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Robert B. Musburger, PhD, Professor Emeritus and former Director of the School of Communication, University of Houston,TX, USA and Michael R. Ogden, Professor and Director, Film and Video Studies Program, Central Washington University. Key Features:
  • A concise overview of the entire video production process presented in an easy to understand format gives you the insight you need to create your own video productions
  • Soup to nuts coverage starts with preproduction and evolves to discuss various workflow options, digital audio techniques, lessons on lighting, editing, distribution, and more
  • This new edition has been updated to include an expanded audio section, an expanded workflow section, a companion website with video examples of the techniques discussed in the book as well as evolving updates on key technological shifts, and more
Learn everything you need to know about producing single-camera video, from preproduction planning to setting up, rehearsing, shooting, editing, and delivering. Master lighting, audio, and editing techniques that will enhance the quality of your video projects and captivate your audience. Simple, elegant, and easy to use, Single-Camera Video Production, Sixth Edition is a staple in any video student or artist’s library. Whether you’re just learning the basics of video production or you’re a veteran who needs a refresher, this book provides you with a toolkit for understanding and implementing single-camera workflows, as well as how to use the single-camera format to its best advantage by emphasizing the importance of goals, audience analysis, and technology. This new edition has been updated to include:
    • Expanded sections on digital workflows, field and studio production, preproduction planning, audio, lighting, distribution, and editing techniques
    • Detailed gear lists covering the latest camera, recorder, audio, lighting, and stabilization equipment used in the industry today
    • Fresh tips on creating video for your target audience and exhibition platform and shooting for the editing process
    • Insider career advice, including tips on how to get an internship, interviewing, finding a job, and earning a promotion
    • A companion website ( with video examples of the techniques discussed in the book, as well as evolving updates on key technological shifts
"A leading text in the field of visual arts education, this new edition of Musburger and Ogden's authoritative guide to single-camera video production will continue to find widespread use in universities and schools. Emphasizing technology and technique, it brings clarity and up-to-date thoroughness to all aspects of its complicated and multifaceted subject." - Raymond Fielding, Dean Emeritus, Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts; Author, The Technique of Special Effects Cinematography and A Technological History of Motion Pictures and Television "The sixth edition of Single-Camera Video Production is informative, packed with details, and serves as an effective reference for those wanting to integrate more video into their research, teaching, or content creation. This book provides the scaffolding needed to build your understanding and experience in shooting and recording video... The book walks the readers step-by-step through the pre-production, production, and post-production processes using multiple screenshots, visual examples, charts, and tables. It’s a great reference resource to have on one’s bookshelf." - Dr. Gregory Zobel, Western Oregon University, USA Contents: Introduction Additional Comments on the Sixth Edition Acknowledgments CHAPTER ONE Production Philosophy The Production Process Importance of Goal, Objectives, and Audience Analysis Importance of Workflow Difference between Studio and Field Production Importance of Technology CHAPTER TWO Aesthetics in Media Production Importance of Aesthetics Criticism and Critics Cultural Differences Reality Summary CHAPTER THREE The Technology Connecting the Read World to the Digital World Limitations of Equipment Audio Signals Frequency Amplitude Measuring Audio Signals Compression Video Signals Changing Light into Electrons Scanning Systems, Formats, and Frame Rates Measuring Video Signals Video Compression CHAPTER FOUR The Equipment Equipment Development Cameras Camera Types Consumer Cameras "Prosumer" and Industrial Cameras DSLR Cameras Professional Broadcast Cameras Digital Cinema Cameras Specialized Digital Cameras Image Sensors and Optics CCD and CMOS Chips Optics Focal Length Focus Aperture Depth of Field Viewfinder and Camera Controls Viewfinder Camera Controls Bars/Gain Selector Color Temperature Control/Filter Selector White Balance Camera Supports Tripods and Body Mounts Cranes, Dollies, and Pedestals Handholding the Camera Digital Recording Recording Recorder Operation Audio Microphone Types Electronic Impedance Pickup Pattern Mounting Devices Non-microphone Audio Sources Which Audio Track to Use Connecting Equipment Cable Coiling Power Connectors and Plugs Audio Connectors Video Connectors Digital Connectors Lighting Properties of Light Light Intensity Hard vs Soft Light Color Temperature of Light Light Instruments: Floodlights Light Instruments: Focusing Spotlights Light Instruments: Fixed-Focus Controlling Light Power Sources Measuring Light Intensity Lighting Ratio Contrast Ratio CHAPTER FIVE The Production Process: Preproduction Preliminary Forms The Proposal The Treatment Legal Considerations Script Formats Scene Script Shooting Script Script Formats Single Column Format Dual Column Format Organizing Forms Storyboards Location Scouting Sire Survey Organizing Equipment and Crew CHAPTER SIX The Production Process: Production Setting Up Field Equipment Considerations Camera Setup Audio Preparation Prompting Devices Sets and Properties Lighting Preparation Controlling Color Temperature Controlling Light Intensity Contrast Range Basic Three-Point Lighting Backlight Key Light Fill Light Kicker ad Set Lights Multiple or Moving Subjects Creative Lighting Mood Lighting Lighting for Time, Date, and Location Directing and Rehearsing Directing Talent Rehearsal Shooting Shooting and Faming Standard Shot Names Framing Principles Aspect Ratio Critical Area Lead Room or Edge Attraction The Rule of Thirds Creating Movement Subject Movement Camera Movement Movement through Zooms Z-Axis Movement Graphic Force Movement The Third Movement: Editing Shoot to Edit Continuity of Action Continuity of Direction Continuity of Location Cover Shots In-Camera Effects Iris Fades Roll or Rack Focus Swish Pans and Zooms Reversing Polarity Digital in-Camera Effects Logging and Striking Striking CHAPTER SEVEN The Production Process: Postproduction The Soul of Production The Mind of an Editor: Equipment, Technique, and Aesthetics Editing Workflow and Interface Process Background Nonlinear Film Linear Electronic Digital Nonlinear Editing Equipment and Interface Hardware Software Accessories Technical Choices and Editing Workflow Choices and Decisions Operational Interface Editing Workflow Basic Editing Transitions Titles Adding audio Rendering Aesthetics od Editing Finishing, Output and Distribution Finishing Workflow Output Process Destination Choices CHAPTER EIGHT Your Future Introduction Internship Resume Writing Composing a Cover Letter The Portfolio The Interview Summary FURTHER READING GLOSSARY INDEX