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3rd Edition

Producing Videos
A complete guide

ISBN 9781742370569
Published April 30, 2010 by Routledge
576 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.

'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

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.

Support Material


  • Editing Exercise

    Video Editing Challenge

    Topic: Sydney Harbour, Australia

    Edit a 30 second or 60 second video piece using the video clips and stills supplied.

    It's fine to supplement with music, sound effects, text and graphics, but don't use other images.

    See how creative you can be!

    Video clips 1

    Video clips 2

    Video clips 3


    Copyright notice:
    The images are copyright Peter Frybort or Ronald Cooper as indicated by the file name, and the videos are copyright John Sirett or Neville Clare as indicated by the file name. All images and videos have been provided for use in the editing exercise that supplements Martha Mollison’s textbook Producing Videos 3rd edition. They can be freely used and altered as part of this exercise for educational or personal purposes, but they are not to be otherwise distributed or used for any commercial purpose under any circumstances.

  • Suggested links

    The following websites provide useful material to help you develop your skills in video production.
    Creative Communities of the World. This is a great entry point for finding the answers to thousands of your questions. Free video tutorials and forums divided up by applications (eg After Effects) where you can communicate with experts and ordinary practitioners.
    Post-production tutorials by Andrew Devis. Very clear and easy to understand.
    A library of bite-sized online video tutorials. This is a subscription service.
    This is a high-quality video hosting site. You're likely to find your video will look better online if you have it hosted here.
    This is an online magazine with tutorials, product reviews and forums.


  • Elements of a Basic Video

    What does it take to make a good video?

    Check out the steps that will take your footage from unrelated shots to a story people will consider worth viewing.