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...
Are you familiar with the term "frequently asked questions?" Well, it's a bit more Internet jargon we all need to swallow. When you first join "newsgroups" or "visit" "sites" you should first find their lists of "frequently asked questions"--FAQs as they are affectionately called. These provide answers to the...
Video editing pioneers didn't have the simple pleasures we take for granted today. As you may already know, they didn't have things like time code, computer-based editors or Video Toasters. But did you know they also didn't have electronic editing, audio dubbing or even slow and fast motion picture...
Black Button Blues Why does the consumer have to put up with these solid black units? I don't mind the black cases but why can't we have different colored buttons for the operations? Before I retired I used Sony BVW-65 and 70s. They have a gray case with a solid...
There's no doubt about it--the good old days of linear editing are numbered. Digital video is like a bullet train hurtling down the track, closing in quickly on the complacent caboose of analog video. But don't toss out your analog equipment just yet. The digital technology that is available is...
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...