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Fix It In Post

Book Description

This book provides an array of concise solutions to the wide variety of problems that are faced by postproduction artists in the post process. With an application-agnostic approach, it gives proven, step-by-step methods to solving the most frequently encountered postproduction problems. Also included is access to a free, password-protected website that features application-specific resolutions to the problems presented, with fixes for working in Apple's Final Cut Studio suite, Avid's Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro, as well as other applications.

Lessons are enhanced through eye-catching 4 color illustrations throughout. Solutions are provided for common audio, video, digital, editorial, color, timing and compositing problems, such as, but not limited to:
* automated dialogue replacement, adjusting sync, and correcting pitch
* turning SD into HD (and vice-versa) and restoration of old film for video
* removing duplicate frames, repairing corrupt frames, and anti-aliasing
* maintaining continuity, removing soft cuts, and troubleshooting timecodes
* adding vignettes, removing color casts, and legalizing color
* speeding shots up or slowing shots down, and smoothing timelapse
* reframing shots, sky replacement, and object addition or removal

The book is presented in a "cookbook" format, allowing you to reference your exact problem in the TOC or index, go to that section, and immediately implement the solution featured.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Half Title
  3. Full Title
  4. Copyright
  5. Contents
  6. Acknowledgments
  7. Chapter 1 Introduction
    1. The Beginning of the End
    2. The Myth of Digital Magic
    3. The Substitute Time Machine
    4. About This Book
      1. Who This Book Is For
      2. How This Book Is Organized
      3. Contacting the Author
  8. Chapter 2 Essential Techniques
    1. The Software Toolbox
      1. Picture Manipulation
      2. Number Crunching
      3. Painting
      4. Cloning
      5. Layering
      6. Masking
      7. Keying
      8. Tracking
      9. Color Correcting
      10. How to Create a Difference Matte
      11. Audio Manipulation
      12. Sequencing
      13. Filtering
      14. Dynamic Adjustment
      15. Transcoding
    2. The Hardware Toolbox
      1. Input Devices
      2. Output Devices
      3. Storage
      4. Performance
    3. The Visual Toolbox
  9. Chapter 3 Fixing Lens Problems
    1. Lens Distortion
    2. How to Correct Barrel or Pincushion Distortion
    3. Vignettes
    4. How to Add a Vignette
    5. How to Remove a Vignette
    6. How to Remove Camera Shake
    7. How to Add Camera Shake
    8. How to Smooth Unsteady Shots
    9. Focus
    10. Digital Sharpening
    11. How to Repair Out-of-Focus Shots
    12. Color Fringing
    13. How to Remove Color Fringes
    14. Lens Flare
    15. How to Remove Lens Flare
    16. Simulating Camera Filters
  10. Chapter 4 Fixing Video Problems
    1. Frames, Fields, and GOPs
    2. How to De-interlace Footage
    3. How to Interlace Footage
    4. How to Correct Field Dominance
    5. How to Remove Stretched Fields
    6. How to Remove Drop-out
    7. How to Reduce Ringing
    8. How to Convert Video Formats
    9. How to Make Video Look Like Film
  11. Chapter 5 Fixing Film Problems
    1. Film Damage
    2. How to Bust Dust
    3. How to Remove Mold and Watermarks
    4. How to Remove Tramlines
    5. How to Correct Frame Registration
    6. How to Repair Splice Damage
    7. How to Remove Film Gates
    8. Film Grain
    9. How to Reduce Film Grain
    10. How to Add Grain
    11. Emulating Video
    12. How to Make Film Look Like HD Video
    13. How to Emulate Cell Phone Video
    14. How to Emulate Security Camera Video
  12. Chapter 6 Fixing Digital Problems
    1. Digital Corruption
    2. How to Fix Pixel Corruption
    3. Digital Artifacts
    4. How to Anti-Alias Pixels
    5. How to Reduce Noise
    6. How to Reduce Banding
    7. Compression
    8. Color Sampling
    9. Compression Damage
    10. How to Work with Multiple Formats
    11. Outputting to Different Formats
    12. How to Produce Stills for Print
  13. Chapter 7 Fixing Audio Problems
    1. Digital and Analogue Audio
    2. Anatomy of Digital Audio
    3. How to Get Consistent Volume
    4. How to Retime Audio
    5. How to Correct Sync Issues
    6. How to Reduce Audible Noise
    7. How to Remove Pops and Clicks
    8. Stereophonic and Multichannel Audio
    9. How to Get Stereo from Mono
    10. How to Get Surround Sound from Stereo
    11. How to Automate Dialogue Replacement
    12. How to Ensure Audio Continuity
  14. Chapter 8 Fixing Color Problems
    1. Clipping and Crushing
    2. How to Correct Exposure Issues
    3. Color Space
    4. How to Legalize Colors
    5. How to Enhance Tone and Contrast
    6. How to Enhance Highlights and Shadows
    7. Color Temperature
    8. How to Remove Color Casts
    9. Black and White
    10. How to Turn Color into Black and White
    11. How to Bleach Bypass
    12. How to Cross Process
    13. How to Blue-Green Transfer
    14. How to Boost Vibrance
    15. How to Turn Day into Night
  15. Chapter 9 Fixing Compositional Problems
    1. The Crop
    2. The Letterbox
    3. Digital Scaling
    4. How to Use High-Quality Scaling
    5. Aspect Ratio
    6. How to Turn HD into SD
    7. How to Turn SD into HD
    8. Pixel Aspect Ratio
    9. How to Remove Objects from Shots
    10. How to Censor Objects
    11. How to Replace Skies
    12. How to Replace Logos
    13. How to Extend Framing
    14. How to Add Pseudo-Reflections
  16. Chapter 10 Fixing Timing Problems
    1. Retiming Footage
    2. How to Speed Up a Shot
    3. How to Slow Down a Shot
    4. How to Time-Warp Footage
    5. Removing Duplicate Frames
    6. How to Remove a Single Frame
    7. How to Remove Repeating Frames
    8. How to Regenerate Missing Frames
    9. Flicker
    10. How to Reduce Flicker
    11. Motion Blur
    12. How to Add Motion Blur
    13. How to Reduce Motion Blur
    14. How to Get Great Time-Lapsed Shots
  17. Chapter 11 Fixing Editorial Problems
    1. How to Maintain Continuity
    2. How to Correct Flash Frames
    3. How to Remove Invisible Edits
    4. How to Troubleshoot Dissolves
    5. How to Create a Custom Transition
    6. Pull-downs
    7. How to Reverse a Pull-down
    8. How to Convert 24 FPS Footage
    9. How to Troubleshoot Timecodes
    10. How to Patch Frames
  18. Appendix 1 Basic Strategies
    1. Digital Assets Management
      1. Naming Conventions
      2. Backups
      3. Version Control
      4. Asset Libraries
      5. Conforming
    2. Collaboration
    3. Non-destructive Workflows
      1. QuickTime Reference Videos
    4. Image Sequence Workflows
    5. Security
      1. What to Protect
      2. How to Protect It
      3. Password-Protection
      4. Encryption
  19. Appendix 2 Reference Data
    1. Standard Data Resolutions
    2. Standard Video Characteristics
    3. Film Dimensions
    4. Common Digital Image Formats
    5. Common Digital Audio Formats
    6. Safe Areas
  20. Index