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Portable Video, 6th Edition

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Portable Video: ENG and EFP, Fifth Edition" focuses on the techniques and technology of single camera electronic news gathering and electronic field production. Covering everything from basic creative and technical editing techniques to budgets and copyright issues, it is accessible to the home videomaker or amateur and to the professional seeking information on the newest advances in technique and equipment. It includes special focus on TV news production and field production and is suitable for complete beginners.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. Contents
  5. Acknowledgments
  6. Part 1: Shooting Video on Location
    1. Chapter 1: Introduction
      1. ENG and EFP: The World of Professional Video
      2. Electronic Field Production: Video Production on Location
      3. Knowing the Basics
      4. Summary
    2. Chapter 2: Electronic News Gathering
      1. Visual Journalists
      2. Part One: Recorded Coverage
      3. Spot News
      4. Summary
      5. Part Two: Live Coverage
      6. Getting the Picture Out
      7. Communications
      8. Summary
    3. Chapter 3: Electronic Field Production
      1. Corporate and Professional Videos
      2. Entertainment
      3. Commercials and Public Service Announcements
      4. Performance Videos
      5. Sports Videos
      6. Music Videos
      7. Nature and Documentary Videos
      8. Video Art
      9. Multimedia
      10. Internet
      11. Mobile TV
      12. Summary
  7. Part 2: The Process
    1. Chapter 4: Framing and Composition
      1. Identifying the Story Line
      2. Part One: Framing—The Range of Shots
      3. Shots by Perspective
      4. Camera Movement Shots
      5. Special-Use Shots
      6. Part Two: Composition—Aesthetic Considerations
      7. Creating the Third Dimension
      8. Effects of Focal Length
      9. Distance
      10. Balancing the Picture
      11. Composing Specific Shots
      12. Following the Action
      13. Breaking the Rules
      14. Summary
    2. Chapter 5: Scriptwriting
      1. Electronic News Gathering
      2. Electronic Field Production
      3. Summary
    3. Chapter 6: Preproduction and Production
      1. Part One: Preproduction
      2. Electronic News Gathering
      3. Electronic Field Production
      4. Production Crew
      5. Scheduling and Coordinating
      6. Location Selection and Survey
      7. Graphics and Props Preparation
      8. Clearance on Copyright Materials
      9. Travel Planning
      10. Part Two: Production—Shooting on Location
      11. ENG Versus EFP
      12. Setting Up
      13. Sound and Light
      14. Location Integrity
      15. Maintaining Control
      16. Backup Plans
      17. Security
      18. Dealing with the Public
      19. Checklists
      20. Recording
      21. Rehearsing
      22. Shooting (and Reshooting)
      23. Wrapping Up
      24. Summary
    4. Chapter 7: Postproduction and Distribution
      1. Editing Process
      2. Technical Concepts
      3. Creative Editing Concepts
      4. Summary
  8. Part 3: The Tools
    1. Chapter 8: Video
      1. Light, Lenses, Cameras, and Recorders
      2. Principles of Lens Operation
      3. Video Cameras
      4. Camera Functions
      5. Video Recorders
      6. The Format Wars
      7. Batteries
      8. Tripods and Camera-Mounting Devices
      9. Summary
    2. Chapter 9: Audio
      1. Microphone Structure
      2. Microphones and Audio-Recording Techniques
      3. Sensitivity
      4. Frequency Response
      5. Impedance
      6. Other Factors
      7. Selection and Placement
      8. Style
      9. Special Applications
      10. Accessories
      11. Audio Cables and Connectors
      12. Monitoring, Mic Preamplifiers, Mixing, and Stereo
      13. Summary
    3. Chapter 10: Light: Understanding and Controlling It
      1. Part One: The Physical Properties of Light
      2. What is Light
      3. The Color of Light
      4. The Direction and Size of a Light Source
      5. The Quantity of Light
      6. Part Two: Creating Light
      7. Light Emitters
      8. Lighting Equipment
      9. Part Three: Basic Lighting Technique
      10. The Starting Point: Exposure
      11. The Art of Casting Shadows
      12. Basic Theory
      13. Formal Lighting
      14. Natural Lighting
      15. Light as an Editorial Tool
      16. Summary
  9. Part 4: The Business of Video
    1. Chapter 11: Budgeting and Pricing
      1. ENG and EFP
      2. Creating an Accurate Budget
      3. Budget Tracking
      4. Entry into the Video Marketplace
      5. Summary
    2. Chapter 12: Laws, Ethics, Copyright, and Insurance
      1. Laws
      2. Ethics
      3. Copyright
      4. Insurance
      5. Summary
  10. Appendix 1: Screenplay Format
  11. Appendix 2: Two-Column, Audiovisual, Split-Page Format
  12. Appendix 3: Storyboards
  13. Bibliography
  14. Glossary
  15. Index