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Great little book on how to fix common problems in digital post production.

  • Oct 15, 2009
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This is a very handy manual on how to fix very common digital picture and video problems during post production. The thing I like best about this book is that it does not adhere to any particular software. It gives you general step by step instructions and using your knowledge of whatever software you use you can follow the guidelines to achieve the intended result. So you can use Adobe or Corel softwares and focus on the steps rather than the specifics of click this tool and then click that tool.

The book starts out by giving you the essential post production techniques like cloning, masking, layering, color correcting, audio manipulation etc. It then moves chapter by chapter into the various aspects of post:
- Fixing lens problems - for example lens distortion, vignettes, digital sharpening, color fringing, lens flare
- Fixing video problems - Like frames, fields and GOPs, determining and correcting interlaced footage, converting video format etc.
- Fixing film problems - how to remove mold, watermarks, correcting frame registration, reducing film grain, emulating video etc.
- Fixing digital problems - pixel corruption, digital artifacts, noise reduction, banding reduction, compression, working with multiple formats etc.
- Fixing Audio Problems - retiming audio, consistent volume, reducing audible noise - pops and clicks, etc.
- Fixing Color Problems - Removing color casts, enhancing tone and contrast, color temperature etc.
- Fixing compositional problems - letterbox, digital scaling, hd to sd and vice versa, aspect ratio, removing objects etc etc
- Fixing timing problems - speeding up shots, duplicate frames, motion blur etc
- Fixing editorial problems - continuity, transitions, flash frames, pull downs, patch frames

I loved the simplicity of the directions, if you know your software you already know how to follow the steps. This book just gives you the tips to how to tackle a particular problem with your digital footage. I don't think I'll ever use some of it as I mostly edit home videos, but the book makes it fairly simple to understand in case I ever needed to do more advanced stuff.

As it is not tied to any specific software and focuses on step by step strategies, the content of this book will not get outdated too soon, as is the case with some books.

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review by . August 01, 2009
This guide would be better described as offering "strategies" rather than "solutions" to postproduction problems. On the one hand, as advertised, it is software neutral. That means you have to know your own software well enough to figure out how to apply the approaches outlined in this book. Additionally, as should be expected, the steps outlined for each problem are not so much "recipes" as guidelines. In many cases, a step in a long process will say, basically, "tweak the various relevant values …
review by . July 31, 2009
This is kind of a platform-neutral post-production cookbook.     The author serves up 114 different techniques for accomplishing a wide variety of common and not-so-common post-production tasks ranging from changing day to night to h=getting rid of film gates.     He begins with a chapter on essential techniques. Anyone moderately familiar with higher-end video editing packages will have no trouble with this. (I'm not so sure how beginners will find he going.)  &nbs …
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"Finally!  A well-written software agnostic guide to fixing common problems in post ranging from shaky camera to film look!"

-Jerry Hofmann, Apple Certified Trainer; FCP Forum Leader, Creative Cow; Owner, JLH Productions

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ISBN-10: 0240811240
ISBN-13: 978-0240811246
Author: Jack James
Genre: Computers & Internet
Publisher: Focal Press
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