I make my Home Movies into Music Videos

Two Shows in One
In your January 2004 issue there was an article titled "Real People Rate Your Videos." I strongly agree with the article. I do have a comment, though. Whenever I make vacation videos, I usually make two versions. One which I call the movie version, which can last from 30 minutes up to an hour, and a music video. As long as you edit the video properly (cut scenes to end when each line is sung or played), you can actually give someone a brief glance at your vacation. Also, it really helps if you are planning on showing it to multiple people on different occasions. Sometimes the music video can be even more entertaining than the actual movie itself. Just something to think about.

Sho Kusogi


The Keys, Please
I just received the January issue of Videomaker with your review of our DV Keyboard. Thanks for the great article–it was very thorough and really captures what the keyboard is all about.

One note regarding the Uninstaller–you are correct that it is not part of the Add/Remove Software in the Control Panel. However, we do have it (along with the application and Users Guide) in the Start Menu|All Programs|DV Keyboard folder.

Gard B. Cookson

Bella Corporation

Burbank, CA


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Premiere Pro: Problems
You should be aware that there is a serious problem with this software.

I have a Sony DSR-PDX10 and Premiere Pro will not import a stereo (48kHz/16-bit) soundtrack from this camera. (I understand other Sony cameras have the same problem.) You can import a 32kHz/12-bit track–but not 48/16.

Premiere creates an "Audio 4" track on the timeline and converts the imported sound to mono.

Adobe has no fix for this. They claim the problem is with Microsoft’s DirectShow audio splitter. They recommend you buy additional software–Scenalyzer–and install it to bypass the problem.

Well, since Premiere Pro will only work with Windows XP, you’re sort of stuck, aren’t you?

Finally, after wasting hours of time messing around with this issue, I did buy Scenalyzer and this will work. But Adobe should do better than this. Premiere Pro is their "flagship" editing product and they should be able to fix it–not just tell you to go out and buy additional software to solve their problem.

By the way, on the Adobe Web site, the PDX10 is listed as "fully supported."

Additionally, in the January 2004 issue of Videomaker, it says Quicktracks is bundled with Adobe Premiere Pro.

Are you sure? I believe Adobe decided not to include it with Pro. It was bundled with Premiere 6.5.

Craig Dible

Sedona, AZ

Adobe Responds:

The Premiere engineering team was unaware of the issue raised by Mr. Dible. However, we were able to recreate the customer’s problem.

At this point, we are investigating further to pinpoint the problem and come up with a solution that will not require the additional purchase of third party software.

Richard Townhill

Group Product Manager for Adobe Premiere Pro

As for Quicktracks, you are correct. Quicktracks was removed from Premiere Pro, but it was included in Premiere 6.5. It is currently available as a $100 plugin from SmartSound (www.smartsound.com). Our apologies for the confusion.

— The Editors


In our February issue we announced that Serious Magic’s Visual Communicator Pro won the Most Innovative Product Category in our Best Products of the Year Awards. Unfortunately, we published a picture of another Serious Magic product, Visual Communicator Plus, with the announcement. Also, the price we quoted was incorrect. At this writing, Visual Communicator Pro sells for $399.95. Our apologies for the confusion.

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