Real World Digital Video by Pete Shaner and Gerald Everett Jones, is, as the title indicates, a real world guide to the world of DV video production. We are very impressed with the scope and detail within these 400 some pages.
Even though it is targeted to those who want to make business and industrial videos using DV camcorders, the language is very accessible and can be easily understood by the most basic of newbies. In addition, those who are just shooting home videos and movies, as well as those using top of the line video and film equipment, can also find valuable info within these pages.
The book covers the latest technology-and techniques-in almost every phase of video production, with an emphasis on the production aspect itself.. This practical resource explains how to capture professional-quality images and sound; with details about camera selection and set-up, composition and camera movement, lighting, audio production, and crew selection and management. The book also covers digital video editing, post process, and the addition of special effects; as well as the basics of distributing the final video production on tape, DVD, or streaming Internet media.
In addition it covers the down and dirty essentials of real world production like safety on the set, what equipment should be rented and what can be bought, legal issues and pratfalls, logistics of transportation, and even how to strike a set.
Real World Digital Video draws many of its examples from practical communication projects in businesses and organizations: product demos, news-style interviews, documentaries, and event coverage, as well as scripted presentations with business messages, and experimental and fictional films.
Real World Digital Video promotes DV's "democratization" of video and film-making the powerful tools of mass communication more economical and accessible than ever before. The companion DVD comes packed with examples of a video interview, a documentary, and a scripted project, in addition to on-camera interviews with DV experts, software demos, and useful production forms and templates. For example, rather than working up your own documents, you can simply download pre-production and production forms, a template for shot plans, and checklists for buying or renting cameras, lighting and sound equipment, and an editing system.
This is a great book for those contemplating entering the world of professional video production - or even for those with experience, looking to pick up a few new cool tricks of the trade. This is a book written by those with experience.