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After Effects in Production (DV Expert Series)
After Effects in Production (DV Expert Series)
by Chris Meyer
Edition: Paperback

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly copyable, 13 Jan. 2003
I love this book!
It is full of case studies that you can use for your own work and it is surprising how many of the ideas can be spotted on current T.V.. It is a good follow-up to Angie Taylor's book rather than an introduction. These people really know their stuff and it shows in the way they can put it down in an understandable fashion.
Like all good books, it pays for itself straight away and the best point is that you can dip into a section to learn a particular technique. If this doesn't help you be creative, then give up!

Adobe Premiere X (Classroom in a Book)
Adobe Premiere X (Classroom in a Book)
by Adobe Creative Team
Edition: Paperback
Price: £34.08

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good workbook for beginners, 13 Jan. 2003
I used this book and the trial copy of the program to learn it in a month. Now, I can earn good money editing video. So what more do you want?
The one big disadvantage of any manual is that it is tied to one version, although I didn't find much different between this and the one for version 5. Also, there is some duplication from the on-line tutorial.
It deals with everything you need to get the best out of the program and does it in nice easy steps. If you want to use the program professionally, then this is a good place to start.

Audio Postproduction for Digital Video (Dv Expert Series.)
Audio Postproduction for Digital Video (Dv Expert Series.)
by Jay Rose
Edition: Paperback

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sound theory and practice, 13 Jan. 2003
I have been a big fan of Jay Rose since I read his work on
He writes great articles about sound for video and film, which are always informative and useful. This book, which is aimed at the full range from novice to expert, takes those articles to a deeper level.
Flicking through, some things can seem too complex but everything is well explained. In spite of the inclusion of cookbook fixes, this book is still more about sound theory (no pun intended) than how to use particular applications.
Reading this book will equip you with the underlying knowledge needed to get the best finished soundtrack. You will learn how to edit as well as how to use an editor.
Don't buy this book and expect to rescue a bad track. It will help you to recover some of it but you can't work miracles. What you need to do is read the other books before you start recording.
There is some overlap with his other books but you should treat each as a volume of the same work. If you are serious about getting good sound, then the cost is worth it.
Oh, and get some decent speakers too.

Macromedia Flash MX Video
Macromedia Flash MX Video
by Kristian Besley
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ideal intro to web video, 2 Jan. 2003
Flash MX video is a great introduction for putting streaming video clips on your website. It gives clear walk-throughs dealing with the whole process from filming to download. As an experienced Premiere user, I wanted to see how Flash would add interactivity to web video and I wasn't disappointed. It was worth the money for the ideas and inspiration that can be put to use straightaway.
Even the absolute novice will be able to use this book and the Flash tutorials to get good interesting video onto the web.
My one complaint is that it deals with a list of ideal programs, which not everyone has access to or wants to use. Personally, the chapter on Imovie and the Microsoft equivalent were a waste of space but I can see that beginners would find it useful. Conversely, the in depth settings and discussion of Squeeze is something which might not be relevant to beginners.
Clear, concise and covers all the bases. I was surprised that it doesn't come with a CD but everything is available from a very good website.

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