The Digital Video Book

The Digital Video Book

Whether you are a DSLR, CSC or professional video camera user, The Digital Video Book has something for you. Discover what kit you’ll need in order to embark on your first shoot – from the camera itself to supports, lighting and more. Find out how best to approach your pre-production, learn how to location scout, get more creative with your camera and master post-production too. If that wasn’t enough we’ve explored the main film genres to help you develop your very own distinctive style; including film noir, horror, western, war and sci-fi. If the real world is more your thing, we’ve also looked at how to shoot a wedding, wildlife and how to make a documentary. So pick up your camera, grab your shot list and start making your video today!

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
9,08 €(VAT inclusa)

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1 min
introduction to digital video

Videography has been a staple in the development of popular culture, from big blockbusters like Avengers Assemble and classics like 2001: A Space Odyssey, to the humble home videos on Super 8 and smartphones. The capability to create home movies has been around since the 1930s with the introduction of 8mm film by Kodak, but it wasn’t until the introduction of Super 8 in 1965 that the idea of home videos really caught on, as the film was supplied in cartridges. The higher-end Super 8 had synchronised audio with an additional magnetic audio track. The only downside was the cost, as you had to pay for the film to be developed. The home movie revolution was sparked in the mid 1970s with Beta VCR and VHS being released. This format, which…

3 min
history of video

19 June 1873 Maybridge photographs Sally Gardner sequence Eadweard Muybridge photographs a horse named Sallie Gardner in fast motion using a series of 24 stereoscopic cameras. The photographs were adapted to a zoopraxiscope for short, primitive projected ‘movies’. 14 October 1888 Earliest surviving motion picture created The experimental film Roundhay Garden Scene, is filmed by Louis Le Prince in Roundhay, Leeds, and shot on paper film. This motion picture is the earliest surviving example. 23 April 1896 Edison unveils Vitascope projector Across the United States, people visit Vaudeville and Variety theatres to view Vitascope movies. Bills on the Vaudeville become dominated by motion pictures. 22 May 1897 The Corbett-Fitzsimmons fight This was the longest film ever released at the time at 100 minutes, and also the first feature to be shot in widescreen format (1.65:1) 10 June 1915 First 3D film is shown The…

4 min
the digital video world

Currently there are many different cameras being used for video production, but there are some versions that are more popular than others. Amongst the most popular cameras for Youtube and basic level video is the Canon 800D. Its small size and user friendly handling make it an ideal model to establish the basics of video on. It records up to 1080p at 60fps, which is perfect for platforms such as Instagram and YouTube. The more professional options for DSLRs include models like the Canon 1DX Mark II, which is the favourite of YouTube filmmaker Peter Mackinnon. This level of camera offers a greater level of high end features. For more specialist use, camcorders become more applicable. Popular models for independent production range from the mid-level Panasonic HC-VXF990EBK, to the professional…

1 min
a buying guide for videographers

Are you dreaming of becoming the next Spielberg? Or do you just want to document family occasions in style? With all the recent advances in technology, there’s never been a better time to start getting to grips with video. It’s irrelevant whether your budget is a few hundred or a few thousand pounds: there’s now a huge variety of affordable equipment on the market to help you to realise each and every creative idea. Gone are the days when only the BBC could produce breathtaking aerial footage. Consumer drones are intuitive and capable. There’s no need to use massive rigs for shake-free motion shots – handheld gimbals are now both portable and cheap. Such a change is just the tip of the iceberg: we’re in filmmaking’s most accessible age, so why…

1 min
the best canon fit lenses for video

Canon 50mm f1.8 STM Cheap, fast and versatile, this lens is an ideal choice when capturing footage of day-to-day subjects. Thanks to stepping motor (STM) technology, its autofocus also operates quietly enough to be used for video. Rokinon 35mm T1.5 DS Cine Providing a great angle of view for vlogging and documentary work, this lens has a ‘declicked’ control ring for smooth and quiet aperture adjustment, while it’s fast enough to produce stylishly shallow depths of field. Canon 24-70mm f2.8L II USM Providing excellent focal length flexibility that should enable you to tackle all but the most sweeping of vistas or most distant of subjects, this fast aperture zoom lens is held in high regard by stills and video shooters alike.…

10 min
dslrs for filmmaking

Since the arrival of the Nikon D90 and Canon 5D Mark II in 2008, DSLRs have shaken up the world of filmmaking. They increasingly boast video capabilities that make them a solid choice for small independent productions, as well as traditional stills photography. It’s now possible to find DSLRs that can record 4K at up to 60fps, and Full HD footage at speeds of up to 120fps. Unlike some dedicated video cameras, they’re relatively compact, can produce attractively shallow depths of field, and have access to a wide and affordable lens range. They do, however, require users to monitor what’s happening on rear displays rather than through a viewfinder (their mirrors have to remain up during recording). They lack inputs for external accessories and offer maximum continuous record times of…