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|Organization of this Bibliography||Last Updated 10/30/17|
Although it began in 2003 as a collection of links to books related to videography, this bibliography has expand to include cogent works about film, the source of most of the craft and artistry in video production, as well. It is only through the study of the art and craft of film editing, for example, that one can become adept in editing video, and the same may be said of lighting, audio and production practice. At the very least, it seems imprudent to ignore nearly one hundred years of experience accumulated in the older medium.
Most of the book titles have been linked to the source at which reviews, description of the contents, the table of contents and reader comments can be found. In many instances this is at www.amazon.com, from which the majority can be purchased. An occasional title is out of print, but will be well worth the search to own.
Magazines and Trade Papers
Because of their sheer volume I have omitted print magazine and trade journal articles, including instead a list of magazines and trade publications which I have found to be valuable resources to a student of the art and craft of videography.
I have included resources on the World Wide Web as a separate category. I have omitted WWW sites that relate to specific products, including instead a list of Forums whose links point not only to user groups, bulletin boards and chat groups, but may point to manufacturers and products as well. Perhaps the most comprehensive of these lists is to be found at The Digital Media Network (DMN) site, which boasts more than 180 such links.
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Audio-Vision, Michel Chion, Claudia Gorbman, with an introduction by Walter Murch (1994) The theory of audio in film (and implicitly, in video). Review and comments.
Audio Postproduction for Digital Video; Jay Rose (2002) Comes with CD-ROM examples. Review and comments.
Producing Great Sound for Digital Video; Jay Rose (2nd ed. 2002) Comes with CD-ROM examples. One of the most thorough works on the subject. Review and comments.
Professional Microphone Techniques; David Miles and Philip Williams (1998) Review and comments.
Sound Design: The Expressive Power of Music, Voice and Sound Effects in Cinema; David Sonnenschein (2001) Review and comments.
Sound for Film and Television; Tomlinson Holman (2nd Edition) Comes with CD-ROM Holman is the developer of the THX Sound System and, as such, writes with considerable authority on the subject of audio in film and video. Review and comments.
5.1 Surround Sound - Up and Running - by Tomlinson Holman (2000 Edition). Review and comments.
Desktop Studio Video Bible: Producing Video, DVD and Websites for Profit; George Avgerakis (2002) This recent work covers just about every aspect of the business of video, from seeking clients to managing production crews and collecting on outstanding invoices. Review and comments.
How to Make Real Money with your Video Camera; Raymond G. Hutchins (2003) The implications of this, that anyone reading the book can go into business and succeed as a video professional, are frightening: Review and comments.
Clearance & Copyright: What Every Independent Filmmaker Needs to Know; Michael C. Donaldson (2003). Copyright and rights clearance issues for film production, including boilerplate contracts. Donaldson is the author of several books on copyright and trademark law. Review
Media Law for Producers ; Philip Miller, an attorney (4th edition, 2002) Review
CD-R/DVD: disc recording demystified; Lee Purcell (2002) Review and comments.
DVD Authoring and Production; Ralph LaBarge (2001) Review and comments.
Compression for Great Digital Video: Power Tips, Techniques, and Common Sense; Ben Waggoner. Comes with CD-ROM. (2002) A very thorough discussion of compression, from production and editing to streaming and animation. Review and comments.
Editing: Practice and Theory
Behind the Scenes: Walter Murch on Feature Film Editing, Final Cut Pro, and the Future of Cinema, Charles Koppelman. Reviews
Color Correction for Digital Video; Steve Hullfish, et al (2002) Comes with CD-ROM Review and comments.
Conversations, The: Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film; Michael Ondaatje (2002) Review and comments.
Digital Compositing for Film and Video; Steve Wright (2001) Detailed and technical. "Compatible with Adobe Photoshop. Written by a senior compositor with over ten years of digital compositing experience." Review and comments.
Digital Nonlinear Editing: Editing Film and Video on the Desktop, (2nd ed. 1998) The author, "Thomas A. Ohanian, is a Chief Editor, Director of Product Design for Avid Technology in Massachusetts and a designer of the Avid Media Composer." Seven years old, and therefore not entirely current, but an excellent and extensive treatment of the subject nevertheless. Review and comments.
Early Cinema: Space, frame, narrative; ed. Thomas Elsaesser (1990) Review and commentary.
Editing Digital Video: The Complete Creative and Technical Guide; Robert M Goodman, Patrick McGrath (2002, with CD-ROM) The guide is platform and edit system neutral. Review and commentary.
Film Editing: history, theory practice; Don Fairservice (2001) Review and comments
Films of Akira Kurosawa, The; Donald Richie, Joan Mellen (1999) A detailed analysis of each of the great film maker's films, majors and minors. To study these films is to study the work of one of film-making's greatest artists. Review and comments.
Five C's of Cinematography, The; Joseph V. Mascelli (1965, reprinted 1998) "Camera angles, continuity, cutting, close-ups, and composition." Often called "the Bible" of cinematography. Content description and Reviews.
Grammar of the Edit; Roy Thompson (1993) Review and comments.
In the Blink of an Eye Revisited; Walter Murch, Francis Ford Coppola (2nd edition, 2001) Review and comments. Making Documentary Films and Reality Videos: A Practical Guide to Planning, Filming, and Editing Documentaries of Real Events; Barry Hampe (1997) A summary, but with solid basics and worth a look as a starting point. Review and comments.
Nonlinear - A Field Guide to Digital Video and Film Editing; Michael Rubin (2002) Review and comments.
Non-Linear Editing: Storytelling, Aesthetics and Craft; Bryce Button (2002) Comes with CD-ROM Review and comments.
On Film Editing; Edward Dmytryk (1984) One of the greats. Hard to find, worth the search. Review and comments.
Writing, Directing, and Producing Documentary Films and Videos; by Alan Rosenthal (3rd ed., 2002) Highly regarded work, first published in 1996. Review and comments.
Video Editing, Steven Browne (2002) a post production primer. Review and comments.
Video Editing and post production: a professional guide; Gary H. Anderson (1993) Review and comments.
How to Create a Video Family History: The complete Guide to Interviewing and Taping Your Family's Stories and Memories, Rob Huberman, Laura Huberman (2003) Reviews and comments.
Keeping Family Stories Alive: A Creative Guide to Taping Your Family Life and Lore, Vera Rosenbluth (1990) Reviews and comments.
Recording Your Family History: A Guide to Preserving Oral History with Videotape, Audiotape, Suggested Topics and Questions, Interview Techniques, William Fletcher (1989) Not a lot of material on video, but regarded as an excellent work book for those interested in family interviews. Reviews.
Lighting for Digital Video and Television; John Jackman (2002) Jackman is a contributing editor to DV Magazine Reviews and comments. This is an very fine book, touching all aspects of the subject.
Lighting for TV and Film; Gerald Millerson, BBC. (3rd edition, 1999) Excellent handbook for lighting displays, people - groups and action - guerilla lighting and lighting styles. At $62.95 it's pricey, but a great addition to the library. Reviews and comments.
Method of Lighting the Stage, A; Stanley McCandless (1958), a book long out of print but worth its weight in gold if you can find a copy. This is one of the earliest texts (first edition in the 1930s) to articulate the theory that underpins all theatrical, film and video lighting, a truly seminal work. A search of the web will produce the occasional copy for sale.
Motion Picture and Video Lighting; Blain Brown (1995) Reviews and comments.
Placing Shadows: Lighting Techniques for Video Production; Chuck Gloman (2000) The emphasis here is on location lighting. Reviews and comments.
Plus An extensive catalog of lighting books. The site has more than 6,000 titles, with categories and links for lighting; film production; professional recording; recording videos and DVDs; audio production; video production; sound effects and libraries.
I have found the magazines and trade journals listed here to be of value for several reasons. Some provide an excellent overview of what the consuming public has come to expect, both in equipment and in entertainment values, information of value to videographers in their efforts to stay current as artists, technicians and marketers. Others present some of the most forward-looking thinking in the profession of videography and film making. Finally, they provide an excellent resource for technical reviews and specifications of new equipment.
Some of these magazines and journals can be yours, as video professionals, free for the asking. It's always worth a try. Check out individual web sites for criteria.
Credibility is always an issue with material on the WWW. Although a site may look good to me, you will have to judge its value for yourself. The commentary which accompanies each entry is my own, reflecting my reaction to the site.
Quite a few of the entries are "portals," sites that provide access to multiple videography oriented links. In some instances these portals are associated with a specific manufacturer, and often are cluttered with advertising. Nevertheless, they provide access to so many links that braving the flying banners and pop-up windows seems a small price to pay for this access.
Virtually all equipment manufacturers are represented on the web by readily accessible sites, so none have been included here. Only in two or three instances have sites been included that are product specific and these appear because of the unique aspect of the product. Their commercial nature is clearly indicated.
Applied Microphone Technology Musical instrument-specific microphone selection. A commercial site, but excellent information.
"Audio Masterclass: Basic Repairs" From the UK's Computer Music site. An 18 part tutorial on making basic "repairs" - "mistakes and glitches" to audio. With lots of wave forms illustrating each event.
Film Sound, "dedicated to the art and analysis of film sound design." Up to date information on current film audio, and excellent links to assorted audio topics. Glossary of audio terminology.
The Minidisc Community Portal. Links to just about anything associated with minidisc recorders.
PcMus: Audio Recording Tips. Numerous articles, tutorials and links associated with music and audio recording and audio gear.
The Walter Murch Articles Links to major articles and interviews on sound and film/video editing. Comprehensive, forming a bibliography of articles and books by and about this outstanding editor and sound designer.
"Wireless Microphone Theory." An article by the DJ Society. Good discussion of wireless microphone problems.
Business of Video
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Monitor Calibration A tutorial by Thomas Niemann. Calibration instruments shown on line, so you can calibrate as you go. Deals with black point, white point and monitor gamma.
Calibration A site maintained by Tektronix. Answers to just about anything you've ever wondered about using a vector scope and wave form monitor, TBC, genlock and color bars. Lots of other useful links on the site as well.
Video Camera Filters for Removing Compression Artifacts and Simulating A Film Look A short technical discussion of filter types, warming filters and white balance.
FilmTools Camera on-board video monitors and mounts. Wide variety of unusual and imaginative mounts, sun shades, etc. A commercial site.
Alice in Bluescreen Land: The art and science of optical compositing, by Mark Christiansen. Both the content and artwork at this site are superb! Well worth the visit just to look at the photos. Takes you step by step through a complex chromakey set up, but one any of us could duplicate.
The Blue Screen Page, an extensive article on the art and craft of chromakey, both in taping and post. By Steven Bradford, "Film / Video and Electronic Cinematography," whose homepage contains numerous excellent links as well. Illustrated with photos.
Filmtools Links to all you'll ever need for chromakey work.
Replacing Photographic Backgrounds: Ultimatte and Other Great Techniques An excellent, well illustrated article by John Henshall. This article first appeared in "The British Journal of Photography", 22/29 July 1998.
24 Phat Tips for Chromakey Lighting, a step by step tip sheet by Robbert-Jan van der Does, "a professional freelance cameraman/editor/director based in the Netherlands who's been working in the TV industry for almost 20 years." Discusses both lighting and post production tweaks.
Supnik.com A web site maintained by attorney Paul D. Supnik, with links to articles about every aspect of entertainment law.
Wired Law. Law links for entertainment and new media.
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Digital Products Review
Digital Video Organizations
Digital Video Organizations. The site, maintained by Rick Davis, is primarily "an informational resource for people involved in or curious about the standards, techniques, and technologies involved in digital video engineering." Numerous links to professional organizations and government agencies (e.g., FCC, NAB, etc.) A link from Rick Davis' home page and his Digital Video page as well.
DVD and VCD
Configuring TMPGEnc for high-quality, DVD-compliant MPEG-2, an article by Rui del-Negro, a Portuguese videographer. Valuable insight into the utilization of this tool.
How are movies stored on DVD discs? DVD 101, useful to DVD first-timers, and for passing along to your customers. Includes links to player and compatibility issues.
Digital Photo 01: Color Correction Theory. An extensive list of tips and tutorials on the subject.
"Match Frame and Jump Cut: A dialectic theory of montage in the digital age." Very heavy going, but fascinating if you're into editing theory. - Jan Speckenbach (03/2000)
"Montagetheorie des Films - Theory of Filmediting" - Gerhard Schumm. Online bibliography and numerous links to articles on editing practice and theory; in English and German.
"Notes on Digital Film Editing" . Gerhard Schumm © 02/2001. "This text - translated by Rita Pokorny - is the modified English version of a formerly published article: Schumm, Gerhard (1997) Das Filmbild im Computer - dicht und oft zu nah."
POV: The Danish Journal of Film Studies (no. 6, December 1998). An excellent collection of articles on editing theory and practice. The parent site is an excellent resource for anyone interested in film and video production.
Walter Murch Articles. Links to major articles and interviews on sound and film/video editing. Comprehensive!
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Making Video Look Like Film. An article by Shawn Bockoven Although written for FCP, the article contains information of value for anyone wishing to make video look like film.
Making Video Look Like Film: The complete list. Links page from UrbanFox. High end and low end production. Not very complete!
"Do it yourself video: How do I make my film look digital?" A long article by Joren Clark. [I think he means "how do I make my digital footage look like film? At least that's what the article is focused on.] There are links on this site to a number of other articles, including topics such as steadycam, lighting, camera jib arm, grip bag and sound.
The Forums listed here are primarily gateway sites to huge collections of links which may be hardware and software specific, of a general interest nature, or specific to some special aspect of video production. The list does not include product specific forums.
Creative Cow Media Professionals Users Forums. Great resource for just about anything hardware/software/business/or aesthetics related. Lurkers o.k., posting requires free registration. A great resource.
The Digital Media Network (DMN). In addition to numerous articles and reviews, this very fine portal site has links to more than 180 software and hardware forum groups. For a small annual fee you can utilize the site free of pop-ups and other annoying advertising, a service called "MyDMN." It's worth it!
Digital Video Forum. May require registration. Worth a (quick) look.
DVD-Makers.com , "DVD developer's community . . . helping members build successful, profitable DVDs." Heavy emphasis on Adobe Encore, but general forums on "DVD authoring, video editing and software." $49.95 for three month membership. Minimal access without it. You're probably better off saving your money toward your next camera!
Lab DV digital video, a for-pay, multi-lingual site. I haven't paid the $12 for a three month access, but from afar the site looks very interesting. The site mechanics - e.g., pull down menus - are a little quirky.
Post Production Forum. "Macintosh Digital Video Resources." Has several interesting forums dealing with post production issues, not all restricted to the Mac. Requires registration to post queries.
Tech Forums: Computer Technology Forums. Free, but needs registration. Lots of computer and web information, including operating systems, computer hardware, etc., plus discussion of video issues as they pertain to the computer.
Windows Movie Makers forum. Movie Maker, Media Player, Media Encoder; hardware, software recommendations, articles, etc. Requires registration but is free.
Film Sound Glossary of audio terminology.
Video Preservation: Glossary of Terms Developed by the Bay Area Video Coalition.
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Time Lapse.com "TV Link Index," with an amazing potpourri of links. Also an excellent source for stock footage, which can be previewed on line.
Legal Videography in California: Forensic Videography An excellent resource for those interested in learning about this branch of the industry. A site maintained by Whitcomb Legal Video, Long Beach, CA. Clearly specific to California, but outlining issues to be raised regarding practices in your own state.
Walter Graff, Bluesky Media. Excellent series of articles on lighting, covering topics such as "Home-made Fluorescent" and "Beyond Three Point Lighting" and "What's in My Light Kit." Graff is a well known commercial director and broadcast producer; the articles are well written and thought provoking. There are nearly two dozen articles at this link, so take a good look.
Bill Holshevnikoff's handbook and articles on lighting. Holshevnikoff has been in the business a long time, and his instruction is first rate: clear, simple, right to the point. An excellent lighting primer, once free but now being sold by ARRI.
Constructing a Simple, Reusable Chinese Lantern Excellent directions for this do-it-yourself project. Great soft-light at very low cost.
Fluorescent Lamps, Ballast and Fixtures;" Principles of Operation, Circuits, Troubleshooting, Repair, Version 1.90, by Samuel M. Goldwasser. Good basic information, somewhat dated.
HMI lights, an article by Steve Smith in The Digital Journalist. You'll find other articles by Steve Smith along with many other articles on the techniques and theory of photojournalism in The Digital Journalist, a monthly e-journal, described by its publisher as "A Multimedia Magazine for Photojournalism in the Digital Age," issues of which have been achieved from 1997 to the present.
Music Books Plus An extensive catalog of lighting books. More than 6,000 titles on various subjects. See full listing of topics in General Videography section.
"Step by step guide to video lighting systems;" David Martin Jacques (April 2003) in Church Production Magazine. A very sophisticated article on the use of light for church video broadcasts. Since this is hosted on a university web site and therefore subject to removal from the web at any time, it would be a good idea to download this (with the author's permission) if you have any interest.
"Video Lighting Illuminated" by Bill Miller (An article in VideoSystems, March 1, 2003), linked on the web. "Reviewed and recommended texts for your lighting library." Small selection, good reviews.
NRG Research Lighting Tutorial Good basic information and suggestions.
Light -- A Detailed Tutorial, from Itchy-Animation Company. Excellent introduction to the basics of light and lighting. Good read for any level videographer or film maker.
Lighting Tips from Mike Venable, Chief Photographer, WLFL, on b-roll.net
Synthetic Aperture knowledge base relating to color correction.
e-Panorama.net: Video Display Technology Page A good article on fundamentals of monitor design and technology. Many interesting links throughout the article.
FilmTools. On-camera video monitors and mounts. Wide variety of unusual and imaginative mounts, sun shades, etc. A unique commercial site.
Image Resolution for the Video Monitor Screen A short but informative Wayne Fulton article, with links to a number of excellent books on scanning
MonitorWorld.com A huge list of links to monitor manufacturers and technical specifications.
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Making Fine Prints in your Digital Darkroom A series of articles by Norman Koren. Navigating this site is a nightmare, but it contains lots of very good information about calibrating your monitor and printer to provide the best photos.
CyberCollege Internet Campus This is an extraordinary resource, with articles - many with excellent graphics - on just about any topic related to video production, a total of 70 lessons. This is possibly one of the best instructional sites on the internet.
Mandy's Film and TV Production Directory -- International film and TV production resources. Services (33,000 listings), casting calls, production jobs, classified ads, vendors, etc. A venerable site and service.
Scan Help.com Numerous links to articles and books related to scanning issues. The site is a veritable sea of advertising: links are located on left-hand side of page.
Ulead Learning Center: Scanning tips Not product specific. Good solid discussion.
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EcoFootage.com Supplies affordable royalty free video stock footage collections on environmental and sustainability-related topics including the natural world, land use, water, energy, transportation, recycling, green building, and much more.
Royalty-Free Stock Video Footage at Fotosearch. "Fotosearch Stock Photography allows users to search from more than 20 million images starting at just $3. They can also find royalty-free clipart pictures, illustrations, stock video clips, poster, prints, and more. Our database contains over 300,000 royalty-free stock video footage clips!"
Producing Streaming Video (and Audio) for the Web An article by Philip Greenspun. A subjective look, based on the author's experiences.
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Magnetic Tape Storage and Handling A Guide for Libraries and Archives. Dr. John W.C. Van Bogart. National Media Laboratory, June 1995. Lots of good information regarding the causes and prevention of tape degradation over time.
Video and Audio Tape Restoration. A commercial site, with lots of very good information about what to do when disaster strikes your tapes, tips on tape preservation, etc.
Video History Project: Preservation An excellent discussion of restoring damaged reel-to-reel tape. (1987)
Videotape Restoration: Where do I start? A checklist and methodology for prioritizing videotape restoration with limited funds. By John Lindner of VidiPax, whose web site contains a great deal of information and excellent links as well.
Vintage Video Restoration of reel to reel tapes. DreamTime Productions, San Francisco CA. Provides a difficult to find service.
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Television and Film History
Early Television Foundation A wonderful collection of television facts and memorabilia.
Television history - the first 75 years. Begins pre-1935. Superb resource for those interested in the history of production and equipment in the industry.
Gates Underwater Products Good site for underwater housings, monitors, etc.
Dive Lights: Understanding Halycon HID lighting A commercial site, with a good explanation of these high intensity lights, their performance and maintenance.
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Understanding the information contained in a Uniform Resource Locator (URL) can be extremely useful in digging out information on the Internet, especially when you've arrived at a poorly designed page that contains no links and no indication of its parent site.
Lets examine http://www.digitaljournalist.org/issue0102/videosmith.htm, to see how this works. "http" -- "hypertext transfer protocol" -- is a way of telling your computer "here comes something in the hypertext format." "www," of course, indicates that this is a World Wide Web document. "digitaljournalist.org," the domain name, is the name of a specific web site, unique from all others. It is also the name of the primary directory in which all the web site documents are stored. "/issue0102/" is the name of a sub-directory in which other documents are stored -- in this case the articles and illustrations from a specific issue -- and it is in this subdirectory that we find a file called "videosmith.htm."
Understanding this structure enables us to work backward to the parent site. If we delete "videosmith.htm" and press the ENTER key we get a listing of all the files in the "/issue0102/" sub directory. Delete "/issue0102/" and press ENTER and you'll come to the parent directory, the Digital Journalist web site.
In another example of how a little tinkering can yield a flood of information, an article about making "Demo Reels" at http://www.artyears.com/av/archives/dvd1.html, indicates that there will be two additional articles in the series, but there are no links to these articles. On a hunch, I changed the number one in "dvd1.html" to "2" and found the second installment, the number "2" to "3" to find the third.
URLs typically have a logical structure that, once penetrated, opens the way to lots of additional information. Try it for yourself. You can't break anything.