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Single-Camera Video Production, 5th Edition

Book Description

Single Camera Video Production, fifth edition is intended for the beginning media student and as a reference for experienced media professionals to review the rapidly changing technology and production techniques in the digital media production field.

Single Camera Video Production provides an overview of the entire video production process and is especially geared to present production techniques used in single-camera video production. Presented in a concise, easy-to-understand format, readers gain the insight they need to create their own (digital) video productions. Clear illustrations demonstrate the techniques presented in the book. An update is needed to reflect the rapid changes to the technology and industry, including nonlinear editing, digital production techniques, and high definition video production.

This new edition expands the concentration on digital equipment and production techniques applicable to single camera video production. Field production is accentuated without ignoring studio single camera production. There is also detailed coverage of digital non-linear editing, digital audio, and lighting for digital productions. A new section is included on production workflow designed to carry out the importance of advanced and consistent planning of a production from audience analysis to format choices and eventual distribution methods that must start during the preproduction stage.

Presented in an easy to follow, two-page spread layout, the topics are concise and clear. More than 100 new illustrations show the latest equipment and techniques. An expanded production bibliography and glossary complete the additions to this book.

Don't miss the other Media Manuals from Focal Press! Check out Grammar of the Shot 2e and Grammar of the Edit 2e.

Praise for the last edition:
"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

"The Focal Press Media Manual series sets out to deliver practical advice, technical know-how and practical skills in a direct, no-nonsense way, without information overload, making sure the essentials are all well-covered. Musburger's Single Camera Video Production, now in its fourth edition, faithfully sticks to this format, with surprising clarity for a complex technology...What is really good about this manual is that it explains every aspect of production and every role on set, but also how they dovetail to support each other...This is a manual that as the name suggests, you should keep close at hand. It is invaluable as a quick-access reference...a pocket book that will pay for itself time and time again throughout many productions." -

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
  2. Half Title
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright
  5. Dedication
  6. Contents
  7. Introduction
  8. Additional Comments on the Fifth Edition
  9. Acknowledgments
  10. Chapter One
    1. Production Philosophy
      1. The Production Process
      2. Importance of Goals-Audience Analysis
      3. Importance of Workflow
      4. Difference between Studio and Field Production
      5. Importance of Technology
  11. Chapter Two
    1. The Technology
      1. Connecting the Real World to the Digital World
        1. Limitations of Equipment
      2. Audio Signals
        1. Frequency
        2. Amplitude
      3. Measuring Audio Signals
      4. Compression
      5. Video Signals
        1. Changing Light into Electrons
      6. Synchronization
        1. Scan Systems
      7. Measuring Video Signals
        1. Video Compression
  12. Chapter Three
    1. The Equipment
      1. Equipment Development
      2. Cameras
        1. Camera Types
        2. Handheld Cameras
        3. HDV Professional Camera
        4. Broadcast Camera
        5. Digital Cinema Camera
        6. Specialized Digital Cameras
      3. Image Sources and Optics
        1. Tubes
        2. Chips
        3. Optics
        4. Focal Length
        5. Focus
        6. Aperture
        7. Depth of Field
      4. Viewfinder and Camera Controls
        1. Viewfinder
        2. Camera Controls
        3. Bars/Gain Selector
        4. Color Temperature Control/Filter Selector
        5. White Balance
      5. Camera Supports
        1. Tripods and Body Mounts
        2. Cranes, Dollies, and Pedestals
        3. Handholding the Camera
      6. Digital Recording
        1. Recording
        2. Recorder Operation
      7. Connecting Equipment
        1. Cable Coiling
        2. Power Connectors and Plugs
        3. Audio Connectors
        4. Video Connectors
        5. Digital Connectors
      8. Audio
        1. Microphone Types
        2. Electronic Impedance
        3. Element Construction
        4. Pickup Pattern
        5. Mounting Devices
        6. Nonmicrophone Audio Sources
        7. Which Audio Track to Use
      9. Lighting
        1. Floodlights
        2. Focusing Spotlights
        3. Fixed-Focus Instruments
        4. Controlling Light
        5. Power Sources
        6. Color Temperature
        7. Measuring Light Intensity
        8. Lighting Ratio
        9. Contrast Ratio
  13. Chapter Four
    1. The Production Process: Preproduction
      1. Preliminary Forms
        1. The Proposal
        2. Treatment
        3. Legal Considerations
      2. Script Formats
        1. Scene Script
        2. Shooting Script
        3. Script Formats
        4. Single-Column Format
        5. Dual-Column Format
      3. Organizing Forms
        1. Storyboards
        2. Location Scouting
        3. Site Survey
        4. Organizing Equipment and Crew
  14. Chapter Five
    1. The Production Process: Production
      1. Production Stages and Setup
      2. Setting Up
        1. Field Equipment Considerations
        2. Camera Setup
        3. Audio Preparation
        4. Prompting Devices
        5. Sets and Properties
      3. Lighting Preparation
        1. Controlling Color Temperature
        2. Controlling Light Intensity
        3. Contrast Range
        4. Basic Three-Point Lighting
        5. Backlight
        6. Key Light
        7. Fill Light
        8. Kicker and Set Lights
        9. Multiple or Moving Subjects
        10. Creative Lighting
        11. Mood Lighting
        12. Lighting for Time, Date, and Location
      4. Directing and Rehearsing
        1. Directing Talent
        2. Rehearsal
      5. Shooting
        1. Shooting and Framing
        2. Standard Shot Names
      6. Framing Principles
        1. Aspect Ratio
        2. Critical Area
        3. Lead Room or Edge Attraction
        4. The Rule of Thirds
      7. Creating Movement
        1. Subject Movement
        2. Camera Movement
        3. Movement through Zooms
        4. Z-Axis Movement
        5. Graphic Force Movement
      8. The Third Movement: Editing
        1. Shoot to Edit
        2. Continuity of Action
        3. Continuity of Direction
        4. Continuity of Location
        5. Cover Shots
      9. In-Camera Effects
        1. Iris Fades
        2. Roll or Rack Focus
        3. Swish Pans and Zooms
        4. Reversing Polarity
        5. Digital In-Camera Effects
      10. Logging and Striking
        1. Striking
  15. Chapter Six
    1. The Production Process: Postproduction
      1. The Soul of Production
        1. Editing Depends on Aesthetic and Equipment Knowledge and Skills
      2. Editing Concept
        1. Basic Process
      3. Process Background
        1. Nonlinear Film
        2. Linear Electronic
        3. Nonlinear Electronic
      4. Hardware
        1. Editing Equipment
        2. Accessories
      5. Software
      6. Physical Process
        1. Choices and Decisions
      7. Technical Process
        1. Editing Operating Methods
        2. Basic Editing
        3. Transitions
        4. Titles
        5. Adding Audio
        6. Rendering
      8. The Aesthetic Process
      9. Output-Distribution
        1. Preparing to Output/Export
        2. Output Process
        3. Destination Choices
  16. Chapter Seven
    1. Your Future
      1. Introduction
      2. Internship
      3. The Application Process
      4. Résumé Writing
      5. Composing a Cover Letter
      6. The Portfolio
      7. The Interview
      8. Summary
  17. Glossary
  18. Further Reading
  19. Index