Digital Video Saves Family History

The Digital Gods Must Be Appeased

Scott Anderson’s poor friend Bonko, in Bit by Bit, Digital Takes Over (see the September 1999 issue of Videomaker) starts and ends as a straw man, ready to be set on fire. But Anderson’s paean of praise to digital video reaches its moment of truth when his fictional old professor, Dr. Mylar, admits that the demands of video editing are really too much for most computers, when he said, "Turn off all other programs–even virus checkers… defragment your disk drive… Then you should get good results."

Those of us with some computer experience recognize that the critical word is "should." A realistic translation would be: You WILL have trouble, a lot of it. Your best bet is a new computer with enough RAM to hold all the libraries in the free world, plus Mesopotamia. Then you should have very little trouble. Here, again, the critical word is "should."

It’s a good try, Scott, all your words will doubtless prove true in time — but how much time is the question. Meanwhile, we all realize there is great pressure from advertisers to push digital; their profits depend on it–and so do yours. So push, push, push!

Best defragmented wishes,


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Mini DV Saves Family History

I am 82 years of age and my recent memory is not the best. I have been the family videographer since 1985. I’ve tried for years to interest a younger member of the family to take over for me as family-history videographer. I even threw in a video camera in the offer, but there were no takers.

I bought a Sony DV Camcorder to transfer all my VHS-C, 8mm and Hi8 tapes to Mini DV. The DV lessened future generation loss and will hopefully make it easier for my unidentified successor to carry on. My most important analog footage can now be archived and preserved.

The Videomaker subscription keeps me up to date with the latest developments in camcorders, VCRs, monitors, analog and digital post-production equipment plus video accessories. Videomaker also has in-depth articles on creative shooting, editing and special effects – all written with an emphasis on how to do it better. Videomaker increases my knowledge and enjoyment. It helps me to get the best results from my videomaking equipment. I thank you for your great magazine.

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Bardwell Valley, Australia

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I have a normal VHS-C camcorder and I usually edit with two consumer VCRs. After reading several articles in your magazine like Linear vs. Nonlinear, The Road Test, and your video capture board buyers guide (see the May 1999 issue of Videomaker), I started thinking about buying a video capture card to put on my PC. I carefully read your articles and after evaluating price and performance, I decided to buy the Miro DC30plus from Pinnacle systems. Your way of writing the articles allows me to learn a lot about one of my passions, making video.

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Montevideo, Uruguay

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