This spring, Thomson Consumer Electronics will release the world's first commercial-free VCRs. The technology, developed by Arthur D. Little enterprises, will allow users to record programs in the usual way, but skip the commercials on playback. The system works as follows: it marks the beginning and end of commercials in...
In the dark ages of TV there was only one way to get a show on the air. You had to sell it to one of a very few broadcasters or broadcast networks. The result? Out of millions of shows imagined by producers, only thousands have ever seen the...
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...
This month's Camera Work is about the naming of shots: what's a long shot, what's a closeup, and why should you care, anyway? When I began this piece I thought, hey, I can almost write this in my sleep--just round 'em up, brand 'em, and ride on outta here. No...
That title alone may be enough to scare off some readers. If you've gotten this far, please stay with me. I know the technical side of video production isn't fun for most. It's actually a nuisance when you come to think of it. But understanding some of the basic mechanics...
Where's the Hi8? In response to the December '94 letter regarding Mr. Hankwitz trying to locate Hi8 tapes in Southern Wisconsin: he claims that it took a dozen phone calls to locate a dealer that could supply him with tapes. Well, I know Wisconsin isn't exactly New York City but...
Traveling for pleasure ought to be an ideal subject for video: exotic locales, colorful people, exciting events, spectacular scenery--how can you lose? So you videotape with abandon, haul 40 hours of footage homeward, and spend days carving it into a carefully assembled program. The result? First we went here...
Of all the technical gremlins that can frustrate a videomaker, poor exposure has got to be the most common. Whether you've used a camcorder a thousand times or only bought your first one last month, the chances are you've experienced: faces that become black smudges against bright backgrounds overall brightness that...
Q. I recently shot a wedding and at one point I stopped the camera, rewound the tape and checked my footage. I was dismayed to find the scenes mostly blanked out with snow. If I scanned the tape in reverse, the image was there without the snow. My question does...
If you've planned an interview for an upcoming video project, you've probably thought about more than just what questions to ask. Perhaps you've wondered where to stage the interview, or how to arrange the lighting. But have you thought about the audio? Pay careful attention to recording it well, because...