This book teaches readers how to put a working system together by showing them the equipment available to them, and what it can do. Readers will learn how to create video products using the computer as an editing tool, and how to refine sound and combine graphics with video. Information on web distribution is included.
With the advent of the new digital camcorders developed by Panasonic and Sony in the new DV format, professional quality video is available in consumer-level equipment. At the same time, digital editing is now available for the PC using video capture cards in the $500-$1,000 price range, and digital editing software in the $800-$1,200 range, such as Adobe Premiere. This combination enables users such as the sophisticated amateur video maker, the wedding or business presentation video maker, and people working in multimedia for educational, training, or other presentation purposes, to edit their own work and turn out competent professional-quality video.
Table of Contents
The Camcorder Computer Link; Selecting the Right Camcorder; Computer Video Options for Under $500; Building the AV Computer; The Home Video Editing Challenge; Compression and Resolution; Unlimited Audio for Video; Creating Your Own CD ROM; Your Video On TV; Video Over the Internet; Projects; Appendix: Hardware and Software Solutions
Robert Wolenik is editor of Camcorder & ComputerVideo and Digital Photographer magazines, nationally distributed newsstand publications dealing with video cameras and editing, desktop video, and home theater environments. He formerly was editor of Home Satellite TV and Super Television, consumer electronics publications, as well as managing editor of COINage Magazine and Westerner Magazine. He has written more than 20 books. The author is an avid fan of all types of consumer electronics and is perpetually upgrading his own home theater system.
Creating PC Video is a well-organized book with useful graphics and photographs that demonstrate exactly how to follow the advice the authors give. It's one of the most practical books available for both beginner and experienced video hobbyists. - Computer Videomaker, March 2001