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Shooting Digital Video [Paperback]

Jon Fauer ASC
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June 18 2001 0240804643 978-0240804644 1
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.

Advice for the professional as well as the amateur on how to shoot DV with style
Includes technical information on equipment selection, use, maintenance, and accessories
Companion website features tutorials, discussion on and links to various software programs

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"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

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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.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed Aug. 9 2002
By bob
Format:Paperback
I'm a big fan of Jon's books on Arri film cameras. I' m deeply disappointed by this book, which proves again that filmmakers don't necessarily make for qualified video experts.
I found the book to be full of erroneous errors of fact and ill informed conjecture, particulary the discussions about color space, sampling and compression. Many of the explanations were just plain wrong or wrapped up in vague summaries that create more confusion than solutions.
Jon's discussion of the "film look" reveals a bit of film snobbery cloaked in outright misinformation. He dimisses aspects of psycho-optic theory that indeed contibute to the "film look" yet he claims exposure latitude as the one and only factor involved. Simply not true.
And by the way, countless non-linear editors are using Firewire Drives, contrary to the numerous reminders in the book not to use them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The first book you should read May 10 2004
By Steve W
Format:Paperback
I knew little about video production and editing before this book; I looked and looked for a book or two that I could purchase to guide me through the basics of video recording and editing. This book got to the basics and explained them well. I made my equipment purchases after reading this book and felt significantly more confident in the decisions that I made. This book was by far the most useful book of three that I finally purchased. I have read it cover-to-cover, a couple of times. It now sits nearby as a frequently accessed reference material.
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By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book has lots of information in easy-to-understand and well-written English.
Great for parents shooting DV for the first time: the class play, kid's first steps or softball game.
And when the kids are in 5th grade, they'll use this book for ideas on how to shoot the class English project in DV and how to edit it.
And when the independent filmmaker wants to learn about shooting in DV and transferring it to film, this book has lots of information.
Recommended for for beginners and intermediate filmmakers planning to shoot in DV.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended DV Book Sept. 19 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Lots of excellent information and help on how to choose a DV camera and how to use it. An easy read. The material was presented in a way that was never dry or boring. It's written from the perspective of a film cameraman venturing into the world of video--and avoids the usual technical jargon and preconceptions found in many other books. Concise and valuable information for documentary filmmakers, event videographers, students, prosumers and home users. Highly recommended.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong Title , bad book Jan. 23 2005
By Tom Hartman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is a waste of money. You would be much better off doing a google search on equipment. Much of the technical detail on cameras is out of date and there is no information about how to shoot digital video, kind of a surprise based on the title. It is filled with endless close up photos of equipment which you don't own with explanations of how to use cameras that you don't own. It looks like the a pay back book from manufactures of the name brands that he writes technical manuals for. Skip this book and hope that he wrote the manual for the camera you do decide to buy at least then you would not have wasted the $25 bucks.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Guide to choosing and using a DV Camcorder July 14 2001
By "rmkorte" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
SHOOTING DIGITAL VIDEO is another great technical book from Jon Fauer, whose cinematography textbooks have become industry standards. This one is about how to choose a DV camcorder and then use it. It should be most helpful to students, advanced home users, independent filmmakers and videographers who want a thorough and carefully researched introduction to digital video and what equipment to use.
The book begins with a five-minute quick start guide to shooting on DV, using three scenarios as examples: a corporate event, a graduation and a student project.
Next, Fauer explains and compares the different digital formats: DV, Mini DV, DVCAM, DVCPRO, DigiBeta, and so on, along with basic theory. It's easy to read and not tedious.
The how-to section uses Sony's PD100a as an example of how to use a typical camcorder. In his usual informative and profusely illustrated (lots of photos) style, Fauer goes over each detail and function as if he were explaining it to a good friend. Lots of this information isn't in the official manuals that come with the cameras, and this is easier and more fun to read.
The middle section explains audio, simple editing, advanced editing, distribution and blowing up DV to film for theatrical release.
The book then discusses accessories and techniques, lenses, light and lighting, filters and matteboxes, tripods and heads, monitors and decks, rain covers, underwater housings, helmets, aerials, cases and shipping. There is a chapter with an overview of most of the DV camcorders currently available to help the reader choose the right one for the right job. Finally, a great appendix gives names and contacts of all the vendors and suppliers you could ever want to know about.
A terrific book on how to choose a DV camcorder and get started using it.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed Aug. 9 2002
By bob - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I'm a big fan of Jon's books on Arri film cameras. I' m deeply disappointed by this book, which proves again that filmmakers don't necessarily make for qualified video experts.
I found the book to be full of erroneous errors of fact and ill informed conjecture, particulary the discussions about color space, sampling and compression. Many of the explanations were just plain wrong or wrapped up in vague summaries that create more confusion than solutions.
Jon's discussion of the "film look" reveals a bit of film snobbery cloaked in outright misinformation. He dimisses aspects of psycho-optic theory that indeed contibute to the "film look" yet he claims exposure latitude as the one and only factor involved. Simply not true.
And by the way, countless non-linear editors are using Firewire Drives, contrary to the numerous reminders in the book not to use them.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing more than a manual and catalog in one. Aug. 19 2001
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is truly for beginners looking to purchase their first digital camcorder. This book explains how to use the basic functions of a camcorder along with listings of different camcorders, editing packages, filters and other accessories. Put together your camcorder manual and a few catalogs, then you have about 90% of this book. For the other 10% of this book, you can find more information by reading Digital Moviemaking by Scott Billups. I would only recommend this book to people who are clueless to the digital world of camcorders.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive information in accessible language Sept. 2 2001
By dvcine - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Like Jon's film-related books, he presents a lot of technical information in easy-to-understand language. People new to DV as well as those with experience will find this book useful as a manual and a source book. I especially appreciate the fact that Jon explains, in not-overly-technical terms, such topics as 4:2:2 vs. 4:1:1 and 4:2:0. The DV-to-Film sections are just great, full of of pertinent information that would take a long time to gather up. Ditto for the real-world $ and sense information and advice Jon has provided. I truly enjoy this book and recommend it for beginners and intermediate DV'ographers, as well as those planning to convert their projects from DV to film.
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