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Video Field Production and Editing

7th Edition

By Ronald Compesi


484 pages

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Paperback: 9780205483358
pub: 2006-03-08
Hardback: 9781138419339
pub: 2017-07-26

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Video Field Production and Editing concentrates on video techniques and technology appropriate for "small scale" single-camera electronic field production (EFP) and electronic news gathering (ENG). This book offers the latest material on new digital field recording and editing technologies and is written in a concise, non-technical, user-friendly format. Reorganized and updated throughout, with new sections dedicated to HDV (High Definition Video) videotape recording formats, and tapeless digital recording media including high capacity optical discs, solid-state memory cards, and computer hard drives, the book walks the reader through the video production process from initial planning through final editing.


"The blending of the technical and aesthetic aspects of video production is always a challenge, and Compesi has made a very good effort at making [these qualities] accessible to students in an introductory course. This is important to me as an educator and I believe it is an important core to a well-written text on video production."

~ Laura Vazquez, Northern Illinois University

Table of Contents

1. Introduction. In the Field with Evening Magazine. The Evolution of Video Production Technology. Production Uses of Portable Video Equipment. Camera Equipment Quality and Target Markets. Video as a Medium of Communication. Technical Factors and Aesthetic Factors. Principal Elements Invalued in Video Production. 2. Preproduction and Production Planning. Stages and Types of Production. Preproduction Planning. Production Planning. Copyright and Distribution. 3. Video Basics: The Electronic Image and the Video Signal. Electronic Image Reproduction. How the Video Camera Makes a Picture-Analog and Digital Standards. Video Signal Control. The Color Signal. Camera Performance Characteristics. Camera Configurations. Camera Viewfinder Systems. 4. Operating the Video Camcorder. The Basic System. Common Camcorder Camera Section Controls. VCR Section Control and Inputs/Outputs. Power and Videotape. Camcorder System Setup. Audio and Video Connectors. Monitoring the Recording. Camera-Mounting Equipment. Carrying the Equipment. 5. Video Recording. Videotape Recording. Controlling Videotape Recording and Playback. Videotape Recording Formats. Compatibility. Types of Videocassette Recorders. Videotape. Tapeless Video Recording Devices. Signal Processing. 6. Lenses and Visualization. Part 1: Lenses. Part 2: Visualization and Composition. 7. Lighting. Part 1: Physical Factors of Lighting. Part 2: Aesthetic Factors. 8. Sound. Part 1: Technical Factors. Part 2: Sound Aesthetics. 9. Editing Aesthetics. Role of the Editor. Types of Editing. Continuity Editing. Dynamic Editing. Transitions and Effects. Sound in Editing. "Don't Worry, We'll Fix It in Post." Editing Voice-Driven Pieces. Storytelling. 10. Getting Ready to Edit: Working with SMPTE Time Code and Postproduction Planning. SMPTE Time Code. Postproduction Planning. 11. Linear Videotape Editing. Electronic Videotape Editing Systems. Control Track and SMPTE Time Code Editing. Linear Videotape Editing Modes: Assemble and Insert Editing. Editing on a Cuts-Only System. 12. Nonlinear Video Editing. Nonlinear Video Editing. Components of a Nonlinear Video Editing System. The Process of Nonlinear Editing. 13. Postproduction Graphic Design. Guiding Principles: Unity, Clarity, and Style. Functional and Practical Design Factors. Production Processes and Sources of Graphics for Video. Titling in a Nonlinear Editing System. 14. Ethics and Video Production. Codes of Ethics. Public Interest Obligations of Digital Television Broadcasters. Your Role as a Producer. Appendix 1: Production Projects. Appendix 2: Guidelines and Information for Filming in San Francisco. Appendix 3: U.S. Copyright Office Short Form PA. Appendix 4: Digital Information and the Metric System. Appendix 5: Video Field Acquisition Formats. Appendix 6: Full-Length Documentary Treatment. Glossary. Bibliography. Index.

About the Author

Dr. Ronald 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. Dr. Compesi’s primary teaching and research interests are in the areas of video production and editing, and media ethics. Dr. Compesi is author of Video Field Production and Editing, 7th edition (Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 2007). In print since 1985, this text is one of the leading college textbooks on the topic in use today in the U.S. and Canada. A Chinese language translation was published by the Beijing Broadcasting University (now the Communication University of China) in 2003. Dr. Compesi is co-author of Introduction to Video Production: Studio, Field and Beyond (Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 2006). Dr. Compesi has published scholarly articles and book reviews in the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media (JOBEM), Public Telecommunications Review and Journalism Quarterly. At the University of Oregon, Dr. Compesi worked for the Division of Broadcast Services and Televised Instruction and as a Producer/Director for the UO Honors College. He was a principal in the independent production company Windward Communication Design. From 1993-2003, Dr. Compesi served as co-executive producer for a variety of special television programs produced for KTVU (Fox, Channel 2, Oakland, CA) television’s Family to Family and Bay Area People community affairs series. Dr. Compesi has held a number of administrative appointments at San Francisco State University, including Chair of the Broadcast & Electronic Communication Arts Department (1986-1995), Associate Dean of the College of Creative Arts (2006-2008), 1984-1985), Interim Director of the School of Music and Dance (2004-2005) and Interim Dean of the College of Creative Arts (2006-2008).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / Film & Video
PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / General
PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / Direction & Production