Controlling your audio is a breeze when you've got just one signal to work with. One mike input, one mike cable, one mike. No problem. But what happens when you need to combine multiple signals? What if your latest masterpiece requires you to mix audio from a mike, CD player,...
Once upon a time you could make a decent living producing clean, cuts-only video productions. Those days are gone. The viewing public, inundated by high-end, computer-generated video effects in TV shows, feature films, industrial videos, trade-show displays and even wedding videos, now expects sophisticated dissolves, wipes and bounces. ...
All too often videomakers will seek out and purchase the camcorder model with every whiz-bang, superduper digital video effect available. They have great plans for video masterpieces, but when it comes time to shoot, they quietly settle for the sound from their built-in mike. They don't realize there are...
Clean and Simple FX-L Video Ed/it Sima 6153 Mulford Street Niles, IL 60714 ($474.95) Sima, known for simple and easy to use products, continues its tradition with the FX-L Video Ed/it video editing system. This is a stand alone, straight cuts (with effects) video editor. Which means that while the unit makes straight cuts (backing up one...
Every beginning editor dreams of a totally automatic system that assembles every shot of a video--without the help of human hands. Today's PC-based edit controllers can do this, and for prices that start at less than $200. In this month's column, we'll survey DTV computers as edit controllers. Some...
Mixer Mix Up I would like to make a small correction to William Ronat's Edit Points column "Special Effects Your Way" (August 1994, Videomaker). The article says that with the MX-1 Digital Video Mixer, the user cannot transition to or from a still frame, which "makes it impossible to switch...
Consider the Rodney Dangerfields of the camcorder: the viewfinder, the microphone and the shutter. Because many videomakers pay scant attention to these humble subsystems, they often fail to get the most out of them. So this month's Camera Work turns a spotlight on these three essential but underappreciated camera components....
Capturing Good Sound Indoors When you shoot outdoors you run into audio problems constantly. Cars rush by on busy streets, airplanes roar overhead and annoyingly cheerful people laugh just outside your frame-and all of these noises find their way onto the audio portion of your videotape where they mar otherwise...
King of the Hill Sony's latest camcorder, the Hi8 CCD-TR700, reigns as new king of the Handycam line. And rightly so: this little unit boasts numerous niceties, including a 10x multispeed zoom lens, color viewfinder, optical image stabilization, a full complement of manual controls and rewriteable consumer (RC) time code...
We view a lot of videotapes here at Videomaker. We get hundreds of entries for our annual contest, we review instructional videotapes in every issue, we even accept Tools & Tips and Video Q&A submissions on tape. Some of the videos we receive are top-notch. Some are not so...
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