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Very cool book of post-production tips and techniques

  • Jul 31, 2009
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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.)

Then Jack James launches into his specific techniques. He's done a great job. Every technique is accompanied by a flowchart which makes following the technique simple. The text outline of steps is not overly verbose, but more than adequate to describe the task and the technique.

The easiest to demonstrate the value of this book is through its table of contents, which is too long to list here, but is available through the "Look Inside" feature on Amazon.

This is the kind of book you'll want to keep near your workstation: it's like having a post-production expert advising you. And just reading about and seeing all the techniques is a lot of fun, even if you never think you're going to use them.


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review by . October 15, 2009
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.    …
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 …
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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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