Ah, the holiday season! The feasts and festivities, the laughter and love, the torture and torment. That's right, torment...the sheer agony of sitting through typical holiday home videos: moving snapshots that have nothing to say and take five times too long to say it. Why are some holiday videos so...
Sports video is more popular than ever. And why not? Today's easy-to-use camcorders make sports video a breeze for many parents. But sports video goes far beyond the proud parent syndrome. Football, hockey, basketball, tennis or swimming...today's technology gives sports enthusiasts of all kinds the chance to record the...
If your footage sometimes looks as if you taped it during an earthquake, it's not your fault. No hand-held video will be perfectly steady; even shots made on a tripod can get the jitters when you're shooting at full telephoto. But you can banish bad vibes from your programs...
"This poet's prayer was answered by the invention of the lens, which gave us a new gift for self knowledge. Might the cameras of the world provide transformative experiences? Could television possibly become the ultimate metaphysical guru?" James Broughton Video Poet Video poet George Aguilar has taken James Broughton's words to heart--and...
When Michael Moore of Roger & Me fame debuted his new magazine show TV Nation on NBC last summer, it was cause for independent videomakers everywhere to sit up and take notice. Why? Because it reminded us that there are commercial broadcast opportunities out there for independents. With 500 or...
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....
Bookkeeping is the one area of running a video business that many videomakers give short shrift. Yet they do so at their peril. We're not just talking about the IRS--although adequate record keeping can help prevent tax problems. There is even more at stake here--namely the very future of...
For many independent videomakers, the leased access provision of the Cable Act of 1992 is the key to getting programming on the air. The provision requires cable system operators with more than 36 activated channels to make a portion of their capacity available to all comers for a reasonable...