Written in a clear, non-technical manner, Introduction to Video Production focuses on the fundamental principles and aesthetics of video production and the technologies used in both studio and field environments. Ronald J. Compesi and Jaime S. Gomez cover each aspect of the process step by step, from preproduction to lighting, sound, directing, editing, graphics, and distribution. Taking into account the changes in workflow and production planning and distribution brought on by the advent of digital media, this second edition has been updated throughout to account for the increasing popularity of DSLR cameras, online distribution, the rise of portable cameras and mobile video, and much more.

Key features include:

  • a thorough overview of video production in studio and field environments without being overly technical, allowing students to get the "big picture" of production;
  • coverage of new digital production, recording, and editing technologies;
  • over 300 photos and line art illustrating aesthetic elements, technical issues, and production planning;
  • key words identified in boldface throughout the text and reinforced in a comprehensive glossary of terms.

chapter 1|8 pages


chapter 2|10 pages

Video Production Environments

chapter 3|22 pages


chapter 4|31 pages

The Video Camera

chapter 5|24 pages

Audio and Sound Control

chapter 6|13 pages

The Video Switcher

chapter 7|23 pages


The Role of the Producer

chapter 8|15 pages


Part 1

chapter 9|22 pages


Part 2

chapter 10|14 pages

Video Recording and Editing Technologies

chapter 11|17 pages

Video Editing Techniques

chapter 12|12 pages

Graphics and Set Design

chapter 13|11 pages

Video on the Web