Imagine two VCRs sitting side by side. One is a regular VCR, like the one perched atop most TV sets across the country. The other is a deck built especially for video editing. To VCR users who don't edit their videos, these two decks are basically the same. Both play...
Just what exactly happens when you pop your tape into a VCR or camcorder? If you've never done so with the protective cover removed, you've probably only watched the cassette disappear into the body of the mechanism and listened as hidden motors clicked and whirred in some mysterious unseen...
Have you heard the buzz about non-linear editing? You know, the computer systems that let you cut and paste video together the same way you cut and paste sentences or paragraphs in a word processor? Curious about what these new systems can and can't do? You should be.Without a...
These days our audiences expect more. Seeing hundreds of hours of network television and big-budget films have made the viewers of our videos more demanding; they dont want to watch while your vacation video shows your feet and they dont let editing glitches go by without comment. Today we...
A cut is by far the most versatile, graceful transition in your repertoire of edit types. It's how most of us start editing, and it's the best way to get from scene to scene in a video. As proof, study the edits in popular feature films and TV programs; more...
Tom drives me crazy. He thinks he knows everything. The worst part is, he does. So even though he has all the personality of a sea urchin, sometimes I find myself asking him questions. The first time I picked his brains was a few years ago when I got...
The words scrawled across the blackboard, pronouncing the name of the show in bold, slightly smeared lettering: "The Case of the Missing Headphones!" Thus began one of the many video projects that wash across my desk in a semester long torrent. The students were using their imagination just...
OK, you've decided to step up to better picture quality. You are the proud owner of a new high-quality camcorder or VCR, perhaps Hi8 or S-VHS. You've opened the box and inside are a number of little plastic bags holding all kinds of cables and accessories. Sure, you had...
Hold on, folks. Another "home movie" format is heading our way. The much-ballyhooed Digital Video Disc (DVD) is on the verge of entering the marketplace. Are you gonna be ready? A small cousin to the 12-inch disc currently available, DVDs are identical in size (5-inch diameter) to audio compact discs....
Your video masterpiece is complete. You shot and edited it on a high-band format such as Hi8 or S-VHS. You cut no corners when you made this one; you did everything by the numbers. All along in the back of your mind was the desire to win an award...