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Multiskilling for Television Production - Peter Ward

Multiskilling for Television Production

Paperback Published: 22nd May 2000
ISBN: 9780240515571
Number Of Pages: 404

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Written by television trainers who run their own courses on Multiskilling, this book offers a comprehensive introduction to the broad range of skills and technical knowledge required in this industry. It details all the essential information you need to know, acting as an on-the-job reference source for everyday use.
For many broadcasting technicians, one of the biggest challenges in recent years has been the transition from a career working in a solo core skill such as camerawork or audio, to acquiring the experience and expertise of a range of production jobs. Many people are expected to work in a number of crafts and to equip themselves with a much wider range of television techniques than had been customary in the past.
Multiskilling has become an integral part of television culture, requiring that new entrants are competent in several specialist production skills. Multiskilling for Television Production concentrates on the techniques associated with news and magazine programme production, where most tecnhical operators are usually employed, but most techniques are shared across the whole spectrum of television and film making.
Anyone baffled by the range and scope of skills to be mastered will find this book invaluable.
*A complete guide to the skills, techniques and operational procedures for today's television environment
*A quick and easy reference for on the job use
*Covers the latest digital technology

Industry Reviews

'The range of topics covered is so wide that a brief review is virtually impossible...each chapter is essentially a book in itself. Contained herein is a phenomenal amount of factual information, well laid out and explained in an easily understood language. As a reference work it is second to none, and I feel sure it will become the de facto standard for newcomers to the industry.' Tony Grant for Zerb Magazine Spring 2001

Acknowledgementsp. xiii
Introductionp. xv
Television engineeringp. 1
Introductionp. 1
The video systemp. 1
The television signalp. 1
Tonal reproduction and gammap. 7
Camera sensorsp. 9
Colour television--principlesp. 11
Coding principlesp. 14
Colour camera--processing and line-upp. 16
Picture and waveform monitoringp. 20
Introduction to digital systemsp. 22
Production methodsp. 25
Planning a productionp. 25
Shot number systemp. 26
Invisible techniquep. 27
Production staff and facilitiesp. 28
Outside broadcastingp. 31
Production methodsp. 32
Customary techniquep. 33
Camera rehearsalp. 33
Rehearse/recordp. 33
Safetyp. 34
Individual responsibilityp. 34
The importance of safetyp. 35
Studio safety and riggingp. 35
Rigging camerasp. 37
Outside broadcast riggingp. 38
Working at heightsp. 39
Working amongst the publicp. 40
Outside broadcast hazardsp. 41
Adverse weatherp. 42
Location lighting and safetyp. 42
Further readingp. 44
Lighting and vision controlp. 45
Lighting overviewp. 45
Basics of light, its measurement and perceptionp. 47
The technical parameters of lightingp. 53
Light sourcesp. 57
Luminairesp. 64
Control of beam shape and light intensityp. 84
Basic portraiturep. 86
Studio lightingp. 95
Interview lightingp. 105
Lighting demonstrations and pack shotsp. 110
Lighting for subject movementp. 113
Lighting for chroma keyp. 116
Principles of lighting for variety programmesp. 123
Principles of drama lightingp. 128
Coping with soundp. 137
Lighting on locationp. 139
Lighting grip equipmentp. 150
Lighting control systemsp. 151
Vision controlp. 159
Lighting standardsp. 162
Soundp. 164
Introduction--some background about soundp. 164
What is sound?p. 164
Recording the soundp. 171
Audio engineeringp. 176
Monitoring the soundp. 182
Microphonesp. 187
Studio soundp. 200
Location soundp. 214
Stereo and ambisonicsp. 224
The decibelp. 229
Multicamera cameraworkp. 231
Perennial techniquep. 231
The basic principles of cameraworkp. 231
Technology and techniquep. 232
Operational aspects of the camerap. 233
The zoom lensp. 234
Working as a camera assistantp. 237
Camera mountingsp. 241
Operational skillsp. 242
Focus and depth of fieldp. 245
Pedestal techniquep. 247
Tracking on a pedestalp. 248
Trackingp. 251
Zoomingp. 255
Camera movement and invisible techniquep. 256
Camera movement and subject movementp. 258
The depicition of depthp. 259
Picture-making skillsp. 261
Visual designp. 262
Compositionp. 263
Intercuttingp. 266
First show on a camerap. 270
Pre-rehearsal checklistp. 271
Camera rehearsal/recording/transmissionp. 272
Working in a camera crewp. 272
Robotic cameraworkp. 278
Single-camera cameraworkp. 281
Basic camerawork skillsp. 281
Digital tape formatsp. 281
Viewfinderp. 282
White balancep. 284
Black balancep. 285
Contrast rangep. 285
Face tonesp. 289
Gainp. 289
Electronic shuttersp. 290
Time codep. 290
Menus and scene filesp. 292
Gammap. 292
Matrixp. 293
Widescreenp. 293
Tape v diskp. 293
Camera mountsp. 294
Batteriesp. 295
Battery chargep. 296
Operational checksp. 297
Pre-recording checklistp. 301
General operational notesp. 301
Vision mixingp. 302
Introductionp. 302
Technologyp. 303
The vision mixing consolep. 304
Editing skillsp. 305
Production methodsp. 308
Rehearsalp. 314
Transmission/recordingp. 316
Television journalism and cameraworkp. 317
Introductionp. 317
What makes a story news?p. 317
Fact and opinionp. 318
News--condensing timep. 319
Visual communication and structurep. 320
Shooting for continuityp. 322
Interviewsp. 322
Going livep. 324
Satellite news gatheringp. 324
Video recording formatsp. 327
From analogue to digital recordingp. 327
Analogue Betacam formatp. 327
Digital Betacamp. 328
Betacam SXp. 328
The DV formatp. 328
DVCPRO and DVCAM formatsp. 328
DVCPRO formatp. 329
DVCAM formatp. 330
Digital-S (D9 format)p. 330
Disk camerap. 330
VT recording areasp. 330
Video editingp. 332
Introduction to editingp. 332
The technology of news editingp. 333
Perennial editing techniquep. 337
Telling a storyp. 344
Sound and picturep. 348
News and factual editingp. 349
What the editor requires from the camera operatorp. 350
Cutting pointsp. 352
Documentaryp. 357
Audio post-productionp. 362
Introductionp. 362
Sound in editingp. 363
Sound in dubbingp. 366
The art of dubbingp. 368
Transmissionp. 371
Television graphicsp. 374
Computer-generated imageryp. 374
Graphic designp. 374
Visual communicationp. 375
Different types of graphicsp. 375
The computer graphics suitep. 376
Picture acquisitionp. 376
Picture manipulationp. 376
Image storagep. 377
Character generators (CG)p. 377
Still storep. 378
Digital video effects (DVE)p. 379
Two-dimensional graphicsp. 379
Three-dimensional movementp. 380
Further readingp. 381
Glossaryp. 383
Indexp. 395
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ISBN: 9780240515571
ISBN-10: 0240515579
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 404
Published: 22nd May 2000
Publisher: FOCAL PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 19.05  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.8
Edition Number: 1