From Analog to Digital: A Six Year Shift
Analog camcorders (VHS, S-VHS, VHS-C, S-VHS-C, 8mm and Hi8) were the tools that began the home video revolution. Sony might not have known what they were starting back in 1983 when they rolled out the very first Betamovie, but videographers everywhere should thank them for it. With the advent of digital technology, things are getting smaller and cheaper and, increasingly, due to the popularity of digital camcorders and continuing price cuts, analog camcorders are becoming less and less appealing. Let's take a brief look at the past few years of the camcorder marketplace.
School District Picks Casablanca
The Lake Washington School District in Washington (a 40-school district that includes Redmond and Kirkland) has added 38 MacroSystem Prestige and Avio editing appliances to their palette of teaching tools, increasing the number of Casablanca-equipped schools to over 4,000.
"For four years we tried PC-based systems and our experiences were unsuccessful," says Laurie Pelham, technology staff director for the district. "Now, we use Casablancas because they are foolproof."
As an added bonus to educators, MacroSystem provides curriculum kits to first-time teachers of the Casablanca family of video editing appliances.