Friday, March 8, 2013

Book Review: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Digital Video by Karl Bardosh

ISBN: 1101043407
Published: November 6th, 2007
Publisher: Alpha
Read from February 23rd to March 3rd, 2013
Synopsis from Goodreads:

Join the digital revolution.
With the availability and affordability of digital movie-making equipment, it’s now easier than ever for aspiring filmmakers to create the great movie they’ve always wanted to make. From information on creating mini-films on a PDA to making low-budget, full-length digital movies, The Complete Idiot’s Guide® to Digital Video provides all the information you need to turn your idea into reality.
—A must-read for every film student or novice
—Covers all aspects of production, from casting and directing to light and sound to digital editing
—Includes 8-page, 4-color insert
—Up-to-date recommendations on equipment and software
—Clear, easy-to-follow instructions and guidance, as well as all the practical, artistic, and technical “step-by-step” advice that only an experienced writer/director can offer


This book is absolutely wonderful for anyone interested in film-making.  I bought it because I make Youtube videos, and I wanted to see if any of the information in it would be useful for that.  Although most of the book is definitely more geared towards people who are extremely dedicated to bigger projects, I still learned some really helpful stuff.

There are chapters on just about everything you'd need to know from types of cameras to lighting to editing software.  It made me wish I could afford a better camera and editing software.  (Seriously, I've been wanting better editing software for years.  I think I'm going to try and get that for a birthday present this year.)

I definitely recommend this book to anyone who is interested in film-making, even on a somewhat casual level.  It has a lot of really great information.

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