Exploring Digital Video Paperback – Jul 2 2004
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About the Author
Lisa Rysinger is the President of VIDE Productions, Inc., a digital video company that produces everything from corporate training videos and television commercials to multimedia and DVDs. Lisa is also the author of Exploring Digital Video Essentials, 2E and Digital Video Essentials: Final Cut Pro 6.
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Everything you need to know about creating and working with DV is covered without the confusing techno jargon often associated with DV, and video in general. I like the fact that both PC and Macintosh systems are covered in this book.
A valuable feature of this book is the color insert where she interviews the makers of the Star Wars movies from George Lucas' ILM who are pioneers in the field. Also peppered throughout the book are interesting interviews with professionals who give their insight.
The DVD companion that comes with the book is amazing in itself. It includes exercises and top notch tutorials that compliment chapters and exercises found in the book. She includes actual videos, stills and graphics as well as project files and software to complete the exercises using working demo versions of Premiere for Macintosh and PC. Valuable interviews with the Eagle's Television Network discuss creation of the groudbreaking video sequence made for the opening of the Eagles new stadium. The DVD also offers discounts with major retailers on equipment required for DV, as well as royalty free stock video.
I highly recommend this book, for beginners, and for those who already know a bit about DV. It's the only book I know of where everything you need to know is in one place. Its a valuable reference. In addition to being a video professional I think her background as a teacher is what really illuminates this book. It is clearly written and straightforward with respect paid to its intended audience. It explains highly complex concepts in a way readers can comprehend.
The Companion DVD is even better with step by step tutorials. The DVD also offers discounts with retailers on equipment, stock video and a great DVD duplication offer from Action Duplication in West Conshohocken, PA (800-847-3827).
Lesson 6 was a highlight for me because I often incorporate photographs into my videos. This sometimes results in a badly distorted photo, forcing me to omit some great photos because of that distortion. Other times, I've been lucky and able to successfully place a photo without any distortion. Until I read this book, the causes were unclear; the author demonstrates the correct way to prepare a photograph for digital video in a way that I could understand and will remember. Though math and computations are a turn-off to many, she successfully covers the meaning of pixel values without confusion. The DVD included with the book contains tutorials which do an excellent job of taking the viewer step-by-step through cropping a photograph vertically and horizontally, so it is properly proportioned for video. The reader therefore has a visual and a written source for future reference at any time.
As a bonus, the author interviews Fred Meyers and Ben Snow, the makers of the Star Wars movies from George Lucas' Industrial Light & Magic (ILM). Meyers and Snow re pioneers in the DV field. She interviews several other DV professionals as well, adding their vast experience to the subject.
The DVD also includes discounts from major retailers, saving readers money on computer and electronics products.
This book is a keeper-excellent for the both the beginner and the experienced hobbyist.
Only complaint is that the author occasionally states opinions as fact example: wide screen is better than standard, when in reality, it is an artistic choice, and it is how you use the space provided that makes something like widescreen better or worse.
i'm glad i bought it!
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