Beginner's Guide to Digital Video Production
By Steve Saylor
Guide To Digital Video Production" is a 4-hour, 20 minute
presentation available on two VHS tapes. This Windows-based
tutorial features Adobe Premiere software for non-linear editing,
and the Digital Origin Moto-DV editing system which transfers
your digital footage from Mini-DV camcorders to your computer,
and back again.
video, comprised of four chapters -- Introduction, Camera,
Computer & Software, and DV Editing -- covers
every step of the journey, from production to final
print, explaining the technical intricacies of this new
format in decidedly non-technical terms.
did I Get Here? (4 min.)
description of how this project began, and continued, and continued.
a movie with no budget means the actors work for free (or a
percentage of any profits). In my case, the actors didn't
have much time. Which meant I had to shoot the entire
movie in a week or two. No crew, no lights. Which
meant... A lot of fixin' in the mixin'.
my limited experience with computers made it slow-goin' at first.
And, dag-nabbit, all these new fangled gizmos ain't always
workin' like they's sposed to, pard! Bugs and Ghosts in
come a long way in just the short time I've been in the game.
Gettin' better all the time. Two years ago, when
transferring footage from DV tape to computer, you might drop
a few frames here and there.
are quickly becoming a thing of the past as the equipment becomes
more and more reliable. Get on-deck. It's a good
time to learn the rules and join the roster.
Does It Work? (5 min.)
of the technology: Non-Linear Editing and the Digital Format.
ago, the word processor transformed the world of the Writer.
No more White-Out. No more cutting and pasting your
pages. You could get everything "just right"
on the computer screen before you printed it. And you
could shuffle those words around, grab a paragraph from down
there, move it up here.
Videographer gets the "big break". But instead
of shuffling words, we're juggling video clips. Push everything
in your program down, stick a scene in here, pull everything
back and take out the gap.
your footage from the camera is recorded onto the hard drive
in this digital format, the computer can manipulate those images
in a thousand different ways. You've got a first-class,
post-production facility sitting right there on your desktop.
thing. When you make copies of your work in the digital
language, you don't lose picture-quality like we used to with
"analog". And that's nice.
Demo (9 min.)
Tour: We transfer clips from camera to computer, slice 'em,
dice 'em, add music, then compile everything into our final
edit before moving it back to tape.
frame by frame, click on the razor tool, make a cut here, maybe
another over there. Oops. Don't wanna cut it there.
No problem. We can undo that. Or undo them
all. Just takes a second.
film was never like this. Say bye-bye to the bad-old-days.
Story (11 min.)
of scenes from the movie illustrate just what this little camera
and computer can accomplish: Professional Editing Capabilities
-- Effects, Graphics, Transitions, Sound.
At the same
time, I sketch in the synopsis. (We'll be using these scenes
for examples, might as well know what's going on)
few comments on story, and some technical tidbits.