The 228-page Handbook covers shooting with the Sony SR11, Sony SR12, and Sony CX12 AVCHD camcorders.

The Handbook provides detailed information on how to shoot to obtain maximum quality. This information overcomes the seeming lack of manual controls on these camcorders. Both novice and pro will find this information of value.

Many are new to editing AVCHD. The Handbook guides you through editing using iMovie 06, iMovie 08, FCE, FCP 5.1.4, Final Cut Pro 6.0.3, Premiere CS3, Media Composer 2.8, EDIUS 4.61, PowerDirector 7 Ultra, Pinnacle Studio 11 and 12, and Vegas 8.0b.

The Sony SR/CX camcorder’s use a 1/3-inch EXMOR CMOS chip that provides an excellent match to Sony’s EX1, EX3, Z7, and S270. The Handbook provide a well illustrated chapter on color balance and color correcting when shooting with the SR/CX camcorders.

The Handbook also provides detailed information on converting 1080i50/i60 to 1080p25/p30 – including 1080i60 to true 1080p24 – as well as converting 1080i50/i60 to 720p24, 720p25, 720p30, 720p50, and 720p60. Coverage of 720p is of special value to those who use 720p when shooting with the EX1 and EX3.

I have two other really good books one on DV and one on HDV; so why did I buy Steve’s book? Because it fills in a lot of blank spaces for me.If you want a book that will increase your knowledge on the subject to a greater or lesser extent no matter who you are, then in my opinion Steve's book is a damn site better than many I've seen.P.S. I like my comfort zone (I think everyone does) but I know that to push myself out of it now and again is always rewarding.


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Chapter 1: Introduction to the Home Menu

Chapter 2: Introduction to the Option Menu

Chapter 3: Setting White Balance

Chapter 4: High-contrast Shooting

Chapter 5: Low-contrast Shooting

Chapter 6: Special Situations

Chapter 7: Editing AVCHD

Chapter 8: 1080i to 24p, 25p, and 30p

APPENDIX A: Sony ClearVid EXMOR CMOS

Appendix B: Analog Audio Connections

APPENDIX C: A Bit about AVCHD

APPENDIX D: Choosing a Flat-panel Display