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MasterWorks DVD: JumpStart Guide to The Sony HDR-FX7

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The JumpStart Guide to The Sony HDR-FX7 - This 90 minute DVD will help you shoot and produce great looking and sounding video.

Chapter 1: Takes You On a Tour of Your FX7
Looks at the buttons, controls and the features of your camcorder and how to use them to take better video. Goes over the basic functions of the camera and show you how to get the most out of each setting
Chapter 2: Menus, Menus, Menus
For more refined control, your camera offers a variety of menus, to help you find the settings you'll need in any situation. Goes through each, one by one, and show you how features such as white balance effect how your camera works
Chapter 3: Tips, Techniques & Accessories
Explores some tips and techniques that will give you better video recording results. Talks about how to focus your image, and the strategic uses of auto and manual focus. Whether you're shooting indoors or out, here are several things you'll want to consider. Discusses when to use additional lighting and how to use available light to your advantage. Finally, shows you some inexpensive accessories, such as professional and semi-professional lighting, filters, and other tools that will help make your experience one to remember
Chapter 4: Audio Recording
Most people will agree that what you hear in a video is just as important was what you see. Shows you how to take control of your sound recording by using your on board mic, and talks about some accessories you can use that will make a difference in the over all quality of your recorded audio
Chapter 5: Post-Production
Once you've filmed all the action, it's time to cut it into a movie that you can show. Shows you a couple of software packages that will let you move your video footage onto a computer and then cut it into a finished video presentation
Subject Advanced Videography
Author MasterWorks
Edition First
Hard/Soft Cover DVD
Pages 90 min
Dimensions DVD
Illustrations Yes
ISBN Number Not Specified by Publisher
Publisher MasterWorks
Date Published 2007
MasterWorks DVD: JumpStart Guide to The Sony HDR-FX7
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    I would buy this again.

    By RR Jim

    from Augusta, GA

    About Me Retired videographer

    Verified Buyer


    • Easy To Use
    • Highly Compatible
    • Improves Performance
    • Professional Quality


      Best Uses

      • Home Movies
      • Independent Films
      • In The Studio

      Comments about MasterWorks DVD: JumpStart Guide to The Sony HDR-FX7:

      I bought this DVD mainly for the section on Menus. The Sony HDR-FX7 is a great camera and is fairly easy to operate but I needed help with all the menu options and this DVD is doing it for me. The material is easy to understand, concise and illustrates what the speaker is talking about. The 5 chapters cover a camera tour, menus, taking better video, audio for video, and post production. The first DVD I ordered had a glitch on Chapter 2, Menus and froze up on that chapter. [...]

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      Jump start guide for HDR-FX7? No need

      By Old, fat and slow

      from Spokane, WA

      About Me Everyday Reader

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          Comments about MasterWorks DVD: JumpStart Guide to The Sony HDR-FX7:

          The DVD: Jump start guide for the Sony HDR-FX7 is no better then the video that comes with the camera. It ended up being a waste of my money. Period.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


          Pretty good...

          By Damon

          from Auburn Hills

          About Me Casual Reader

          Verified Reviewer


          • Deserves Multiple Readings
          • Informative


          • Moves too fast at points

          Best Uses

          • Gift
          • New owners
          • Reference

          Comments about MasterWorks DVD: JumpStart Guide to The Sony HDR-FX7:

          I recieved this and another dvd for free when I purchased my FX7. It showed alot of the buttons and also "very briefly" what they can do. I think they should have indeed spent more time on the functions of the camera than basic techniques such as different types of mics and the like.. If I remember correctly, they also give tips on shooting, which could have been left out also..

          For the functions of the camera, yes, they indeed do cover it pretty well. I can't honestly think of much that wasn't.. But I also feel they should have taken more time on some of the topics and not flown through them..

          Overall, I like the disc and have watched it a few times over the months, each time noticing something new on the menu portion, but then again, I didn't have to pay extra for the disc.

          I would say if you have to purchase it, it is steep for an intro to the camera, but at the same time, it does go into the functions and menu s so for that I believe it is good....

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          Distracting presentation, lots of info

          By Birder Bert

          from Fallbrook, California, USA

          Comments about MasterWorks DVD: JumpStart Guide to The Sony HDR-FX7:

          There are tons of features to coveron the HDR-FX7, and I'll bet theydidn't miss any on this DVD. Many buttons and menu items get a very speedy mention, but at least you're made aware of what you can do. There is also a lot of bonus generic material about shooting techniques and accessories for all types of camcorders.As the narrator speaks off camera, animated text mirrors his every word. To me, this comes across as an amateurish and unnecessary technique, especially since each sentence disappears before you have a chance to read it (very irritating). Keep your finger on the pause button if you want to read the captions!I find the FX7's free PDF manual to be a better (and searchable) learning tool.

          Expertise: Prosumer

          Problems Encountered: The chapters are lengthy and there is no way to advance within a chapter - i.e. to search for a certain menu item. If you press NEXT on your remote, you jump clear to the next chapter. Finding the info you want is too much of a chore.

          Previous Equivalent Item Owned: Sony FX7, Sony GV-HD700, Sony TRV-900, Sony PC330, Canon 20D

          Items I Recommend: DVD player or computer

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          Jumpstart Guides Rocks!!!!!!!!

          By Jay

          from Canada, BC, Vancouver

          Comments about MasterWorks DVD: JumpStart Guide to The Sony HDR-FX7:

          I picked up the Jumpstart Guide to the FX7 when I bought the camera and I have to say, it was a HUGE help!I had a video shoot the day after I bought the camera and I was able to figure out even some of the features that are difficult to find. It shows every tiny feature of the camera and makes it easy to customize the settings before you go out and shoot. I'd recommend this title for anyone that wants a crash course in videography.

          Expertise: Professional, freelance

          Items I Recommend: Jumpstart Guide to Shooting and Producing Better Videos

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