Today's most resourceful and innovative filmmakers are creating everything from TV commercials to full-length features using FireWire computers and peripherals. You can too! FireWire technology, a rapid-transport video protocol for both Macintosh and Windows computers, has dramatically changed the desktop moviemaking process for amateurs and professionals alike. Because making professional-quality movies on your desktop involves much more than a digital handycam and an editing program, the easiest way to seamlessly integrate add-ons like reference monitors and audio devices is with FireWire technology (also known as iLink). In FireWire Filmmaking, author Scott Smith rounds up the latest FireWire-enabled products and discusses the hurdles filmmakers must clear in setting up hardware, managing and transporting their footage, and finishing and distributing their movies. Also included are profiles of cutting-edge digital filmmakers who are using FireWire technology to change the way movies are made. Their films are included on the accompanying DVD. For the computer-savvy filmmaker working at home or in a small studio, FireWire Filmmaking shows you how to make movies from your desktop that have a convincing "big-budget" look. Here's what you'll learn: How to choose and integrate the best FireWire products into your filmmaking process; Create a "film" look with digital video; Effectively shoot "green-screen" effects using digital video; Perform batch captures and log footage; Set up a fully functional FireWire network for workgroups. DVD Movies Included! This book includes a DVD showcase of today's pioneering digital filmmakers and the projects they have created using FireWire tools and techniques. You can view them using your computer's DVD drive or an ordinary set-top DVD player and your TV set. Other items on the DVD include behind-the-scenes video clips, trial versions of six new FireWire applications, Web links to FireWire manufacturers, and more!