Zoom In, Zoom Out
For easy all-in-one video editing, Sony’s new SV-AL100 Video Editing System
combines an edit controller, titler and audio mixer. Listing for $700, the unit
reads RC time code and includes shuttle control. Also new: the CCD-FX330 8mm
camcorder features an oversized color viewfinder and a list price of
just $800. The unit also has ample editing features, including Control-L
capability and advanced synchro edit with the Sony EV-S7000 VCR.
JVC has plans to corner the low end camcorder market with the new “Easy
One” camcorder, GR-EZ1. This two-hand unit with 3x zoom will have a low list
price of $700.
The Electronic Industries Association completed a survey showing that
there are 144 million blank video tapes in U.S. households today. U.S.
consumers will buy over 390 million blank video tapes this year alone.
To reinforce compatibility with the common household VCR, Matsushita and
JVC in Japan have adopted a new logo for VHS-C camcorders. The logo
shows a camcorder shaking hands with a VCR; the accompanying legend notes that
only camcorders with “VHS” mark are compatible with home VCRs.
Planning a European spring launch, Hitachi will release a Hi8 camcorder
that will need no wires to play over a TV set. The unit will have infrared transmitter for audio and video signals built into the camcorder.
Hitachi will include an IR receiver attachment for the TV set as part of the system. Sales success in Europe will determine whether the company
will market the unit worldwide.
Sanyo announces the introduction of a VCR with combination wireless
remote control and speaker. The remote has a built-in 2-inch speaker,
and receives the FM audio signalstransmitted by the VCR. Sanyo
designed this system for those who want watch a video without turning up the
sound. The remote unit also has a headphone jack so the user can listen with
headphones. List price: $835.
Computer manufacturer Sun Microsystems announces it will start producing
video servers for corporate computer networks. Each server will cost about
The promise of a consumer digital VCR (DVC) won’t be fulfilled this year. New
predictions from manufacturers place the introduction date in
early 1996. DVC will be loaded with 1/4″metal tape in two cassette formats.
The smaller cassette (for use in camcorders) will be about the size of a DAT
cassette and will record one hour of video. The larger cassette, for VCRs, will
be slightly bigger than an audio cassette and will hold over four hours.
Panasonic plans to show a prototype broadcast digital camcorder and VCR
that will be compatible with DVC standards at spring NAB.
Sharp Breaks Video Transmission Barrier
Sharp Electronics, known for its innovations in camcorder-LCD monitor
technology, announces its newest Viewcam and Viewcam Modem. Together,these
units can send and receive still video images over ordinary phone lines.
The new Hi8 Viewcam, model VL-H410U, adds several new features to the
still-current VL-H400U unit, including the Viewcam teleport docking base;
an improved color LCD view screen boasting a low 1% reflectivity; 16X digital
zoom; and a 30% reduction in size, making it smalle rand lighter than previous
The Viewcam teleport, model VR-MS1U, allows users to send video still images to
another Viewcam teleport unit across a phoneline. The base unit has video and
audio input/output jacks so users can use other video sources besides the
Viewcam to transmit images. A still image takes between 8 and 20 seconds to
transmit, depending on the image quality. The unit also has a built-in IC
memory that stores up to 10 images for later transmission. Like Sony’s Handycam
station, the base unit instantly connects the camcorder to the TV or VCRand
charges the camcorder’s battery when idle.
The VL-H410U Viewcam lists for $2500, the VR-MS1U Viewcam teleport lists for
So Long, Commercials. We’ll Miss You…
Thanks to a new invention for the VCR, people can record their favorite
programs commercial-free. Not only can you avoid commercials by zapping
them with the FF button; you can now skip the ads altogether. The
Remote VCR Tape Control, developed by Carolyn Gardner of Guthrie, Oklahoma,
cuts out commercials to leave you absolutely uninterrupted programming. This
device also enables more recorded shows to fit on one tape. Starting in
October, International Product Design has offered licensing of this
technology to video and electronic manufacturers interested in new product
development–probably targeting companies who are not worried about
theirads getting zapped. Gardener hopes to have the Remote VCR
Tape Control in full production very soon.
Panasonic Can ViewCam
Panasonic joined its fellow electronics companies by offering camcorders with
built-in color LCD screens. It introduced the NV-LC1 in Japan last fall for
The difference with its competitors: this ViewCam-type camcorder is the
first to use an S-VHS-C format, rather than 8mm and Hi8 like the Sharp, Fuji
and Sony models.
The NV-LC1’s LCD is a four inch screen with 122,000 pixels, and it
boasts 50 percent additional image brightness, due to improved backlighting.
Along with the color LCD screen,the LC1 sports are tractable 1/2-inch black
and white LCD viewfinder. Users can operate a digital image stabilizer
with the camcorder without picture loss, due to a 580,000-pixel CCD image
Crystal Clear Memory
Computer information is moving into the third dimension with the help of
scientists at Stanford University.
The Stanford team, lead by Lambertus Hesselink, has developed the first
Holography is a process that uses lasers to store information in crystals. The
crystals can store information in three dimensions, as opposed to conventional
disks or tape that uses only two dimensions. Data in the crystals can be 100 to
1000 times more dense. A one cubic centimeter crystal can store the information
of eight Encyclopedia Britannicas.
Holographic technology also allows computers to retrieve information 10 to 50
times faster.This speed is important when someone needs to transfer a lot of
data in a short period of time–video, for example.
The huge growth in computer data, mainly video and still pictures,inspired
the studies of holographic storage.
Most researchers working with this new technology predict that computers will
not start using holographic storage systems until the turn of the century.
Capturing Dirty Images
Residents of Kenner, Louisiana are taking out their camcorders between 4 and 7
a.m. in an attempt to save their community.
John Schwegmann wants to build a supermarket on some land he owns in this
quiet town.The residents of the neighborhood do not want the extra
noise and traffic that the super market would bring. They believe their four chainsupermarkets,alongwiththemanysmalleroutlets,providealltheservicenecessary,sotheyconvincedthecitynotto
grant a building permit for the project.
According to some local residents, Schwegmann has not given up o nhis
supermarket. Residents have seen and heard work crews dumping mud at his
proposed supermarket site between 4 and 7 a.m.
The residents are keeping their camcorders ready in the early morning hours,
trying to get video proof that Schwegmann isworking without a permit. If the
residents can catch the workers in the act on video, the city will issue a
Team of College Videomakers Roll’Em For Younger Peers
A team of twenty-two college student producers from across the United States
are writing scripts and videotaping messages to their younger peers. After
shooting, they’ll submit the videos to Visual Aid, a contest whose staff will
write up a script and edit together the best entries into one video.
The product:an ESPN2-style videotape–for highschool students from their
older peers–that presents advice on the transition from high school to
“If I only knew then what I know now “is the theme each student must feature
in their videos.
The college students will use university equipment to produce their
videos and titles, but the ideas will be their own.They can present the
message in just about any form, ranging from skits to documentaries to serious
stories or comedies.
“We work it backwards. They shoot the video, then we write the script,”says
Robert Brennan, the Executive Director of VisualAid.This seems to be the
best system to deliver the message from the large group of
Visual Aid will distribute the completed video to schools for free, and to
Blockbuster Video stores, by Fall 1995.
Stock Footage Exchange
Would a shot of the Statue of Liberty enliven your production? How about the
Golden Gate Bridge? If you’re looking for such footage, or if you have some to
offer, tryVideomaker‘s new stock footage exchange.
Here’s how it works. We match up videomakers looking for stock footage
with videomakers who have it. Then you’re on your own. You can trade, barter or
If you have footage, send us your list of specialties and the numbers of
the regions your footage covers (numbers1-8;seemap). We’ll forward your
name to those who need your footage.
If you’re looking for footage, tell us the numbers of the regions you
need. Send us your wishlist and a stamped self-addressed envelope.
Forward information and inquiries to”Stock Exchange,”c/oVideomaker,
P.O.Box 4591,Chico,CA95927. No phone calls please.>
The South Beach Film Festival, which aims to promote low-budget productions,
welcomes entries of any length in VHS and S-VHS formats. Get your
innovative and unusual videos in by February 15. The categories include
fiction, nonfiction, animation and experimental works. Entry fee: $30.
For an entry form write to: The South Beach Film Festival at 20161 NE 16th
Place, North Miami Beach,FL 33179, or call Rob Millsat(305)448-9133.
Short videos pay off at the National Short Film and Video Competition. All
video formats under an hour are welcome until March1. The entry fee is $40.
Cash prizes go to winners in the various categories which include drama,
animation, nonfiction and experimental.
For more information, write to:USA Film Festival, 2917 Swiss Avenue, Dallas,
Texas 75204, or call(214)821-6300.
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