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Introduction to Video Production, 2nd Edition

Book Description

Written in a clear, non-technical manner, Introduction to Video Production focuses on the fundamental principles and aesthetics of video production and the technologies used in both studio and field environments. Ronald J. Compesi and Jaime S. Gomez cover each aspect of the process step by step, from preproduction to lighting, sound, directing, editing, graphics, and distribution. Taking into account the changes in workflow and production planning and distribution brought on by the advent of digital media, this second edition has been updated throughout to account for the increasing popularity of DSLR cameras, online distribution, the rise of portable cameras and mobile video, and much more.

Key features include:

  • a thorough overview of video production in studio and field environments without being overly technical, allowing students to get the "big picture" of production;
  • coverage of new digital production, recording, and editing technologies;
  • over 300 photos and line art illustrating aesthetic elements, technical issues, and production planning;
  • key words identified in boldface throughout the text and reinforced in a comprehensive glossary of terms.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. Contents
  5. Acknowledgments
  6. Preface
  7. 1 Introduction
    1. The Expanding Universe of Video Production
    2. Television and Video: What’s the Difference?
    3. Principal Elements Involved in Video Production
    4. Development, Production, and Distribution
  8. 2 Video Production Environments
    1. The Video Studio Environment
    2. The Video Field Production Environment
    3. The Postproduction Environment
  9. 3 Lighting
    1. Basic Lighting Concepts
    2. Lighting Equipment: Types of Lamps
    3. Common Lighting Instruments
    4. Light Mounts
    5. Light Modification and Control
    6. Studio Lighting Principles
    7. Field Lighting Principles
    8. Lighting Safety
    9. Planning
  10. 4 The Video Camera
    1. Camera Equipment Quality and Target Markets
    2. Camera Configurations
    3. Parts of a Video Camera
    4. Video Standards: Standard Definition and High Definition Television
    5. Camera Operational Controls
    6. Camera Supports
    7. The Zoom Lens
    8. Aperture Control and Depth of Field
    9. Camera Movement
    10. Operating the Video Camera
    11. Video Connectors
  11. 5 Audio and Sound Control
    1. Technical Aspects of Sound
    2. Microphones
    3. Connectors and Cables
    4. Audio Mixers
    5. Working with Audio Levels
    6. Digital Audio
    7. Sound Design
  12. 6 The Video Switcher
    1. Types of Video Switchers
    2. Operational Characteristics of a Video Switcher
    3. Switcher Transitions
    4. Keying
    5. Digital Video Effects
  13. 7 Producing: The Role of the Producer
    1. The Creative Producer
    2. The Production Process Model
    3. The Design Stage
    4. The Production Stage: Aesthetic and Technical Aspects
    5. Evaluation and Distribution
  14. 8 Directing: Part 1
    1. The Role of the Director
    2. Responsibilities During the Preproduction Process
    3. Aesthetics of Production: Continuity, Depth, and Visual Composition
  15. 9 Directing: Part 2
    1. The Director’s Role During Production
    2. Rehearsals
    3. Directing Multiple Cameras: Studio and Remotes
    4. Directing Single-Camera Productions
    5. The Role of the Director in Postproduction
  16. 10 Video Recording and Editing Technologies
    1. Video Recording Technologies
    2. Video Editing Technologies
  17. 11 Video Editing Techniques
    1. Editing for Multicamera and Single-Camera Productions
    2. Continuity and Dynamic Editing
    3. Editing Voice Driven Pieces
    4. Storytelling
  18. 12 Graphics and Set Design
    1. Design: The Guiding Principles
    2. Basic Factors in the Design of Graphics for Television and Video
    3. Create: Production Processes and Sources of Graphics
    4. Integrate: Integrating Graphics into a Video Production
    5. Set Design
  19. 13 Video on the Web
    1. Types of Video on the Web
    2. Methods of Delivering Video over the Web: Download and Play, Progressive Download, and Live Streaming
    3. The Process of Preparing Streaming Video
    4. A Final Consideration
  20. Glossary
  21. Index