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Basic Betacam & DVCPro Camerawork
Peter Ward (1998, Focal Press, 225 Wildwood Avenue, Woburn, MA 01801; 218 pp., $30)
Basic Betacam & DVCPro Camerawork is a hands-on, step-by-step guide to camera techniques. Though it's written with Betacam and DVC Pro formats in mind, it can be applied to any camcorder format.
Ward guides the reader through basic camera techniques covering everything from adjusting the camera's controls to basic production techniques. He goes on to discuss camera angles, shot composition and editing. He even includes sections on lighting and audio tips to help videographers get under way.
By including video theory and explaining the technical jargon, Ward helps fill in the whole video picture. The author goes beyond the topics you would expect, including chapters on video journalism, editing and troubleshooting.
Overall, Ward provides a balanced mix of technology and techniques while making some technically difficult subjects easy to grasp.
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