State of the Industry
According to year-to-date statistics published by the Consumer Electronics Association for the week ending September 12, 3.1% fewer camcorders were sold to dealers compared with last year. The greatest hit was taken by projection TVs, which sold 54.4% fewer units than last year. VCRs also lagged--50.5% fewer recorders were sold to dealers compared with last year.
DVD players, on the other hand, sold 24.3% more units compared to last year. The huge winner in the category was TV/DVD combos, which sold a whopping 255.5% more than compared to last year. TV/VCR combos, however, sold 41.0% fewer units.
The "Total Color TV" category is beginning to slide, though, having lost 14.1% compared to last year. This may be due to the digital TV rollout, which finally appears to be picking up steam.
by Charles Fulton
Total Training for Adobe Premiere Pro
Total Training (2003, www.totaltraining.com, 6 DVDs, approx. 20 hours, $249).Like every other Total Training video that's come through our doors, Total Training for Adobe Premiere Pro is a very well-produced, accessible and friendly training program that focuses on procedures, using the output from a computer running Premiere Pro to guide you through the popular editing software. The six disc set is very thorough.
As a bonus, you get a DVD-ROM disc with project files that allow you to follow along with host Jacob Rosenberg on topics from working with DV source material, still images, titles and simple compositing. Some "real-world"-style projects are also included, which proceed through the project from raw footage to final edit. Rating: 5