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From Home Movies to Pro

In your January Viewfinder column, Matthew York asked, “Should Videomaker serve those who want to make home movies or the professional videographer?” As a brand-new subscriber, I can tell you what motivated me to subscribe to Videomaker Magazine.

I am a “home movie” guy who is trying to make the transition to professional videographer. For 30 years I have worked in a non-video industry. I am in medical product sales; however, as my children have grown up, I have taken many home movies over the years: births, baptisms, graduations, etc. Several years ago I decided to move my old VHS tapes to DVD. Since I love computers and technology, I decided to do it myself. I bought Pinnacle Movie Maker and entered the world of video editing. I was hooked. Since then, I have bought Adobe Premier Elements, Sony Movie Studio, etc. I have experimented and learned, and have encountered all the basic problems of making movies and editing on lower-level equipment.

Now that I am 54 years old and looking to retirement, I decided to step things up, get more professional and perhaps start a little business doing wedding videos, events, etc., or if not, just have fun with better equipment. I have a good knowledge of basic consumer video stuff but very little knowledge in the professional world. As I researched, I stumbled onto your website, loved it, found it very helpful and then decided to subscribe to the magazine. (Sometimes I just like to sit in a warm cozy chair with a cup of coffee and flip through the magazine rather than watch a computer screen.) I like the magazine very much, find it a good mix of amateur and professional information and it has helped me plan for the future. I imagine there are many people like me who are just trying to transition to the next stage. Thanks. (Great magazine. I’ll be a subscriber for many years to come.)

Steve Bonaccorsi

Philadelphia, PA


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Thanks for reading, Steve. We’ve been thinking on the same lines as you and have created a new column for 2010 called Projects that Pay. This column will run every other issue, beginning with the February 2010 issue that featured wedding business and the April 2010 issue featuring commercial advertising. The column will be written by the experts in the field in each subject we focus upon. Making money making video isn’t a new concept, but with all the affordable gear available right now, many people are looking to get their feet wet. But, as we always preach, you really need to have the right skills to hone your craft, and we hope that’s where Videomaker comes in. Keep up the good work!

– The Editors

Betamax vs. Betacam

I was just looking over the Format Terminology article. I have to comment about the section on Betamax.It states, “Eventually, this format was turned to pro use only…” This is a little off base; the pro format was called Betacam. It’s an analog component format, and the next generation, Betacam SP, had 340 lines of resolution. The only thing Betacam and Betamax had in common was the actual cassette tape. The higher-performance BetacamSP used metal tape and is not backwards-compatible for recording.

CW2 George F. Young

VI Manager/MA Webmaster

Massachusetts National Guard

Thanks for catching that goof, George. We know better!

-The Editors

Helping the Videomaker Community

I’m a computer technician and I would like to help Lew Louraine, the reader that is having a hard time with Gateway’s support “Outsourcing Tech-Support Woes”. I suggest he forget about support from his computer company. I had that problem too, with the vendors that sell computer parts to the computer technicians here in Puerto Rico. How much memory does his machine support? I always use a site which is They ask you to authorize them to scan your computer and then they will tell you how much memory your machine has and how much you can add. They even tell you the type of memory your computer has, if it is DDR2, for example, and the model number, like DDR 667 or 800. They show you everything. And the service is free!!! They sell memory, but if you decide not to buy from them, you can get memory elsewhere.

Roberto Lopez

Puerto Rico

Thank you, Roberto. We’ve heard of Crucial and have purchased products from them, too. We’ll pass this info on to Lew. Thanks for being such a great Videomaker Community Member!

– The Editors

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