First Impressions

I just picked up your magazine for the first time and couldn’t
put it down–it was loaded with great stuff. I quickly bought
a copy and ran home to read it. Being a video filmmaker myself, it was great to read all the
fascinating articles on all the stuff that’s available out there. You have found yourself another Videomaker reader for sure. Keep up the great work.

Josh C. Amberg

Huntington Wood, Michigan

Nickel and Dime

Judging from the number of calls and comments I’ve received over
my letter (published in the June 1996 "In Box") I’d
say Videomaker was a very well-read publication in the
professional community.


I never tried to imply that you would have been able to get the
same digital camera 10 years ago that you could get today, as
I realize there have been considerable technological advances
in design and manufacturing during this period. I did mean to
imply that manufacturers intentionally hold back significant technological
improvements until the "time is right," which I believe
is when they have been able to nickel and dime the consumer through
several generations of equipment purchases.


On another matter: Videomaker is loaded with valuable
technical information; however, what people do with their equipment
is every bit as interesting. A regular feature such as "Making
Video After 65" (May 1996) can give your readers recognition
and encouragement to get out in their communities with what they
learn through Videomaker and make a difference. I hope
you will consider more features such as these.

Tom Dooley

National Empowerment Television

Poolesville, Maryland



Stay with us; you will continue to find interesting features
about the uses video enthusiasts find for their equipment.

–The Editors



A Gasp of Awe

Of all the publications I receive in the mail, yours is the one
I most look forward to reading.


As a high school student I often find my video skills coming
into use. There is always an English project to complete or a
video I can make with friends. Reading your magazine has helped
me improve my video skills to an incredible degree. And my English
projects are better than ever.

Marc Balgavy

Fredericksburg, Virginia



Zoom, Then Shoot

I have been shooting video for about 5 years. Before that, I was
into Super 8 home movies.


Your July issue article "How the Masters Move" reminded
me of the techniques I learned 20 years ago doing film movies.
This information is valuable to all and should be reviewed often.


Please tell your readers that zoom lenses should be used to bring
a subject up close but not to zoom in while taping. In other words:
zoom in, then start taping. It relieves the zooming nausea.

Ben Hume

Dover-Foxcroft, Maine

Just Beginning

My hat goes off to Matt York and the staff at Videomaker
for making my venture into videography a successful one. As a
newcomer to the field, I rely on your publication to answer nearly
all of my questions–and I have a lot of them!


I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve been stuck on a project
only to turn to Videomaker for its straightforward, no-nonsense
approach. Thank you.

Sarah Sheffield

Pomona, California

Business in the Making

Seven years ago, I purchased my first camcorder, a Ricoh 8mm.
My intent was to take up videography as a hobby, shooting family
events and vacations strictly for fun.


Almost a year later I picked up your magazine at a local store
so I’d have something to read while sitting with my wife at the
laundromat. Believe it or not, what I read in that issue started
me on the road to my own video production company.


I was impressed by an article about the Amiga computers and their
ability to produce broadcast-quality titling and graphics. I immediately
started saving my money and purchased an Amiga 500 and a few key
pieces of software.


The more I read Videomaker, the more I realized how much
could be accomplished with the affordable new equipment available.
I started taking video production classes, and, although I didn’t
have much money, was able to put together a nice studio in my
apartment.


Starting your own video production company takes a lot of time
and commitment, and there usually isn’t much profit in the beginning.
But, as with any business, everything doesn’t happen overnight.
Thanks to Videomaker, I’ve come a very long way over the
last few years, making a relatively quick transition from first-time
camcorder owner to video entrepreneur.

Ralph Messana

Massapequa, New York

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