have been involved in multimedia for many years, at first producing slide tape
sequences for both the amateur and professional world. I first got hooked on tape
slide in the late 60`s after seeing a early Hi Fi show with slides. In those days
there were no wondrous computer controlled devices. In fact my first device was
a homemade cardboard , string and elastic band device. I only had one projector
- a Leitz Pradovit so I used to do shows with a friend who had a similar projector.
Eventually I bought a Duofade, an excellent 2 projector device which had controllable
diapraghms in front of each lens. I also tried a Staysatom unit which was one
of the earliest electronic dissolve units. Both these units are still working
but have been relegated to the loft for safe keeping, perhaps they will feature
on a future antiques road show ! Then came the Animatic / Diafade period the latter
being a four projector unit. I used two of these for the 8 projector Nikon multi-vision
series with Agfa projectors. The Diafade was the first electronic system with
independent control of each projector. On the pro side I used Electrosonic units
which were very reliable and then Doves. Now I use a Dataton computer system with
Carousel 2050`s. For sound I used to use either my own 8 track reel to reel min-studio
or a local professional studio when applicable. Now I do the whole soundtrack
on the computer using Cool Edit.
I work at different levels depending on
the job, sometimes providing the pictures only, sometimes doing the projector
programming or ideally producing the whole programme.
video gradually took over many of the roles carried out by slide tape I moved
into the new arena first by providing computer graphics from a Spaceward system
in an edit suite and later by producing videos for clients. I prefer to use Beta
SP, hiring in a crew and editing in a linear suite though I do the off line edit
myself and now have a Targa 2000 Pro board in one of the computers with Speed
Razor as the software . Times are changing rapidly and digital video is expanding
at such a fast rate that any capital investment is fraught with dangers. The `home
studio environment` however is becoming more powerful with the advent of faster
computers, cheaper memory and better software becoming available. Powerful plugins
such as Final Effects, Boris effects that can be used with both Speed Razor and
After Effects allow high end effects to be achieved at a fraction of the cost
of what was available a few years ago. With the PC's getting more powerful by
the week and the launch of the lower cost SGI`s the future is very exciting .
The limit is your imagination.
new multimedia authoring programme due to be launched at the Digital Media World
exhibition at Olympia shortly (November 14-16th 2000 ). Click on logo for further
Details of programmes
for showing image sequences on a computer