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Real World Digital Video, Second Edition by Gerald Everett Jones, Pete Shaner

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Chapter Three. DV Technology and the Camcorder

Most digital video starts with a camcorder, and choosing the right one may be the single most important decision you have to make on your project.

Which camcorder would an experienced cinematographer advise you to use? What features would a skilled video editor urge you to look for? What would a professional camcorder operator tell you about which automatic controls she uses most often—and which make her job harder?

Before you buy or rent a camcorder, you need to know the answers to those questions, and a lot more. You'll find them in this chapter.

Some of this information, which ranges from video formats to image resolution, color space, and TV broadcast standards, is fairly technical. You'll find ...

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