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...
As much as you may like creating video, it just isn't the same if you don't make money while doing so. In fact, they have a name for such a venture. It's called a hobby. Nothing wrong with that. Just don't confuse it with business. Having your own business sounds...
It's hard to imagine a camcorder without some kind of viewfinder. Some low-cost, no-frill camcorders come equipped with a simple optical viewfinder, which functions like the peephole on a snapshot camera. You observe your intended scene through an opening or frame, sometimes with the aid of a lens to...
Here's an idea for a money-making opportunity that few people have pursued. When I first learned that leased cable access allowed video producers to distribute their programs on the local cable system in addition to low-power and full-power broadcast TV, I realized that local advertising dollars would be their...
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...
Easy Prompter If you have the Videonics TM-2000 CG (character generator) or any CG like it, you can use it as a video prompter. Just write your dialog and store it as a scroll in your CG. Then hook up the CG to a monitor and place the monitor just...
Every time you point your camcorder and push the record button, you're recording history. Seriously. Even though you may think it's just another birthday video full of screaming children, there's more to it than that. You are (perhaps unwittingly) helping to document the age in which we live. In just...
If you've followed the articles in this column for a while, then you know how important good quality sound is to your videos. And you've probably read it here over and over again: attaching an external mike to your camcorder can help you obtain better audio. But sometimes, using an...