David Mellor (2000, Focal Press,
www.focalpress.com, 288 pp, $40)
David Mellor has put together a unique book explaining the technology behind video and film production. Don’t let the name fool you. This is not a book of audio techniques. This short book packs a wealth of information about such things as the history of television and video, tube and chip cameras, standards conversion, JPEG and MPEG2 compression, formats (analog and digital), monitors, editors, digital television and even IMAX. While the book was apparently written for the "audio specialist," audio techniques and theory are not the focus of the book. Anyone who is interested in video and film production will enjoy this informative title.
A Sound Person’s Guide to Video is illustrated from cover to cover with clear and concise images offering a great visual of each aspect covered in the chapter. This book does not teach techniques, rather it gives the reader an overview of the various types of visual media that exist. 4
Guerrilla TV: Low Budget
Ian Lewis (2000, Focal Press,
www.focalpress.com, 247pp, $40)
Ian Lewis has assembled a fantastic spread of tips, tricks and technology to aid in producing film and video with little or no budget.
The British Lewis begins with a brief history of TV in the UK, and the gradual spread of video to bring us to what we have today.
Guerrilla TV guides you through tough decisions you’ll have to make to get your production underway – including budgeting, the script, the crew and scheduling. After you’re underway, there are chapters for production where you can learn about necessary daily schedules, cameras, lights, microphones and more. The final third of the book covers post production, giving short explanations about editing, using copyrighted material and information on adding sound.
Guerrilla TV is a fast read or a faster reference for anyone who wants to get started producing video or TV and find out about what it takes to get it done. If that sounds like you, then this book is definitely worth a look. 5
A Guide to Premiere 5.1 for
Luisa Winters (1999, Musical PacRat, Inc.
www.unforgettable-events.com, 2 hours, $65)
There is a lot of information in this video, but enduring the presentation can be a trying task, and this very, very slow video only hints at any usefulness for the wedding or event videographer. Most of the information presented is generic and very basic. If you have ever used Premiere before, you don’t need this tape.
The first half-hour of the video is spent going over the system requirements needed to run Premiere. Lengthy and boring animated text graphics fill screen after screen.
The bulk of the video displays shots of the Premiere 5.1 (Mac) interface as Winters explains each click of the mouse for virtually every tool in Premiere. Most of the information presented in this $65 offering is a regurgitation of the Adobe Premiere manual.
If you have the extra cash, and a long attention span, you may find some valuable nuggets of information, but unfortunately, most seasoned wedding videographers won’t find any specialized information. 2