Digital Video For Dummies, 4th Edition (For Dummies by Keith Underdahl

By Keith Underdahl

So that you have a camcorder and visions of being the following Spielberg. yet how do you move from taking pictures so-so pictures to displaying your individual complete motion picture? electronic Video For Dummies, 4th version offers the knowledge and the show-how! tips on how to shoot and edit nice videos, utilizing iMovie, home windows motion picture Maker, or Adobe most well known parts so as to add the completing touches like lighting tricks and your personal soundtrack. With the newest details and many illustrations and reveal photographs, this pleasant consultant walks you through:Getting your computing device able to paintings with electronic video (complete with information regarding FireWire)Choosing a camcorder, together with good points to seem for and contours which are uselessDigitizing outdated VHS videotapes to maintain memoriesPurchasing different motion picture making apparatus, together with audio and lighting fixtures equipmentShooting greater video, with pointers on lights, panning, utilizing the zoom, and recording higher audioCreating your individual sound results resembling footsteps, bones breaking, fireplace, thunder, bugs humming, and moreCapturing electronic video utilizing iMovie, home windows motion picture Marker, or top-rated ElementsEditing, together with knowing timecode, organizing and previewing clips, and assembling clips in Storyboard and TimelineAdding transitions, titles, and unique effectsImporting and integrating video from telephones and electronic camerasUsing audio rubberbands in iMovie, greatest components, and different enhancing programsAdding narration, uploading and dealing with CD audio, and including a tune soundtrackKeith Underdahl has vast specialist video construction adventure constructing kiosk and advertising and marketing movies for a long time software program. understanding that you’ll are looking to polish and top-rated your motion picture, he comprises details on:More complex video enhancing, together with animating videos, bettering gentle and colour, compositing video (bluescreen or greenscreen), and more13 different types of video results, starting from blur and sharpen to transformWorking with nonetheless pictures and graphicsSharing your video on-line utilizing QuickTime (/QT), RealMedia (.RM), or home windows Media Video (.WMV)Making tapes or burning DVDs in nine stepsWith a convenient cheat sheet of keyboard shortcuts, a chart evaluating 10 video enhancing courses, a thesaurus, and extra, with this advisor you’ll quickly be announcing “Lights, digicam, motion” and generating your individual motion picture charm.

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But the dirty little secret of the Macintosh world is that until recently, most Macs crashed nearly as often as Windows PCs. Apple’s modern operating system — Mac OS X — is exceedingly stable and refined, but Windows XP is pretty dependable as well. Reliability is important to you because video pushes your computer’s performance to its limits. Use a Mac with OS X or a PC with Windows XP, and you should be just fine. ߜ Digital video support: I can’t be wishy-washy any longer; if you want a great computer ready to edit digital video right out of the box, a new Macintosh is often the safer bet.

Avid Xpress DV retails for about $500, or you can step up to the even more advanced “Pro” version for about $1,700. As you can see, if you’re a professional video editor, you can choose between several programs for your Mac. If you’re not a pro, however, your choices are a little more limited. Fortunately, iMovie is a reasonably capable program. You can even expand the capabilities of iMovie with plug-ins from Apple (and some third parties). com/imovie/ and check out the iMovie Downloads section for more information.

Choose an effect. Click to browse effects. qxp 20 1/9/06 7:31 PM Page 20 Part I: Getting Ready for Digital Video Sharing Video One of the best things about digital video is that it enables you to get really creative with your own movie projects. To make your work worthwhile, you may want to share your video work with others. Thankfully, sharing digital video is pretty easy too. Part IV of this book shows you all the details of sharing video on tape, DVD, or the Internet, but the following sections provide a handy, brief glimpse of what you can do.

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