Synopses & Reviews
This classic, best-selling text introduces students to the basic skills required in all aspects of television production, including camera and studio, field equipment and production, and multicamera directing, all while emphasizing the latest production techniques and technology, such as audio workstations, non-linear editing, and HDTV. This text introduces cutting edge developments in the field, while maintaining its name as the reference text for the TV Production course. This is the most current, technically accurate text available and offers the most extensive teaching and learning package. Zettl's TELEVISION PRODUCTION HANDBOOK is the reference text and standard for the course.
An introduction for students to the basic skills required in all aspects of television production, including camera and studio equipment and remote location production, all the while emphasizing the latest technology at the start of the 21st century.
About the Author
Dr. Herbert Zettl is Professor Emeritus of Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts at San Francisco State University, where he taught in the areas of video production and media aesthetics. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley after receiving a B.A. and M.A. from Stanford University. While at San Francisco State University, he was the Director of the Institute of International Media Communication. Prior to joining the San Francisco State University faculty, he worked at several professional television stations, including KPIX, the CBS affiliate in San Francisco, where he was producer-director. He participated in numerous CBS and NBC network television productions, such as Edward R. Murrow's PERSON TO PERSON. While at KPIX he won an Emmy Award from the San Francisco Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for innovation in entertainment shows. He has been inducted into the prestigious Silver Circle of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Northern California Chapter, for outstanding contributions to the television profession, and in 2004, he won the Broadcast Education Association Distinguished Education Service Award. Dr. Zettl has written numerous articles, many of which have been translated into foreign languages and/or published abroad. In addition to VIDEO BASICS, he has also written two other books on television production and aesthetics (both published by Thomson Wadsworth), TELEVISION PRODUCTION HANDBOOK and SIGHT, SOUND, MOTION: APPLIED MEDIA AESTHETICS.
Table of Contents
1. THE TELEVISION PRODUCTION PROCESS. What Television Production is All About. Studios, Master Control and Support Areas. 2. ANALOG and DIGITAL TELEVISION. ANALOG and DIGITAL TELEVISION. DTV Scanning Systems. 3. THE TELEVISION CAMERA. How Television Cameras Work. From Light to Video Image. 4. LENSES. WHAT LENSES ARE. What Lenses See. 5. CAMERA MOUNTING EQUIPMENT. Standard Camera Mounts and Movement. Special Camera Mounts. 6. CAMERA OPERATION and PICTURE COMPOSITION. Working the Camera. Framing Effective Shots. 7. LIGHTING. Lighting Instruments, and Lighting Controls. Light Intensity, Lamps, and Color Media. 8. TECHNIQUES OF TELEVISION LIGHTING. Lighting in the Studio. Lighting in the Field. 9. AUDIO: SOUND PICKUP. How Microphones Hear. How Microphones Work. 10. AUDIO: SOUND CONTROL. Sound Controls and How to Use Them. Mixing and Sound Aesthetics. 11. SWITCHING OR INSTANTANEOUS EDITING. How Switchers Work. What Switchers Do. 12. VIDEO-RECORDING and STORAGE SYSTEMS. How Video Recording Works. How Video Recording is Done. 13. POSTPRODUCTION EDITING. How Postproduction Editing Works. Making Editing Decisions. 14. VISUAL EFFECTS. Electronic Effects and How to Use Them. Non-Electronic Effects and How to Use Them. 15. DESIGN. Designing and Using Television Graphics. Scenery and Props. 16. PRODUCTION PEOPLE. What Production People Do. How to Do Makeup and What to Wear. 17. PRODUCING. What Producing is All About. Dealing with Schedules, Legal Matters and Ratings. 18. THE DIRECTOR IN PREPRODUCTION. How a Director Prepares. Moving from Script to Screen. 19. THE DIRECTOR IN PRODUCTION AND POSTPRODUCTION. Multi-Camera Studio Directing. Single-Camera Directing. 20. FIELD PRODUCTION and BIG REMOTES. ENG, EFP, and Big Remotes. Covering Major Events. EPILOGUE. GLOSSARY. SELECTED READING. INDEX.