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CDs & DVDs: training
Books: nonlinear editing
Books: digital film making
Books: camerawork
Books: digital audio store

Here is a range of carefully selected resources, which we have compiled to be of interest to audio, video and camera professionals.

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CDs & DVDs: training

Final Cut Pro 5 (Hands-on Training Series)
Paperback & DVD: 528 pages
(September 2005)
From the Publisher: Popular guide provides solid training in Apple's newly updated video editing powerhouse! Hands-on, step-by-step, and plenty of visual aids, ensures success for editors of all levels. Companion DVD includes exercise files, sample video footage, training movies, and demo software.

Inside Final Cut Pro 5
(July 2005)


Avid Editing Essentials
DVD: all regions
(April 2004)


Avid Advanced Editing Techniques
DVD: all regions
(April 2004)


Avid Workflow & Media Management
DVD: all regions
(April 2004)


Avid Special Effects & Colour Correction
DVD: all regions
(April 2004)


Books: nonlinear editing

Avid Editing: A Guide for Beginning and Intermediate Users
Paperback: 448 pages
Book and DVD 3rd edition (April 2006)

From the Publisher: Provides step-by-step instructions for hundreds of editing tasks in jargon-free terms. The chapters guide you through an editing project, while the accompanying DVD provides narrative footage to download for immediate, hands-on practice. The book can be read and studied at home, or while sitting in front of an Avid, following the book's step-by-step instructions. More than a software manual, this book delves into general editing techniques, principles, and pitfalls. The author is an experienced teacher who will help you master the Avid as well as improve your overall editing skills.

Final Cut Pro 5 Editing Essentials
Paperback & DVD: 272 pages
(October 2005)
From the Publisher: "Final Cut Pro 5 Editing Essentials" enables readers to master the craft of digital editing on Apple's Final Cut Pro. This full-color editing workshop features eight tutorials that provide firsthand experience with the art and technique of editing. Covering the essentials - capturing material, organising it, editing, adding transitions, basic titling and sound techniques and outputting from the application - the tutorials are explained in jargon-free language by a seasoned teacher and digital editor. "Final Cut Pro 5 Editing Essentials" includes a companion DVD filled with graphic files for the tutorial projects to help users hone their editing craft.

Final Cut Pro 5 for MAC OS X: Visual QuickPro Guide
Paperback: 824 pages
(August 2005)
From the Publisher: Teaches all of Final Cut Pro 5's powerful new features. Practical guide can be used as a quick referance and skill building tool for busy professionals.

Focal Easy Guide to Final Cut Pro 5: For New Users and Professionals
Paperback: 224 pages
(November 2005)
From the Publisher: This short, full-color book lives up to its name by paring down the software to its essentials. It covers only the key features and essential workflow to get you up and running in no time. When time is of the essence, less is more. With this book you can start cutting immediately, whatever you edit, whatever the format. This is an ideal introduction whether you are a professional moving over to Final Cut Pro from another package or system, a new user, or just someone who wants to get the best results from Final Cut Pro, fast!

Final Cut Pro 5 (Apple Pro Training Series)
Paperback: 900 pages
(June 2005)
From the Publisher: Provides strong working knowledge of Final Cut Pro for students, professionals and those seeking to become to become Apple-certified users.

Video Systems in an IT Environment: The Essentials of Professional Networked Media
Hardback: 440 pages
(November 2005)

From the Publisher: The book you have been waiting for if you have tried to read a general interest network book without the sufficient knowledge base, or you have had problems applying general IT in a station, network or post house. Beginning with the basics, Al Kovalick - world-renown industry expert and educator - teaches you all the terms, formats, system design, archiving methods, system management and how to migrate over from traditional A/V systems and equipment. Packed with case studies, illustrations, and appendices of advanced topics, this is the only book the technical media professional needs to fully master media-friendly networks and relevant IT.

Digital Editing With Final Cut Pro 4: Professional Post Production Technique
Paperback & CDROM: 320 pages
(December 2004)

From the Publisher: When Final Cut Pro was introduced in 1998, it was hailed as a revolutionary software that would allow independent filmmakers to produce quality projects on miniscule budgets. With the inclusion of Cinema Tools in version 4.0, Final Cut Pro is now capable of handling media originating on either film or 24-frame video. Designed with an integrated DVD tutorial, this book will show you how to get up and editing quickly. Whether you want to edit the most expensive commercial projects or simply tinker with home video footage, the systematic approach of this book supplies a wide range of insights on how to create professional work.

Cut by Cut: Editing Your Film or Video
Paperback: 450 pages
(December 2004)

From the Publisher: Learn how skilled editors can turn raw footage into polished art for film, television, or web. With practical project guidelines and advice on organizing digital and film cutting rooms, and much more.

File Interchange Handbook for images, audio and metadata
Hardback: 400 pages
(March 2004)

From the Publisher: This a must-have reference for every film and video professional moving to computer based production and distribution. It is the only book that gives a complete scrutiny and breakdown of all file formats for the transfer of images, sound and metadata. Geared to a global audience, this text will get you the information that you need to learn this brand-new technology. Upcoming industry trends are mapped out alongside technology standards in this complete guide. Learn the purpose, functionality, and structure of each standard format with this single major reference on file interchange.

Focal Easy Guide to Premiere Pro: For New Users and Professionals
Paperback: 199 pages
(May 2004)

From the Publisher: This highly illustrated, full color book tells you all you need to know to get up and running quickly using Adobe Premiere Pro to achieve professional results. It covers the essentials, so you can apply the knowledge to your project immediately. All the important areas are covered: set up, the interface, editing, effects, integration with other Adobe products, and finishing. An invaluable first read for users of all levels who want to achieve professional results.

Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Pro 4 for Avid Editors
Paperback & DVD: 400 pages
(April 2004)

From the Publisher: The only Final Cut Pro 4 training designed for Avid editors and certified by Apple! Now that Final Cut Pro has been used to edit a full-length Hollywood feature film, the writing is on the wall - to remain marketable Avid editors need to know Final Cut Pro - this volume gets them there fast! Best-selling author Diana Weynand teaches Final Cut Pro in language Avid editors are sure to understand-using Avid images and terminology to explain Final Cut Pro features. Includes complete coverage of all Final Cut Pro 4's new features- animated titling, professional audio scoring, advanced trimming and timeline tools, and more.

The Avid Handbook : Intermediate Techniques, Strategies, and Survival Information for Avid Editing Systems, 4th Edition
Paperback: 368 pages
4th edition (December 2003)

From the Publisher: The Avid Handbook caters to video editors bordering on intermediate who are ready to unleash the full power of the Avid but don't know where to start. Rather than focusing on arcane keystrokes, the book teaches production procedures, the real key for getting a job done. Time saving, shortcuts, and strategies are emphasized, and the author tackles such real-world problems as set up, keeping a facility running, minimizing crashing, and troubleshooting head on. Bayes has helped thousands to avoid downtime and maximize creative time.

Focal Easy Guide to Final Cut Express
Paperback: 160 pages
1st edition (October 2003)

From the Publisher: This text should get any editor up and running quickly using Apple's new digital video editing application - Final Cut Express. This software is a newly released "light" version of Final Cut Pro. This has made the software more approachable to beginning editors in addition to increasing the market to non-professional consumers. Rick Young shares his professional insight to ensure users get the most out of all the pro-level tools, offered at a very affordable price by Express. All the essential areas of the post-production process are covered: set-up; capture; editing; multi-channel sound mixing; compositing and output to video, web or DVD, enhanced throughout by important workflow tips.

Video Color Correction for Non-Linear Editors: A Step-by-Step Guide
Paperback: 304 pages
Book & CD-ROM edition (December 2002)

From the Publisher: This book shows video editors how to take full advantage of the wide range of colour correction tools available in today's nonlinear editing systems. Clear, step-by-step instructions are included for Avid XPress DV, Avid Symphony, Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, and more. There are now also many plug-in applications for colour correction. These plug-ins, including ColorFix, Composite Suite Color Correct, Vixen Pro, and Color Finesse, are covered in detail. There is ample information on how to work with the various video recording formats a client may present you, and the pros and cons of each. Rounding out the text are numerous hints, tips, common pitfalls, and tutorials for real-world practice. The CD contains images you can practice colour correction on.

Books: digital film making

Working with HDV: Shoot, Edit, and Deliver Your High Definition Video
Paperback: 256 pages
First Edition (November 2006)

From the publisher: Are you ready to make the transition to HDV? Let this book, with its clear, unbiased overview of HDV, be your guide. More than a catalog of HDV products, this book provides you with perspective on the driving forces behind high-definition, technical information about digital video technologies that's easy to follow, and real-world tips for getting the most out of your HDV investment. The book also includes a tear-out focusing chart, HDV resource guide, and detailed glossary for quick reference, making it a timely and valuable resource for video professionals and students.

Practical DV Filmmaking
Paperback: 400 pages
Second Edition (December 2005)

From the Publisher: Written for the beginner, Practical DV Filmmaking guides you thorough the process of making a film with low-cost digital equipment: from development through to production, post-production and distribution. While the technical tools you need are fully explained, the book concentrates on filmmaking principles throughout, illustrating how these tools can be used to achieve stylistic approaches for innovative filmmaking.

HDV: What You NEED to Know
Paperback: 128 pages
1st edition (2005)

From the Publisher: "HDV: What You NEED to Know" contains over 128 pages of HDV tech-talk, illustrations, standards, and information about how High Definition can be used by any video professional. Written by Douglas Spotted Eagle* and Mark Dileo*, this book is packed with information about HDV for the videographer who wants to move from Beta, DV, or analog into the pixel-packed world of HDV. Illustrations depict how HDV is connected, edited, converted, captured, and delivered in a variety of formats including Blu-Ray, Standard Definition (SD) and Windows Media Video-HD. Find simple explanations to complex concepts relating to new pixel aspect ratios, different field order, bandwidth, color space, MPEG-2, MPEG-1 audio, editing, codecs, and lots more.

The EDCF Guide to Digital Cinema Production
Paperback: 192 pages
1st edition (September 2004)

From the Publisher: The EDCF Guide to Digital Cinema Production helps you thread your way through a welter of film- and digital-based workflow steps. While all the change is exciting and full of opportunity, it also brings with it a host of questions about workflow, post-production, budgets and storage. Starting with toolkit basics about cameras and recording techniques all the way to archiving content, the today's leaders in European cinema introduce you to everything you need to know in today's change to digital.

Books: camerawork

Video Shooter: Storytelling with DV, HD, and HDV Cameras
Paperback & DVD: 264 pages
1st edition (January 2006)
From the Publisher: Video Shooter is a guide to both the mechanics of the video camera and the craft of shooting. Written by a veteran in the industry and utilizing an engaging, conversational style, the book takes the reader beyond "button pushing" to teach the complete range of skills required to capture compelling images. Topics include equipment selection, camera setup and operation, shooting techniques, and working with lighting and audio. Although the techniques illustrated in Video Shooter are appropriate for users of a wide range of camera models, the book focuses on the most popular 3-CCD DV and HDV cameras. The book also features a companion DVD with tutorials, footage demonstrating storytelling techniques, and technical matter such as a comparison of various filters.

Single-Camera Video Production (Media Manuals)
Paperback: 232 pages
4th edition (April 2005)

From the Publisher: Single-camera Video Production, Fourth Edition clearly explains the technology and the equipment of video production and details step-by-step the professional-level techniques that can be applied to any type of production or budget. In addition, this manual will train you to integrate technique, equipment, and creative concerns within the production process - from preproduction planning through final editing. This new edition contains more in-depth information about the transition from analog to digital video production and includes the latest information on digital video and HD. It includes expanded coverage of nonlinear editing techniques and features a new organization that follows the actual shooting process more closely.

Studio and Outside Broadcast Camerawork: A Guide to Multi-Camerawork Production (Media Manuals)
Paperback: 272 pages
2nd edition (September 2001)

From the Publisher: This text is a comprehensive, step-by-step guide designed to prepare newcomers to multi-camerawork and the range of techniques encountered as a multi-camera cameraman working for the first time in a studio or on location. Studio and Outside Broadcast Camerawork is a revised edition of Multi-Camera Camerawork, including new material on widescreen shooting and an update on BBC (and worldwide) policy of 'shoot and protect' for dual aspect ratio format production.

Digital Video Camerawork (Media Manuals)
Paperback: 224 pages
(August 2000)

From the Publisher: This manual introduces digital camerawork techniques used in television and video production. Written as a practical guide, the author's step-by-step instructions take you through everything you need to know, from camera controls, to editing, lighting and sound.

Uva's Guide to Cranes, Dollies, and Remote Heads
Paperback: 368 pages
(December 2001)

From the Publisher: This comprehensive guide to all the latest equipment - what it is, how to use it and where to find it. This new book is designed to provide the more experienced professional with a streamlined reference to the equipment without the how-to information beginners require. It lists standards and features of all the different types of equipment covered, and with the recent explosion of new equipment introduced into the film industry this reference is invaluable!

Video and Camcorder Servicing and Technology
Paperback: 320 pages
5th edition (July 2001)

This book provides fully up-to-date coverage of the whole range of current home video equipment, analogue and digital. As well as essential information for repair and troubleshooting, the author provides clear explanations of the technology of video equipment, which will enable the service engineer to gain a thorough knowledge of the equipment with which they are working. As well as traditional VCRs the scope of Video and Camcorder Servicing and Technology includes the full range of video cameras designed for home use and editing systems, and the latest DVD and hard-disk equipment.

Steadicam - Techniques and Aesthetics
Paperback: 200 pages
(February 2001)

From the Publisher: Steadicam - Techniques and Aesthetics covers the origins of camera moevement and how Steadicam has made so many innovations in the way feature films, sports events, and news are now shot. It offers an examination of the structure of the Steadicam, underlining the potential of the tool and its use in different kinds of film.

Books: digital audio

Multi-platinum Pro Tools: Advanced Editing, Pocketing and Autotuning Techniques
Paperback: 320pages
(August 2006)

From the Publisher: Learn how a real professional uses Pro Tools to make multi-platinum records with this jam-packed, fast-paced guide. Including over 300 color illustrations, Multi-Platinum Pro Tools takes you inside the minds of one of the top Pro Tools engineers in the business, giving you the skills you need to succeed. Using the interactive DVD (featuring a real Nashville recording session) you watch, listen, learn and edit alongside Multi-Platinum and Gold record engineer Brady Barnett in a real Pro Tools editing session! Essential reading for current and aspiring recording engineers, students, musicians and all those who have some prior knowledge of Pro Tools but wish to become expert users, Multi-Platinum Pro Tools enables you to really enhance your Pro Tools skills without having to spend thousands on special 'digidesign training.'

Handbook for Sound Engineers
Paperback: 1584 pages
(May 2005)

From the Publisher: The audio industry has seen many changes since the previous edition of the Handbook, particularly in the digital area, all of which are included in this edition. Key topics include: Acoustics * DSPs * DVDs * Modeling and auralization * Sound-system design * Application and installation techniques * Loudspeaker and enclosure building, testing and measuring * Sound recording and playback* Transmission Techniques * Audio circuits, amplifiers, filters, and consoles * Grounding * The most comprehensive reference work on sound engineering on the market * Contributors are the leading experts in their fields * Explains MIDI, cinema sound, transformers, consoles, and more

Recording Tips for Engineers: For Cleaner Brighter Tracks
Paperback: 256 pages
(March 2005)

From the Publisher: Tim Crich reveals a wealth of insider tips and short cuts, based on years of working with leading artists. His entertaining and time-saving advice is condensed into bullet-point format for fast in-session reference, suitable for engineers of all levels of experience. Highlights include microphone choice, setup and placement, full chapters on equalization and compression, as well as sections on recording drums, guitars and vocals. Many more tips have been added to the book since the author's original self-published edition, as well as a new section offering advice on how to prepare and conduct recording sessions of different durations (3 hour, 3 day, 3 week sessions etc.).

Audio Post Production for Television and Film - An introduction to technology and techniques
Paperback: 288 pages
(October 2004)

From the Publisher: Previously titled Audio Post-production in Video and Film, this third edition has been completely revised and restructured to provide a step-by-step guide to the professional techniques used to shape a soundtrack through the production process. Covering sound for both film and television, this edition includes many of the practical techniques and shortcuts used by experienced editors and mixers.

Digital Audio Workstation: Mixing, Recording and Mastering Your MAC or PC
Paperback: 398 pages
(July 2004)

From the Publisher: The Digital Audio Workstation Studio, by renowned digital music expert Colby Lieder, will be the first book to teach the complete DAW process, from outfitting your computer with the necessary hardware and software, recording with the proper microphones, using DAW power to create perfectly modulated mixes, to finally mastering down into a completely professional finished product. With this book, a computer, and a little imagination, any musician can create utterly professional music CDs, DVDs, or streamed audio.

Pro Tools: Recording Guide
Paperback: 325 pages
(June 2004)

From the Publisher: Pro Tools Recording Guide teaches musicians and other audio professionals how to record, engineer, and produce music using Pro Tools 6.1, the latest version of the software. Throughout the book, hands-on labs and tutorials focus on the essential features of the program and guide readers through every step of an audio production. Each step of the project includes practical advice on how to handle different situations that might arise, and easy-to-consume sidebars cover the more technical details. The book begins with setting up the studio, and then guides users through the complete process of recording tracks, mixing to a stereo track, and mastering the final tracks. Along the way, it teaches everything from properly recording tracks to using compression, EQ, and other audio processors with Pro Tools.

Choosing and Using Audio and Music Software : A guide to the major software applications for Mac and PC
Paperback: 592 pages
1st edition (Februay 2004)

From the Publisher: This comprehensive reference features all the major audio software: SONAR XL; Cubase SX; Logic Audio Platinum; Digital Performer; Nuendo; Pro Tools; Peak; Spark XL; SonicWorx; Audition (Cool Edit Pro); WaveLab; Sound Forge. If you need advice on which systems to purchase, which are most suitable for particular projects, and on moving between platforms mid-project, this book should be your one-stop reference. Mike Collins is a trainer and consultant who has been tackling these issues for years and his expert advice will save you time and money.

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