Faster Smarter Digital Video

Jason Dunn, Douglas Dixon

  • 出版商: MicroSoft
  • 出版日期: 2010-01-01
  • 定價: $700
  • 售價: 5.0$350
  • 語言: 英文
  • 頁數: 346
  • 裝訂: Paperback
  • ISBN: 0735618739
  • ISBN-13: 9780735618732

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Take charge of digital video technologies—faster, smarter, better!

Now you can capture everyday events, produce an executive briefing, or even make your own movie—faster, smarter, and better. Dive in! This friendly, high-energy guide makes it easy to teach yourself exactly what you need. Use the quick lists, numbered steps, and helpful examples to master the essentials—and move on to doing the cool things you want to do!

• Use everyday PC skills to produce and edit great digital video
• Get tips for choosing the right digital video camera
• Set up shots, work the angles, take better footage
• Learn how to shape a story through editing
• Add titles, music, voice-overs, and other effects
• Rescue vintage VHS footage by digitizing it on your PC
• Share your productions on CD, DVD, e-mail, or the Web

 

Table of Contents:

Acknowledgments xv
Introduction xvii
PART I: GETTING STARTED  
You say you don't know anything about digital video? No problem! In the first section, I'll walk you through the basics: what digital video is all about, how it's used today, what kinds of tools Windows XP gives you to work with it, and what all that confusing terminology means. I'll also cover how to pick the right digital video camera for your needs—whether you're a beginner looking for your first camera or an intermediate user looking for a high-end camera, I'll show you what to look for.  
CHAPTER 1: Welcome to the World of Digital Video 3
    It's Not Just for the Digital Elite Any More 3
        Digital Video in Your Daily Life 5
        An Overview of Current Digital Video Technology 9
        Using Digital Video in Everyday Life 11
CHAPTER 2: Windows XP and Digital Video: The Perfect Partnership 15
    Tools Inside Windows XP for Digital Video 16
        Thumbnail Folder View 16
        Detail View 17
        Task Pane Information 18
        File Properties 20
        Windows Media Player 22
        Windows Movie Maker 23
        Third-Party Digital Video Tools 23
    Digital Video Compression Explained 24
        Why Is Digital Video Compressed? 24
        Bit Rate Explained 26
        Psychoacoustic Audio Compression 26
        Psychovisual Video Compression 27
        Lossless Compression 27
        Lossy Compression 28
    Terminology You Need to Know 28
        Codec 28
        Digital Artifacts 29
        FireWire 30
        USB 1.1 and 2.0 30
        Digital Audio File Types 31
        Digital Video File Types 32
        Digital Image File Types 38
CHAPTER 3: Choosing the Right Video Camera 39
    Digital (DV) vs. Analog (HI-8, SVHS) 39
        DV Cams Are the Only Way to Go 41
        Buy the Best You Can Afford 41
    The Features You Don't Need 42
        Tonal Shooting Modes 42
        Gee-Whiz Effects 42
        Communications 43
    Things to Look For on Your DV Camera 43
        Video Storage Format 43
        The Lens 45
        Inputs and Outputs 47
        Image Stabilization 48
        Still Photo Capabilities 49
        Low-Light Performance 51
        Battery Life 52
        Ergonomics 53
        Interval Timers 54
        One CCD vs. Three CCD Cameras 55
    Classes of DV Cameras 55
        Entry-Level Consumer Camera 56
        Mid-range Consumer Camera 56
        High-End Consumer Camera 56
        High-End Prosumer Camera 56
    A Look at Today's Camera Market 56
        Entry-Level Digital Video Cameras 57
        Mid-Range Digital Video Cameras 59
        High-End Consumer/Prosumer Digital Video Cameras 62
    Getting the Proper Accessories 66
        FireWire Cables 66
        Tapes 67
        Spare Battery 67
        Tripod 67
        Lens Filters 68
        Steadicam 69
    Where to Buy Your Camera 70
        Shopping Online vs. Going to a Local Store 70
        Beware the Gray Market 72
    Alternate Digital Video Capture Devices 73
        Digital Still Cameras with Video Modes 73
        FireWire and USB Web Cameras 74
        Wireless Cameras 77
PART II: CAPTURING  
Once you have your digital video camera, it's time to start using it! This section covers getting familiar with the functions on your camera and having a plan for getting great footage. I also cover what kind of computer hardware you need in order to have a painless video editing experience, what to look for when you're shopping, and what the best solutions are. And once you have that footage, I'll teach you how to transfer it onto your computer so you can begin to craft your masterpiece.  
CHAPTER 4: Ready, Set, Film! 81
    Get To Know Your Camera 81
        Power, Record, and Mode Selection 82
    Viewfinder 84
        LCD Viewscreen 84
        Tape Carrier 85
        Lens 87
        Zoom Control 88
        Input/Output Ports 88
        Tape Playback Controls and Jog Dial 91
        Battery 92
        Flash 93
        Microphone 94
        Memory Card Slot 94
        Speaker 95
        Stabilizer, Focus, Menu, and White Balance Selection 96
        Tripod Mount 98
        Other Buttons 98
    Fail To Plan, Plan To Fail 99
        Know the Event 99
        Arrive in Advance 100
        What Are the Key Elements You Want to Capture? 100
        Capture Based on Opportunity, Not Order of Events 101
        Get in Close to the Action 101
        It's All About the Angles 102
        Length of Shots Depends on Final Footage Use 102
        Scripting Events 103
        Where Will the Video Be Used? 103
    Do's and Don'ts with Your Camera 103
        Don't. Use Special Effects on Your Camera 103
        Do. Experiment with the Footage Later 104
        Don't. Hit Record Too Quickly 104
        Do. Allow an Exposure Lock Before Recording 104
        Do. Use Standard Play (SP) Recording Mode 104
        Do. Turn Off Those Beeps! 104
        Don't. Forget About the Audio—Unless You Don't Need It 105
        Do. Use An External Microphone If Needed 105
CHAPTER 5: Examining Your Computer Setup 107
    Having the Right Hardware for Maximum Performance 107
        Balancing Cost vs. Performance 108
        The Value of Your Time 108
    How Each Hardware Element Affects Working with Digital Video 109
        Taking Stock of Your Current Computer Assets 110
        Space Requirements for Digital Video Capture 114
        Where to Store Your Digital Video 114
        Internal Hard Drives 115
        External Hard Drives 117
    Hard Drive Partitions 119
    The Processor (CPU) 123
        How Many MHz Are Enough? 123
        Intel CPUs vs. AMD CPUs 124
    System RAM 125
        Is Generic RAM the Way to Go? 126
    Your Monitor 127
        LCD or CRT? 127
        Monitor Size 128
        Screen Resolution 128
        Dual Display Nirvana 128
        Video Card 129
    The Importance of Audio 130
    USB and FireWire Ports 132
        You May Already Have the Right Ports 133
        Adding USB 2.0 and FireWire Ports 133
        Use Hubs for Easy Access 135
    Final Video Output 137
        If You Want to Share Your Video in VCD or SVCD Format... 137
        If You Want to Put Your Video in DVD Video Format... 138
        If You Want to Share Your Video in VHS Format... 138
    Name Brand Computers vs. Custom Built 139
        DIY (Do-it-Yourself) Computers 139
        Computer Artistry 139
    Dedicated Video Workstation 140
CHAPTER 6: Capturing Your Video 143
    What Type of Video Do You Need to Capture? 143
        Analog Video Capture 143
        Digital Video Capture 148
    Preparing to Capture Your Video 155
        Turn Off Complex Screen Savers 155
        Close Other Programs 155
        Deactivate Antivirus Software 156
        Check for CPU-Intensive Tasks 156
        Capture to an Empty Partition 157
        Defragment Your Hard Drive 157
    Capturing Video from a DV Camera 157
    Capturing Analog Video (Archiving Home Movies) 163
    Organizing Your Video Clips 167
PART III: EDITING  
What's another word for unedited video? "Boring." In this section I'll cover both basic and advanced video-editing software suites, with a few detailed step-by-step walkthroughs to get you on the right path. Want to rip a song from an audio CD and make it a part of your video? I'll show you how. This section also looks at some of the newest software on the market and how it will help you to make your imagination a reality.  
CHAPTER 7: Basic Video Editing 173
        It's More Than Just Fixing Errors 173
        Unedited Video Is Boring 174
        Shaping Your Story 174
        Audio Adds Excitement 174
    The First Editing Decision You Need to Make 175
        Enter Autoproducing 175
        Autoproducing Software Products 178
        The Power of Manual Editing 181
    Using muvee autoProducer Cobalt 187
    Using Pinnacle Studio 8.0 193
    Saving Your Video 201
        Transient 202
        Final Product 202
    Previewing DVD, VCD, and SVCD Videos 202
        WinDVD 4 from Intervideo 203
        Sonic Cineplayer 1.5 204
CHAPTER 8: Advanced Video Editing 205
    The Possibilities with Advanced Video Editing 205
        Going from A to B: Transitions in Action 206
        Moving Paths 209
        Batch Capturing 210
        Adding Narration 210
        Importing Photos 211
        Importing Videos 212
        Adding Text Titles (a.k.a. "Titling") 213
        Alpha Channel Effects 214
        Time Stretching and Time Compression 216
        Picture in Picture 218
    Advanced Video-Editing Software Packages 218
        Ulead MediaStudio Pro 6.5 218
        Adobe Premiere 6.5 220
        Sonic Foundry Vegas Video 3.0 221
        Pinnacle EditionDV 222
        Adobe After Effects 5.5 224
    Advanced Video Manipulation Tools 225
        TMPGEnc Plus 225
        FlasK MPEG 226
    Music Creation and Audio-Editing Software 227
        Sonic Desktop SmartSound Movie Maestro 228
        Sonic Foundry Sound Forge Studio 6.0 229
        Sonic Foundry ACID PRO 4.0 230
        Sonic Desktop SmartSound Sonicfire Pro 231
        Sonic Foundry Sound Forge 6.0 232
    Getting Audio from a CD 233
        Using Audiograbber to Rip CDs 234
PART IV: SHARING  
Now that you have your final product, how do you share it with others? In the final section, I'll cover methods to share your video digitally: using e-mail, uploading it to a Web site, or sending it over an instant messaging application. Want a keepsake you can share with others? Burning your project to a CD or DVD is covered, including a step-by-step procedure for making your own professional-quality DVD with a menu system. Confused about the difference between DVD-R and DVD+R? It's all covered in this section.  
CHAPTER 9: Sharing Your Video with Others—the Digital Way 239
    The Advantages of Sharing Video Digitally 240
        Nearly Instant 240
        No Reproduction Costs or Loss of Quality over Generations 240
        Immune to the Ravages of Time 241
        Distance Isn't a Factor 241
        Privacy and Security 241
    The Disadvantages of Sharing Video Digitally 242
        No "Finished Product" You Can Hold 242
        Limitations with Length of Video 242
        Playback is Computer-Centric 242
        Usually Lower Quality than a Physical Medium 243
        Compatibility and Tech Support 243
    Using the 9 Series Windows Media Encoder 243
    Putting Your Video up on the Web 249
        Starting a Community 250
        If You Already Have Your Own Web Site or Want One 259
    Using an Online Storage Site 263
        Yahoo! Briefcase 264
        Whalemail (A Swapdrive Company) 265
        Xdrive 265
    Sending Your Video Using Instant Messaging 266
        Sending Your Video over E-mail 268
        Using the E-mail Function from Within a Video Editor 269
CHAPTER 10: Sharing Your Video with Others—Using a Physical Medium 271
    The Advantages of Sharing Digital Video Using a Physical Medium 272
        A Finished Product 272
        Maximum Quality Video 272
        Computer Independent 273
        Security 273
    The Disadvantages of Sharing Digital Video Using a Physical Medium 273
        Time and Cost of Reproduction 274
        Distribution Time and Cost 274
        Duplication of VHS Tapes Will Be of Lower Quality 274
        Vulnerable to Decay over Time 274
        Expense of Devices 274
    Picking the Appropriate Format for Your Video 275
        VHS 275
        VCD 275
        SVCD 276
        DVD-R and DVD+R 277
    What Software Is Available for Video Burning Projects? 278
        Sonic MyDVD 4 Plus 278
        Ulead DVD MovieFactory 280
        Nero Burning ROM 5.5 281
        Ulead DVD Workshop 282
        Sonic DVDit! PE 2.5 283
        Sonic ReelDVD 3.0 284
    Burning Your Project to Disc 285
    Burning a Video Using a Stand-Alone Recorder 296
    Putting Your Video Back onto Tape 297
    The Finishing Touches 299
        Disc Labels 299
        VHS Labels 300
        Jewel Case Inserts and Cover 300
    Video on Portable Devices 300
        The Pocket PC 301
        The PoGo Products Flipster 307
        Panasonic DVD-LV50 Portable DVD Player 308
APPENDIX: Digital Video Resources 311
INDEX 315