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Mastering MultiCamera Techniques: From Preproduction to Editing and Deliverables Paperback – May 21, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0240811765 ISBN-10: 0240811763 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 472 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (May 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240811763
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240811765
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #335,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is an essential book to both production and post professionals. Multicamera production is becoming increasingly relevant to many different genres and I can think of no better expert than Mitch Jacobson. He is both knowledgeable and very generous... making this an essential read."--Richard Harrington - RHED Pixel

"The book is a treasure chest of all things multicam.. At 449 pages there's tons of good information in the book from cover to cover.. If you want to learn about multicam editing then this is the book for you. As an editor who's cut a lot of multicam over his career I'm still learning as I make my way through the book."--PVC


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Mitch Jacobson is a producer/director & digital video editor with 30 years experience in broadcast television and entertainment production. He is the owner of Category-5 Studios at DuArt in New York City and works in many genres with creativity and technical expertise. Mitch is a member of The Motion Picture Editor's Guild (Hollywood/NY) and an Apple Certified Pro.

As a multicamera specialist, Mitch's contributions to superstar concert films, network talk shows & professional sports programming has been seen on national television networks CBS, NBC, ABC & PBS plus the top cable channels A&E, Discovery, Fox, Disney and MTV. Several of these programs have been nominated for Prime Time Emmy® Awards.

In addition to TV programming production, Mitch also been a big part of the world's best advertising & entertainment publicity campaigns for the biggest names in show business. He also directs live programs for the web and produces corporate media projects.

Selected credits include: Newport Jazz Festival, Paul McCartney: The Space Within US, Aerosmith: You Gotta Move, Pavarotti: A LIfe In Seven Arias, U2 360º Tour, The Rolling Stones' A Bigger Bang, Talk Shows for Montel Williams, Rachael Ray and Isaac Mizrahi; Tampa Bay Buccaneers Magazine, Sports Channel's Super Bowl and All-Star Game specials, Live from the Artist's Den and 60 Minutes Classic.

Mitch is the author of the book: Mastering Multicamera Techniques: From Preproduction to Editing and Deliverables (Focal Press). He also teaches and presents "Multicamera Madness" workshops for industry trade groups and conferences.

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The book is well organized, easy to read, and understand.
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Mastering MultiCamera Techniques is one of the best all-purpose guides for filming, camera handling, and more.
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The included DVD has bonus chapters and high-quality multicam footage you can practice with.
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This book, MASTERING MULTICAMERA TECHNIQUES, is a thoroughly comprehensive look at cinematography and the digital editing process. This is NOT one of those cheesy how-to-lighting books that seems to be given away with every camera ever made. No! This is cameramen and camerawomen taking you within inches of performers, like Paul McCartney and Elton John, in a live concert setting. This is backstage where gaffers and technicians set up their equipment and do sound check while engineers in the editing room monitor multiple camera angles over David Letterman's studio soundstage. This is part text-book, part insider's information, part university course for interested persons who'd like to work behind the scenes in film, theatre, television or perhaps to have the practical information on creating her/his own production company.

This really is a phenomenal book.

It is essentially a marriage between two departments: the audio/visual and the digital editing departments. Everything that you need, think you need and things you probably wouldn't have thought about are discussed here.

Preproduction. The author, Mitch Jacobson, discusses topics ranging from organizing personnel, the kinds of recording equipment, archiving to post-production facilities and costs.

Production. Types of multi-camera productions, setting up in various venues, studios and stadiums. The logistics of setting up equipment. "On Shoot Day," he discusses the floor plans from what tools to use to power the equipment, the location of the crew, to the art of "camera matching." Beautiful photographs show how various camera angles are fed and synched to the editing room where we see how the production of the David Letterman show is carried out.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christina Paul VINE VOICE on October 20, 2010
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In the world of film, you are often thrown headlong and hands-on into situations where you have to learn an aspect of the filming and editing process that you have never done before. Even if you are fairly familiar with cameras, camera rigs and various technical aspects behind the camera, when it comes time to put together the footage, using programs like Final Cut Pro have a fairly high learning curve in order to get the hang of what you are doing. Mastering Multi-Camera Techniques helps with all those things and so much more. Focal Press is the top publisher of film related titles and they have managed to deliver yet again on this book.

Even if you are just using two cameras for a shoot, you will find value - and if you have up to 26 cameras for a serious concert or film shoot, you are going to have witin the book various case studies with examples that show real situations where the techniques are being used - and not just discussed in theory. The book is profusely illustrated with four colour pictures of actual events, diagrams for lighting, formulas for multicamera set-ups.

You get tips and tricks for Adobe Premiere, how-tos for editing in Final Cut Pro (Apple) and Sony Vegas(PC) programs. If you are in the industry, it is a given that you need to be able to deal crossplatform because not every shop is going to use the same type of set up. Vegas and Final Cut are generally what the majority of filmmakers use, but there are mentions and examples of other systems that are not so widely used. Included with the book is a CD-ROM with bonus chapters, video tutorials, various free applications, and links to more resources and material.

I have yet to be disappointed with any of Focal Press' titles and this one is no different.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Scott on October 9, 2010
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Quite a few months ago I had a long conversation with editor Mitch Jacobson about multicam editing. The point of this conversation was to, hopefully, provide some good information on multicam editing for what was then his upcoming book about the topic. That book has finally gone into print and I picked up a copy not long ago and began reading it. Besides the much appreciated contributing writer credit that Mitch gave me (and a lot of other people who helped pull the book together) the book is a treasure chest of all things multicam.

You may have seen a presentation from Mitch at NAB or the Editor's Retreat. As the owner of Category 5 Studios and the editor behind many multicam shows from Paul McCartney to the Rolling Stones to the Montel Williams Show (!) he's very knowledgeable about the subject and quite fun to talk to. At 449 pages there's tons of good information in the book from cover to cover. The subtitle says "from pre-production to editing and deliver-ables." Thumbing through you'll see a few more screen captures from Final Cut Pro than Avid Media Composer but the book isn't FCP centric as there's lots of Media Composer discussion as well. Besides those two software packages there's information on a lot of other programs too from database managers to color correction.

There's also technical discussions ranging from cameras to computers to sync hardware. Throughout the whole book you'll also comes across tips, technical discussions, interviews and case studies. And while live concerts and events are the usual types of programs that come to mind when you think muliticam there's great information in the book about multicam techniques and cutting sitcoms, EPKs, weddings and (one of my main topics of discussion with Mitch) music videos.
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