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User Groups

Existing Groups
Los Angeles Cinema Club
401 N. Brand
Glendale, CA 91205
Phone: 818-240-3940
Contact: Howard Lindenmeyer
Meetings: Last Friday of every month, Glendale Federal Bank (call for times)

Upstate Independent
409 Cole Rd.
Delanson, NY 12053
Contact: Mike Camoin
Phone: 518-895-5269
E-mail: videos4c@cris.com
Meetings: First Wednesday monthly, Borders Books, 2nd floor, Albany

Society of Amateur Videomakers & Cinematographers
3625 Kingsley St.
San Diego, CA 92106
Contact: Brenda Lantow, President
Phone: 619-222-1320
E-mail: savac@iname.com
Meetings: annual convention

Seeking Group or Will Organize

Dan L. Smith
2710 Willow Oak Circle
Charlottesville, VA 22901

Thomas J. Rice
68 Palisade Ave.
White Plains, NY 10607

Jason S. Read
129 Denham Ave.
Somerset, MA 02726-3716

User Groups: let us know you're out there. For inclusion in our listing, submit your request to "User Groups," c/o Videomaker, P.O. Box 4591, Chico, CA 95927. Seeking a User Group? For a list of existing user groups and/or video enthusiasts seeking or willing to organize a group in your area, send an SASE to the same address.

New! User Group Home Pages
Expand your user group's horizons by posting your home page on the Videomaker site. For information, send an e-mail request to dtaylor@videomaker.com

Web Watch

Worldwide TV Standards
This site does a thorough job of explaining why different parts of the planet have different TV standards, the pros and cons of each, and the principles of standards conversion. Accompanied by links to related reference pages.

Entry Deadlines

Rochester International Film Festival
Movies On A Shoestring Inc. is soliciting film and VHS cassette entries for the 39th Annual Rochester International Film Festival. All entries must be received by March 1, 1997. Judges consider artistry, ingenuity, cleverness of presentation and skill and mastery of the medium. Send entry and $20 entry fee to Movies On A Shoestring, P.O. Box 17746, Rochester, NY 14617, or contact Ellie Cherin, MOAS President at 716-271-2116 for more information; email moas@wow.com.

SMARTfest 1997
The Student Media Arts Festival is accepting entries for SMARTfest 1997. The festival is organized by and for students. Submissions must have been completed after January, 1995, and be no more than 28 minutes in length. Judges are seeking a wide variety of work demonstrating the concerns of students of all ages. All genres and subjects are welcome. Entries must be postmarked by March 1, 1997. Send to: SMARTfest, 31 Prince Street, Rochester, NY 14607-1499. For more information, call (716) 242-0166.

Guidelines for Camcorder Technical Information
The Consumer Electronics Manufacturers Association (CEMA) has developed a standardized presentation format for camcorder technical information. Most manufacturers currently include a specification page in their owner's manuals; however, the information published varies widely by manufacturer.
When manufacturers use CEMA's "Recommended Practice," consumers will be able to find standardized information regarding specific features. The data will include recording format, video system, head configuration, audio recording system, tape speeds, image sensor, lens, digital image magnification, light requirements, audio/video outputs, external microphone input, recording input connectors, visual displays, power consumption, input voltage, battery type, dimensions, weight and accessories.

LA Cops to Get Video Cameras
Six years after Rodney King's videotaped beating sparked a national outcry against police brutality, the Los Angeles Police Department will install video cameras in its squad cars.
In 1992, the Christopher Commission recommended the use of video cameras as one of the 120 police reforms following King's beating. Chief Bernard C. Parks said that a pilot program had been ignored for years and that he now wants to make video cameras standard equipment on all new patrol cars.

Leased Access David Beats Cable Goliath
Last spring, a lone leased access programmer realized victory in a battle with the country's largest cable operator, Time Warner Cable (TWC). But you won't see his achievement trumpeted on the covers of the cable trade publications nor in FCC press releases. It's a victory which every independent producer who yearns to put his or her programs on the air should celebrate.
Three years ago, Ron Harsh tried to lease time on the Emerald Coast Cable system (then owned by Cox and subsequently sold to TWC) in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. He diligently pursued his goal of producing a half-hour news program although the cable operator consistently thwarted his efforts. He complied with all of the operator's demands, some of them reasonable, some of them overt obstacles to his right to lease time. When the cable operator demanded that Harsh's company, United Video Productions, obtain a $3 million insurance policy (at an annual cost of $3500), he decided to fight back by filing a formal complaint with the FCC.
"I used information I learned from reading Videomaker's leased access publications to argue that the requirement for producers insurance was excessive," says Harsh. The FCC finally agreed, ruling in Harsh's favor last May by affirming that "the cost of obtaining the insurance required by TWC appears to present an obstacle to United in obtaining leased access."
Harsh has since changed his original news program plan and will begin producing and airing "Tourist TV" this spring. He feels vindicated by the ruling. "Even though the petition took a year and a half to be resolved, I hung in there hoping my victory would benefit others in the U.S. experiencing similar problems with their cable operator."

Full-Motion Video Playback for Apple Laptops
iREZ Research Corp. announced CapSure, a full-motion video capture card for Apple PowerBook 3400 and 2400 laptop owners. CapSure provides full screen, 30 frames per second video preview from any composite or S-video source.
ZoomedVideo is the technology which allows the add-in card to take analog video signals from a VCR or camcorder and direct it into the screen's video buffer. This bypasses the computer's system bus to deliver data at rates up to 27MB per second and frees up the processor for other tasks. To store the video onto the hard drive, additional Quicktime-based capture software, such as the capture driver that comes with Adobe Premiereis required.
CapSure automatically switches to any world video standard and gives users control over brightness, contrast, hue and saturation. Suggest retail price is $150. The company also plans to introduce a PC version.

Canopus Corp. Announces DV-M1
A new player has arrived on the DV hardware field. Canopus Corp. recently announced the DV-M1, a real-time, PCI digital video adapter with breakout box. The kit joins Fast Electronic's DV Master as the only capture boards currently on the market that incorporate Sony's DVBK1 hardware codec technology.
The DV-M1 can transfer DV data directly between the camcorder's digital I/O port (IEEE-1394) and the computer, as well as convert any analog video/audio source into DV format. It also incorporates multi-channel audio processing and mixing, and additional hardware for digital audio processing and mixing through an optical input. Direct digital audio sources include DAT, ADAT and CD players.
The DV-M1 will ship in early February for $3499


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