Editing Digital Video: The Complete Creative and Technical Guide

Book & Toy | October 1, 2002

byRobert Goodman, Patrick Mcgrath

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Includes CD-ROM with footage you can use to practice editing!. . THE DIGITAL WAY TO CUT VIDEO . . Superb solutions to edit your video. For the amateur, turn your family videos into stories. For the professional, learnto cut your films using the latest digital video tips and tricks.. . A pair of award-winning professionals share their insights. Editing Digital Videoexplains how to use any tool -- from iMovie or Premiere to applianceslike Casablanca and Screenplay or professional systems such as Avid, Discreet, Media 100 -- to turn your imagination into results fast. Quicklyacquire the skills you need to:. * EDIT COMMERCIALS, DOCUMENTARIES, FEATURE FILMS, AND MUSIC VIDEOS . * WORK WITH VIDEO, DVD, AND WEB-BASED MEDIA. * TAKE ADVANTAGE OF PROVEN TECHNIQUES FROM THE PROS. . Anyone from amateurs to students to professionals can learn to edit and tell compelling stories using the results-oriented approach in Editing Digital Video.Plus, a companion CD-ROM with footage and exercises lets you practice on any system. With clear illustrations and a light touch, Editing Digital Videowill guide you through the finer points of:. * Navigating the desktop. * Basic and advanced editing . * Creating Impact .* Organizing Projects . * Keys, mattes, and layering. * Titles and Effects. * Audio . * Digital video formats. * Postproduction Workflow. * Editing Terminology. * Keyboard Shortcuts. * And much, much more!. . With Editing Digital Video,youi ll finally unleash your creativity. Learn more in one session than you would from any user manual. A refreshingly realistic approach! .

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Includes CD-ROM with footage you can use to practice editing!. . THE DIGITAL WAY TO CUT VIDEO . . Superb solutions to edit your video. For the amateur, turn your family videos into stories. For the professional, learnto cut your films using the latest digital video tips and tricks.. . A pair of award-winning professionals share their i...

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Includes CD-ROM with footage you can use to practice editing!THE DIGITAL WAY TO CUT VIDEOSuperb solutions to edit your video. For the amateur, turn your family videos into stories. For the professional, learn to cut your films using the latest digital video tips and tricks.A pair of award-winning professionals share their insights. Edi...

Robert M. Goodman is an Emmy-nominated director and an award-winning writer/producer whose work has appeared on PBS and in dozens of countries around the world. He's a contributing editor for The Independent Film & Video Monthly and an acknowledged expert in digital production who has reviewed every major editing system introduced sinc...

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Format:Book & ToyDimensions:9.3 × 7.5 × 0.8 inPublished:October 1, 2002Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Foreword

Chapter 1: The Whole Truth and Nothing But the Truth

Chapter 2: What the Heck Is That?

Chapter 3: Beginnings, Middles, and Ends

Chapter 4: Polishing the Necklace

Chapter 5: Styles and Workflows

Chapter 6: The China Closet

Chapter 7: Setting the Table

Chapter 8: The Frosting

Chapter 9: Gilding the Lily

Chapter 10: Getting It In and Out

Chapter 11: What Are They Talking About?

Appendix A: Films to Watch

Appendix B: Resources

Appendix C: Script for Exercise: The Dicey Question by Adam Gooder

Index

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By Paul WernerNew Orleans Center for Creative Arts|RiverfrontI have read many system specific books that cover editing techniques for a particular program, Avid, Final Cut, Premiere, etc. Editing Digital Video by Robert M. Goodman and Patrick McGrath has a different goal. It aims to teach editing as a general tool and gives tips for all applications. I like this approach from the get go. The authors do an excellent job of clearly explaining both the technical and aesthetic role of the editor. They include many tips like editing with the right hand on the mouse and the left on the keyboard. They also paint a broader picture by explaining different approaches to editing using a bricklayer (building a story) or a sculptor (cutting away) as models. This book would be an excellent textbook or resource for an editing class. Most chapters include a Summary and an Important Facts to Remember section. Every term is clearly defined from the simplest shot description to more specific editing terms like a “J” or “L cut. The book examines the basics of the hardware and software used for nonlinear editing. Then it discusses how to edit and includes a basic exercise with video footage and a script on the included cdrom. The exercise creates a rough cut which the authors then use for a second exercise where they demonstrate how you can polish this by trimming and by overlapping edits. (I would like to have seen their edited version included on the cdrom.) Next is an extensive section on developing a workflow for various types of projects from commercials to feature lengths. This is followed by a chapter on organization and storage of media, and chapters on identifying shots, using effects and titles, and inputs and outputs. The book closes with a cross reference of editing terms and keyboard shortcuts used in different software applications. (I wish this was in an Excel or Word file on the cdrom!)I would definitely recommend this book for the beginning or intermediate editor. There may be too much basic information for an experienced editor, but if you have interns you will want this for your reference shelf.The book could use more illustrations since the authors are continually describing visual techniques with few graphics and no additional images on the cdrom. There is an excellent appendix of Films To Watch that lists scenes from movies with particular aspects of editing that are showcased. For example: The Birds, edited by George Tomasino. Watch the gas station attack for an example of rhythm in editing.I would give this book four and a half Cows for its unique approach and comprehensive coverage of editing.[Publisher's note: 5 cows is the max.]