Likes that Style

I read your editorial on Style this morning [Viewfinder, September 2005] and found it very well written. I’ve been in the industry almost 30 years. I love creativity. You wrote "Every movie director, from Alfred Hitchcock to Quentin Tarentino has his or her own storytelling and producing style." My favorite directors are the ones who refuse to put their name above the title because they know it takes about 100 other people to get that project onto the screen. I really identify with your observation on ‘Noble’ (from another issue) "…this is a rare feeling, and something that we should all seek more earnestly and more often." I wish to be this Noble filmmaker.

I enjoy reading your magazine and look forward to more. Keep up the good work.
Rick Mervis

Burbank, CA

The Sophisticated Videographer and the Rookie

I realize that you have to walk a fine line between the sophisticated videographer and the rookie. I think it would be helpful if you were to run an article every once in a while on some elementary topics, say, how to get music and narration from all sources in to your project, what kind of a mic, inserting downloaded music and CDs, etc. If you frame it properly, I think it will pique everyone’s interest, even though it is elementary. Just a thought.
John Tiernan


Thanks for the email, John. We couldn’t agree with you more and we are trying to do exactly what you have suggested. Many of our readers are intermediate video producers and we try to balance our articles for both beginning and intermediate readers. That said, we will always try our best to explain technical information so beginners can understand. We are also putting in at least one advanced topic per issue. Please continue to tell us how we’re doing.
— The Editors

Data for your Thoughts

I’ve recently started reading Videomaker magazine and am so excited about my new video production. I started out with a VHS camcorder taking video of my son’s soccer matches, and making copies for the team. I wanted to learn the craft better when I bought my new Mini DV camcorder, so I could shoot more creative videos and I realized I needed to learn to edit them, too. I saw Videomaker on the shelf at a local news stand and found it was exactly what I needed.

It seems every time I need to figure out how to do something, you have a story that explains it. Like in last month’s Timeline section you have a story called "Make Room for Data". This explains why every time I edit another video I have more problems than the one before. I haven’t been cleaning files or identifying video clips very well.

Now that we’re starting a new season, I’m going to do it the right way, so I can keep track of the entire school year without the usual headaches. Send my thanks to Bill Davis and the Videomaker staff.
Terry Waterman

Fresno, CA

Untangle the Correction

Morgan Paar’s Untangling The Connection article in the October ’05 issue contains this reference to USB, "…devices can be daisy-chained (one connected to another and to another, etc.)." I believe that this is not correct. Whereas FireWire devices can be daisy-chained, USB devices cannot. This is an advantage, I believe, of FireWire. This is also the reason for the proliferation of USB hubs and the presence of 2 FireWire ports (one in, one passthrough) and only 1 USB port on peripheral devices like external hard drives and DVD burners.
Alan Rothstein


Right you are, Alan. Morgan was correct in stating that up to 127 USB devices can be connected to one USB port, but this is done through hubs. Compounding the confusion are devices with built-in hubs, such as the keyboards with additional USB ports that give the illusion of being daisy chain devices.
— The Editors

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