If you've spent any time looking at editing systems, you may have come across terms like serial data transfer, Control-L, Control-M and ViSCA. They sound more like things you'd expect from an episode of Star Trek than features of editing systems. What are these cryptic terms, you ask? They're names...
Its 11 a.m. on April 27th, 1995; a multitude of videomakers and industry professionals have descended upon the Meadowlands convention center in Secaucus, New Jersey. The event is the 1995 Videomaker Expo--three days of displays, seminars and panel discussions, all on the topic of making video. At this particular moment,...
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...
If you've followed the articles in this column for a while, then you know how important good quality sound is to your videos. And you've probably read it here over and over again: attaching an external mike to your camcorder can help you obtain better audio. But sometimes, using an...
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...
More and more these days, consumer videomakers are doing more than just shooting footage--they're editing. But when it comes time to purchase the gear to do this, they find themselves in a bewildering maze of acronyms and hyphens: LANC, Control-M, RS-422, VISCA. "What's an editing protocol?" you ask the dealer,...
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...
All but a very few camcorders and VCRs can record audio signals along with video; that's pretty common knowledge. But do all camcorders record audio in the same place and in the same way on every tape? Well, not quite. Knowing where and how your audio tracks record will help...
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...
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