Digital Video Hacks

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"O'Reilly Media, Inc.", 2005 - Computers - 404 pages
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Since the dawn of film, novices and experts have used quick-and-dirty workarounds and audiovisual tricks to improve their motion pictures, from home movies to feature films. Today, the tools have certainly changed, as have the quality and scope of the results. With digital video, the hacking possibilities are now limitless, for both amateurs and professional artists. From acquiring footage, mixing, editing, and adding effects to final distribution, Digital Video Hacks provides unique tips, tools, and techniques for every stage of video production. You'll learn how to:

  • Get your projects started right using creative preparation tools and techniques,from making your own steadicam, boom, or dolly to effective storyboarding, timecoding, and tape labeling
  • Troubleshoot common shooting problems, including using stop-motion and time-lapse techniques, lighting effects, colored screens and gels, and household objects to establish mood or otherwise wow an audience
  • Create stunning visual effects, such as satellite zooming, surreal scenes, Matrix-like bullet-time, and green screen illusions
  • Fool your audience with audio tricks, replacing flubbed dialogue, smoothing over cuts, and covering missing audio with room tone
  • Add professional features with post-production tricks, including color correction, soundtrack cleanup, opening sequences, and DVD bookmarks
  • Distribute final content in a variety of creative ways, from exporting to basic videotape or DVD to streaming over the internet or even via cell phone
  • Use the web to provide interactivity and dynamic content, attend a remote conference, or vlog your life.

Whether you're looking for a new technique to include in your next project, a solution to a common problem, or just a little inspiration, this book reintroduces you to the digital video you only thought you knew.

  

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Contents

Successfully Complete a Project
1
Keep Your Project Organized
5
Number Your Tapes
11
Black and Code a Tape
16
Log Using a Spreadsheet
20
Create a Digital Storyboard
25
Create a TwoColumn Script
28
Build Your Own Apple Box
31
Reduce a Microphones Wind Noise
185
Make Your Own Boom
186
Export Your Audio for Mixing
189
Cover Missing Audio with Room Tone
192
Make Your Audio Sound Better
193
Fool Your Audiences Perception
197
Get Music for Free
201
Wrangle Your Music and Sound Library
207

Make Your Own Slate
34
Control Your Camcorder Remotely
37
Monitor Your Camera
40
Protect Outdoor Cameras
45
Digitize Lots of Footage Quickly
48
Build Your Own Blue Screen
51
Stabilize Your Shots
56
Roll Your Own Dolly
59
Light
62
Light with Work Lights
65
Use Paper Lamps for Lighting
69
Add Diffusion to a Camcorder Light
70
Take Video in Total Darkness
71
Shoot a Green Screen Image
75
Shoot Clearly Through a Window
77
Reflect Light from a Shade
79
Use Clothespins Like a Professional
81
Acquire
83
Mount Your Camera to Your Car
86
Slate Your Cuts
91
Transcode a Movies Codec
92
Pantyhose Diffusion Filter for Flattering Portraits
96
Convert PAL to NTSC
98
Record a Television Screen Without Flicker
104
Import Footage from a DVD
107
Use HDV for Better DV Quality
111
Make a Movie Without a Camcorder
114
Freeze Time
117
Convert Analog Video to Digital Video
120
Create a 3D Video
123
Edit
129
Make Videos with Windows Movie Maker
133
Make a Movie Using iMovie
140
Rotate Your Movie from Horizontal to Vertical
145
Create a Submaster for Editing
149
Use a Television to Avoid Surprises
152
Convert a Closed Caption File to a Script
155
Make a Tough Cut Easy on Your Viewers
158
Create an Interactive Video Catalog
160
Fix Timecode Problems on an Existing Tape
164
Add Bookmarks to Your Movie
168
Create Faster DVD Navigation
178
Mobile AudioBooth
182
Cut to the Beat of Your Music
212
Effects
216
Make Your Own Weather Report
224
Zoom In from a Satellite
228
Remove an Unwanted Object
231
Create an Invert Effect Using Movie Maker
237
Turn Video into MatrixStyle Symbols
240
Create a Surreal Scene
243
Change a Scene from Day to Night
247
Create a Credit Flag
252
Composite a Green Screen Image
256
Create a Shadow for a Green Screen Image
259
Alternate Endings Based on the Time of Day
263
Alter a Videos Look After Editing
267
Expose Only One Color
271
Distribute
274
Skin Your Movie
277
Determine Which Codec to Use
283
Play a Movie Off a CD in a DVD Player
290
Distribute Your Movie on DVD
292
Stream a DVD
302
Vlog Your Life
309
Host Your Video on a Web Site
312
Encode a Video to Stream on the Internet
315
Take Donations via PayPal
320
Set Up an Internet Television Station
324
Use BitTorrent to Distribute Your Video
332
Attend a Conference from Another Location
339
Play Your Video on a Pocket PC
346
Play Your Movie on a Cell Phone
350
Random Fun
354
Create a Movie Using LEGOs
357
See Through Walls
362
RentalCar Tips and Other Auto Hacks
363
Save Your Presentations to DVD
365
Watch TV on a Palm Pilot
369
Back Up Your Computer to a DV Tape
373
Play Movies on an iPod photo
377
Inventory Your Home
385
Capture Lifes Little Moments with CameraPhone Video
387
Create a Documentary
390
Index
395
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About the author (2005)

Joshua Paul has more than ten years of production experience with both cable and network television. He specializes in the post-production process and concentrates on the technical aspects of digital video. Over the last ten years he has witnessed, first-hand, the adoption of digital video and non-linear editing systems from inside the motion picture industry. An active member of the Producer's Guild of America, Joshua is also a co-founder of Overhyped Technologies, LLC, which provides software and service solutions to television production companies. Overhyped Technologies enables production companies to search, manage, and deliver thousands of hours of digital video via a web interface.

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