Multimedia Studio For Windows, Jeff Burger (1995, Random House/NewMedia Series, 201 E. 50th St., New York, NY 10022, 390 pp. + CD-ROM, $45)

Jeff Burger, multimedia guru and creator of Multimedia Studio for Windows, makes it clear from the start that this is not a book. It is instead the “ultimate” buyer’s guide for Windows users who want to make the most of their PC to produce professional-quality video and multimedia. With literally hundreds of software packages on the market, this toolkit allows the serious shopper the opportunity to “test drive” some of the finest applications available. The package includes a CD-ROM containing samples of Adobe Photoshop 3.0, Fractal Design Painter 3.0, Adobe Premiere 4.0, Gryphon Morph 2.5, Caligari TrueSpace2, Sonic Foundry SoundForge and several others. The goal is to provide you with the opportunity to experience some of the best applications available before you make a purchase. If you’re thinking about investing in multimedia software for your PC, but you’re not sure which applications are for you, Multimedia Studio for Windows may be a good place to start.

Camcorder Business–Start and Operate a Profitable Videotaping Business Using Your Camcorder,
George Gyure and Mick Gyure (1997, Amherst Media Inc. P.O. Box 586, Buffalo, NY 14226; 188 pp., $18)

Brothers Mick and George provide some useful information on the basics of video production, as well as general guidelines for starting and operating your own business in this latest publication from Amherst Media. It is pleasantly bereft of techno-jargon, but unfortunately the books title, "Camcorder Business," is misleading. The publisher markets it as a "complete business package," however guidelines for starting and operating a business dont really come into view until the "Business Start-up" section in (all irony aside) Chapter 11. Instead, the first 130 pages contain sections like "Understanding Basic Concepts," "Selecting a Tape Format," and "Video Basics," all of which might be better addressed in a book about basic video production. Surprisingly, there were no chapters dedicated to obtaining permission, shooting permits, or release forms–a significant consideration on any professional video shoot. If youre looking for serious, nuts-and-bolts business advice, you can start here–but be prepared to do plenty of research elsewhere.

The Digital Interface Handbook, Francis Rumsey & John Watkinson, (1995, Focal Press, 313 Washington, Newton, MA 02158, 265 pp., $48)

The Digital Interface Handbook is a thorough, detailed, manual for engineers and operators working in the broadcast, multimedia, and music industries. As these industries become increasingly digital, professionals working in the field need to become more familiar with digital interfaces. This manual provides detailed coverage of standard digital interfaces, showing how to make devices communicate.

The increased use of digital video production techniques and equipment demands that those involved know digital video. This most-recent edition contains added information, essential to understanding the ins and outs of digital video.

As you may have guessed, this book is not for everyone. However, those who work with digital audio and/or video will find The Digital Interface Handbook a highly informative and potentially valuable manual.

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