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Digital photographer's complete guide to HD video
Rob Sheppard & Michael Guncheon.
New York : Lark Books, c2011.
HD video is one of the hottest new features on digital SLR cameras, and photographers are eager to understand how it works and optimize their results. Rob Sheppard and Michael Guncheon, longtime digital experts and contributors to HD Video Pro magazine, have created an up-to-date guide to all the basics. They address gear, recording audio, shooting techniques, formats and standards for HD video, editing video and audio files, and outputting final video files-everything a photographer new to the technology needs to know!
     
iPhone photography & video for dummies
by Angelo Micheletti.
Hoboken, NJ. : Wiley, c2010.
Get the most out of your iPhone′s camera and video capabilities with this full-color reference!The iPhone′s integrated camera is ideal for snapshots and video on the go. Written by a professional photographer and Mac expert, this handy, full-color guide shows you how to get the most out of your iPhone camera′s capabilities. Packed with easy-to-understand coverage on how to shoot and edit great photos and video, this For Dummies book is here to help you take advantage of even the most impromptu photo opportunity. Walks you through the exciting capabilities of the iPhone′s integrated camera Shows you how to get the most from the iPhone′s functionality Reviews the best iPhone applications for improving and enhancing your photos and acquiring must-have iPhone photography accessories Explains how to set up photos, use available lighting, enhance photos digitally, and share photosiPhone Photography For Dummies features fun and friendly tips and helpful advice on accessories so that you can make your good iPhone photos and video great.
     
Make your music video and put it online
Robert Safir.
Boston, MA : Course Technology, c2010.
With the popularity of YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, MySpaceTV, and other video services, musicians are using the video format more than ever. In fact, making a video and getting it seen is a vitally important part of marketing your music or band. This book will help you learn how to produce a high-quality, high-production value, low-budget music video and let the world know about it through the Internet. First, the book offers suggestions for choosing and recording a song appropriate for video. Then you'll learn the basics of filming the video, post-production editing, music synchronization, and video formats optimized for online video. Finally, you’ll learn to upload the video to popular online music and social networking sites and how to drive traffic to your new video masterpiece. Throughout the book, you will familiarize yourself with more than just the techniques involved – you will gain knowledge of the strategy behind those techniques. You will not only become a better-prepared creative director of your project, but a savvier marketer – one who knows old-school PR tactics as well as the latest, cutting-edge new school techniques for presenting yourself in the best possible light. This is more than a book about how to make a music video – it’s a guide to marketing your music in the 21st century.
     
The Focal easy guide to Final Cut Pro 7
Rick Young.
Amsterdam ; Boston : Focal Press/Elsevier, 2010.
Rick Young's Easy Guide to Final Cut Pro 7nbsp;is the ultimate guide to getting up and running with Apple's professional editing software. Full of information relevant to both new users and professionals, this book wastes no time in teaching all the vital knowledge needed to edit your project from start to finish using Final Cut Pro. All the key features and essential techniques are presented in this easy to understand, full-color book. When time is of the essence, less is more. Learn invaluable workflow tips which show you how to tap into the full power of Final Cut Pro, whichever version of the program you are using. All the essential areas are covered: *System Set-up * Capture * Editing * Audio Mixing * Effects * Output * Media * Management, and moreThis latest edition also features new sections specific to Final Cut Pro 7, including expanded ProRes support, improved markers, global transitions, alpha transitions, automatic transfer of file-based media to hard drive, and easy export to DVD, Blu-Ray, iPod, iPhone, and Apple TV. Praised by industry professionals, educators, and independent filmmakers, the Easy Guide to Final Cut Pro has earned a solid reputation as being the absolute best book on the market for those wishing to get up to speed with Final Cut Pro quickly. * Save time by learning all you need to know to edit in FCP in hours * Concise full-color coverage suitable for all OSX versions of FCP * Step-by-step direction and informative graphics allow you to begin to harness the full power of FCP
     

Video contests are becoming popular. They've become a word-of-mouth marketing tool for the companies that sponsor them. The odds are good for winning because you are up against fewer people than with other types of contests.

Here are some tips that will help you create that winning video and receive the grand prize.

  • Read the rules. Know the date you need to submit the video, what format it needs to be in, and how long the video can be.
  • Know the judging criteria. The guidelines will tell you what the judges are looking for and if your video will be judged by a panel or be voted by the public.
  • Write down all your ideas. You can convey your thoughts through a story or an emotion. Will you appeal to a certin audience? You can captivate your audience with laughter, courage, or sadness. Don't forget to use the sponsors product.
  • Practice your script. It can keep you on track for what you want to say and can help you know how long the video will run.
  • As you film your video consider using a simple color backdrop or a scenic outdoor location. Use good lighting and make several takes at different angles to get the perfect shot.

Don't have a video camera? Many cell phones have the ability to record video. Create a photo montage slideshow with digital pictures.

PhotoMontager

Once you have edited your video, show it off to family and friends. They can be your best critics. Make sure you've followed the contest rules. When you are satisfied with the end result submit your video. And good luck on winning the prize!

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff