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How Video Works: From Analog to High Definition Paperback – March 30, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0240809335 ISBN-10: 0240809335 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 2 edition (March 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240809335
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240809335
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #679,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for HOW VIDEO WORKS:

"If you work in video, or want to work in video, this book is a must have. It is a comprehensive A through Z of video from the people who have been at the backbone of training in Los Angeles. I recommend it to my staff and clients." Marty Meyer, Director of Engineering, Wexler Video, Los Angeles

"This book is a great teaching tool." David Schwartz, Professor, Film and Video Department, Brooks Institute of Photography

"Video can be hard to explain and contextualize. This book does a great job of making it easy to understand." Algie Abrams, Professional Systems Architect, Microsoft

"As complex, cutting-edge technology continues to evolve toward the totally undecipherable, it is fortunate that there is a guide like HOW VIDEO WORKS to break down the video process into easy to understand principles and steps." Dan Bolton, Sales Manager, DEFINITION: The HiDef Sourcebook

About the Author

Marcus Weise has over thirty-five years experience in the television industry. Since 2001 he has been working for the CBS Television Network at Television City in Hollywood as an A.D./Editor in the High Definition online suite preparing shows for network broadcast. As an expert in the new digital technology, he has operated in both production and post production as an Associate Director and a Technical Consultant. With the ability to organize and troubleshoot, and a background in budgeting, personnel and scheduling, he has set up new productions from the start and helped to rescue shows that have gotten off track. He has also been responsible for the design, construction, and operation of studio facilities. Technically his expertise covers design, construction, and operation of production and post production studios. His experience in production is extensive in sitcoms, variety, reality, soap operas and sports. He has long established working relationships with most of the major post production facilities in the Los Angeles area and a thorough knowledge of the current and newly emerging production and post production equipment and techniques. In association with Weynand Training in Los Angeles he has helped train personnel for ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX in the operation of production and post production facilities in Hollywood, San Francisco, and New York. He is the coauthor of How Video Works, 2nd edition (Focal Press).
Diana Weynand is an award winning producer, director, editor, and co-founder of Weynand Training International (www.weynand.com), an Apple Authorized Training Center and leader in training and curriculum development for emerging technologies. Diana was supervising editor for "The Barbara Walters Specials," directed and co-produced the Emmy nominated PBS series, ³Cinematic Eye,² and was online editor for "Real World." She is author of four best selling books on Final Cut Pro and co-author of "The Secrets of Videoblogging." Diana also writes on High Definition production.

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Customer Reviews

He highly recommends the book.
Linda Macdonald
This book is very straight forward and a pretty easy read (depending on the section).
B. Wood
If you want to know more about video, go buy this book. it really helps alot.
T. Van Galen

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tech Geek on March 30, 2008
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This is a great overview of modern video technology and achieves the authors' goal, namely "easy to understand explanations of the entire world of video."
Each chapter is pretty much self-supporting, so you don't have to read the entire book cover to cover. Having said that, the book is a fairly quick read. The copious illustrations are clear and the use of real world equipment is helpful to those that may be exposed to it.
This isn't the book to give detail about ever single aspect of a topic, but it certainly gives you enough to make use of the more specialised texts.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Donald A. Holzworth on January 19, 2012
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I was taking a graduate course in college in multimedia and learning it for my work. This book provides the best detailed coverage of video I have seen after looking a many books on multimedia. The material covers technical aspects in a way that makes them understandable for someone without an electrical engineering background but provides the details needed to really understand video. Recommended highly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Van Galen on November 1, 2007
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When i started to read this book, I could no longer stop with to reading it.
It's reads so nice and everything is explained so clearly.
That is what i've to say about it.
If you want to know more about video, go buy this book. it really helps alot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Wood on June 5, 2009
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This book is very straight forward and a pretty easy read (depending on the section). It is great at explaining many topics I've been wondering about. Great source of information for the beginning broadcast engineer, or to refresh for anyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keith Drozd on November 24, 2007
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This book will help the novice understand the basics of video. It covers everything in video to allow for a broad knowledge into this field.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. McKinney on March 20, 2012
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I'm using the kindle software on my iPad and have other Kindle book versions that properly display color graphics, however this book has not been formatted to properly display color images. Somewhat of an oversight considering the color images convey important information; information that is lost when the images are only displayed in greyscale.

The information in the book is dated for US reads (not familiar with EU transmissions) since, to my knowledge, analog transmissions are no longer used here and who buys CRT displays.
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By Mark Scott on September 17, 2014
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The Best information I have read in many, many years.
If you want a great basic / in depth breakdown of analog video signals to the transition to
the digital signals this is it. If anyone finds a better reference manual please post so I can purchase that one too.
FYI I bought the print version because someone had mentioned that the digital copy did not have the color inserts.
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I haven't fully read it yet, but I think the first few chapters give a good idea of the writing style.

The book is really very informative. Unfortunately I believe it could have been written better. I've read the first 2 chapters several times until I understood everything written in them.

In my opinion, for a revision, I believe it would be excellent. For learning the topic for a first time, be prepared to read it a couple of times to understand everything.
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