If you've spent any time looking at editing systems, you may have come across terms like serial data transfer, Control-L, Control-M and ViSCA. They sound more like things you'd expect from an episode of Star Trek than features of editing systems. What are these cryptic terms, you ask? They're names...
Slowly, you remove the first raw footage tape from its case. You ever-so-gently slide it into the VCR. Touching "play" on the remote, you settle back to view what will become your first professionally produced masterpiece. Wait a minute. What's with the band of snow running horizontally across the...
Wireless Wonder Every video pro was once a beginner, and one of the first things beginners learn as their interest begins to grow is that there are few products available to support them at their level. Editing VCRs are at the top of the price range, as are camcorders with...
More and more these days, consumer videomakers are doing more than just shooting footage--they're editing. But when it comes time to purchase the gear to do this, they find themselves in a bewildering maze of acronyms and hyphens: LANC, Control-M, RS-422, VISCA. "What's an editing protocol?" you ask the dealer,...
After months of film-to-video transfers, junior high school play recording and dog show documentation, you finally have a chance to do your own thing. Monsters Among Us--that's the title of your planned epic, and you're confident that your knowledge of scriptwriting, camerawork, directing and editing will get you that...
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,...