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5.0 out of 5 stars An Invaluable Guide for Making Great Videos, 28 Sep 2013
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This review is from: Videomaking - The Grammar Revealed: The principles of shooting and editing your own movies. Colour edition. (Paperback)
Videomaking - The Grammar Revealed, by Jeff Naylor

Every video club in the land should have a copy of this book. Indeed, anyone who is serious about film making and is not an experienced professional should read it.

It is knowing and applying the ground rules that often marks the difference between amateur and professional productions. Of course, it's only once you understand these rules that you can sometimes choose to break them!

Video capture is thoroughly covered. From composition, which matters just as much with video as it does with stills, through to camera positioning and movement. Then on to more knotty aspects of camera work, like the all important rule of 'not crossing the line'.

Once our video capture is over, it is generally the skill and effectiveness of an editor which can make or break a production. Just how many amateur videos have we watched thinking, 'oh, that was a jump cut' or, 'that's the third time that scene has appeared'? Again, good and bad editing is covered in great detail, and in language we can all understand.

Sound quality is often a weakness with non-professional productions, being an area which is often given scant consideration. In this book there is a lot of practical advice about recording and editing audio.

The book finishes with a case study on shooting an interview, which again is both helpful and practical. I highly recommend Videomaking - The Grammar Revealed, as even those who've been making videos for some years are likely to pick up a number of useful tips along the way. This publication is an invaluable guide to any beginner or experienced amateur with a real passion for making great videos.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The art of videomaking expalined, 4 Jun 2013
This review is from: Videomaking - The Grammar Revealed: The principles of shooting and editing your own movies. Colour edition. (Paperback)
This is another of Jeff Naylor's quality books. The text is clear and understandable and gives a good balance between technical and plain English descriptions.
Each chapter deals with the subject thoroughly without confusion and is also backed up on the website (dtv.co.uk)and on Youtube with video files to download for the user to work with and learn as the book progresses.
There are many good examples of creating the best video, be it a home video or documentary. It is up to the user to decide but the examples given a very good and can be used in many ways.
Well worth buying.
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