- Paperback: 314 pages
- Publisher: Focal Press; 5 edition (February 2, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0240812646
- ISBN-13: 978-0240812649
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #267,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Single-Camera Video Production 5th Edition
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"Single-Camera Video Production is easy reading for the newcomer yet it has enough depth for the video professional. Chapters on digital video, nonlinear editing and a full description of pre-production treatments and contracts make it an excellent resource."--Videomaker
From the Back Cover
Learn the fundamentals of single-camera video production! This book explains in no uncertain terms what you need to know about creating video using the single-camera format. Whether you are just learning the basics of video production or you need a refresher, this book gives you a toolkit to understand the production workflow and how to use the single-camera format to its best advantage.
Single Camera Video Production begins with a discussion of the overall production process, including the importance of goals and audience analysis and the importance of technology, especially in terms of incorporating digital systems into your work. After detailing the equipment you will encounter (cameras, recorders, audio, lighting, and more), the book carries you through the production process from preproduction planning; to shooting, lighting and audio techniques; to digital nonlinear editing (including techniques, aesthetics, and shooting for the editing process); and finally, to a discussion on moving your career beyond the classroom. A hundred new images demonstrate the latest equipment and techniques.
Simple, elegant, and easy to use,Single Camera Video Production is a staple to any media maker's library.
About the Author
Robert B. Musburger, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Communication and former Director of the School of Communication, University of Houston. He has worked for 20 years in professional broadcasting, serving as camera operator, director, producer, and writer, and he has received numerous awards for his video work and 35 years of teaching. His published writing includes An Introduction to Media Production: The Path to Digital Media Production, Electronic News Gathering: A Guide to ENG, and An Introduction to Writing for Electronic Media.
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The book falters in the fact that it tries to accomplish too much. There are great nuggets inside with lighting tricks and framing principles and other principles that teach how to do things to create a quality production. The book takes on the COMPLETE production process in bits and pieces and talks about the process of creating something to produce (no matter what camera type is used) discussing workflow, scripting, storyboarding and writing a convincing enough proposal to get the funds you need to get a project going. This is assuming a person reading this book is interested in doing more than simple, home or hobbyist video production.
I thought that this book was going to be geared more toward the hobbyist -- and there are certainly great nuggets available for the hobbyist like myself. But instead, I feel like it tries to accomplish too much in too few pages. It doesn't speak to platform specific software tools and it doesn't give any direction in that way. I found that a BIT disappointing. If I am the beginning student or hobbyist or interested in going professional - what software does the author use or recommend? Everything is left up to preference and is very generic. There is useful information such as plug types, mic types, camera types, etc. But I feel that the real meat of the book which could have been techniques was left a bit lacking. So much time was spent on equipment which is already outdated and it's a shame more pages were not spent honing on video technique.
This is the type of book where each chapter could be a book in and of itself. Just enough to whet the appetite. The book is dry, does not lead the reader to any specific software, camera types (brands) or even script editing software ... instead, we are left to guess and try to find out what is best to use. We are shown screen shots of unnamed software and left to wonder.
Considering that the author is Professor Emeritus and former Director of the School of Communication at the University of Houston, the presentation makes sense as it is written for students in an introductory class. The book reads like a text book.
I think the book would be BETTER served with a CD (Mac and PC) that contained demo versions of various software used throughout the book. This would add a lot more value and make the book more palatable. Otherwise, it feels like too much crammed into one tiny volume. Just enough to try to whet an appetite and not enough to really get a potential Video Producer anywhere near where they need to be.
This 5th edition is this book's first update since 1993, and it shows. A fair amount of the info seems outdated and it's obvious the author is unfamiliar with newer digital technology. From constantly calling a computer a CPU, to not knowing what AVI stands for, to actually stating that an editing application will "respond to the instruction you give the CPU through the menus and keyboard," Robert B. Musburger doesn't seem to be the most up-to-speed teacher of digital video technology.
A major gripe with this book is the editing. A big portion of this slim 250-page book is unused blank space. It's common to see a two page spread with 3/4 of it blank. Given all that emptiness they could have easily fit in more pictures to illustrate some of the book's more visual points, such as the concept of look space. Otherwise the publishers could've saved a lot of paper.
An even bigger problem is the sheer amount of typos that litter this book, especially in technical data. There's one table of video format info that has 5 typos in it. It gets to the point where I can't trust the numbers the author is using because they often seem slightly off from the common formats I've seen in my years of working with video.
The writing is often needlessly technical without being informative. The author says there are such things as 4:1:1 and 4:2:2 color spaces, but fails to mention what that actually means. Other times what he says is simply unnecessary. It's well explained in the book that video cameras used to use tubes to convert picture to video, but now use CCD chips. I have no idea how knowing the basic specs of a 30 year-old camera I'll never use helps my production skills.
The photos in this book are sparse and largely generic not actually serving a specific purpose. The section that actually deals with how to set up cameras and lights on a set is depicted completely in diagrams with no photos to how things will actually look. Plus for all its talk of white balance and color temperature there's no photos explaining it, though they would've been in black & white anyways. For a book on a visual medium, it's not very visual.
If you have some previous knowledge on video production, be it classes or self-taught, this might be a useful book to flip through as a refresher, but if you're new video production, this book probably won't help you learn essential video skills.
There is a huge amount of "obvious" things mentioned. As an example, on page 216: "Begin your edit session by logging on to the CPU by using your name and password." Seriously? Was it worth wasting a sentence to say this?
I assume that most people considering buying this book own a decent home camcorder, perhaps some good video editing software and are looking for tips from the pros to learn to create better video. This book is woefully underwhelming. The quality of the information is quite poor and mostly it consists of stating the obvious (lighting is important, audio is important, etc). Of course I know these things are important, tell me some tips about how to do them *better*.
This book must sell well to be on the "fifth edition", but I suspect 99% of the purchasers are very disappointed.
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