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The Digital Filmmaking Handbook,9781584504382

The Digital Filmmaking Handbook

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1584504382
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Pub. Date:
12/1/2005
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Cengage Learning
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Summary

Since the advent of digital video and desktop editing software, scores of independent producers have become equipped to make their own movies. But because filmmaking involves much more than just buying a camera and a computer, there's The Digital Filmmaking Handbook. This one-stop digital filmmaking resource will guide you from your initial idea to getting your finished project "in the can." It will show you how to create shots and effects that are rarely associated with low-budget productions. And it covers everything from writing and pre-production planning to shooting and post-production editing and effects. Now in its third edition, this best-selling book has been completely updated and revised to include detailed information on a number of important new digital video technologies, including both high-end HD video and the new HDV format, and affordable new digital video standard that lets even low-budget producers work in high-definition video. All of the chapters have been revised to cover the latest hardware, software, and production workflows,, and new exercises offer help with everything from writing to special effects. Whether your goal is an industrial project, a short subject for your Web site, or a feature-length movie for a film festival, this book will help you understand the questions you need to ask, so that you will be prepared to solve the myriad problems that will arise.

Table of Contents

Introduction
1(12)
Digital Video and the Independent Filmmaker
3(2)
Digital Video in the Home and Office
4(1)
What Type of Equipment Do I Need?
5(1)
What Is Digital Video?
6(2)
What Is Digitizing?
6(2)
Why Digital Video?
8(2)
What This Book Covers
10(1)
Part I: Pre-Production
10(1)
Part II: Production
10(1)
Part III: Post-Production
11(1)
Exercise
11(2)
Writing and Scheduling
13(22)
Writing for Digital Video
14(11)
Finding a Story
15(1)
Structure
16(2)
Writing Visually
18(1)
Script Format
19(3)
Writing for Corporate and Industrial Productions
22(2)
Writing for Documentaries
24(1)
Finishing Up
25(1)
Scheduling
25(6)
Breaking Down a Script
26(1)
Choosing a Shooting Order
26(3)
Production Boards
29(1)
Scheduling for Documentaries
30(1)
Exercises
31(2)
Summary
33(2)
Video Technology Basics
35(36)
What Is Video?
36(7)
Tracks
36(2)
Frames
38(1)
Video Resolution
38(1)
Scanning Methods
39(2)
Native Aspect Ratio
41(1)
Physical Characteristics of Videotape
42(1)
Digital Video Primer
43(10)
Color Sampling
43(2)
Compression
45(1)
Bit Depth
45(1)
CODECs
46(4)
Data Rate
50(1)
Pixel Shape
50(3)
Types of Digital Video Files
53(1)
Video Broadcast Standards
53(2)
Audio Basics
55(3)
Mono, Stereo, and Surround Sound
56(1)
Audio Sampling
56(1)
Types of Digital Audio Files
57(1)
High-Definition (HD) Video
58(3)
Frame Rates and HD
60(1)
HD Pros and Cons
60(1)
Choosing a Format
61(7)
Delivery Is Everything
63(2)
Videotape Formats
65(3)
Quality Isn't Everything
68(1)
Exercise: Look at Some Video Quality Examples
68(1)
Summary
69(2)
Choosing a Camera
71(28)
Evaluating a Camera
72(9)
Image Quality
73(6)
Lenses
79(2)
Camera Features
81(5)
Ergonomics
81(2)
Manual Override
83(1)
Frame Rate
84(2)
Progressive Scan
86(10)
Aspect Ratio
87(2)
Audio
89(1)
Viewfinder
90(1)
Image Stabilization
91(2)
Direct-to-Disc Recording
93(2)
Special Effects
95(1)
Batteries
95(1)
Use Your Director of Photography
95(1)
Accessorizing
96(2)
Tripods, Steadicams, and Dollies
96(2)
What You Should Choose
98(1)
Summary
98(1)
Planning Your Shoot
99(26)
Storyboarding
100(12)
Shots and Coverage
102(7)
Less Is More
109(1)
Camera Diagrams and Shot Lists
110(2)
Location Scouting
112(4)
Production Design
116(4)
Art Directing Basics
117(1)
Building a Set
118(2)
Effects Planning
120(2)
Exercises
122(1)
Summary
123(2)
Lighting
125(26)
Lighting Basics
126(1)
Film-Style Lighting
126(2)
Video Lighting
127(1)
The Art of Lighting
128(2)
Three-Point Lighting
128(2)
Types of Light
130(7)
Color Temperature
130(1)
Wattage
131(3)
Controlling the Quality of Light
134(3)
Lighting Your Actors
137(3)
Interior Lighting
140(2)
Power Supply
141(1)
Mixing Daylight and Interior Light
141(1)
Using Household Lights
142(1)
Exterior Lighting
142(2)
Enhancing Existing Daylight
143(1)
Video Lighting
144(1)
Video and Low-Light Situations
145(1)
Special Lighting Situations
145(4)
Using Lights to Create a Scene
146(1)
Lighting for Video-to-Film Transfers
146(2)
Lighting for Blue and Green Screen
148(1)
Exercises
149(1)
Summary
150(1)
The Camera
151(28)
Using the Camera
152(23)
The Lens
154(12)
White Balance
166(2)
Lens Filters
168(4)
Other Camera Features
172(3)
Know Thy Camera
175(1)
Technical Tips
175(2)
Preparing Your Equipment
175(2)
Exercises
177(1)
Summary
178(1)
Shooting Digital Video
179(26)
Preparing to Shoot
180(2)
Rehearsals
180(1)
The Shooting Script
181(1)
Putting Plans into Action
182(1)
Managing the Set
182(3)
The Protocol of Shooting
184(1)
Respect for Acting
184(1)
Shooting
185(14)
Composition
185(8)
Camera Movement
193(3)
Exposure
196(3)
Keeping On-Set Records
199(3)
Script Supervising for Scripted Projects
200(1)
Documentary Field Notes
201(1)
Camera and Sound Logs
202(1)
Exercises
202(2)
In the Can
204(1)
Production Sound
205(30)
What You Want to Record
206(1)
Microphones
207(14)
What a Mic Hears
207(5)
How a Mic Hears
212(4)
Mixing
216(1)
Connecting It All Up
216(3)
Double-System Recording
219(2)
Setting Up
221(9)
Placing Your Mics
221(6)
Getting the Right Sound for the Picture
227(1)
Testing Sound
228(1)
Managing Your Set
229(1)
Selecting an Audio Mode on Your Camera
230(1)
Recording Your Sound
230(3)
Room Tone
231(1)
Run-and-Gun Audio
231(2)
Exercise: Gear Checklist
233(1)
Summary
233(2)
Building a Workstation
235(28)
First Things First
236(1)
Choosing a Platform
236(2)
Macintosh OS
236(1)
Windows
237(1)
Choosing a Video Interface
238(6)
Digital Video Interfaces
238(3)
Analog Video Interfaces
241(1)
Audio Interfaces
242(2)
Choosing a Computer
244(16)
CPU
246(1)
RAM
246(1)
Storage
246(3)
Computer Monitors
249(1)
Accessorizing
249(3)
Building a Macintosh System
252(1)
Building a Windows System
253(2)
Portable Editing
255(1)
Edit Controllers and Custom Keyboards
256(1)
Backing Up
257(1)
Archiving
258(1)
Network Systems
259(1)
Exercise: Know What You Need
260(1)
Summary
261(2)
Non-Linear Editing Software
263(26)
Editing Software Basics
264(10)
The Interface
264(2)
Editing Features
266(4)
Other Features
270(2)
Organizational Tools
272(2)
Logging, Capturing, and Importing
274(3)
Effects and Titles
277(4)
Types of Effects
277(2)
Titles
279(2)
Audio Tools
281(1)
The Final Product
282(2)
Videotape Masters
282(1)
Digital Video Files
283(1)
EDLs
283(1)
Film Cut Lists
283(1)
Editing Applications Compared
284(3)
Exercise: Know What You Need
287(1)
Summary
288(1)
Editing Hardware
289(18)
Don't Panic!
290(1)
Hardware Peripherals
291(2)
Video Decks
293(6)
Tape Format
293(2)
SDI, FireWire, or Analog I/O
295(1)
Frame Accuracy
296(1)
Device Control
296(1)
Audio Features
297(1)
VTR Checklist
297(2)
Audio Equipment
299(2)
Audio CDs
299(1)
DAT and MiniDisc
299(1)
Audio Mixers
300(1)
Speakers
300(1)
Video Monitors
301(3)
Professional Video Monitor Features
302(2)
Hardware Connectors
304(1)
Exercise: Hardware Checklist Before You Start
305(1)
Summary
306(1)
Preparing to Edit
307(38)
How to Organize Your Project
308(3)
Create a Numbering System
308(1)
Make Sure All Your Videotape Has Timecode
309(1)
Keep a Database of All Your Media
309(1)
Log Each Tape Thoroughly
310(1)
Use the Organizational Tools of Your Editing Software
310(1)
Timecode
311(4)
Drop Frame and Non-Drop Frame Timecode
311(1)
Timecode Standards
312(1)
How Timecode Is Stored on Videotape
312(1)
Keycode: Timecode for Film Sources
313(2)
Logging
315(5)
How to Log by Content
316(4)
Capturing Quality
320(2)
How Good Does Your Project Need to Look?
320(1)
Digital Online and Offline
320(2)
Audio Quality
322(4)
Audio Levels
322(1)
Clipping and Distortion
323(1)
Equalization
324(2)
Video Quality
326(11)
Video Levels
327(10)
Troubleshooting
337(3)
Problems and Solutions
338(2)
Importing Digital Files
340(3)
Getting Audio from a CD
342(1)
Media Management
342(1)
Exercises
343(1)
Summary
343(2)
Editing
345(26)
The Invisible Art
346(4)
Building Blocks
346(4)
Building a Rough Cut
350(4)
Radio Cuts
350(2)
Master Shot-Style Coverage
352(2)
Refining Your Rough Cut
354(9)
Cutaways and Reaction Shots
355(1)
Matching Action
356(2)
Matching Screen Position
358(1)
Overlapping Edits
359(1)
Matching Emotion and Tone
360(1)
Pauses and Pull-Ups
360(1)
Hard Sound Effects and Music
360(3)
Transitions between Scenes
363(1)
Hard Cuts
363(1)
Dissolves, Fades, and Wipes
363(1)
Establishing Shots
364(1)
Clearing Frame and Natural ``Wipes''
364(1)
Solving Technical Problems
364(3)
Missing Elements
365(1)
Working with Temporary Elements
365(1)
Working with Low-Res Footage
365(2)
Fine Cutting
367(4)
Editing for Style
368(1)
Duration
368(1)
The Big Picture
369(1)
Exercise
369(1)
Summary
369(2)
Sound Editing
371(32)
Sounding Off
372(2)
Setting Up
374(1)
Editing Sound in Your NLE
374(3)
Dedicated Sound Editing Apps
377(7)
Audio Editing Hardware
382(2)
Editing Sound
384(3)
Unintelligible Dialog
384(1)
Changes in Tone
385(1)
Is There Extraneous Noise in the Shot?
385(1)
Are There Bad Video Edits That Can Be Reinforced with Audio?
385(1)
Is There Bad Audio?
386(1)
Are There Vocal Problems You Need to Correct?
386(1)
Dialog Editing
387(2)
ADR
388(1)
Non-Dialog Voice Recordings
389(1)
EQ Is Your Friend
389(4)
Special Filters
392(1)
Sound Effects
393(2)
Sound Effect Sources
394(1)
Music
395(5)
Editing Music
395(2)
License to Play
397(1)
Finding a Composer
398(1)
Do It Yourself
399(1)
Exercises
400(1)
Fix It in the Mix?
401(2)
Color Correction
403(22)
To Compress, or Not to Compress
404(4)
Color Correction
408(15)
Safe Colors
409(1)
Too Much of a Good Thing: When Color Correction Goes Too Far
410(3)
Correcting Bad White Balance
413(5)
Matching Footage from Different Cameras and Shoots
418(2)
Brightening Dark Video
420(1)
Using Tracks and Layers to Adjust Color
420(2)
Don't Expect Miracles
422(1)
Correcting Color for Film
423(1)
One More Thing
423(1)
Exercise
423(1)
Summary
424(1)
Titling and Simple Compositing
425(48)
Titles and Simple Graphics
426(8)
Making Titles in Your NLE
427(5)
Titling Software
432(2)
Creating Titles in Photoshop
434(1)
Compositing 101
434(29)
Keys
435(13)
Mattes
448(3)
Pixel Aspect Ratios
451(8)
More Sophisticated Mattes
459(4)
Moving Pictures
463(8)
Basic Movement
463(7)
Eliminating Camera Shake
470(1)
Exercise
471(1)
Summary
471(2)
Rotoscoping and More Compositing
473(50)
Rotoscoping
474(38)
Painting on Frames
475(6)
Better Rotoscoping through Filters
481(3)
Rotoscoping an Alpha Channel
484(7)
Creating Animated Alpha Channels (or ``You, Too, Can Make Travelling Mattes'')
491(6)
Building Effects with Multiple Layers
497(15)
Special Effects
512(3)
Fixing a Drop-Out
512(2)
Fixing Lost Video
514(1)
Compositing Elements from a 3D Animation Package
514(1)
Making Your Video Look Like Film
515(6)
Creating Film Texture
515(3)
Creating Film Color
518(1)
Changing Video Time
518(2)
Plug-Ins
520(1)
Summary
521(2)
Output
523(38)
Mastering Your Outputs
524(2)
The Best-Case Scenario
524(2)
The Big Decision
526(1)
Videotape Masters
526(11)
Preparing for a Professional Online Edit
527(6)
The Do-It-Yourself Digital Online
533(4)
The Final Audio Mix
537(3)
Preparing for a Professional Audio Mix
538(1)
Do-It-Yourself Final Mixes
539(1)
DVD Output
540(6)
Outputting for the Web
546(7)
Creating a Video CD
551(2)
Getting Your 35mm Film Release Print
553(4)
Film Editing and Cut Lists
554(1)
The Film Printing Process
555(1)
Getting Your Video Transferred to Film
556(1)
Archiving and Backups
557(1)
Exercises
558(1)
Summary
559(2)
About the DVD 561(2)
Glossary 563(20)
Index 583


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