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Single-Camera Video Production [Paperback]

Robert B. Musburger PhD
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Dec 23 1998 Media Manuals
Single-Camera Video Production, 2nd ed. explains the video production process from pre-production through production to post-production. It comprehensively and succinctly prepares readers to plan, shoot, and edit most field and many studio video productions. This book clearly describes the technology and equipment of video production and explains, professional-level techniques that can be applied to any type of production or budget.



The original edition has been revised and expanded to include digital information, new videotape and non-tape formats, new types of camera and recording, and nonlinear editing techniques. New and revised illustrations help to bring this manual completely up-to-date.



Single-Camera Video Production fills the gap between strictly consumer level texts and the more advanced texts that are difficult to understand unless the reader has some basic knowledge of the field. This text will make professional techniques accessible to beginners, and will be a valuable resource to first time video camera owners, students needing basic video production information. It will also be useful to professionals who may not actually produce video programs, but need to be aware of production processes and procedures in order to deal effectively with the video production crews.

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'Single-Camera Video Production is easy reading for the newcomer yet it has enough depth for the video professional. Chapters on digital video, nonlinear editing and a full description of pre-production treatments and contracts make it an excellent resource.' - Videomaker

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Acquire the basic knowledge needed to plan, shoot, and edit field and in-studio video productions! --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent resource for student filmmakers Oct. 8 2002
Format:Paperback
Now in a fully updated and expanded third edition, Single-Camera Video Production by Robert B. Musburger (Associate Professor, School of Communication, University of Houston), is a straightforward and highly recommended guide based upon the author's many years of practical field experience to planning, shooting, and editing video productions shot on location with essentially one camera at the filmmaker's disposal. An excellent resource for student filmmakers, Single-Camera Video Production offers a wealth of technical detail on audio signals, the scanning system, digital signal standards, camera controls, microphone types, and more, including sound advice on the social side of shooting film such as directing talent.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Uneven Aug. 5 2006
By W. Sanders - Published on Amazon.com
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The fact that a book has reached its fourth edition usually means it has some merit that readers have found useful. If that's the case with this book, it's a mystery to me how the book ever got out of the first edition.

First of all, the title "Single-Camera Video Production" led me to believe that the book's focus is on how to do everything for a video production using a single camera. For the bulk of the book, that's not what it's about. It's really a general book about using a video camera. (One section even illustrates using 5 cameras--rehearsing and preparing talent!)

Second, the illustrations are terrible. They look like they were done by a non-designer using Etch-a-sketch. Further, the drawings of the complex video cameras were so generic and seemingly dated that they were totally useless. However, that didn't matter because I didn't buy the book to learn about video cameras (that keep changing regularly), but rather some wisdom on the production process where the videographer is trying to produce using a single camera.

The reason that this book is rated two-stars instead of 1 (or 0) is because there were some materials on lighting with a single camera that were useful. (However, there was nothing unique and that I couldn't find on the Web for free.)

All in all, this book is a poorly crafted one, and one that I could cobble together with a topic search on the Web. Unfortunately, I think that a good book on Single-Camera Video Production is something that would be very useful. This just isn't it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good style but flawed by inaccurate info Jan. 11 2006
By Lonnie Juli - Published on Amazon.com
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Mr. Musburger tackles a very wide range of information in a comfortable and easy to read style. He peppers his text with interesting tidbits about TV production and technology and covers a lot of ground.

There are some unfortunate factual errors in this edition (I have not read earlier editions). Focal Press should improve their editing process and attempt to have more industry experts read books like this before going to press.

All in all this is a good overview for someone starting out in video production as long as they continue to seek out other information from various sources. Instructors in the field can furnish errata for their students that will greatly increase the value of this book.

Better fact checking would have made this a strong recommendation.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful June 13 2008
By David Burstein - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Musberger is a great book if you're serious about the craft of shooting. The book is written by a pro for pros and those who would like to be. The style is spare, precise, and clear. There is little flair in the book, but if you want to get better at shooting the information is here and well-explained. While the title is "single-camera", most of the information applies in almost any video shooting situation.
9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent resource for student filmmakers Oct. 8 2002
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Now in a fully updated and expanded third edition, Single-Camera Video Production by Robert B. Musburger (Associate Professor, School of Communication, University of Houston), is a straightforward and highly recommended guide based upon the author's many years of practical field experience to planning, shooting, and editing video productions shot on location with essentially one camera at the filmmaker's disposal. An excellent resource for student filmmakers, Single-Camera Video Production offers a wealth of technical detail on audio signals, the scanning system, digital signal standards, camera controls, microphone types, and more, including sound advice on the social side of shooting film such as directing talent.
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