User Groups Existing Groups
North County Videomakers
1438 Archwood Place
Escondido, CA 92026-2749
Contact: Tom Turney
Meetings: Third Wednesday monthly, Arts & Crafts room, San Marcos Community Services building
Dallas/Ft. Worth Professional Videographers Association
8470 Cripple Creek Dr.
Frisco, TX 75034
Contact: Kim Kennedy
Meetings: Bi-monthly, various locations in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area
Creative Television of Rhode Island
P.O. Box 1265
Newport, RI 02840
Contact: Dennis K. Evans
Meetings: Time and location vary
Seeking Group or Will Organize
2898 Kingsley Rd.
Cleveland, OH 44122
4912 Grace Rd.
No. Olmsted, OH 44070
859 E. Jeffery St., Apt. 715
Boca Raton, FL 33487
User Groups:let us know you're out there. For inclusion in our listing, submit your request to "User Groups," c/o Videomaker, P.O. Box 4591, Chico, CA 95927. Seeking a User Group? For a list of existing user groups and/or video enthusiasts seeking or willing to organize a group in your area, send an SASE to the same address.
A Simplified Guide to the NTSC Video Signal
U.S. Super 8mm Film/Video Festival
Anti Film Festival
Creating a forum for short films and videos that most mainstream festivals ignore, the Alliance Film Video Cooperative is again calling for entries. The Festival seeks out work that is subversive, low-budget, just plain weird and under 30 minutes. The Anti Film Festival takes place in February in Miami Beach, Florida. Only 16mm and Super-8 film and S-VHS and VHS video will be accepted. For entry forms and more information, contact AFVC, 924 Lincoln Rd., Suite 208, Miami Beach, FL 33139. 305-538-8242. Entry deadline is January 15.
JVC Introduces Next Generation DV Camcorder
The optional GV-DS2 docking station allows the user to control the camcorder with JVCs JLIP protocol but FireWire in/out is not available. Composite audio/video and S-video jacks are included.
Whats new on this model is a 180,000-pixel polycrystalline-silicon TFT LCD monitor and a second, smaller color viewfinder. JVC has also added an auto-flash feature which improves digital stills. The option menu is accessed with a unique Function Navigator Dial. Simply turn the dial until the option you want appears in the viewfinder or monitor and push the dial to activate the option. The GR-DVXs Power Pack holds two battery packs for up to 90 minutes of recording.
JVC will continue to market both the original GR-DVM1 ($2599) and the GR-DV1 ($2399) digital camcorders, although the company will begin phasing out the GR-DVM1 around the middle of 1998.
When Cars Attack
"The whole reality-video genre, like Cops and When Animals Attack has really run its course. Were making fun of it," says Producer Stephen Chao.
"Were looking for any video, any format, that shows funny, strange or bizarre car behavior, especially runaway cars without drivers," says Stagnaro. The company will pay a license fee to the originator for any video that ends up in the final edit. When Cars Attack will air on ABC during the February sweeps. Call 310-998-0099 or send e-mail to email@example.com for more information.
How to Win an Emmy by Using Consumer Video Equipment
Diver/cameraman David Mims of Video Atlantic Teleproductions rode shotgun as reporter Andy Fox steered a compact station wagon (stripped of its gas tank) off a boat ramp and into 25 feet of water. Fox wanted to show his audience the best way to escape from a submerged car by riding it to the bottom while a cameraman captured the effort on videotape.
While the BetaCams rolled (and police and fire personnel waited) on the shore of Owls Creek, Mims sat with his back to the dashboard on the passenger side. His Sony TR-500 camcorder, equipped with a wide-angle lens and external mike, was enclosed in an Amphibico DiveBuddy housing. Because of the shallow depth and sunlight, he didnt need any lights, which would have been useless anyway on the muddy bottom.
Since he was sitting on the floor, Mims head went underwater first, but he held the camera high to continue to record Foxs dialogue. When the car settled on the bottom, visibility went to zero and Mims had to feel his way out of the car that was now pointing nose-down into the muck of the creek bottom. Both reporter and cameraman made it safely to the surface and Fox credits his Emmy award in no small part to Mims effort.
Consumer Electronics Manufacturers and Retailers Meet to Combat "Random" Product Returns
Panelists and attendees reached a series of conclusions. First was the need for manufacturers and retailers to become allies in solving the problem and that together they can teach consumers that its not "socially acceptable to randomly return a product." Retailers need to develop better training programs for floor personnel and develop an "intercept" strategy to question the consumer about a product before he wants to return it without explanation. Finally, manufacturers need to develop packaging that describes product features and benefits clearly and concisely.