Admit it. You've been drooling over those sexy computer video ads, the ones that claim to make your PC do everything but hold the camera. The only problem is that most of the ads contain enough digital techno- babble to make your brain short-circuit. Just what does it take to...
These days, you either own a computer or you don't. And within the group of people who own computers, there are more subgroups. One group could tie ropes to their computers and use them as expensive boat anchors for all the good they do. Another group might use the contraption to play...
The grinning video salesman behind the counter slowly leans forward and stretches out his long fingers for your hard-earned cash. You turn and run for the door. The problem is, your desire to buy a camcorder is matched by equally strong confusion. There are numerous camcorder models to choose from--which...
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...
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,...
They're More Important Than You Think Walk into any Radio Shack and wander through the sections for audio and video cables and connectors. Thousands of choices confront you. What do you need? What should you buy? How should you buy it. Why should you care. After all, a cable's a cable, right?...
When Oliver Stone turned over the massive amount of raw footage that became JFK, editor Joe Hutshing knew it would be a challenge. "I wondered if it could even be watchable," Hutshing says. "It was so incredibly complicated. It was like looking at a schematic for a TV set...
Learning by doing is fine. If you sit down at an edit controller and hit the buttons until they do what you want, you will probably learn how to edit. Do it long enough and you might even get good at it. But once you understand the basics of...
Video Twins Go-Video GV-8020 8mm/VHS Dual Deck VCR Go-Video 14455 N. Hayden Road, Suite 219 Scottsdale, AZ 85260 ($1099) Committed to the dual deck concept from the beginning, GO-Video offered quality VHS to VHS decks. Now, GO-Video answers the call for an 8mm to VHS deck you can use both as a dubber and an editor....
Owning a desktop computer won't help you with standard video production techniques. Computer or no computer, you must still master the basics of camcorders, audio, lighting and so on. Where the computer is a big help is with any project that 1) requires organization; and 2) lends itself to automation....