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Complete Guide to VideoDirecting and Producing for Television: A Format ApproachEasy Home Videos

Complete Guide to Video

John J. Adams (1997, PROMPT Publications / Howard W. Sams & Company, 2647 Waterfront Pkwy E. Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46214, 239 pp., $25)

This book should be called the complete guide to video and anything else that plugs into the wall. The book is designed to help the reader understand purchasing options and to answer questions about video technology that the average salesperson may not know. While this is not a book about production techniques, it may be a valuable resource for newcomers interested in purchasing consumer level video equipment. Between the covers, you will find 240 pages that span topics from digital cameras, to audio and video editing, to WebTV installation. The author, John Adams, did a great job in covering all the devices related to video. His writing style is easy to follow, entertaining, and often humorous. The diagrams of how to hook up audio and video hardware are also extremely helpful. There are also illustrations for wiring equipment like surround sound stereo and Digital Satellite systems. This is one book that really lives up to its title. 5

Directing and Producing for Television, A Format Approach

Ivan Cury (1998, Focal Press, 225 Wildwood Ave., Woburn, MA 01801, 212 pp.,$35)

This is an instructional book that walks the reader through the steps of television and video directing and producing. It covers lighting, camera and scripting techniques for news, panel discussions, music videos, commercials, public service announcements and theatrical programming.

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Tags:  October 1998
Thu, 10/01/1998 - 12:00am