Microsoft Only Asks that the Smallest Pieces Work

I Do Windows

I’m responding to a letter from David Armentrout (April 2001) who laments that his Windows-based editing system didn’t work. He bought a Casablanca instead.

I had Windows 98 installed on a modest Pentium II, 300MHz computer, running Adobe Premiere 5.5. I installed a new graphics card from Matrox, despite the warning that Matrox did not support Premiere. At first, Premiere crashed every time I tried to capture video through it, but I found a fix on the Premiere Web site. It was (supposedly) a Matrox "problem" and the fix was entering two lines of settings into the premiere.ini file. I was then able to enjoy all the functionality of the products. Windows was not to blame.

I then upgraded to a Pentium III, Premiere 6.0 and Windows Me, using the same Matrox card. The computer then wouldn’t boot into the right graphics mode, wouldn’t shut down and would crash with an error that pointed to the Matrox card. Microsoft’s Knowledge Base helped immensely with this error. I then updated all Me, Matrox and Premiere drivers, as is usual when there are compatibility issues. It still didn’t work. So I really started blaming Matrox after a week of fighting with this problem. They, on the other hand, were very pleasant and suggested I get the drivers for the VIA chipset on my computer’s motherboard. Hmmm more drivers that I was not aware of. This was the problem.

My point is that we shouldn’t be too quick to point fingers at one particular vendor, because the systems are so complicated that any one little piece can cause the user much trauma. After 10 years of working with Microsoft products, I have complete faith in them.

Bob Found

Show Me the Mini DV Deck

For some time now, I have been shooting in Mini DV format and editing projects as long as 60 minutes. I am currently using my Mini DV camera for playback. My projects require a lot of shuttling back and forth. The tremendous wear and tear on my poor little camera is beginning to concern me.

I know that there are some Mini DV editing VCRs available but they attempt to handle the editing process within the VCR and the price approaches that of professional equipment. Since the computer is handling the editing process, why can’t manufacturers produce a simple rugged Mini DV stand-alone VCR that has a jog shuttle capability, reads time code and is controlled through an IEEE 1394 interface for the price of a typical Mini DV camera? A product like this would fill a major gap in the process of shooting and editing in Mini DV format and give the lightweight tape mechanism of the camera a break.
William A. Anderson


Livin’ the Dream

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Mitch London
Austin, Texas

Not You, Too!

I can’t believe it. It’s obvious the country is growing illiterate (eg. Atlanta Mayor, "I seen," and "I don’t got.") But, please not you. April 2001 issue, page 79: "Do your recording in the ‘quitest’ location so you can ‘eleminate’ ‘backround’ noise.

Larry Ferguson


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-The Editors


In our May 2001 issue buyer’s guide to digitizer and capture cards (p.43) we inadvertently mislabeled a photo of AIST’s MovieDVsuite, calling it AverMedia’s AverDV 1394. The caption should have read: AIST MovieDVsuite ($99). We apologize for any confusion or inconvenience.
-The Editors

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