Easy Video with a Digital8 camcorder

What’s So Hard?

This is for the poor soul who wrote "Frustrated with Nonlinear" in your September 2001 In Box. A friend of my 16-year-old son came over one day to visit and show off a new inexpensive Digital8 camcorder. Without cracking open a manual or a Help file, they shot some video, fed it into the FireWire connection on my son’s iMac, edited it in iMovie (preinstalled on all iMacs), and in less than two hours, made a great, full-screen, high-quality movie. I don’t work for Apple and am not one of those rabid Mac fans, but come on, why must people complicate their lives when they could be having so much fun instead?

Joseph M. Papagni


Don’t Drop ACID

I would like to respond to Kevin Klingler’s letter, "Making Music" (October 2001). First, he claims that "ACID … assumes you always want beat- and drum-oriented music." There are over 66 loop libraries in (Sonic Foundry’s) ACID. And while most might include drum/percussive beats, it doesn’t mean that you have to use those particular drum loops. ACID tries to accompany all musical tastes: techno, rock, blues, jazz, ethnic, ambient, etc. And yes, even classical music. There are four orchestral series loops: Classical, Modern, Cinematic, and Rock & Pop.

I don’t find ACID hard to use and I like the fact that it is royalty-free. As for the software being difficult for a non-musician, I can’t agree to that, either. My husband, an electronics technician, is not a musician, and he uses ACID with ease. He even scored his own video with ACID.

Mr. Klingler also mentions that "It’s interesting to note that these are two products that I have never seen advertised in your magazine." Does that mean that ACID and Music Maker are not viable products? Of course not.

Finally, I noticed that Mr. Klingler qualifies his statements with "(ACID and Music Maker) are good products that offer a lot of functionality for music creation. My beef isn’t with them as much as them being portrayed in the role of soundtrack-creation applications." Well, I’m glad that he isn’t completely adverse to ACID, and I’m sorry that he and the "manufacturer of high-end video hardware systems" don’t find ACID a viable option. I, for one, am going to continue using ACID, and I’m going to use the software when I score my first video. (Maybe I’ll even omit any drum- or beat-based music, too, just to show it can be done.) Basically, ACID, and any other software is what you make of it. (And no, I do not work for Sonic Foundry.)

Pamela Turner



I just subscribed and opened the current issue of Videomaker on the Web. The first article I read, Video Out, solved a puzzle for me and got me started producing videos on CD. Now, don’t charge me, but I would have paid three times the subscription price just to get this one piece of information. Thought you would like to know. I feel like I will be getting my next three years of Videomaker magazine free. Thanks a bunch for the great article.

George A. Farrier


Tech Trek

I just wanted to say how much I enjoy reading your magazine. I find it full of useful tips and solutions. I wish to correct an error that was published in the September 2001 article, "The Art of Titling." I believe that the author wished to refer to Star Trek: First Contact for its use of blurring transition text effects rather than the reference to Star Trek: Generations. I recognized that effect immediately because I’ve long since incorporated similar effects in past projects of mine. Thank you and keep up the good work.

John Kalaigian


Live long and prosper, John.

– The Editors


In the October 2001 issue New Gear column (page 19), we listed the wrong Web address for Tiffen. It should have been www.tiffen.com/digital.htm. We regret the error and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

– The Editors

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