Television Production Handbook

  • AUTHOR: Herbert Zettl
  • ISBN-13: 9780495898849 
  • Grade(s): 9 | 10 | 11 | 12
  • 592 Pages  Hardcover 
  • 11th Edition  |  Previous Editions: 2009, 2006, 2003
  • ©2012     Published
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About The Product

In Herbert Zettl's field-defining text TELEVISION PRODUCTION HANDBOOK, the author emphasizes how production proceeds in the digital age -- from idea to image -- and how it moves through the three major phases, from preproduction to production to postproduction. In this context, Zettl describes the necessary tools, considers what they can and cannot do, and explains how they are used to ensure maximum efficiency and effectiveness. This edition also features the latest digital equipment and production techniques, including HDV and HDTV.


  • The text is divided into four parts -- Introduction: Process and System; Preproduction; Production; and Post Production -- so students and professors can proceed through the book in sync with the usual television production process. This arrangement better suits the flow of material as it occurs during the term.
  • With the advent of the digital age and more user-friendly equipment, the author's emphasis shifts from describing the tools to explaining what to do with them in each production phase.
  • This edition contains up-to-date coverage of the latest technological developments in the field, such as various new advances in digital media in the television production process.
  • To give students a jump on understanding the various roles of technical and production personnel in their Television Production course, the section on Production Personnel has been moved to Chapter 1.
  • This text is designed for beginning students and those who are more adept at television production. To keep less advanced readers from getting bogged down by the multitude of technical details, each chapter has two sections. Section 1 contains the basic information about a specific topic; Section 2 presents more detailed material. The two sections can be assigned and read together or independently.
  • Repetition is one way to facilitate learning television production vocabulary. Key terms are explained at the beginning of each chapter, then used in context within the chapter, and summarized again in the main points and glossary sections.
  • Several hundred full-color pictures and diagrams help bridge the gap between description and the reality.

About the Contributor

  • Herbert Zettl

    Herbert Zettl is a professor emeritus of the Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts Department at San Francisco State University (SFSU), where he led the Institute of International Media Communication and received the California State Legislature Distinguished Teaching Award and the Broadcast Education Association's Distinguished Education Service Award. Prior to joining the SFSU faculty, Zettl worked at KOVR (Stockton-Sacramento) and as a producer-director at KPIX, the CBS affiliate in San Francisco, where he participated in a variety of CBS and NBC network television productions. Because of his outstanding contributions to the television profession, Zettl was elected to the prestigious Silver Circle of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Northern California Chapter. He is also a member of the Broadcast Legends of the NATAS Northern California Chapter. Lecturing extensively at universities and professional broadcast institutions both in the United States and abroad, Zettl has presented key papers at a variety of national and international communication conventions. He is the author of VIDEO BASICS, TELEVISION PRODUCTION HANDBOOK and SIGHT SOUND MOTION, which are translated into several languages and published internationally. His numerous articles on television production and media aesthetics have appeared in major media journals worldwide, and he also developed an interactive DVD-ROM -- Zettl's VideoLab 4.0 (Cengage Learning). His previous CD-ROM version won several prominent awards, including the Macromedia People's Choice Award, the New Media Invision Gold Medal for Higher Education, and Invision Silver Medals in the categories of Continuing Education and Use of Video.

Table of Contents

1. The Television Production Process.
2. The Producer in Preproduction.
3. The Script.
4. The Director in Preproduction.
5. Analog and Digital Television.
6. The Television Camera.
7. Lenses.
8. Camera Operation and Picture Composition.
9. Audio: Sound Pickup.
10. Audio: Sound Control.
11. Lighting.
12. Techniques of Television Lighting.
14. Switching, or Instantaneous Editing.
15. Design.
16. Television Talent.
17. The Director in Production.
18. Field Production and Big Remotes.
19. Postproduction Editing: How It Works.
20. Editing Functions and Principles.

New to this Edition

  • The director's preproduction activities have been moved from Part III to Part II to make this text reflect an actual production sequence as much as possible.
  • The chapter on linear editing as been kept as some of its principles are also applicable for nonlinear editing, and production students still have to learn how and why various shots cut together well regardless of what nonlinear software they use.

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  • Paperbound Edition (Cengage Advantage)
    ISBN-10: 1111347905 | ISBN-13: 9781111347901
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