Overview

Since the dawn of film, novices and experts have usedquick-and-dirty workarounds and audiovisual tricks to improve theirmotion pictures, from home movies to feature films. Today, thetools have certainly changed, as have the quality and scope of theresults. With digital video, the hacking possibilities are nowlimitless, for both amateurs and professional artists. Fromacquiring footage, mixing, editing, and adding effects to finaldistribution, Digital Video Hacks provides unique tips,tools, and techniques for every stage of video production. You'lllearn how to:

  • Get your projects started right using creative preparationtools and techniques, from making your own steadicam, boom, ordolly to effective storyboarding, timecoding, and tapelabeling

  • Troubleshoot common shooting problems, including usingstop-motion and time-lapse techniques, lighting effects, coloredscreens and gels, and household objects to establish mood orotherwise wow an audience

  • Create stunning visual effects, such as satellite zooming,surreal scenes, Matrix-like bullet-time, and green screenillusions

  • Fool your audience with audio tricks, replacing flubbeddialogue, smoothing over cuts, and covering missing audio with roomtone

  • 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, fromexporting to basic videotape or DVD to streaming over the internetor 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 yournext project, a solution to a common problem, or just a littleinspiration, this book reintroduces you to the digital video youonly thought you knew.

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