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Happy With DV

I started shooting video with a Sony Hi8 a few years back. But it was hard for me to create anything with pride. I concluded that home video was trapped in the constraints of Americas Funniest Home Videos. At the same time, I was unable to edit my clips into anything worthwhile.

My videos still have room for improvement, but the progress for me is extraordinary. Im now have a Sony TRV900 with 3CCDs and a Sony VAIO E518DS Digital Studio PC. This combination is incredible! The camcorder can do anything. As you predict in the "Viewfinder" of the current (December 1999) issue of Videomaker, shooting and editing video will quickly replace other means of publishing. The programs packaged with the VAIO provide all thats necessary to produce a very credible video on CD-ROM. The images are highly resolved, the color is gorgeous and the digital stereo sound will blow you away.

Trying to build a high-powered PC for nonlinear editing can be an exercise in futility, as everyone knows. The better route is to buy a computer created especially for digital video editing. Then theres no worry about interrupts, ports or any of that mysterious technical stuff. Pair that computer up with a digital camcorder and the results will make you feel like Cecil B. Demille (or Stephen Spielberg for the younger videographer)!

By the way, when I upgraded to digital, I gave one of my old Hi8s to a teenager. Now he too is well on his way to becoming a masterful storyteller.

Alfred Conte

Princeton Junction, NJ

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I just read your review of the ADS Technologies Pyro! IEEE 1394 Capture Card in the November issue of Videomaker. I bought the Pyro two months ago and have enjoyed it since the day I was able to configure it properly. After several frustrating hours, I was able to capture video without any capture error codes.

I own a Sony DSR-PD100 (Pro version of the Sony TRV 900). The solution to those capture error codes is to set your source video to 16-bit audio. If you attempt to capture source video recorded in 12-bit audio, VideoStudio will spit out error codes every time. By the way, the default audio setting on my camera was set to record in 12-bit audio. I have notified both ADS Technologies and Ulead of this overlooked glitch, but neither company has posted this solution – talk about shooting yourself in the foot.

An additional note, the version of Ulead VideoStudio 3.0 packaged with the Pyro! is a special edition, called VideoStudio SE. The full version of Ulead VideoStudio 3.0 will not work because it does not contain the DV Codecs. Ulead VideoStudio SE does have the dreaded 2GB Windows limitation (Editors note: this is actually a limitation of the FAT 16 file system, not Windows itself), but for the price it does the job. Ulead has announced VideoStudio 4.0, which includes the DV Codecs.

In my opinion, the card is a good deal for an entry level editor or an occasional user. I paid $118 for mine, and I am quite satisfied.

Christopher M. Heim

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Neither a Lender nor Borrower Be

I enjoyed Chuck Peters "Five Tips for Borrowing Video" article in the November 1999 issue of Videomaker. I was wondering if you could point me in the right direction on some similar topics.

Did Videomaker do a piece on copyrights recently, and are there any books or Web sites that deal with the issue?

As you and I both know, wedding/event guys put copyrighted songs on tape for people, and accept money all the time. Is this against the law?

Tim Stollery


Tim, check out Jim Mikles article "Shoot With Caution: Video, the Law and You" in the January 1999 issue of Videomaker. Also see The Copyright Web Site at or visit the US Copyright Offices site at These resources should answer any questions you have.

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In the November issue of Videomaker, the tech specs box for the Samsung SCL850 reviewed in Benchmarks was incorrectly labeled as the Hitachi SCL850. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.

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