The Next Step—The Video Production Guide
The process of taking an idea or a concept and materializing it through the magic of the video camera and a VTR into an actual physical videotape is something very exciting. The video production process, and all its multitudinous components—both technical and human—is what The Video Production Guide is all about.
The Video Production Guide is designed to be the logical successor to The Video Guide. The first section is called PRE-PRODUCTION and deals with the very important next phases of PLANNING, PROGRAM STYLE, SCRIPTWRITING, BUDGETING, STUDIO vs. LOCATION considerations, EQUIPMENT STANDARDS, selecting STAFF and CREW and dealing with TALENT and UNIONS.
Next, we will get into the nitty-gritty of PRODUCTION, MANAGEMENT and PROBLEM SOLVING, SETS, LIGHTING, AUDIO, ENGINEERING, and all the little odds and ends that will make or break a production. DIRECTORIAL TECHNIQUES will be covered as well as the pros and cons of shooting SINGLE CAMERA or MULTIPLE CAMERA style. At this point, we will also look into EDITING considerations and how they will effect shooting and explore some helpful guidelines for working with talent.
In the POST-PRODUCTION section, we will compare OFF-LINE and ON-LINE COMPUTERIZED EDITING systems, when to use which approach and what costs might be involved. We will compare 1-inch and 3/4-inch production and editing costs and their relative efficiencies. Of great importance, too, is how well you are prepared for your editing session, and this we will cover in good detail. We will also examine the various editing methods—SMPTE TIME CODE and CONTROL TRACK systems, and how you can use simple 1/2-inch VCRs as a time and cost saving way to make WORKPRINTS and test edits.
We will also go over STUDIOS and SPECIAL EFFECTS GENERATORS, DUBBING considerations, TRANSFERS from and to film and explain what all those mysterious and exotic black boxes do. TIME BASE CORRECTORS, DIGITAL EFFECTS, IMAGE ENHANCERS and NOISE REDUCERS will be de-mystified in language you can understand. You should know what these things do in order to get the most out of your equipment.
And finally, The Video Production Guide will give you some insight into the practical considerations of getting started in video, whether to buy or rent equipment, and what the explosive future of the medium is likely to mean to those who desire to become a professional part of it. And, there's certainly a lot happening with INTERACTIVE VIDEO, SATELLITE TV and other exciting new technologies. We'll explore all these new horizons. Be with us.
The Video Production Guide will be available in 1981.