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...
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...
If you're like most videomakers, you probably have more project ideas than you can shake a camcorder at. So with a little talent and the right equipment, you should be able to produce top quality video work, right? Right. Then why do so many great ideas fizzle out somewhere between...
"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...
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...
Focus on Fun and Feedback Lasagne, enchiladas, salads, crepes. . Potlucks offer a wide variety of homemade specialties In a fi-ieudlly, festive atmosphere. Sampling this smorgasbord of culinary delights can be a tasty treat-but it's not everything. The pride taken in the dish you bring, the exchange of recipes, or the...