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,...
It's hard to imagine a camcorder without some kind of viewfinder. Some low-cost, no-frill camcorders come equipped with a simple optical viewfinder, which functions like the peephole on a snapshot camera. You observe your intended scene through an opening or frame, sometimes with the aid of a lens to...
Wireless Wonder Every video pro was once a beginner, and one of the first things beginners learn as their interest begins to grow is that there are few products available to support them at their level. Editing VCRs are at the top of the price range, as are camcorders with...
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...
Too many videos suffer from bad sound. Common symptoms include distant, tinny voices surrounded by ambient noise--appliances, air conditioners and even passing traffic. Another warning sign: when it's time to play back your tapes, you have to turn the TV volume level up annoyingly high to hear your audio. If...
Portable Giant Casio announces the Megavision FV-600, a color video projection system that's ideal for sales or educational use. The system uses a 2.4-inch, 250,000-pixel display to throw an image on either the front or rear of the screen. You can view the image from the built-in 10" monitor, or...
Videomaker is proud to announce the 1994 Best Products of the Year Awards. Each year, our editors recognize those products and manufacturers that offer the videomaker the best in convenience, features, price and performance. We also recognize those innovative products that push back the borders of consumer-level videomaking. These products...
The Wireless Way Nady 551 VR Wireless Microphone System Nady Systems Inc. 6701 Bay Street Emeryville, CA 94608 ($1000) Nady has long held a reputation for supplying quality wireless microphone transmitters and receivers to professionals and consumers alike. Nady's 551 VR offers a system put together specifically for camcorder users of all levels. The Nady 551...
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...
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...
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