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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?
Comparing analog and digital video
Warming up to FireWire
Editing Video
Comparing editing methods
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 DebateOnce and for All
Upgrading Your Computer
Using a Macintosh
Buying a new Mac
Upgrading ye olde Mac
Choosing Mac video software
Using a Windows PC
Buying a new PC
Upgrading your PC for digital video
Choosing Windows video software
Optimizing Windows for video work
Choosing Analog Capture Hardware
Selecting capture cards
Selecting external video converters
Improving the Human-Machine Interface
Working with video monitors
Using a multimedia controller
Choosing a Camcorder
Mastering Video Fundamentals
The mechanics of video recording
Broadcast formats
Interlacing versus progressive scan
The many aspects of aspect ratios
Color
Picking a Camera Format
MiniDV
Digital8
Other digital formats
Analog formats
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
Video-Shoot Checklist for Dummies
Basic checklist
Advanced checklist
Preparing for Digital Video Capture
Making room for video files
Connecting a digital camcorder to your computer
Capturing video in Pinnacle Studio
Capturing video in Apple iMovie
Troubleshooting Capture Problems
Frames drop out during capture
Capture stops unexpectedly
Preparing for Analog Video Capture
Preparing your computer for analog video
Setting up capture hardware
Capturing Video
Adjusting video-capture settings in Studio
Capturing your video
Understanding Audio
Understanding sampling rates
Delving into bit depth
Recording Audio
Recording audio with your Macintosh
Recording voice-over tracks in Pinnacle Studio
Ripping MP3 files in Windows
Starting a New Project
Working with Clips
Organizing clips
Previewing clips
Trimming out the unwanted parts
Turning 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
Fixing Color and Light Issues
Adjusting image qualities in Pinnacle Studio
Adjusting transitions
Giving Credit with Titles
Creating titles for your movies
Making effective titles
Using Studio’s Title Editor
Editing titles
Changing backgrounds
Creating Titles in iMovie
Changing the Length of Titles
Using Audio in a Project
Understanding audio tracks
Adding audio to the timeline
Adjusting volume
Working with sound effects
Adding a Soundtrack to Your Project
Adding music from a CD
Generating background music withSmartSound
Using video effects in iMovie
Using Video Effects in iMovie
Reviewing iMovie’s effects
Customizing effects
Using Video Effects in Studio
Stepping Up to More Advanced Editing
Using Still Graphics in Movies
Adjusting the image size
Getting the colors just right
Inserting Stills in Your Movie
Using pictures in Apple iMovie
Using pictures in Pinnacle Studio
Freezing Frames from Video
Previewing Your Movie
Casting a critical eye on your project
Previewing on an external monitor
Exporting the Movie
Choosing AVI settings
Setting MPEG settings
Choosing a Video Format
Streaming your video
Comparing player programs
Exporting Movies for the Online World
Making QuickTime movies with iMovie
Exporting Internet movies from Studio
Putting Your Movie on the Web
Finding an online home for your movies
Creating a (very) simple Web page
Preparing your movie for TV playback
Prepping Your Movie for TV Playback
Setting Up Your Hardware
Exporting to tape in Apple iMovie
Exporting to tape in Pinnacle Studio
Understanding DVD basics
Understanding DVD Basics
Getting ready to record DVDs
Comprehending DVD standards
Making Effective Menus
Creating a menu
Previewing your menu
Burning DVDs
Seeing Stars
Forcing a Perspective
Making Your Own Sound Effects
Filtering Your Video
Working with Assistants
Rehearse!
To Zoom or Not to Zoom?
Dealing with the Elements
Compositing Video
Understanding compositing
Shooting video against a blue screen
Compositing video tracks
MiniDisc Recorders
Multimedia Controllers
Video Converters
Graphical Video Background Elements
Helmet Cams
Video Decks
Reviewing the Basics
Importing Media
Editing Your Movies
Exporting Your Movies
System Requirements
Using the CD with Microsoft Windows
Using the CD with Mac OS
What You’ll Find on the CD
Sample video clips
Pinnacle Studio
Links Page
Troubleshooting
Installing and Upgrading iMovie
Enhancing iMovie with Plug-ins
Updating Studio
Using Hollywood FX Plug-ins for Pinnacle Studio
Why Isn’t Movie Maker Featured in This Book?
Upgrading Windows Movie Maker
Getting Acquainted with Windows Movie Maker
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Digital Video For Dummies

Digital Video For Dummies

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Digital media sales represent a growing market in consumer technology; in previous editions, this book has been the top-selling reference for digital video beginners Fully revised and completely focused on consumer digital video users and editors who have little to no experience with the equipment Walks readers through the basics of selecting equipment, installing software and hardware, shooting good video, getting files into a PC, editing, and outputting to the Internet, videotape, or a DVD

CD-ROM includes trial versions of the editing software covered in the book as well as other digital video tools and sample files

Digital media sales represent a growing market in consumer technology; in previous editions, this book has been the top-selling reference for digital video beginners Fully revised and completely focused on consumer digital video users and editors who have little to no experience with the equipment Walks readers through the basics of selecting equipment, installing software and hardware, shooting good video, getting files into a PC, editing, and outputting to the Internet, videotape, or a DVD

CD-ROM includes trial versions of the editing software covered in the book as well as other digital video tools and sample files

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