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Introduction: Achieving Professional Results. 1. Camcorder Basics: Getting Started. 2. Run-and-Gun Shooting. 3. Visual Composition. 4. Controlling Exposure. 5. Selective Focus and Depth of Field. 6. Controlling Color Balance. 7. Improving Sound. 8. Shooting in Available Light. 9. Lighting Techniques. 10. Shooting at Night. 11. Mounting the Camera. 12. Controlling the Moving Camera. 13. Still Photography. 14. Extreme Close-up Videography. 15. Advanced Techniques, Set-ups and Features. 16. Integrating the G10/XA10 with Larger Camcorders. 17. Accessories for Palm-Size Production. 18. Production Strategies. 19. Managing and Storing Video Files. 20. Editing Workflows. 21. A Canon/Sony Shootout. Glossary. Index. Appendix A: Camcorder and File Precautions. Appendix B: Canon XA10 and G10 diagrams. Appendix C: Navigating the XA10 and G10 Menu. Appendix D: Canon Vixia Series Comparison Chart. Appendix E: XA10/G10 versus Sony MC50u/CX560v Comparison Chart. Appendix F: Final Cut Keyboard Commands & Shortcuts. Appendix G: AVID Keyboard Commands & Shortcuts. Appendix H: Premiere Keyboard Commands & Shortcuts. Appendix I: Vegas Keyboard Commands & Shortcuts. Appendix J: Troubleshooting.

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Warren Bass is an independent film and video maker. He is a full professor (and former chair) of Film & Media Arts at Temple University where he teaches directing, cinematography, videography, and advanced documentary and fiction workshops. He was trained at the Yale School of Drama in directing and at Columbia University in film as their School of the Arts Scholar. He has taught at Yale, NYU, the State University of California, and the American Film Institute; has chaired university departments in Film, Television, and Theater in New England; served as Vice President of the University Film & Video Association; and for extended periods of time served as Director of Temple University's graduate program in Film & Television. He has directed theater at Lincoln Center, off-Broadway, and in regional professional theaters, including the world premiere of the musical drama Copernicus at the Annenberg Center in Philadelphia. His film and video productions have been aired on PBS, syndicated television, and cable in the U.S. and on European, Asian, and Australian television. His work has received more than 100 regional, national and international awards.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning PTR; 1 edition (June 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1133702597
  • ISBN-13: 978-1133702597
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Frank R. on March 5, 2013
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First, let me say I have the Kindle version, which I read mostly on my iPhone. It plays pretty well there, as well as on my iPad. I mention this because a few books I've tried are complete disasters when switched to Kindle; this is not. I really like having it on my iPhone, because I know I'll have it there for reference when I'm out on a shoot.

The Canon manual is a joke, as usual--it tells you what the buttons do, but not why or how. Bass covers every switch and function but he does add info on how to use the various functions, what's best, and so forth. Very helpful. At times he makes suggestions I've found very useful--for example, in low light: forget the zoom, put the camera to wide-angle and f/1.8, and zoom with your feet, which is fairly safe since image-stabilizing works best in wide-angle. Or, when there's not enough light for accurate focusing, set the camera to manual focus at rely on the large depth-of-field to keep you in focus. Works great shooting bands in dark bars. I'm coming from a stills background, with only a little experience shooting video on a 5D3. Bass speaks my language; he compares gain to ISO, discusses lens structure, 35mm equivalents, and so forth.

I also appreciate that he's not afraid to voice an opinion--for example, that the Canon shotgun mic isn't of professional quality, or how to integrate the G10 with DSLRs, or which lights, tripods and other gear to buy. Since he teaches this stuff at Temple, I'm inclined to believe him. This isn't just a book on the camera; it's an education in shooting better videos. And lastly--I've been through most of the book twice, and so far I haven't found anything that doesn't work the same on my G20. If there's a difference somewhere, it's minor and it shouldn't prevent you from buying this book now rather than hoping for an update.

Overall, I can't recommend this enough for a newbie video shooter.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By finaldraft151 on February 24, 2013
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Whether you're an experienced cameraman with a vast working knowledge of F Stops and Shutter Speeds or just starting out, this book is a must have and the perfect companion to the G10 and XA10 - It explains EVERY function of these cameras in PLAIN ENGLISH in a way that won't confuse the beginner nor bore the experienced photo pro.

The factory manuals are great, but in addition to being 10000000000+ pages in 12+ languages, the manuals can easily confuse the owner since they are almost always written by pro's who forget not everyone has a vast working knowledge of photography and video.

This book covers ALL of the basics and camera modes/settings. From full Auto to Manual mode, it's covered. The author makes it even better by providing crystal clear directions and clear diagrams. My copy is barely a month old but is falling apart from the use I have gotten out of it.

Buy the camera, skip the mind numbing manual, get this book and start shooting in more than just generic auto mode. Had I not bought the book to compliment the camera I'd probably of set fire to the manual and sent the camera back. There is simply too many cool and mind blowing things you can do with these cameras that the manual doesn't even get into - This book does. I figured it would be another book written in pro language, by a pro and (solely) for a pro - It's pro written but geared towards EVERYONE - Definitely one of the better 'how to' guides out there. F2.2 at 1/48th of a second sound confusing? After a week of testing and reading it won't, because this book explains the what and why of it - Def worth 5 Stars!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bill8811 on November 20, 2013
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Great guide purchased for me to "pre-learn" about the Canon Vixia HF G30 that I ordered. Well written and generally usable for the G30 model as many buttons, menus, and functions are the same.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By nobody ya know on August 28, 2012
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I've been shooting video for 30 years and have different cameras, including the XA10 model.
I bought the book to see if I can refer to this book and not the manual.... that's really not a good way to learn about the camera. Granted, the Canon manual has everything in it, but not an easy thing to follow.
That's why you're here :)
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This book makes it so easy to look up something on your camera. If you shoot AUTO mode all the time, this may not be much interest to you. However, there are loads of good tips how to shoot a great video. If nothing else, read those parts to make better movies:)
Am sure all new owners of this great camera will appreciate the detailed information. It's well written in simple language anyone can understand.

This is the best thing you can buy for such a little money and learn a great deal!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nora Madrigal on December 23, 2012
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I've been shooting with my XA10 for one year now, thinking I knew my camera well. Turns out I didn't.
This book is amazing. You will learn a bunch of new stuff on every single page, not only about the camera, but about a lot of relatively advanced stuff on image composition, aperture, exposure, color balance, lighting, sound, etc. that can also be utilized with other cameras. It is quite technical and advanced but the way the book is written makes it relatively easy to absorb all the material. If you read the book carefully, I think that you will acquire the amount of technical knowledge students in cinema classes learn in their first few trimesters in college. There's a bunch of pictures and graphs that are very useful. If you have an XA10 and are serious about achieving high quality results, you absolutely must get this book.
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