The Art of Video Production emphasizes the enduring principles and essential skills of the communication process and the new digital technologies that are necessary to create effective video content. Author Leonard C. Shyles uses a unique approach by explaining how things are done and why things are done rather than just that they are done—it is not about concepts versus skills, but about concepts and skills.

Understanding Sound and Microphones
Understanding sound and microphones

Sound has always been part of the video medium. Since the 1980s, however, audio in television has improved significantly. This is because television receivers are now offered with high-quality audio technology. Many newer sets feature multiple speakers with full-range audio, stereo, and surround sound options. This is a great advance over the tiny single speaker that was once the norm.

But the importance of sound in television does not depend only on the nature of the equipment. It is also due to differences in the way we perceive sound and pictures. Think about what attracts your attention to a program when your attention is elsewhere. If you are turned away at the start of a program, it is the ...

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