Video Field Production and Editing (7e) : 9780205483358

Video Field Production and Editing (7e)

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Video Field Production and Editing concentrates on video techniques and technology appropriate for "small scale" single-camera electronic field production (EFP) and electronic news gathering (ENG).


The text offers the latest material on new digital field recording and editing technologies and is written in a concise, non-technical, user-friendly format. Reorganized and updated throughout the text with new sections dedicated to HDV (High Definition Video) videotape recording formats, and tapeless digital recording media including high capacity optical discs, solid-state memory cards, and computer hard drives, the text takes students through the video production process from initial planning through final editing.

Table of contents

1. Introduction.

In the Field with Evening Magazine.

The Evolution of Video Production Technology.

Production Uses of Portable Video Equipment.

Camera Equipment Quality and Target Markets.

Video as a Medium of Communication.

Technical Factors and Aesthetic Factors.

Principal Elements Invalued in Video Production.

2. Preproduction and Production Planning.

Stages and Types of Production.

Preproduction Planning.

Production Planning.

Copyright and Distribution.

3. Video Basics: The Electronic Image and the Video Signal.

Electronic Image Reproduction.

How the Video Camera Makes a Picture–Analog and Digital Standards.

Video Signal Control.

The Color Signal.

Camera Performance Characteristics.

Camera Configurations.

Camera Viewfinder Systems.

4. Operating the Video Camcorder.

The Basic System.

Common Camcorder Camera Section Controls.

VCR Section Control and Inputs/Outputs.

Power and Videotape.

Camcorder System Setup.

Audio and Video Connectors.

Monitoring the Recording.

Camera-Mounting Equipment.

Carrying the Equipment.

5. Video Recording.

Videotape Recording.

Controlling Videotape Recording and Playback.

Videotape Recording Formats.


Types of Videocassette Recorders.


Tapeless Video Recording Devices.

Signal Processing.

6. Lenses and Visualization.

Part 1: Lenses.

Part 2: Visualization and Composition.

7. Lighting.

Part 1: Physical Factors of Lighting.

Part 2: Aesthetic Factors.

8. Sound.

Part 1: Technical Factors.

Part 2: Sound Aesthetics.

9. Editing Aesthetics.

Role of the Editor.

Types of Editing.

Continuity Editing.

Dynamic Editing.

Transitions and Effects.

Sound in Editing.

“Don’t Worry, We’ll Fix It in Post.”

Editing Voice-Driven Pieces.


10. Getting Ready to Edit: Working with SMPTE Time Code and Postproduction Planning.

SMPTE Time Code.

Postproduction Planning.

11. Linear Videotape Editing.

Electronic Videotape Editing Systems.

Control Track and SMPTE Time Code Editing.

Linear Videotape Editing Modes: Assemble and Insert Editing.

Editing on a Cuts-Only System.

12. Nonlinear Video Editing.

Nonlinear Video Editing.

Components of a Nonlinear Video Editing System.

The Process of Nonlinear Editing.

13. Postproduction Graphic Design.

Guiding Principles: Unity, Clarity, and Style.

Functional and Practical Design Factors.

Production Processes and Sources of Graphics for Video.

Titling in a Nonlinear Editing System.

14. Ethics and Video Production.

Codes of Ethics.

Public Interest Obligations of Digital Television Broadcasters.

Your Role as a Producer.

Appendix 1: Production Projects.
Appendix 2: Guidelines and Information for Filming in San Francisco.
Appendix 3: U.S. Copyright Office Short Form PA.
Appendix 4: Digital Information and the Metric System.

Appendix 5: Video Field Acquisition Formats.

Appendix 6: Full-Length Documentary Treatment.

New to this edition
  • Revised Chapter 2, “Production Planning,” features new examples of production planning materials such as budgets, storyboards, and script treatments and now contains discussions of copyright and distribution to give students a full picture of how detailed their planning needs to be.
  • Expanded Chapter 7, “Lighting,” includes a more involved discussion of field interview lighting techniques, better preparing students for post-college field work.
  • Added sections on digital audio file formats and a discussion of the Pro Tools digital audio production system in Chapter 8, “Sound,” keep students up-to-date on the latest audio production programs.
  • Expanded Chapter 9 includes sections on “Editing Voice-Driven Stories” and “Storytelling,” helping students gain awareness of news, documentary, and television magazine feature story structure.
  • Revised Chapter 13 focuses the discussion of video graphics on postproduction graphic design, giving students the detailed information they need to be competitive.
  • More than 100 new or revised photographs and illustrations of contemporary video field production practices and equipment help to familiarize students with industry tools.
Features & benefits
  • Fully covers elements and techniques of video-recording and post-production editing aimed at the general reader with little or no technical background in video or electronics.
  • Numerous real-world examples throughout the text supplement classroom and laboratory learning.
  • More than 240 photographs and line art are featured throughout the text.
  • "Suggestions for Further Reading" section serves as a guide to reading in greater depth.
  • Key production chapters (Chs. 6-8) are divided into two parts: one section deals with the technical aspects of production, the other deals with production techniques or aesthetics.
  • In-depth discussions of production strategies and processes, as well as principles of equipment operation are included.
  • Emphasis on the new digital video recording formats and digital nonlinear editing provides students with visual examples of the most up-to-date, yet cost effective, digital recording technologies.
  • Designed with technical terms in boldface, an extensive glossary, and support appendices making it easy for students to find quick explanations of important terms and concepts.