Publisher: Triad Pub Co, 4th edition, August 1, 2000
This is a book that will be helpful for anyone who is already editing at any level, or for anyone just learning about the craft. Straightforward, well-organized, and filled with humor and wisdom, this is a complete reference book about the technical side of digital video and film editing.
The down-and-dirty technical details of digital video - subjects like time code, telecine and 3:2 pull-down, and compression algorithms - are all clearly demystified.
Each element covered in this book is in it's own section. Each section is brief, concise and clearly written. Very simple analogies are employed to help the reader gain understanding. While there is technical information, the book is not overly technical. There is a great deal of art, illustrations and photos. This art furthers the learning experience and is one reason that the book works so well, the art really illustrates the lessons being taught.
It is a very informative book. If you are looking for information on what's going on with digital video and how it works, get this book.
Like many other books, the missing part is the creative aspect of film and video editing. Honestly, it's rather difficult, nor necessary, to discuss both technical and creative aspect of editing in one book. If you are trying to figure out where to perform a perfect cut, you have to look for somewhere else.
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