The Basics of Video Sound

The Basics of Video Sound

Des Lyver (1999, Focal Press, 225 Wildwood Ave., Woburn, MA 01801, 139 pps., $20)

The Basics of Video Sound is written to accompany the beginning videographer looking to learn about sound. Broken into easy-to-locate sections, the book makes learning simple and keeps the tech talk to a minimum. It explains everything from how sound travels to the latest in computer-based audio editing. Chapters range from fundamental information about microphones, mixers and recorders to complex post-production audio editing. The book also has many diagrams, which help you understand some of the more detailed audio layouts.

The great thing about this book is that it provides videographers with enough information to gain a complete understanding of sound without putting beginners into an audio-induced trance. Learning the basics of audio is an important part of successful video making and this book qualifies as a great place to start.


Cinematography Screencraft

Peter Ettedgui (1998, Focal Press, 225 Wildwood Ave., Woburn, MA 01801, 203 pps., $37)

Cinematography Screencraft is a gorgeous book composed of glossy photos and smooth writing. The first in a unique series, the book features interviews with some of the world’s most distinguished cinematographers. Throughout the book, these successful camera operators reveal tricks of the trade, while clearly illustrating the art and commitment involved in creating motion pictures. The experts who are profiled span several generations, providing a variety of experiences and stories. They include Jack Cardiff, who is known for his work on African Queen, Gordon Willis known for his work with Woody Allen and The Godfather series and many more.

Cinematography Screencraft is filled with facts that will interest video producers. If you are an aspiring videographer, or just have a passion for beautifully created movies this book promises to inspire.


Comprehensive Training for Adobe Premiere 5.0

Total Training Inc. (1998, Total Training Inc., www.totaltraining.com, six videotapes plus CD-ROM, NTSC $249, PAL $275)

If you have ever seen an Adobe Premiere interface, then you know how complicated it can seem. The many buttons and icons can be overwhelming for the beginning nonlinear editor. Total Training Inc. has created this series of six videos that will teach you everything you ever wanted to know about editing with Adobe Premiere 5.0. The series host, Premiere expert Brian Maffitt, guides you through the series in a clear, step-by-step manner. An accompanying CD-ROM includes easy-to-perform exercises.

Tapes one and two introduce the interface and timeline. Tape three deals with the depths and importance of audio for video. Tape four is a fun look at text and transitions. Tape five explains transition and filter effects. And tape six covers the process of editing. If you need an intense detailed lesson on how to use Premiere 5.0 and 5.1, this series is a great investment.

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