Digital video is a revolutionary force in filmmaking today, and Shooting Digital Video provides a much-needed guide to selecting the right equipment for the job and using it to produce professional-level work. An excellent resource for those interested in shooting documentaries, news, shorts, home videos, corporate videos, or even low-budget features, Shooting Digital Video offers complete technological coverage - from editing to compression for the web. From acquiring and maintaining the necessary equipment to shooting and lighting your DV, this book will show both the professional and the amateur how to do it with style.
Written by a professional filmmaker and author of six other camera-related titles, this handbook offers the expert's view of this innovative process. Providing the necessary information and advice to make a masterful looking digital video, this text covers the practical, theoretical, and technical aspects of the process. Beyond an in-depth look at digital video cameras and equipment, some other topics covered are editing, DV to film transfers, image stabilization, transferring stills to computer, touching up your pictures, lenses and filters, audio and audio accessories, and suppliers. As an added value, the companion website features sample videos, freeware and shareware of editing and compression software, and other technical updates.
"Rich with illustrations and examples, this book is a must-have for serious videographers working with the digital video format. It covers everything from inserting a tape, to tripods, to lighting, all in a user-friendly format. It has valuable sections about equipment selection and maintenance." - Don Smith, Videomaker
"Of all the new books on the subject, Fauer's is one of the most accessible. It was written for beginners as well as "die-hard film fanatics," and is an attempt to reach "a more diverse audience than just the ranks of professional cinematographers". - Ray Zone, American Cinematographer
"This eminently useful volume is rounded out with an appendix that includes a list of suppliers by name and address, tape-to-film facilities, Web resources and helpful publications". - Ray Zone, American Cinematographer
"Shooting Digital Video is a delight for a whole bunch of reasons. First of all, unlike many technical books, it is written in a conversational style that makes it quite enjoyable. It's rare that a book on a technical subject gets an actual laugh out of me…My bet is you will find it well worth the purchase price too." - Zale Dalen, volksmovie.com
Introduction; Credits; What is DV?; Selecting and Using the DV Camera; Maintenance and Simple, Do-it-yourself Repair; Pre-production; Production; Post-Production