Those who read this column regularly may remember that a few months back, I told you about the different types of video edits and what they convey to the viewer. This month, I'll show you how to actually apply these transitions to make your videos more inviting and entertaining. The...
Q. I am planning to start my own computer-based video production system. My workstation will consist of a Pentium computer with appropriate software, a video capture board and a Hi8 camcorder and one or two VCRs. My clients will want their finished product on the VHS format, so I'll...
Many people don't quite understand what a TBC does. Even some of the video know-it-alls can't completely explain what happens to video inside a TBC. You've probably even asked one or two questions yourself about how a TBC works. With the answers to the following common TBC questions, you can...
Tapping into an existing audio mixer often results in a clearer audio track. Say your skills at video production have earned you a good reputation locally, allowing you to land a job videotaping an important event. The event includes music, speaking and some short skits. It's quite a production, taking...
The Big Picture VL-H450U Hi8 ViewCam Sharp Electronics Corporation Sharp Plaza Mahwah, NJ 07430 ($2499) The new Sharp Hi8 VL-H450U ViewCam boasts a larger color LCD view screen and more powerful zoom lens than previous models. What remains is the ViewCam's unique 270-degree variable angle rotating lens section. This feature makes the ViewCam one...
Shelly is a really dear friend, even though she's a PC-head and a bona-fide member of the pocket-protector league. When she decided to get into video, she went all PC. Proving that God has a good sense of humor, Shelly's husband Tom is an artist. He, of course, is...
Cutting between shots is as old as filmmaking, and for good reason. The stories that the first directors wished to record might run near half an hour, but their cameras could hold only a few minutes worth of film. To solve the problem, they shot scenes in short sections, spliced...
What You See is What You Get ES5000 Hi8 Camcorder Canon USA, Inc. One Canon Plaza Lake Success, NY 11042 ($2300) Canon's ES5000 Hi8 camcorder, the latest addition to their ES line, incorporates "eye control" technology that enables users to operate virtually all camcorder features with simple eye movements. The eye control system defines a...
My friend Mike is prone to spontaneous buying, and no one can help him. When he decided his video studio needed animation, he grabbed his beloved mail-order catalogs and dialed up a raft of dazzling hardware and software. Unfortunately, the dazzle must have scraped off in the mail, because...
When was the last time you looked at a video monitor? As a videomaker, you probably use monitors quite often, whether out in the field, in the editing suite, or both. And like many videomakers, you probably take them for granted. But take another look and ask a few...