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2nd Edition

Introduction to Video Production
Studio, Field, and Beyond

ISBN 9781138705753
Published November 21, 2017 by Routledge
262 Pages 343 Color Illustrations

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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. Introduction

2. Video Production Environments

3. Lighting

4. The Video Camera

5. Audio and Sound Control

6. The Video Switcher

7. The Role of the Producer

8. Directing Part I

9. Directing Part II

10. Video Recording and Editing

11. Video Editing Techniques

12. Graphics and Set Design

13. Video on the Web


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Ronald J. Compesi is Professor Emeritus in the Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts Department at San Francisco State University, where he taught for 38 years. In 2007, he was recognized as the outstanding Media Arts Professor in the California State University System. Compesi is also the author of Video Field Production and Editing, in print since 1985.

Jaime S. Gomez is Professor of Communication in the Communication Department at Eastern Connecticut State University, where he has taught for 19 years. Gomez has worked on international video productions as a director and cameraperson in countries such as Panama, Spain, Colombia, and the Middle East.


"Anyone looking for a comprehensive introductory textbook on video production will find this to be the perfect fit for their needs. This book tackles both technical and creative aspects of media production, and provides useful visual examples as well as case studies for each subject approached. The updated second edition is successful in adding information about new technologies to this solid piece of writing on the fundaments of video making."

—Elisa Herrmann, Assistant Professor & Coordinator of the Film Program, Department of Mass Communication, Sam Houston State University