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...
Fun, Fun, Fun Applications I was headed for the mailbox to send a letter to Loren Alldrin at your magazine, since I respect his technical reviews and thought he might be interested in the video experiences of a strict amateur. As the mail had already been delivered, it was...
Do your videos include remarks that are pre-scripted for delivery on-camera? If so, then you need that ingenious gadget that lets TV politicians read canned speeches while seeming to ad-lib them as they gaze sincerely into the lens. You need a video prompter. (Professionals informally call them TelePrompTers(tm), but "TelePrompTer" is actually a...
Have you ever driven through the mountains and suddenly come upon a beautiful scene, perfect for video? Or perhaps seen breaking news just ahead? Maybe you just want to get some "on the road" shots for your videos. In all these cases, the problem is the same: how to capture all these...
To bring off suave and liquid moving shots, film studios use equipment that can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. But you can make expert, professional camera moves without any special equipment, and the results will add interest and snap to your programs. This month's column looks at the "how"...
Have you ever wanted to make a sci-fi video, complete with sleek starships, strange worlds, and bug-eyed monsters, but feared it would require a budget worthy of Aliens or Star Wars? If so, then you should know that many aspiring sci-fi videomakers have made up for their lack of funds...
The Confusion Solution We regularly receive letters from subscribers concerned that Videomaker is too complicated. Confused by acronyms like A/B roll, PCM audio and BNC, these readers believe making video must be easier than our magazine says it is. True, making video is easy--but you get what you pay for....
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...
They're More Important Than You Think Walk into any Radio Shack and wander through the sections for audio and video cables and connectors. Thousands of choices confront you. What do you need? What should you buy? How should you buy it. Why should you care. After all, a cable's a cable, right?...