The complaints about computer-based editors, which Rich Lee voices in In Box (November 2000 Videomaker), were my experience as well. My company bought a well known video editing hardware/software package which was designed to work with Windows 95/98. This was installed into a dedicated computer with a 350MHz processor and Windows 98. Everything was installed by the book.
When it worked, the computer-based editor was marvelous. However, it consistently locked up and died every 30 minutes. When phoned, the manufacturer had no suggestions except that they were sure it was our fault. A letter with detailed complaints was never answered.
Our solution was to buy a Casablanca editing appliance. It worked the first day right out of the box and has been completely trouble free ever since. The quality is far beyond our needs. Based on experience, Avio should be equally good.
I figure that the majority of our problem was Windows, but nobody offers a Linux or DOS system. We need another couple machines, and Avio looks like the best bet. We'll never buy another Windows editor. Is anyone out there who wants to sell a video editor that runs on Linux? We'll take two, please.
David P. Armentrout
San Jose, CA
I've been using PCs for video for years, from the built-in FireWire port on an old P3 Compaq 400MHz to a more recent Dell 1GHz, P3 with ATA100 HD controller and DV Raptor. Though the others worked - the latter has been incredibly easy to configure and use. I simply plugged a Canopus DV Raptor into my computer, installed the software and have been blown away by the power and functionality.
A sure cry better than back in the 80s when I was doing analog video on three Amiga computers with Video Toasters. Digital is here! And PCs are excellent tools for digital video.
A New Method for Ministry
I am a Youth Pastor in Ohio and our youth ministry is using video in many ways. We are going to produce a biweekly show for our local cable access channel to promote our youth group and provide entertainment geared toward the youth in our community. We also make silly videos for our weekly youth group meetings and hope to make mini-movies every few months to show to anyone who will come for a "movie night" at our church.
Your articles, insights and tips have been priceless. I am using a Studio DC10plus and a 266MHz desktop system with an 8mm camcorder to accomplish most of our efforts. Granted, it's not Hollywood quality, but it is a sight better than the average video. Please keep up the great work with information and the virtual "training" that makes your magazine so valuable to all our efforts.
On a side note, we will be doing a large scale Christmas production this year and were wondering what would be the best way to have it captured and edited onto tape for families to buy. Then I read the June 2000 issue with tips on how to videotape plays, sporting events and the like! Is that cool or what?
Pastor Trevor L. Snyder
In our recent camcorder Buyer's Guides (December 2000 and January 2001 Videomaker), we listed that the Canon XL1 has analog video inputs. It does not have analog video inputs.
In our review of the JVC GR-DVM90U Mini DV camcorder (December 2000 Videomaker) we reported that the unit does not have an image stabilizer and came with a 4MB MultiMedia Card. The unit does, in fact, have an electronic image stabilizer, and now comes with an 8MB MultiMedia Card. We regret any inconvenience resulting from these errors.