Existing Groups

Winnipeg Amateur Moviemakers

811 Fleet Ave.

Winnipeg, MB R3M 1K2 Canada


Wally Robertson

2nd Thursday of each month

London (Ontario) Videography Club

19-295 Wilkins St

London, ON N6C 5C1 Canada


Thom Speechley

2nd Wednesday of each month

Annapolis Association of Professional Videographers

565 Pinedale Drive

Annapolis, MD 21401-6816


Mark Goldberg

1st Friday of each month

Seeking Group or Will Organize

Dave Cordova

9690 W Olive Apt 52

Peoria, AZ 85345

Iain Gilmour

6 Alexandra Place

Knaresborough, No. Yorkshire UK HG5 9ER

Rod Garside

PO Box 1088

Tuolumne, CA 95379

Videomaker’s User Group Resources

Free Listings

Let new members know about your group.
For inclusion in our user group listing, submit your request to "User
Groups," c/o Videomaker, P.O. Box 4591, Chico, CA 95927; fax
530-891-8443; e-mail editor@videomaker.com.
For a list of existing user groups and/or video enthusiasts seeking or willing
to organize a group in your area, send an SASE to our mailing address.

Web Home Pages

Expand your user group’s horizons by posting your home page on the Videomaker
Web site. If you don’t have a Web page, we’ll create one for you. For more
information, send e-mail to dtaylor@videomaker.com.

Online Forum

Visit the Videomaker Online Forums at www.videomaker.com/forument.htm
to network with other user group members and organizers.

User Group Startup Kit

‘s user group startup kit contains everything you need to
start and run a successful user group: how to find members, publicize meetings
and conduct screenings; sample newsletter, newspaper ad and meeting agenda;
discounts off Videomaker merchandise and more. For more information,
call 530-891-8410, ext. 242.

Web Watch

DV & FireWire Central


DV & FireWire Central is a Web site completely focused on DV and IEEE
1394, including news, tips, techniques, specifications, and links to other
DV and FireWire sites. Don’t miss the sections on undocumented VX1000 features,
Area 1394 (a special section on FireWire), and other features in this rough,
but informative Web site.

Entry Deadlines

The 42nd San Francisco International Film Festival
is accepting entries
for its Golden Gate Awards until December 4, 1998. The contest is accepting
VHS entries in 12 categories: eight Documentary, Short Narrative, Animation,
Music Video and New Visions-Video categories. There is a sliding, length-based
entry fee for each video ($45 for under 15 minutes, on up to $85 for over
an hour). For more information, call (415) 929-5014, e-mail ggawards@sfiff.org
or visit the contest’s Web site at www.sfiff.org.

The 1999 South by Southwest Film Festival is accepting VHS entries
until November 16 (for regular deadline entries) or December 14, 1998 (for
late deadline entries). The fees are $20 for short videos and $30 for features,
but late deadline entry fees go up by $5 respectively. The contest is awarding
prizes in Narrative Feature and Short, Documentary Feature and Short, Animated
Short, Experimental Short and Music Video competition. To enter call (512)
467-7979, e-mail film@sxsw.com or visit the Web site at www.sxsw.com.

Sony’s NightShot Bonanza

When Sony announced that users of the company’s NightShot-equipped camcorders
reported they could see through some types of clothing, we here at Videomaker
were reminded of the old X-ray specs that used to be sold in the back of
comic books. The mere suggestion that an infrared camcorder could see through
clothes was so intriguing to the mainstream media that almost every news
outlet picked up on the story, and the Sony camcorders were in newspapers,
magazines and on TV.

What’s the real deal with NightShot? NightShot is an infrared light and
IR light sensor that is built into newer Sony camcorders. NightShot is designed
to assist people filming subjects in low-light situations, such as when
shooting wildlife at night. The controversy erupted because some users reported
when the NightShot feature is used with an infrared filter in full-daylight,
the camera "sees" through some types of sheer clothing.

According to Videomaker‘s Technical Editor Jim Martin, what they
are actually seeing is a fully lighted, infrared recording of the heat signature
generated by the subject. Some imaginative folk noticed that some parts
of the body appear, well, noticeably hotter than other parts when recorded
under these conditions. Sony has disabled daylight use of the NightShot
feature on its new camcorders, but owners of pre-controversy models can
still lay claim to a camera that would make any curious 12-year-old boy

The Videomaker Editors are dedicated to bringing you the information you need to produce and share better video.