Portable Video: News and Field Production published by Focal Press presents students with the techniques and technology of single camera electronic news gathering and electronic field production. Written by Dr. Norman Medoff and Dr. Edward J. Fink, this softcover book covers everything from creative and technical recording and editing techniques to budgets and copyright issues. It showcases best practices for shooting news, narrative production, developing the story, writing the script, and describes current methods used for capturing audio and video, working with light, and more. Updates in the 6th edition feature the latest advances in techniques and equipment, with new coverage of digital workflow techniques, digital cameras (including DSLRs), lighting, audio, and mobile devices.
Dr. Medoff is Director of the School of Communication at Northern Arizona University. He has taught and served as an administrator at three different universities, produced numerous television and corporate video projects, and has overseen the productions of many students. The author of many articles in scholarly journals as well as trade and consumer magazines, he has also written textbooks covering subjects such as: Internet and mass media, television production, and electronic media. In addition, he has served as president of the Broadcast Education Association and was recently the recipient of a Fulbright Specialist Grant.
Dr. Fink is Professor and Chair of the Department of Radio-TV-Film at California State University, Fullerton. He teaches courses in production, writing, media history, and children's TV. He has published papers on topics such as digital video in the classroom, the application of drama to video production, music in primetime drama, and comedy writing. He is also the co-author of textbooks on telecommunications and studio television production.