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High definition is here to stay.

HD changes the whole shooting and editing process in film and television production and this book is to satisfy your hunger for information. Whether you are a cinematographer, producer, or working in film/TV production, High Definition Cinematography, 2nd edition will demystitify the new technology, help you select the right cameras and equipment, and explain how high definition affects the shooting process and budgets. Filled with practical advice for tackling everyday decisions and choices, this is a necessity for you if you are using or considering using high definition technology.

* One of the few books available on the very hot topic of high definition

* Filled with practical advice for tackling everyday decisions and choices

* Demystifies HD technology, equipment, and workflow to help filmmakers shoot gorgeous footage

About the Author

Paul Wheeler BSC FBKS was trained at the BBC rising to become a Senior Drama Film Cameraman. Paul Shot one of the first BBC Drama Series to be photographed using the then new Digi Beta cameras, by which time he was freelance. He is a renowned cinematographer/director of photography and trainer, he has been Head of Cinematography at National Film & Television School and still runs courses on Digital Cinematography there. He has also been Head of Cinematography on the Royal College of Arts MA course. Paul was invited to become an associate of Panavision in order to help them introduce the Panavised version of Sony’s HDW 900f camera which meant he joined the HD movement 3 days before the first Panavision camera arrived in Europe. Despite all this he is still very much a working cinematographer. He has been twice nominated by BAFTA for a Best Cinematography award and also twice been the winner of the INDIE award for Best Digital Cinematography. His previous books, “Practical Cinematography” and “Digital cinematography”, are both published by the Focal Press.

Television School where he still runs courses on Digital Cinematography. Previous Head of Cinematography on the Royal College of Arts MA course. Twice nominated by BAFTA for a Best Cinematography award and twice winner of the INDIE award for Best Digital Cinematography.

Table of Contents

Part one:High Definition – a quick overview; 1-What do we mean by High Definition (HD)?; Part two-Production Decisions; 2-Which formats to shoot on?; 3-Picture Quality; 4-Display quality; HD Shown on a television; 5-Delivery requirements; 6-Sales potential; 7-Cost implications; 8-Crewing; 9-Different shooting requirements; Part three: The Technology; 10-Digital imaging; 11-Scanning the Image; 12-Line Standards and Definition; 13-Three Chip Technology; 14-Single chip Technology; 15-The Video Tape Recorder (VTR); Part Four-HD Cinematography; 16-Lighting and exposing for HD; 17-Setting the Colour balance; 18-Lenses; 19-Monitors and cabling; 20-Playback; 21-Shipping; 22-Multi camera shoots; 23-Hazardous conditions; 24-Camera supports; 25-How HD affects other crafts; 26-Troubleshooting; Part five: Examples of shoots; 27-Some pictures that made it to HD – and why; Part six:Post Productionl; 28-Post production – an overview; 29-The Sony HDW F500 Desktop VTR; Part seven: Cameras; 30-Cameras in general; 31-The Arriflex D-20; 32-The Dalsa Origin; 33-The Panavision Genesis; 34-The Panavision HDW F900 and its system; 35-The Sony HDW 750P and the 730 HD cameras; 36-The Sony HDW F900R; The Camera; 37-The Thomson Viper HD camera; 38-Menus in general; 39-The Sony HDW F900 menus

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Wheeler, Paul
Focal Press
Film & Video - Direction & Production
Film & Video - Cinematography
Film - General
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