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Table Of Contents

Introduction
Why This Book?
Foolish Assumptions
Conventions Used in This Book
How This Book Is Organized
Part I: Getting Ready for Digital Video
Part II: Gathering Footage
Part III: Editing Your Movie
Part IV: Sharing Your Video
Part V: The Part of Tens
Part VI: Appendixes
Icons Used in This Book
Where to Go From Here
Chapter 1
What is digital video?
What Is Digital Video?
Comparing analog and digital video
Warming up to FireWire
Editing Video
Editing a short video project
Performing Hollywood magic at the click of a mouse
Sharing Video
Exporting a movie
Playing your movie
Resolving the Mac-versus-PC Debate Once and for All
Upgrading Your Computer
Using a Macintosh
Buying a new Mac
Upgrading ye olde Mac
Choosing Mac video-editing software
Using a Windows PC for Digital Video
Buying a new PC
Upgrading your PC for digital video
Choosing Windows video-editing software
Optimizing Windows for video work
Choosing Video Capture Hardware
Selecting capture cards
Selecting external video converters
Selecting a Camcorder
Mastering Video Fundamentals
The mechanics of video recording
Broadcast video formats
Interlacing versus progressive scan
The many aspects of aspect ratios
Color
Choosing a Camera Format
MiniDV camcorders
DVD-based camcorders
Flash memory camcorders
Digital8 camcorders
Analog cameras
Choosing a Camera with the Right Features
Accessorizing Your Camcorder
Sounding Out Audio Equipment
Choosing a microphone
Selecting an audio recorder
Shedding Some Light on the Scene
Stabilizing Your Video Image
Planning a Video Production
Composing a Shot
Evaluating Lighting
Choosing lights
Bouncing light
Diffusing light
Dealing with backlighting
Using lens filters
Controlling Focus and Exposure
Setting Up Your Camcorder
Shooting Video
Panning effectively
Using (not abusing) the zoom lens
Avoiding timecode breaks
Recording Sound
Managing ambient noise
Creating your own sound effects
Preparing to Capture Digital Video
Making room for video files
Connecting a digital camcorder to your computer
Capturing video in Windows Movie Maker
Capturing video in Apple iMovie
Capturing video in Adobe Premiere Elements
Troubleshooting Capture Problems
You can’t control your camera through your capture software
Frames drop out during capture
Capture stops unexpectedly
Adjusting video-capture settings
Capturing video in Pinnacle Studio
Exporting video from Pinnacle Studio
Understanding Audio
Understanding sampling rates
Delving into bit depth
Recording Audio
Recording audio with your Macintosh
Recording voice-over tracks in Windows Movie Maker
Working with CD Audio
Importing CD audio in iMovie
Ripping MP3 or AAC files with iTunes
Importing CD audio in Windows
Starting a New Movie Project
Working with Video Clips
Organizing clips
Previewing clips
Trimming out unwanted parts
Assembling Your Clips into a Movie
Visualizing your project with storyboards
Using the timeline
Fine-Tuning Your Movie in the Timeline
Trimming clips in the timeline
Removing clips from the timeline
Undoing what you’ve done
Adjusting playback speed
Fading and transitioning between clips
Fading and Transitioning Between Clips
Choosing the best transition
Adding a transition to the timeline
Adjusting transitions
Giving Credit with Titles
Creating effective titles
Adding titles to your project
Changing the length of titles
Using Audio in a Movie
Understanding audio tracks
Adding audio to the timeline
Editing audio and video separately
Adjusting volume
Using iMovie’s sound effects
Adding a Musical Soundtrack
Reviewing Premiere’s effects
Applying effects
Controlling effects with keyframes
Animating Video Clips
Adjusting Color and Light
Compositing Video
Understanding transparency
Shooting video against a bluescreen
Compositing video tracks
Preparing Still Photos for Video
Adjusting the image size
Getting the colors just right
Using Stills in Your Movie
Using pictures in Apple iMovie
Using pictures in Windows Movie Maker
Using pictures in Premiere Elements
Freezing Frames from Video
Exporting Your Movie
Exporting AVI files from Movie Maker
Exporting video from Premiere Elements
Choosing a Video Format
Streaming your video
Comparing player programs
Exporting Movies for the Online World
Making QuickTime movies with iMovie
Exporting Windows Media from Movie Maker
Exporting from Premiere Elements
Putting Your Movie on the Web
Finding an online home for your movies
Creating a (very) simple Web page
Prepping Your Movie for TV Playback
Setting Up Your Hardware
Exporting the Movie
Exporting to tape in Apple iMovie
Exporting to tape in Windows Movie Maker
Exporting to tape in Adobe Premiere Elements
Understanding DVD Basics
Getting ready to record DVDs
Comprehending DVD standards
Making Effective Menus
Creating a menu
Customizing the menu
Previewing your menu
Burning DVDs
The Part of Tens
Beam Me Up, Scotty!
Seeing Double
Improving Audio Quality
Filtering Your Video
Dealing with the Elements
The Ken Burns Effect
Freeze Frame!
Tripods and Other Stabilization Devices
Monopods
Mobile stabilizers
Lighting
Music Generators
LightScribe DVD Drives
Microphones
MP3 Recorders
Multimedia Controllers
Video Converters
Helmet Cams
Video Decks
Reviewing the Basics
Importing Media
Editing Your Movies
Exporting Your Movies
Installing and Upgrading iMovie
Enhancing iMovie with Plug-Ins
Using Windows Movie Maker
Upgrading Windows Movie Maker
Upgrading Windows Movie Maker
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Digital Video For Dummies

Digital Video For Dummies

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So you have a camcorder and visions of being the next Spielberg. But how do you progress from shooting so-so footage to showing your own finished movie? Digital Video For Dummies, 4th Edition gives you the know-how and the show-how! Find out how to shoot and edit great movies, using iMovie, Windows Movie Maker, or Adobe Premiere Elements to add the finishing touches like special effects and your own soundtrack. With the latest information and lots of illustrations and screen shots, this friendly guide walks you through: Getting your computer ready to work with digital video (complete with information about FireWire) Choosing a camcorder, including features to look for and features that are useless Digitizing old VHS videotapes to preserve memories Purchasing other movie making gear, including audio and lighting equipment Shooting better video, with tips on lighting, panning, using the zoom, and recording better audio Creating your own sound effects such as footsteps, bones breaking, fire, thunder, insects buzzing, and more Capturing digital video using iMovie, Windows Movie Marker, or Premiere Elements Editing, including understanding timecode, organizing and previewing clips, and assembling clips in Storyboard and Timeline Adding transitions, titles, and special effects Importing and integrating video from phones and digital cameras Using audio rubberbands in iMovie, Premiere Elements, and other editing programs Adding narration, importing and working with CD audio, and adding a music soundtrack

Keith Underdahl has extensive professional video production experience developing kiosk and marketing videos for Ages Software. Realizing that you’ll want to polish and premiere your movie, he includes information on:

More advanced video editing, including animating video clips, improving light and color, compositing video (bluescreen or greenscreen), and more 13 categories of video effects, ranging from blur and sharpen to transform Working with still photos and graphics Sharing your video online using QuickTime (/QT), RealMedia (.RM), or Windows Media Video (.WMV) Making tapes or burning DVDs in 9 steps

With a handy cheat sheet of keyboard shortcuts, a chart comparing 10 video editing programs, a glossary, and more, with this guide you’ll soon be saying “Lights, camera, action” and producing your own movie attraction.

So you have a camcorder and visions of being the next Spielberg. But how do you progress from shooting so-so footage to showing your own finished movie? Digital Video For Dummies, 4th Edition gives you the know-how and the show-how! Find out how to shoot and edit great movies, using iMovie, Windows Movie Maker, or Adobe Premiere Elements to add the finishing touches like special effects and your own soundtrack. With the latest information and lots of illustrations and screen shots, this friendly guide walks you through: Getting your computer ready to work with digital video (complete with information about FireWire) Choosing a camcorder, including features to look for and features that are useless Digitizing old VHS videotapes to preserve memories Purchasing other movie making gear, including audio and lighting equipment Shooting better video, with tips on lighting, panning, using the zoom, and recording better audio Creating your own sound effects such as footsteps, bones breaking, fire, thunder, insects buzzing, and more Capturing digital video using iMovie, Windows Movie Marker, or Premiere Elements Editing, including understanding timecode, organizing and previewing clips, and assembling clips in Storyboard and Timeline Adding transitions, titles, and special effects Importing and integrating video from phones and digital cameras Using audio rubberbands in iMovie, Premiere Elements, and other editing programs Adding narration, importing and working with CD audio, and adding a music soundtrack

Keith Underdahl has extensive professional video production experience developing kiosk and marketing videos for Ages Software. Realizing that you’ll want to polish and premiere your movie, he includes information on:

More advanced video editing, including animating video clips, improving light and color, compositing video (bluescreen or greenscreen), and more 13 categories of video effects, ranging from blur and sharpen to transform Working with still photos and graphics Sharing your video online using QuickTime (/QT), RealMedia (.RM), or Windows Media Video (.WMV) Making tapes or burning DVDs in 9 steps

With a handy cheat sheet of keyboard shortcuts, a chart comparing 10 video editing programs, a glossary, and more, with this guide you’ll soon be saying “Lights, camera, action” and producing your own movie attraction.

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