Congratulations! You've got a brand-new digital camcorder. Now what do you do with it? Before you shoot a single frame of tape, pick up The Little Digital Video Book. This friendly guide to the basics of digital video will teach you how to shoot well, organize easily, and quickly edit your own footage. For new camcorder owners, it's the ideal--and affordable--introduction to the exciting world of quality digital filmmaking.
The Little Digital Video Book is not some dense, jargon-filled reference tome. Instead, it focuses on practical shooting and editing techniques, and shows you how to start (and actually finish) that video project you have in mind--in less than a day. You get a thorough grounding in the basics of digital video, from how to get a good close-up shot and how to add a sound track to your video to how to organize your videotapes. The Little Digital Video Book is platform- and software-neutral, truly making it the guide for the moviemaking masses.
1. The Basics.
Your Tools. Your Process.
Assignment 1: The Blindfold Test. Camera Care. Videotape. Using Your First Videotape. Assignment 2: Shooting Tape. Your Friend, Timecode. Assignment 3: Working with Your Timecode. Assignment 4: Break the Timecode. Assignment 5: Fix the Timecode. Summary.
The First Important Thing About Shooting. Rubin's Rules of Shooting. How to Shoot. Structure. Camera Shots. Coverage. The Hollywood Way—A Helpful Paradigm. Assignment 6: Watch Some TV. Stop Moving the Camera. Assignment 7: At the Dog Park. Assignment 8: More Dog Park. Lighting. Sound Coverage. What to Shoot: Small Moments. Summary.
Organizing Your Materials. Logging. Assignment 9: Making a Log Book. Storage and Care of Videotapes.
The Camera and the Computer. Cabling. Your “Edit Bay”. Choosing What to Edit. Capturing Video.
Who Needs Editing? Editing Terms and Concepts. Rubin's Rules of Editing. Your Post-Production Schedule. Approaches to Editing. Editing Assignment 10: Compilation Music Video. “Real” Editing. Assignment 11: An Interview. The Art of Editing. Re-editing and Versions. Sound and Sound Tracks. Your Master Tape. Titles and Special Effects. Final Assignment: Small-Moment Video. Finishing Up.