-Lapse Photography: -- Making a time-lapse movie -- Calculating your time -- Breaking Dawn Over Light Sources: -- Understanding why lighting is critical -- Taking advantage of natural light -- Looking at passive versus proactive lighting -- Seeing Why Not All Light Is Created Equal: -- Color temperature -- Day-light spectrum -- From dawn to dusk -- Understanding Incandescent Light Sources: -- Candlelight -- Tungsten illumination -- Household bulbs -- Working with location and studio lighting -- Dealing With Artificial Illumination On The Scene: -- Night light, dark and bright -- Shadows and highlights -- Working With High-Intensity Discharge Lamps: -- Sodium vapor -- Mercury vapor -- Metal halide lighting -- Loving the way that neon glows -- Coping with the unpredictability of fluorescents -- Making the scene look better -- BYOL: Bringing Your Own Light: -- Selecting Lighting Solutions A LA Carte: -- Using on-camera video lights -- Exploring lighting kits -- Using non-conventional lighting -- Understanding The Basic Nature Of Lighting: -- Mastering three-point lighting -- Discovering main light -- Working with a fill light -- Using a backlight -- Looking at four-point lighting -- Discovering even more lights -- Using reflectors to complement lighting -- Improvising a reflector -- Making Dramatic Lighting Easy: -- Making Rembrandt proud -- Playing the angles -- Doing a simple green screen illumination -- Complementary color -- Avoiding Lighting Pitfalls: -- Remaining diligent of all lights in the scene -- Seeing why too much texture may get you in trouble -- Keeping your eyes on the subject's face -- Watch out for lens flare -- Reigning In The Frame: -- You Got Framed!: -- Considering proper composition -- Using the rule of thirds -- Remembering the people aesthetic -- Keeping the frame simple -- Using the background -- Art Directing The Scene: -- Framing the subject -- Being creative with shadows and reflections -- Taking advantage of symmetry -- Beginning mise-en-scene -- Breaking down the shots -- Moving The Camera The Wrong Way: -- Too much camera movement -- Too much zoom -- Panned and panned and panned -- Tilting frames -- Subject disappears from view -- Objects disappear from the edge of the screen -- Making The Most Of Audio Capture: -- Recording Sound On The Scene: -- Capturing sound with the camera's built-in microphone -- Using a camera-mounted microphone - Taking a step up to a separate microphone -- Identifying audio problems -- Using a separate sound recorder -- Getting Around Those Audio Pitfalls: -- Working around limitations -- Maintaining proper levels -- Watching the meters -- Using headphones -- Staying close to the subject -- Seeing why two channels are good, four channels are better -- Audio file types -- Adding Sound Effects: -- Finding sound effects -- Making your own sound effects --

Part 3: Fixing It In Post: -- Building Your Editing Suite: -- Picking The Best Computer For the Job: -- Are you a Mac? -- Or are you a PC? -- Naming conventions out the windows -- Systems are not that far apart -- Understanding Workstation Requirements: -- Minimum speed need not apply -- Nexus of processors -- Graphic cards -- Random Access Memory (RAM) -- Cache-ing out -- Spin your hard drive at 7,200, please -- Port types -- Accessories Make The Outfit: -- Adding an additional monitor -- Keying in to keyboard types -- Of mice and men -- Using a video cassette deck -- Picking The Software That Suits Your Needs: -- Checking out free software -- Using pro software -- Exploring inexpensive options -- Getting To Know Adobe Premiere Elements: -- Getting the concept of non-linear editing -- Choosing From An Abundance Of Non-Linear Editing Software: -- Deciding on premiere elements -- Breaking down the interface -- Looking at the quick versus expert view -- Checking out the new features in expert view -- Checking out the new features in expert view -- Understanding The Requirements For Running Premiere Elements: -- Windows -- Mac OS -- Supported formats -- Looking At The Timeline: -- Organizer -- Tooling around -- Bringing in the media -- Importing video files -- Ingesting from camera -- Setting your scratch disc -- Implementing An Efficient Workflow: -- Setting preferences -- Setting up your movie -- Customize your workspace -- Save early, save often -- Looking At Premiere's Key Features: -- Instant movies -- Transitions -- Video effects -- Audio features -- Making titles -- Making Your Movie: -- Creating your movie project -- Putting It All Together: -- Transferring content from the camera card -- Importing movies from a hard drive -- Dragging and dropping in the timeline -- Setting ins and outs -- Trimming it, scrubbing it -- Using smart trim -- Adding tracks -- Resizing tracks -- Assembling the edit -- Using the snap option -- Negotiating Audio Matters: -- Mixing audio -- Get those levels right -- Separating tracks -- Observe audio with your eyes through waveforms -- Dressing Up Your Movie: -- Transitioning one clip to the next -- Titles make the movie -- Adding a static tile to your movie -- Create a rolling or crawling title -- Taking Your Edit To Infinity And Beyond: -- Making Elements Sing: -- Using keywords for metadata -- Tagging in organizer -- Smart tagging -- Changing a clip's speeded by using time stretch -- Reverse the playback of a clip -- Using time remapping -- Grabbing a freeze frame -- Exporting your movie -- Presenting Your Movie: -- Creating a self-playing movie -- Controlling File Size: -- Using a conversion program -- Checking out your movie -- Sharing and sharing alike -- Other choices for conversion programs -- Considering intellectual property rules -- Burning to DVD -- Showing your movie on Facebook -- Sharing video on YouTube -- Sharing video on Vimeo -- Archiving Your Movie Files: -- Finding The Best Archiving Solution: -- Archiving with external hard drives -- Burning to DVD -- Backing up to tape -- Considering Sony XDCAM -- Using media cards -- Trying online storage -- Managing Your Content: -- Organization made simple -- Using Adobe elements organizer -- Saving graces -- Exercising Common Sense: -- Redundancy is redundant, and it works -- Staying current on backup formats -- Constantly migrate the important files -- Part 4: Becoming A Filmmaker: -- Doing The Pre-shoot Work: -- Figuring What You Need: -- Scouting locations -- Shooting on a soundstage -- Considering props and costumes -- Gathering Your Assets, Er, Actors: -- Taking the next step with your cast -- Rehearsing your actors -- Doing a table read -- Writing the screenplay -- Breaking Down The Screenplay: -- Understanding character types -- Discovering the three-act structure -- Writing the treatment -- Starting small and building -- Crafting your character's dialogue in your screenplay -- Roles In The Filmmaking Process: -- Exploring The Behind-The-Scenes Roles: -- Producer -- Director -- Director of cinematography -- Camera operators -- Screenwriter -- Script supervisor -- Sound technicians -- Production designer -- Stunt coordinator -- Casting director -- Going Far Behind The Scenes: -- Production assistants -- Gaffers and cohorts -- Working With Talent: -- Staying on top of acting lingo -- Working with actors -- Finding actors -- Knowing The Post-Production Experts: -- Film editor -- Special effects editor -- Sound effects editor -- Managing The Day Of The Shoot And Beyond: -- Directors Direct: -- Directing your movie and keeping friends -- Understanding why directing is like politics -- Figuring out the importance of the clapperboard -- Shooting The Movie: -- Recognizing the need for multiple takes -- Shooting your movie out of order -- Arriving prepared -- Cleaning your lenses -- Creating a shooting schedule -- Working from a shot list -- Planning For Your Edit: -- Doing a sound check -- Logging each shot -- Managing continuity -- Backing up your stuff -- Your Read Carpet Premiere Awaits: -- Holding A Private Screening: -- Creating a virtual screening -- Dabbling in the festival waters -- Pondering The Film Festival Circuit, Major League Edition: -- Cannes Film Festival -- Sundance Film Festival -- Toronto International Film Festival -- Other film festivals -- Considering online film festivals -- Part 5: Part Of Tens: -- Ten Ways To Improve Your Filmmaking Skills: -- Plan your shoot -- Tell a concise story -- Shot to edit -- Use the proper tools for stabilization -- Understanding your DSLR like the stats for your favorite team -- Bring your own lighting -- Never skimp on composition -- Remember to get plenty of cutaways -- Don't forget about sound -- Watch a lot of movies -- Ten Steps To Creating A Music Video: -- Find the right song -- Determine what it takes to produce it -- Have a concept for the video -- What type of music video do you want? -- Break down the beats -- Work from a script -- Use light effectively -- Get the lip-synching down pat before hitting record -- Follow through on every sequence you shoot -- Shoot to edit to the umpteenth degree -- Ten Wedding Video Techniques: -- Have the right equipment -- Anticipate the action before you can follow it -- Capture the necessary moments -- Create a narrative through interviews -- Monitor your audio -- Shoot a healthy dose of B-roll -- Pay attention to focal length -- Try some tricks -- Make it happen in editing -- Be responsible and finish the job on time -- Ten Tips For Creating A Documentary: -- Know the topic you're going to cover -- Plan your shoot well -- Have the right equipment -- Have a plan for shooting -- Make contact with sources before shooting -- Don't under/overestimate your social skills -- Have a strong narrative -- Shoot much more than you'll ever use -- Using still photos -- Watch documentaries to understand narrative -- Index.
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