- Series: O'Reilly's Hacks Series
- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (June 6, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0596009461
- ISBN-13: 978-0596009465
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,861,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Digital Video Hacks: Tips & Tools for Shooting, Editing, and Sharing (O'Reilly's Hacks Series) 1st Edition
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About the Author
Joshua Paul has more than ten years of production experience with both cable and network television. He specializes in the post-production process and concentrates on the technical aspects of digital video. Over the last ten years he has witnessed, first-hand, the adoption of digital video and non-linear editing systems from inside the motion picture industry. An active member of the Producer's Guild of America, Joshua is also a co-founder of Overhyped Technologies, LLC, which provides software and service solutions to television production companies. Overhyped Technologies enables production companies to search, manage, and deliver thousands of hours of digital video via a web interface.
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Top Customer Reviews
kind of "nuts-and-bolts" pointers that I like. You
don't have to read it cover to cover (I didn't) but
can pick it up and go to the points that interest you
or where you are currently in need of help. It refers
to various "commerical products" that the author has
used to get the job done. I found this helpful. With so
many competing products to chose from it's nice to
hear, "If you get product X you'll be able to do Z,"
rather than buying and hoping (or not buying and
wondering). Kuddos to the author.
Who would have thought of parchment paper and clothes pins to diffuse light and create a softer, more natural light over the subject? That's just one of the great tips I've already started using.
I've bought several digital video books while trying to learn this medium, and this has been by far the most useful.
If you are like me, you have no idea how to take that video you shot last weekend of the Harley Davidson show and edit it down to remove the 15 minutes of video showing your shoes, the 10 minutes of you chasing the dog who stole your camera bag, etc., etc. That is where "Digital Video Hacks" comes into play. Each "hack" as it is called takes on a specific task and outlines the steps needed to produce the results. The hacks are organized so that you can really skip throughout the book and pick up only the ones you need to know right then and now. Many of the hacks cross-reference others, so once you figured out, for example, how to add diffusion to your camcorder light, you can easily reference that back to how to use paper lanterns or diffuse work-area light.
One of the best parts of this book is that it doesn't focus entirely on PC-based editing as one might think from the title. Quite a few pages are devoted to topics such as how to mount the camera to a car, how to create a green-screen environment, how to build a lightbox and more. The author has done an excellent job of making sure you setup your environment correctly to make the editing part easier down the road.
If you are someone who wants to take your camcorder farther and make that step from simple home-movies to presentation-style video this book is for you. You will learn a lot of tricks and tips that the digital era of video editing has made a lot easier than the days of when you had to have tens of thousands of dollars of expensive, special-purpose equipment. A must read for anyone who wants to know how to turn that video into the next award-winning documentary; not to mention those of us who just simply want to make better videos that don't put the entire family to sleep watching.