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3rd Edition

Producing Videos
A complete guide

ISBN 9781742370569
Published May 1, 2010 by Routledge
572 Pages

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Book Description

Producing Videos has been called the 'bible' of video making. A bestseller over many years, it offers a comprehensive and user friendly guide to all aspects of video production - from the first chapter on using a camera (if it doesn't go in easily, don't force it) to the chapter on distribution (no matter what happens, always hold onto your master).

All the elements of video production are covered: camera operation; scriptwriting; composition; budgeting; preproduction planning; lighting and sound recording; interview techniques; field production and studio shoots; digital editing; digital postproduction techniques; video streaming and other forms of online distribution.

This edition has been fully revised and updated to cover developments in technology, promotion and distribution. It includes tips from over 120 experienced video teachers from around the world, and is illustrated with over 600 photographs and 200 diagrams.

Producing Videos is the best handbook available for learning the basics of video making. It is an ideal guide for students, and for anyone who has a flip camera burning a hole in their pocket and aspirations to become the next hot new director.

Table of Contents


Acknowledgements ix

Greeting xiii

1 The camera

2 Image control

3 Composition and framing

4 The camera' s view

5 Telling the story

6 Video formats

7 Video storage

8 Editing basics

9 Editing aesthetics

10 Editing more technical

11 Microphones

12 Having the right connections

13 Location sound

14 Sound postproduction

15 Safety on the set

16 Lighting

17 Using lighting equipment

18 Production options

19 Video for Empowerment

20 Scriptwriting

21 Doing short dramas

22 Budgeting

23 Preproduction

24 The location shoot

25 Studio layout and equipment

26 Studio roles

27 Studio procedures

28 Operating the vision mixer

29 Operating the studio audio mixer

30 Studio interviews

31 The HOT studio

32 Copyright

33 Distribution



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Martha Mollison has been a freelance video producer for over twenty-five years and has taught both in Australia and the US in universities, colleges, cable TV stations and community organisations. She is currently based in Portland, Oregon, USA.


'Whether you are a beginner or veteran filmmaker, Martha Mollison's Producing Videos serves as a comprehensive guide to all aspects of video production.' - Greg Walters, Portland Community College

'An invaluable resource for developing my students' video journalism skills.' - Kay Nankervis, Charles Sturt University