Q. In Videomaker's June 1995 issue, the article "Every Few Thousand Miles" warned against using alcohol as a cleaning fluid for cleaning video heads. I have twice over the years read in your publication that one should use 99% Isopropyl alcohol because it's pure. What's the difference between 99%...
Leased access means one thing to the independent videomaker--opportunity. No other "institution" offers such a great outlet for viewership, profit and personal satisfaction. Finally, one-person production companies have the means to broadcast their work to the masses. And, most importantly, the means to reach these masses in a reasonably...
Hitchcock is "notorious" for having done it. Spielberg has been known to hire armies of artists to do it. Now, thanks to new technologies, even the most basic videomaker can make use of it. If you don't do it, in fact, you could be opening yourself up to problems...
You've just been asked to produce a short video training program that will be distributed on CD-ROM. Or a multimedia publisher has hired you to shoot video footage for a new computer game. Or maybe you'd just like to digitize some of your home videos for personal use. Whatever...
Visionaries? Prophets? Geniuses? Or just people who happened to be in the right place at the right time? Whatever you call them, the pioneers of the consumer video industry have changed the way we make video. They've brought us VHS, low-cost video editors, desktop video and a whole catalog...
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...
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...
If it were a perfect world--well, a perfect video world--we'd all be rich and famous. Let me set up a little scenario in Perfectdom. Joey Camcorder utilizes all of his video skills to produce a pretty impressive and technically adept 30-minute program entitled High School Hidden Video. The show is...
Zoom In, Zoom Out Matsushita is working on a new ultra-sensitive CCD that can produce 10,000 levels of halftone, compared to about 500 levels for the average camcorder today. Matsushita officials claim this new CCD could lead to a pocket-sized camcorder with more advanced imaging capabilities than todays professional three-chip...