Adobe Premiere 6 Training Guide Shows you the Ropes

Total Training for Adobe Premiere 6

Total Training, Inc. (2001, www.totaltraining.com, 6 DVDs, 16 hrs., $249)

A well-organized set of discs that includes sample footage on CD-ROM, Total Training for Adobe Premiere 6 is one of the first DVD training series we’ve seen. The DVD format lends itself well to training, as this series demonstrates. Segments are easily accessible through the menu structure, and a reference card is also provideda very nice touch. The presentation is lively and stays interesting, and there is a large quantity of information and useful suggestions ripe for the picking. The program will be easiest to watch with a properly-adjusted television set with an S-video connection, as the discs use examples from within Premiere, and detail gets lost when viewing on a lower-quality TV.

For the sheer amount of knowledge on the discs, the $249 price tag is a bargain. Total Training for Adobe Premiere 6 is definitely worth a look. rating 4.5

An Introduction to Video Measurement

Peter Hodges (2001, Focal Press, www.focalpress.com, 215 pp., $45)

If you are an aspiring video technician or just couldn’t pass up the waveform monitor or vector scope that was at the flea market, you’ll enjoy An Introduction to Video Measurement. A somewhat (but not overly) technical title, An Introduction to Video Measurement covers video signals in both theory and practice. Generously illustrated, the book discusses current analog systems as well as digital recording and transmission. Emphasis is placed on how to use test patterns to configure video equipment.

While it was clearly not written to replace formal technical training, An Introduction to Video Measurement will be of assistance in helping a videographer eke out a better picture, by giving background knowledge of how the NTSC and PAL video systems work. It’s not an inexpensive bookbut it’s less than the formal technical training training. rating 3.5

Basic TV Technology: Digital and Analog, 3rd Edition

Robert L. Hartwig (1992, Focal Press, www.focalpress.com, 168 pp., $25)
Basic TV Technology is written for a reader with little exposure to the viscera of the television systems in use. From basic electrical theory to discussions about color systems, continuing to switchers, special effects, video recording, time-base correction, editing, digital video, and using patch panels, the book provides a reasonably thorough overview of NTSC and PAL television standards, in theory and practice. Included in this latest edition is new information on SDTV, HDTV and the FCC’s plans to the future of broadcast television.

Notably absent are photographs of any of the subjects. Unfortunately, the illustrations are sometimes rudimentary, and they don’t really do as good of a job as they could.

Not as much a reference as a teaching tool, Basic TV Technology could make a good addition to the video educator’s library, but producers will not likely reach for it often. rating 3

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