Creating Windows Digital Video Titling and Graphics
Michael Yeager and Phebe Enfield (1996, KnowledgePath Video, 1630 N. Main Street, Suite 132, Walnut Creek, CA 94596; 3 1/2 hours,
The latest in KnowledgePath’s extensive series of instructional videotapes covers the tools and
techniques you’ll need to create high-quality titles and graphics for video production on your Windows PC.
Focusing on a handful of specific graphics production programs (including Adobe Photoshop and
Premiere, CorelDraw, Fractal Design Painter, Ray Dream Designer, CrystalGraphics Flying Fonts, Strata
MediaPaint and others), narrator Michael Yeager clearly shows how professionals use these applications to
achieve eye-catching effects.
Covered topics include graphic and video file formats, selecting and managing color, titling and
character generation, image manipulation, drawing, 3D modeling and animation, rotoscoping and
KnowledgePath Industries has a long track record of well-produced instructional titles on the topic of
video production, and this title is no exception. Any apprentice computer graphics wizard would do well to
study it thoroughly. 5
Duplicating and Editing Your Home Video
Kerry Pierce (1996, Gordian Productions, P.O.
Box 1024, Canby, OR 97013; 35 minutes, $15)
Kerry Pierce, a graduate student in the field of electronic engineering, put this video together to help
camcorder hobbyists learn the basics about copying and editing home videos.
Starting from the assumption that “…the key to success in copying and editing your videos is knowing
how to make the right connections,” Kerry’s tape spends a good 25 of its 35 minutes discussing this topic
alone. He covers all of the various permutations of inputs, outputs, cables and connectors, illustrating the
various possibilities with sharp 3D graphics and hands-on instruction.
Unfortunately, no amount of 3D wizardry can overcome the tape’s two fundamental flaws. First, it
proceeds from an untrue premise–cabling isn’t the key to success in editing your videos, it’s just the first,
most basic skill you’ll need in order to copy or edit your video. Second, the dull, monotonous narration and
the lack of visual variety make for a truly boring video experience.
Macromedia Lingo Studio
Tony Bove, Kurt Cagle, Cheryl Rhodes (1996, Random House,
201 East 50th Street, New York, NY 10022; 416 pages, $45)
Wouldn’t it be nice to include some of your own video work in a multimedia presentation, similar to
those found on a wide range of educational and entertainment CD-ROM titles? With Macromedia’s
Director–and a scripting language called Lingo–you can, and it’s easier than you may think.
This book/CD combination covers all aspects of the Lingo scripting language, an excellent multimedia-
based set of commands that was designed for use by non-programmers. From sophisticated methods for
producing complicated effects to simple, basic tools for creating your first scripts, Macromedia Lingo
Studio covers a wide range of multimedia authoring possibilities.
Macromedia Lingo Studio seeks to establish itself as the definitive work on the subject of Lingo
scripting. With the all-around quality and thoroughness of instruction in both the book and the CD, it may
well come to pass. 5
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