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Set your movie making to auto

After a less than impressive first version, Movie Maker 2 has definitely caught up with Apple’s popular iMovie entry-level video editing program. Movie Maker 2 now has more transitions, an improved interface and support for analog as well as DV camco...

Canon 600 Series camcorders

Canon’s MV600 range replaces its MV500 series of DV camcorders. The entry-level MV600i features a Canon 18x zoom lens and 360x digital zoom as well as a 2.5in colour LCD and colour viewfinder, seven recording modes and a night mode.

New camcorder designs from Sony

The compact DCRTRV19 offers a nice combination of features for a camcorder in this price range, with USB streaming video, a 10x optical Carl Zeiss zoom lens and sharp 2.5in LCD screen.

Hitachi DVD camcorder

Camcorders have entered the world of DVD, with Hitachi introducing a range based on an 8cm Mini-DVD disc. The latest Hitachi DVD camcorder range now writes to DVD-R discs as well as DVD-RAM, and transfers video to the PC using a USB connection.

MM2: capture video and basic editing

Recently, we highlighted the improve­ments made to Microsoft’s latest free video editing application, Movie Maker 2, with heaps of effects and transitions to use and the ability to send your finished movie back to tape. Now we are taking a closer loo...

Understanding real-time

In the video editing industry, the term ‘real-time’ refers to the ability to perform a task — such as creating a special effect or a 3D title — in the time it takes to play the piece of video footage. Unfortunately, companies often redefine the word ...

Using Movie Maker 2

Windows Me and XP users may be surprised to know that they have a video editing program installed on their operating system called Movie Maker; you’ll find it in Programs-Accessories-Entertainment. Unfortunately, the inability to send video back to D...

Microsoft Movie Maker 2

Although the improvements to Movie Maker 2 with regard to transitions, effects and general usability are significant, the single new feature that transforms Movie Maker from an interesting utility in version 1 into a valuable video editing tool in ve...

Using QuickTime Pro 6 to export to MPEG-4

MPEG-4 is quickly becoming the format of choice for delivery of high-quality video to everything ranging from VideoCD, broadband and even 56Kbps dialup connections. The widespread adoption of broadband technologies has created demand for a format tha...

Working with DivX

DivX has been called “the MP3 of video” and it shares several common features with that popular audio format. Like MP3 (short for MPEG-1 layer 3 or MPEG-2 layer 3), DivX began life as an MPEG format, using MPEG-4 as the base for its development under...

Using Movie Maker

Last time, we showed you how to set up Movie Maker to work with DV quality video; this time we step you through editing your video. To perform these tasks you will need either Windows Me or XP running on your machine with a FireWire card installed, a...

Microsoft Movie Maker at DV quality

Microsoft Movie Maker was introduced in Windows Me as a useful video editing tool. Microsoft stated that the application “allows you to organise, edit and share Windows Media over e-mail and the Internet”. However, if you dig around, you will find th...

Get your video story straight

Imagine working your heart out videoing a loved one’s wedding only to forget to capture a crucial moment such as the cutting of the cake, or the throwing of the bridal bouquet. These oversights can be reduced by using a simple storyboard created well...

Give titles more credit in digital video

A good titling sequence can help establish the appropriate mood and prepare the audience for the type of movie that is being shown. Adding titles is easy using a video editing application: simply click on the Titling application within the editor and...

The impact of audio in video

When starting out on the road to video editing, it's easy to go overboard with special effects. Invariably, most new users forget that the whole point of a video project is to tell a story, not show your audience that you know where the 3D page turn ...

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