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Hands-On Guide to Flash Video by Jan Ozer, Stefan Richter

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CHAPTER 3

Designing Your Set

Set design has three components: the appearance of the background, how your subjects are dressed and how they are positioned on the set. Without question, set design can have a profound effect on both the perceived and actual quality of your compressed video. That is, choose inappropriate clothing for your subjects, and your video looks amateurish; to add insult to injury, a poor choice like a striped shirt will add an obvious artifact called a moiré pattern to the video, degrading visual quality.

In this chapter, I’ll describe how to create a simple set for in-house use and how to identify a good background when shooting video on location, say for a case study, interview or testimonial. After reading this chapter, ...

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