Synopses & Reviews
Since the dawn of film, novices and experts have used quick-and-dirty workarounds and audiovisual tricks to improve their motion pictures, from home movies to feature films. Today, the tools have certainly changed, as have the quality and scope of the results. With digital video, the hacking possibilities are now limitless, for both amateurs and professional artists. From acquiring footage, mixing, editing, and adding effects to final distribution, Digital Video Hacks provides unique tips, tools, and techniques for every stage of video production. You'll learn how to:
- Get your projects started right using creative preparation tools and techniques,from making your own steadicam, boom, or dolly to effective storyboarding, timecoding, and tape labeling
- Troubleshoot common shooting problems, including using stop-motion and time-lapse techniques, lighting effects, colored screens and gels, and household objects to establish mood or otherwise wow an audience
- Create stunning visual effects, such as satellite zooming, surreal scenes, Matrix-like bullet-time, and green screen illusions
- Fool your audience with audio tricks, replacing flubbed dialogue, smoothing over cuts, and covering missing audio with room tone
- Add professional features with post-production tricks, including color correction, soundtrack cleanup, opening sequences, and DVD bookmarks
- Distribute final content in a variety of creative ways, from exporting to basic videotape or DVD to streaming over the internet or even via cell phone
- Use the web to provide interactivity and dynamic content, attend a remote conference, or vlog your life.
Whether you're looking for a new technique to include in your next project, a solution to a common problem, or just a little inspiration, this book reintroduces you to the digital video you only thought you knew.
From shooting footage to mixing, editing, and distribution, our new guide provides amateur and professional digital video artists with unique tips, tools and techniques for every stage of video production--a must for anyone serious about DV. With exquisite, full-color photos throughout, our new hacks book presents a collection of tips, tricks, and techniques for digital video that go well beyond the basics. In fact, many of the book's unique preparation tools, post-production tricks, and creative solutions to common shooting problems can't be found anywhere else. That's because these hacks are gleaned from professionals who learned by experimenting. Some of their techniques were gained through trial and error, others by fiddling with DV applications and equipment.
About the Author
Joshua Paul has more than ten years of production experience with both cable and network television. He specializes in the post-production process and concentrates on the technical aspects of digital video. Over the last ten years he has witnessed, first-hand, the adoption of digital video and non-linear editing systems from inside the motion picture industry. An active member of the Producer's Guild of America, Joshua is also a co-founder of Overhyped Technologies, LLC, which provides software and service solutions to television production companies. Overhyped Technologies enables production companies to search, manage, and deliver thousands of hours of digital video via a web interface.
Table of Contents
Credits; About the Author; Contributors; Acknowledgments; Preface; Why Digital Video Hacks?; How to Use This Book; How This Book Is Organized; Conventions Used in This Book; Using Code Examples; How to Contact Us; Safari® Enabled; Got a Hack?; Chapter 1: Prepare; 1.1 Hacks 1-16; 1.2 Successfully Complete a Project; 1.3 Keep Your Project Organized; 1.4 Number Your Tapes; 1.5 Black and Code a Tape; 1.6 Log Using a Spreadsheet; 1.7 Create a Digital Storyboard; 1.8 Create a Two-Column Script; 1.9 Build Your Own Apple Box; 1.10 Make Your Own Slate; 1.11 Control Your Camcorder Remotely; 1.12 Monitor Your Camera; 1.13 Protect Outdoor Cameras; 1.14 Digitize Lots of Footage Quickly; 1.15 Build Your Own Blue Screen; 1.16 Stabilize Your Shots; 1.17 Roll Your Own Dolly; Chapter 2: Light; 2.1 Hacks 17-25; 2.2 Compile a Cheap Lighting Kit; 2.3 Light with Work Lights; 2.4 Use Paper Lamps for Lighting; 2.5 Add Diffusion to a Camcorder Light; 2.6 Take Video in Total Darkness; 2.7 Shoot a Green Screen Image; 2.8 Shoot Clearly Through a Window; 2.9 Reflect Light from a Shade; 2.10 Use Clothespins Like a Professional; Chapter 3: Acquire; 3.1 Hacks 26-38; 3.2 Create a Time-Lapse Video of a Sunset; 3.3 Mount Your Camera to Your Car; 3.4 Slate Your Cuts; 3.5 Transcode a Movie's Codec; 3.6 Pantyhose Diffusion Filter for Flattering Portraits; 3.7 Convert PAL to NTSC; 3.8 Record a Television Screen Without Flicker; 3.9 Import Footage from a DVD; 3.10 Use HDV for Better DV Quality; 3.11 Make a Movie Without a Camcorder; 3.12 Freeze Time; 3.13 Convert Analog Video to Digital Video; 3.14 Create a 3D Video; Chapter 4: Edit; 4.1 Hacks 39-50; 4.2 Digicam Movie Editing Made Easy; 4.3 Make Videos with Windows Movie Maker; 4.4 Make a Movie Using iMovie; 4.5 Rotate Your Movie from Horizontal to Vertical; 4.6 Create a Submaster for Editing; 4.7 Use a Television to Avoid Surprises; 4.8 Convert a Closed Caption File to a Script; 4.9 Make a Tough Cut Easy on Your Viewers; 4.10 Create an Interactive Video Catalog; 4.11 Fix Timecode Problems on an Existing Tape; 4.12 Add Bookmarks to Your Movie; 4.13 Create Faster DVD Navigation; Chapter 5: Audio; 5.1 Hacks 51-60; 5.2 Mobile Audio Booth; 5.3 Reduce a Microphone's Wind Noise; 5.4 Make Your Own Boom; 5.5 Export Your Audio for Mixing; 5.6 Cover Missing Audio with Room Tone; 5.7 Make Your Audio Sound Better; 5.8 Fool Your Audience's Perception; 5.9 Get Music for Free; 5.10 Wrangle Your Music and Sound Library; 5.11 Cut to the Beat of Your Music; Chapter 6: Effects; 6.1 Hacks 61-74; 6.2 Give Your Video a "Film Look"; 6.3 Make Your Own Weather Report; 6.4 Zoom In from a Satellite; 6.5 Remove an Unwanted Object; 6.6 Create an Invert Effect Using Movie Maker; 6.7 Turn Video into Matrix-Style Symbols; 6.8 Create a Surreal Scene; 6.9 Change a Scene from Day to Night; 6.10 Create a Credit Flag; 6.11 Composite a Green Screen Image; 6.12 Create a Shadow for a Green Screen Image; 6.13 Alternate Endings Based on the Time of Day; 6.14 Alter a Video's Look After Editing; 6.15 Expose Only One Color; Chapter 7: Distribute; 7.1 Make a Window Burn Copy; 7.2 Skin Your Movie; 7.3 Determine Which Codec to Use; 7.4 Play a Movie Off a CD in a DVD Player; 7.5 Distribute Your Movie on DVD; 7.6 Stream a DVD; 7.7 Vlog Your Life; 7.8 Host Your Video on a Web Site; 7.9 Encode a Video to Stream on the Internet; 7.10 Take Donations via PayPal; 7.11 Set Up an Internet Television Station; 7.12 Use BitTorrent to Distribute Your Video; 7.13 Attend a Conference from Another Location; 7.14 Play Your Video on a Pocket PC; 7.15 Play Your Movie on a Cell Phone; Chapter 8: Random Fun; 8.1 Hacks 90-100; 8.2 Record a Streaming Video; 8.3 Create a Movie Using LEGOs; 8.4 See Through Walls; 8.5 Rental-Car Tips and Other Auto Hacks; 8.6 Save Your Presentations to DVD; 8.7 Watch TV on a Palm Pilot; 8.8 Back Up Your Computer to a DV Tape; 8.9 Play "Movies" on an iPod photo; 8.10 Inventory Your Home; 8.11 Capture Life's Little Moments with Camera-Phone Video; 8.12 Weekend Project: Create a Documentary; Colophon;