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
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.