Like a lot of Videomaker readers, Doctor Brevator Creech is a video hobbyist. When he isn’t performing a facelift on one of his patients, the plastic surgeon can often be found at home in his editing suite performing the same procedure on his video footage.
A man of many interests, Dr. Creech is never short on video projects to rearrange and touch up. In the mid 1980s, he was part of a rock-and-roll band called the Almond (pronounced air-mund) City Jammin’ Band. When the band played at a local rock festival, he had two camera-wielding friends tape the performance and some backstage hobnobbing with such notable artists as Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald. In his editing suite, he combined this footage with a studio audio recording of his band to produce an enjoyable, fast-paced music video.
His editing system is a cuts-only VHS setup that consists mainly of two venerable Panasonic AG-6500 industrial VHS decks controlled by a Panasonic AG-650 edit controller. Wisely, he uses a time-base corrector (a piece of equipment that many video enthusiasts mistakenly overlook) to steady the playback deck’s video signal for editing and duplication. His system also includes a Sansui AV77 video processor for occasional digital effects, and a couple of 13" video monitors.
But the most remarkable feature of the suite is the six-foot high, L-shaped wall unit that supports his equipment, tapes and books. The two sections of the L are hinged together and the shorter section, which holds the equipment, is on wheels. This allows it to swing out from the wall so Dr. Creech can easily access the connectors on the back of his equipment when he needs to swap wires. Nice touch, doc.