So you really want to learn TV production?
You've come to the right place.


So says Dr. Ron Whittaker, PhD. Creator of this monumental undertaking. And all of us at SVN couldn’t agree more!

This Internet project started as an offshoot of his two textbooks, Television Production and Video Field Production. After getting his Ph.D. Dr Whittaker started teaching TV production at the University of Florida.  During that time he was also writing for several broadcast trade publications. These articles -- nearly 100 of them by last count -- also provided material for the Internet project. Wanting to be closer to the “action”, Ron moved to California where he taught at the university level for over 25 years.

Recognizing that TV Production is a field that changes very quickly, Dr. Whittaker saw a need for regular updates.  Somewhere about 1985, he started putting things on-line for students and for people using his textbooks. Updating is a continuous process which can not be accomplished with standard textbooks. Since the cybertexts have been published there have been hundreds of updates.  Some are due to changes in the field, some are the result of suggestions by readers, some are designed to expand on existing information, and some are simply to correct writing errors.

Currently there are more than 800 illustrations with the 70+ modules and the associated readings. Altogether, there are more than 1000 related articles and forums.  In addition to the text itself, there is a complete Teachers Guide including several types of tests, crossword puzzles, and word squares. Also included are student projects and assignments.

Although the modules emphasize studio and field production for broadcast television, what is presented is applicable to a wide variety of audio- and video-based media.

The materials are designed to take advantage of the capabilities of the worldwide web. The interactive tests, the discussion forum, and the numerous external links all require an Internet connection.

We have seen studies that indicate that web-based training, even in its present primitive stage, can be more effective with TV- and computer-generation youth than what they often get in a classroom. The goal, of course, is to combine the best of both worlds.

Teachers and students may down load ONE personal copy.  Very stringent copyright rules prohibit use of the material in any way other than the methods specified.  Besides, once it is printed the content faces the same challenges as a text book: obsolescence!  Stick to the way it was intended, and you will have tremendous results. And the best part: its all FREE!

Through assigned readings and lab experiences, students are expected to acquire a basic working knowledge of the complete video field production process. This knowledge includes the following areas:

TV Production Overview
TV Production Overview I
TV Production Overview II
Program Proposals and Treatments
Holding Viewer Attention
Production Steps

Scriptwriting Guidelines
Costing Out a Production
How the TV Process Works
World Standards and HDTV - Part I
World Standards and HDTV - Part I I

Camera Operation and Control
Lenses - The Basics
Distance, Perspective, Speed Changes
F-stops, Creative Focus Techniques
Filters, Lens Attachments - I
Filters, Lens Attachments - II
Lenses, Some Final Elements

Video Quality, Color
Principles of TV Color
Maintaining Video Quality I
Maintaining Video Quality - II

Camera Operation and Control
Camera Basics - I
Camera Basics - II
Color Balancing Cameras
Creative Controls, Shutter Speeds
The Camera Viewfinder
Camera Prompters

Composition and Graphics
Composition - Setting the Scene
Elements of Composition - I
Elements of Composition - II
Elements of Composition - III
Graphics, Virtual Reality Sets I
Graphics, Virtual Reality
Sets II

Lighting for Video
Hard and Soft Light
Color Temperature
Light Intensity
Lighting Instruments
The Key Light
Fill, Back, Background Lights
Lighting Ratios
Special Lighting Situations
Altering Appearances with Light
Lighting - Some Final Issues

Television Sound
Microphones I
Microphones II
Wireless Microphones
Off-Camera Microphones
Stereo to 5.1
Digital Audio
Audio Control Devices
Audio Recording, Editing, Playback I
Audio Recording, Editing, Playback II
Wrapping Up Audio

Video Recording
Video Recording Media
Consumer Video Formats
Professional Video Formats
Video Recorder Operations

Video Editing
Continuity Editing
Continuity Techniques
Solving Continuity Problems
Technical Continuity
Editing Guidelines I
Editing Guidelines II
Linear/Nonlinear Editing
Making Use of Time-Code
On-Line/Off-Line Editing 

Producing and Directing
Studio Production
Swtichers, Special Effects
Multiple-Camera Remotes
Single-Film Style Productions
News and Documentaries, Video Links
News and Documentaries I
News and Documentaries II
Satellite, Microwave, OF Links

Legal and Ethical Issues
Legal and Ethical Issues I
Legal and Ethical Issues II

Non-Broadcast TV, Careers, Summary
Non-Broadcast TV
Careers, Getting a Job I
Careers, Getting a Job II
A Final Word

Its truly an amazing work.  See for yourself by visiting CyberCollege.