Computer Retrofitting Lesson Learned too Late

A Little Too Late

If only I had seen a cautionary statement, like the one in the May 2001 issue, “Before you get too excited about retrofitting your computer to make it an editing machine, take a long, hard look at your computer skills.” I would have thought twice about building my own system. Having gone through it, the thought of upgrading my capture system (for real time), or the software (Premiere 5.1 to 6.0) or even adding programs (FX or music) sends a shiver down my spine.

I enjoy the articles and insight your magazine provides. Keep up the great work.

Gregg Hanson

Internet

Abolish the MSRP

I believe that it is doing your readers an injustice by inclusion/exclusion of products based on manufacturers suggested retail prices. Frankly, anyone who pays MSRP for any video product has paid too much. The JVC GY-DV500UL (with an MSRP of $5,995) is a beautiful camera in its price range. The JVC can be had for around $4,000, with Fujinon 14:1 glass, viewfinder, on-camera mike and five JVC 63-minute Mini DV cassettes. I would know. I just bought one from an established and reputable mail order company for $4,047. Thanks for the forum, and keep up the great work.

Jim Evans

Internet

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Thanks for the letter, Jim. It is true that you can often buy products for less than the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP). As the name indicates, this is a price that is “suggested” by the manufacturer. Individual retailers can charge anything they like for a product; either less or, if there is great demand, more than the MSRP. Knowing the list price suggested by the manufacturer helps shoppers know whether they are getting a good deal or being taken for a ride.

We have recently raised our price ceiling for camcorders from $5,000 to $6,500 to include models like the GY-DV500 in our pages.

-The Editors

A Hearty Thank You

First off, let me just say, “Congratulations” on your 15th anniversary and may you have many, many years of continued success. I’ve been a subscriber to Videomaker for about seven years and my experience with video, audio and all it entails has grown tremendously. Videomaker is like a videographer’s bible. I can’t wait for the next issue.

Anyway, I’ve been a video producer and editor with my own business for over seven years and I thought linear editing with all of its machines and devices was the way videos would be produced for decades to come. Then I came across your magazine and read about nonlinear editing with a computer and I thought, “Wow, wouldn’t that be revolutionary!”

Last Father’s Day, my wife surprised me with a Dell (semi)- turnkey editing computer and a Canon ZR10. I’ve added more RAM and a dedicated capture drive and I don’t think I could ever go linear again. The software editing packages I currently use are MGI’s VideoWave and Sonic Foundry’s VideoFactory, two fine entry-level programs. I can’t thank you enough for your advice and reviews on the latest devices, cams and gadgets that flood the market almost daily. Thank you for your dedication and for providing us with the premiere magazine for every level of video producer.

Allen D. Humphrey

Hillside, NJ

Correction

We stated in our June review of Adobe Premiere 6.0 that “you cannot group faders to level-adjust multiple tracks.” In fact, this is not the case. By right-clicking the fader knob in the mixer window you open a dialogue box that lets you “gang” faders to adjust and/or automate them together. Detailed instructions for this function are available on page 253 of the user guide. Our apologies to Adobe.

-The Editors

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