Westwood Video/Film Club
124 Molimo Drive
San Francisco, CA 94127
Contact: Bill Navin
Meetings: 3rd Friday, 7:30 p.m., Forest Hill Christian Church, 250 Lagunda Honda Blvd.
110 Gene Autry Way
Anaheim, CA 92805
Contact: Bill Myatt
Meetings: 3rd Wednesday, various locations
San Jose Movie & Video Makers
302 Jackson St.
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
Contact: Charlie Steffes
Meetings: 1st Friday, 7:30 p.m., Kirk Center, 1601 Foxworthy Ave., San Jose
Seeking Group or Will Organize
John A. Martin
5540 2nd St.
Lubbock, TX 79416
13121 Chirping Sparrow
Tustin, CA 92780-3971
Errol F. Fielder
PO Box 470366
Los Angeles, CA 90047
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Zulu Broadcasting will air your live or pre-recorded video events on the Web. Visitors can see live events about people, places, cultures, seminars, festivals, conventions and local interest stories. Video artists are invited to contribute to the site by submitting a short, edited piece to the ZuluTV Great Destinations collection.
The Chris Awards honors corporate, independent, television, educational, documentary, industrial, entertainment-fictional and non-fictional video production. Entrants compete in more than 90 categories within 12 subject-area divisions, including divisions for students and screenwriters. Winners are honored with prizes at the Festival Screenings in October. For entry information, contact the Columbus International Film & Video Festival, 5701 N. High St., Suite 200, Worthington OH 43085, 614-841-1666 or visit http://www.infinet.com/~chrisawd. The entry deadline is July 1, 1998.
The Canadian International Film/Video Festival is open to all non-professional video productions less than 30 minutes long. Entrants must qualify as amateur (no financial or commercial objective), independent (videos made with the help of professionals or that may have commercial use in the future) or pre-professional student. Entry forms and tapes must be received by June 15. For forms and guidelines, contact Ben Andrews FSCCA, Festival Director, 25 Eugenia Street, Barrie, ON L4M 1P6 Canada; telephone 705-737-2729; e-mail email@example.com or visit http://www.crcn.net/~timber/Canadian.html
April saw the 75th anniversary of the National Association of Broadcasters, an organization that began at an AM radio station's Chicago studio. 600 people attended the first NAB convention at New York' Commodore Hotel; 100,000 filled the 75th version in Las Vegas.
Tagged "The Convergence Marketplace," this year's show was more prolific for consumer videographers. Most of the familiar companies were there, as were some new players.
One you'll be hearing a lot about is Applied Magic (http://www.applied-magic.com). The company was founded in 1994 and has been manufacturing professional audio (On Stage) and video (On Scene) nonlinear editing boards for the Windows NT platform. At NAB, Applied Magic announced a tidy standalone nonlinear editor for under $2000. The standalone system, named Screen Play, offers real-time dissolves, fades, wipes, picture-in-picture, graphics overlay, fly-in effects, titling and audio editing.
Screen Play comes with a keyboard and mouse, a PCMCIA slot for importing digital still photos, a parallel port for printing still images, S-video and composite video input/output, microphone and headphone jacks with volume control, DVD-ROM or CD-ROM expansion bay, 4.3GB hard drive and a 3.5" expandable hard drive bay for additional storage. All the user needs to add is a TV or video monitor. FireWire input will be available as an option in the next upgrade. Applied Magic expects to ship Screen Play by late summer. A working prototype was not available at NAB.
DraCo Systems announced PC Link, a software and cable combination that allows for import and export between a Windows-equipped PC and the Casablanca. It supports TIFF, JPEG and standard AVI file types and works with still images and sequences such as animations and morphs. DraCo did not disclose price or availability of PC Link at NAB.
DraCo also announced Casablanca Broadcast; a rack-mountable upgrade of the standard model with a 3:1 compression ratio, 18GB hard drive, YUV component and balanced and unbalanced XLR audio in/out, and rack-mountable. It will be available in mid-1998 for $9,995.
Adobe unveiled Premiere 5.0, which is expected to be available in early summer for $895. Users of earlier versions may upgrade for $199. The revised user interface includes consolidated dialog boxes, new Monitor, Title and Timeline windows, and a redesigned Project window. Keyframable filters, 32 levels of undo, MMX support, improved audio tools and long-format editing are some of the new features.
One of the first capture cards to bundle the new version of Premiere is Radius' MotoDV Studio for Windows. The combination will give DV camcorder users a nonlinear editor for their Windows 95 systems. Radius expects to begin shipping the product in June at a list price of $899.
NewTek announced lower prices on Video Toaster, Toaster Flyer and LightWave. The company introduced Aura, a paint, layering and animation tool for Windows 95/NT computers.
Play is finally shipping Trinity and the company announced a merger with Pasadena-based Electric Image, a manufacturer of high-end 3D animation software.
Annual Community Media Conference Slated for July
"Community Media: From Vision To Action," will be the theme unifying nearly 1,000 community media professionals, producers, non-profit executives, cable industry regulators and municipal officials who will descend on Portland, Oregon to attend the 21st annual Alliance for Community Media National Conference in July.
Founded in 1976, the Alliance for Community Media represents the interest of an estimated 1.5 million community, religious and charitable groups and individuals who use public, educational and government (PEG) access channels and facilities to speak to their communities.
The four day conference will include pre-conference seminars, workshops, networking opportunities, a hands-on Internet lab, and the awards ceremony for the Hometown Video Festival.
Complete information on the conference is available by calling Kelly Matthews, Director of Membership Services at (202) 393-2650 or by visiting the Alliance Web site at http://www.allianceCM.org.
Webcams may be a new video distribution phenomenon or a tool for cyberexhibitionists. Although a webcam is far from being a full-featured camcorder, lacking a viewfinder, tape transport and controls such as white balance and iris, it does capture full-motion video.
Webcam users connect a PC video camera (such as Connectix QuickCam) to their computer's keyboard port, aim it at something they want viewers to see, and post still images, usually without audio (at rates that vary from 5 seconds to 10 minutes or more) on a web page.
Some users train webcams on live volcanoes, endangered coral reefs or historical sites; others set them up to focus on themselves or their pets as they perform everyday tasks--or not. Many visits to webcam sites reveal scenes of empty rooms with an "image will reload in 5 minutes" message.