Been There, Done That

I have been a subscriber for many years. I just love video editing! But I made every mistake in the book that has cost me thousands of dollars in useless equipment. Thanks to my Romanian Guru (A pro videographer), I went to a Mac and Media 100. Then along came the newer versions of Adobe Premiere, and so I bought the software, and a powerful dual-processor PC, a G-Raid hard drive and I am happy- almost.
Here is the reason for this email. I need info. Adobe Premiere CS2 Pro, has limited title potential. Rolls, Crawls, Color variations. Fonts. On my Mac with Media 100, and Boris Graffiti, I could get titles where the letters would tumble down to form a title. Everyone goes “wow!” when they see that. I wanted to know, and can’t find out, if the Boris Graffiti for Windows, (I use Win Vista) will work well as a plugin with my Adobe Premiere Pro CS2?

After hours searching the web I said ______ it! and I bought it from B&H. That is how my life has gone for the past 80 years. I just jump in. I know I have made mistakes that have cost a bundle, but life is for living, right! Aside from my Video Editing adventures, and it has been an exciting adventure. (I have made hundreds of “Movies” that ICve given to my family, cousins, and friends.) Last year I entered my third marriage. I have been to Huang Shan in China for several months and brought back some great video. You spend 2 or 3 days traversing the many walkways, and thousands of steps with a new vista at every turn.

Bill Garofalo

Boris Graffiti for Windows versions 4 and 5 should play nicely with Windows Vista and Adobe Premiere Pro CS2, according to Boris’ Host Compatibility Matrix (

-The Editors

What’s up With Editing AVCHD?

I don’t get it. It’s simply baffling. I’ve been reading Videomaker for years, successfully edited on various video editing software, and would rate myself a six or seven on the Geek Scale. With this in mind, I made my jump to HD and after reading your glowing review of the Canon HF-S10 bought its sibling S100. The video is stunning, capture is oh-so-easy, and my arms don’t kill me anymore holding this camera on a Merlin. So far I’m in heaven.
But here’s my kerfuffle: How is it possible a camera that fits in my hand, runs from a battery the size of an ice cube, can read and write AVCHD and stream beautiful full 1920×1080 video, while my large hulking 3.6GHz computer with some wing ding PCI-e x16 video card which dims the lights when I turn it on, can’t play these files without stuttering? It’s like there’s a secret code that hasn’t been cracked.
Maybe that secret code is nVidia’s CUDA. The only glimmer of hope I can find is to try one of the few CUDA-enabled editors which leaves me with CyberLink Power Director 7 or Super LoiLo Scope MARS, but my needs are a bit more advanced. Any light you could shed on this puzzle would be greatly appreciated.

Chris Templeton

Rogue Videoworks

NVIDIA CUDA and ATI Stream technologies (which both do the same thing; namely, offloading tasks from the main CPU to the graphics processor) are currently in an arms race for mind space and developer interest. The nascent OpenCL standard for utilizing either of these GPGPU (general-purpose graphics processing unit) technologies is gaining steam, and has been adopted by both NVIDIA and ATI. It appears to us that these technologies are going to be the magic bullet to handling AVCHD. This is the best solution, in our opinion; it’s better than how it was in the early days of Mini DV, where there were dedicated processor cards to process DV streams (fortunately, it didn’t take long for computing horsepower to become sufficiently high that these cards weren’t needed anymore.)

-The Editors

Laser Recording on Magnetic Drives

Regarding the story, “Migrating Your Tapes to Digital” in the June issue. At the bottom of p 48, the statement is made, “The drives will use laser light to switch the polarity of the magnetic media, a feat long thought impossible.”

Au contraire, this technology is well known and has been used in the Sony MiniDisc recorder for the last 15 years or so. The laser is GaAlAs operating at 790nm. Sony calls it Magneto Optical, MO, technology for digital recording of audio. Perhaps the use of a blue laser will allow video recording.

John Dickens

The drives in question use a technology that’s a little different than MO, which has been in use for a long time. This new technology will not involve magnetism. But the new technology is a way out-the physics are proving to be quite a challenge, but not insurmountably so, from what we’ve been reading. (Put “laser hard drive” in your favorite Web search engine for more details.)
As for blue laser video recording- we still don’t know why, exactly, no manufacturers have marketed a set-top Blu-ray Disc recorder yet. The Hollywood content cabal probably has something to do with that, though.

-The Editors

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