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Old August 4th, 2010, 03:22 PM   #1
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I'm pretty new to the world of video and I am looking for some books to help get me up and running... I've built a machine for running CS5 and I have a sony HXR-NX5U camera. I've been a pro in the audio world doing high-end recording, post, editing, mixing, etc... and I'm an amateur photographer so I'm not a complete beginner.

Specifically, I'd love some good books on CS5 so I could get my production technique down from editing (including resync of my recorded audio), color correction, through delivery. Ideally, I could use a refresher on formats and the advantages and disadvantages of each...

You know, the basic stuff... I've got a bunch of footage from shows that I've mixed that I'm going to practice with.

Any tips on good books would be appreciated.

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Old August 4th, 2010, 06:06 PM   #2
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http://www.amazon.com/Adobe-Premiere-Pro-Classroom-Book/dp/0321704517/ref=sr_1_21?s=STORE&ie=UTF8&qid=1280963169&sr=1-21
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Old August 4th, 2010, 06:26 PM   #3
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Thanks... I had my eye on that, but it has not been released yet.... Anything that's out?

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Old August 4th, 2010, 08:32 PM   #4
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Hi Ben,

Must you use only books or are you open to learning from video tutorials?

For books, I know of some by "Chris Meyer" who is also a teacher for Lynda.com. Another book I know of but have read is Compositing by Ron Brinkman http://www.amazon.com/Art-Science-Digital-Compositing-Second/dp/0123706386/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1280970380&sr=8-1
For video tutorials, I have used and highly recommend:
1) Lynda.com - great for all Adobe software and only $25/month. I used this site to learn the basics on Premiere, AE, Illustrator, Soundbooth and Photoshop.
2) FXPHD.com - great for learning subjects from production (ie lighting, DSLR usage...) to intermediate & advanced editing and compositing. They have a Premeire Pro CS5 intermediate course (taught by Tim Kolb, a frequent member here) this semester along with several great AE courses. I am taking the Premiere course plus a FCP/Red Giant course and a DOP/Lighting course this semester.
3) Videocopilot.net - really only an AE site but great nonetheless. If you like the show 'Fringe', this site's owner, Andrew Kramer, created the opening for the show.

There is also AdobeTV but I haven't used that in a long time.

I didn't go into much detail on the above 3 sites; so, if you have any questions, feel free to ask.

One last note: there are many great articles on provideocoalition.com and digitalcontentproducer.com on all aspects of production, post and hardware.

And use the search function here as this site is one of the best learning resources around.
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Old August 6th, 2010, 06:04 PM   #5
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Thanks for the web references, I'll have to check them out. I appreciate the help.

I have been going all over this site and been very impressed with the general level of signal to noise. Unlike many of the audio forums I frequent, this place seems to be much more about sharing of info- not convincing everybody that you're a deity.

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