ASK RICK -- AUGUST
About eighteen months ago we purchased a
Canon E110 camcorder and
now seriously considering going into the realms
idea is to use a mixer to allow us to edit our film and
over dub a soundtrack. Using the camcorder as the master deck,
we have two questions we would like answered:
a video/electronic engineer
convert the Canon to accept
What makes of mixer and VCR would be
compatible with the Canon?
Your frank advice in this matter would be
Whilst it is theoretically possible for a
competent engineer to rig up some sort of editing control system on your E110
we doubt whether it would be practically, or economicaly viable, in fact it
would probably be cheaper to buy a new camcorder, fitted with an edit terminal.
There's much better news on the mixer and VCR compatibility front. The E110 has
standard line audio and composite video outputs, so it can be connected to
almost any make of type of mixer or VCR, using the AV lead supplied with your
machine, and possibly a SCART adaptor, depending on the equipment used.
made myself a battery discharger using a small plastic box
with a bulb holder and have wires screwed
into the bottom to make
contact with the two small plates on the
bottom of the battery.
After using my camcorder I finish the battery
off and put it into
my discharger until the bulb goes out. It's then charged on the
charger I already have for my Sony TR60.
I don't know if this is a good idea, so any
comments you may have
on this are welcome.
Port Talbot, W. Glamorgan
Bad idea, stop it immediately! The problem
with your discharger is that it offers no protection against over-discharge, which occurs when the cells
in the battery fall below
one volt. When that happens permanent damage
will occur, and you will reduce both the battery's capacity, and working life.
Dischargers with built-in protection circuits are now widely available, for a
lot less than the cost of a replacement battery.
I'm thinking of taking up wedding videography
using my Sony V600,
700 editor and SLV 715 VCR (also Sony). Is this a suitable
the V600 be suitable to use as the main camera, or
should I get another one, also with a Control L facility?
To save wear and tear on the camera I'm
thinking of making tape to tape copies
on VHS VCRs, which are the best grades of 8mm Hi band and VHS tape?
Your current set-up would certainly do for
starters. It might be an idea to see how you get on with your present
camcorder, before rushing out to buy another one. It's a very competitive
business, and your success, or otherwise will depend on what kind of service
you can offer, and the end product, so if you have any money to spare it might
be better spent on some post production equipment, such as an audio mixer, a
video processor, and definitely some kind of title generator. Always use the
best quality tape you can get for original recording and editing masters, standard grade tape, from one of the major
manufacturers, will be perfectely adequate for the final copies
have a Sony EVC3 VCR, a Sima Titler, VEC1060 Editor and a
Thumbs Up Editor conected up in that order.
If I set up without the Thumbs Up, it all works very well. If I
use said Thumbs Up on its own, that also
works. But if I connect
all together the Thumbs Up scrolls rapidly up the screen,
no amount of button pressing, as
per the instruction book
will stop it.
We commented on the instability of the
Thumb's Up on-screen display when we tested it late last year, and the
designers confirmed that in order to keep the price down some sacrifices had
been made. The effect you describe appears to confirm this; we don't think
there's anything you can do about it, apart from compiling your edit list with
the titler out of circuit, then connecting it back in when you come to make the
use a Sony V200E in my work and
own a Panasonic S6 for home
I'm pesently editing direct from camcorder to VCR
reasonable results, but would like to improve
like to purchase an editor which I can use with
camcorders and am considering the Videonics
Thumbs Up or perhaps
Panasonic VW EC310 or Sony RME 300. Each has
features but I'm not sure which one to go for
as my work involves
producing 6 - 8 minute training videos.
Can you please advise...
Thumbs Up is the only one of the three edit
controllers you mention that will work with both camcorders, the other two are
designed to interface with Sony and
Panasonic camcorders fitted with Control L and RMC 5-pin terminals
respectively. There are a number of other so-called 'universal' controllers on
the market you might like to consider, as well as several software programs,
designed to work with Amiga and PC-compatible computers, however, Thumbs Up
sounds like the best bet for the kind of short videos you're planning to make.
bought a Camlink VMX4000
I was annoyed to find, on playing back an edited tape,
I had an unwanted background
noise audible during quieter
intervals on the wanted sound track.
breaking phono connections and
generally fiddling about
that the noise was being generated through the video
during tape play from my
camcorder.The sound could be
isolated by unplugging all input connections
to the VMX 4000 and
leaving all sliders at zero apart from the
can't be the camcorder itself as
use of the by-pass switch
this irksome sound:
however, this poses a further
since the Camlink instruction leaflet
is less than
It's unclear whether or not the by-pass is for
video processing circuitry alone or both the
Audio and Video. If
the latter is true then it doesn't work very
well since the music
source can still be heard at reduced volume.
Can you possibly shed any light on this
It would have been helpful to know a little
more about this annoying sound, for instance, is it a buzz, hiss or hum, and is
it constant, or does it change in pitch? Thge most likely candidates are mains
hum, caused by poor regulation inthe mains power supply, or some kind of
interaction between the audio and video circuits. The fact that it dissapears
when you use the by-pass switch would seem to favout that theory, the by-pass
switch only works on the video signal, cutting out the processing circuitry so
the input signal passes in and out of the box. In either case we suggest that
you return it to the dealer to have it thoroughly checked. It might be a good
idea to make a short recording as well, so the service engineer can hear the
effect for themselves, just in case it
doesn't happen on the bench, which might indicate a problem elsewhere in your
read recently that
British engineers have
whereby feature films recorded on standard 5 inch CD
discs will soon be able to be played, via the developed adaptor,
through a television set.
Have you heard about this?
D-7899 Uhlingen-Birkendorf, Germany
Yes, the system to which you're referring was
developed by Nimbus records and it uses more or less conventional CD recording,
mastering and reproduction techniques to squeeze up to an hour's worth of
VHS-quality video ( in the form of comressed digital code) on to a standard CD.
Before you get too excited there's a few ifs and buts to be sorted out before
it becomes a commercial product. The first is that discs will only be playable
on the most recent decks, which are able to process the increased amount of
information. Secondly, suitable decks
must also have a digital output, to
connect to the video decoder; many older CD players do not have this facility.
Finally, Philips, control and police
the patents for the CD system are none too happy about this development. They
claim it contravenes the so-called 'Red Book' standard, which ensures universal
compatibility for audio compact disc, and it threatens their own
forthcoming 'full-motion video' (FMV)
video disc technology based on their CD-i system, which uses a different (and
incompatible) coding system to the one developed by Nimbus. Nimbus have been
reported as saying that they hope to have a decoder and discs on the market by
the end of the year, we shall have to wait and see.
a Sanyo VMD6P camcorder and Akai A650 VCR and am thinking
of buying either an Amiga 600 or 1200 for
producing titles for my
you please advise as to what kind of software I would
and also where I could get it at a reasonable
Given the choice we'd opt for the 1200, or if
funds allow the 4000, as they have improved graphics handling capabilities.
There's certainly no shortage of good titling and graphics software but Scala
and Deluxe Paint are the current favourites. We would suggest that you check to
see if there are dealers in your area, so you could see what's available for
yourself. As far as prices are concerned, the golden rule is to shop
around, you'll find plenty of good
mail-order deals in the specialist Amiga mags.
I have a Canon E60 camcorder and JVC HRD960
VCR. On editing from
camcorder to VCR manually I get good colour results
playback through the television.
at a recent club competition, ten out of eleven entries
through the Sony projector using a New Agfa 180 cassette
came out in lovely colour. The eleventh,
mine, was in black and
So far, no one can come up with an explanation - can you?
Leeds, W. Yorks
It sound as if your recording went a
generation too far, assuming that all of the entries in this competition were
transferred to the one tape, using the
same copying machines. Was your entry a second or third generation recording?
If so making yet another copy may have
weakened the colour information on the tape to the point where the
replay VCR just gave up trying to process the signal and decided to show it in black and white.
couple of years ago I bought a Sony
TR55E palmcorder and
enjoyed the results. I then decided to try to edit the tapes and
purchased a Hama Videocut 10 which would, in
theory, enable me to
doe everything I wanted.
was when I discovered the the counter on my
Rewinding after an hour's running of the tape would not
take the counter back to zero. It could be up to 1 minute and 10
seconds out at times making it impossible to
the discrepancy in my editing.
By now the machine was out of guarantee, but if I had œ544 spare
I could have it repaired...
I read about the new Sony 8mm
deck I thought my troubles
over when it arrived on my doorstep - wrong! The counter
was defective too - 15 seconds out on an
hour's running. I sent
back to the suppliers to try to
remedy the fault and
charged me œ40 for telling me it wasn't
local supplier told me that all
counters are inaccurate and
can't be used for anything like accurate
editing. What would you
as I've invested so much in equipment already
can't afford to replace my equipment.
Wakefield, W. Yorks
been video taping for about two years now and have become
bored with just using one camera. I'd like to use more than one
at a time to get different angles when
How many different ways are there of
switching from one camera to
another and recording the results at the same
time? I know there
is the Panasonic WJAVE5, MX12 and MX50 but is there any loss in
picture quality if I use these?
Can the WJAVE5 be up-graded to the full S-VHS
of the MX12? If so
how can it be done?
Willenhall, W. Midlands
Having been making videos of weddings, shows,
etc., I purchased a
Panasonic MS4 VHS camera having had the M5 and M7 over
past three years.
I have hit one big problem - I
cannot erase original
On 95% of the videos I fiom I
have to audio dub on the
tapes and erase old audio completely unless I need to
kep some original sound.
audio dubbing the original sound
can still be heard on
stereo video recorders and, therefore,
I'm having to re-record
the taps through the Panasonic WJ-AVE5 mixer
to control the audio.
friend suggested I try an external mono
microphone, but the
are the same. I would like to have full
but can't seem to with the
M4. My previous M5 and
didn't have this problem...
Small Heath, Birmingham
you please recommend
a camcorder that
would be most
compatible with my Mitsubishi VCR that won't
be out of date in a
months, doesn't cost the earth, and advise which is the
better format - 8mm or VHS-C? I've looked at dozens in the shops
they all seem to be alike. This is most confusing to a
complete beginner like myself. Your help would be appreciated.
Kings Lynn, Norfolk.
recent issue you showed monopods,
shoulder pods and chest
but didn't say whether any of these really did the job as
far as getting steady pictures was concerned.
they really do the job? I
visualise possible movement with
monopod even with a rest which didn't seem to steady it;
even breathing have some effect on picture quality if
one used a choulder pod?
Does anyone make what I would call a mono
tripod, which is able
to open out the legs in order to make it more
steady, as I need
someting light to take with me when I go
an owner of a
Mitsubishi TV, B12
VCR and an
camcorder, I read with interest that if my
television has a scart
(it has and so does the VCR) I can get the benefit of
S-VHS by using an RGB converter.
operator's manual fully itemises the scart connections and
it has input connections for AV
and RGB signals from a
The VCR scart connections are not itemised: I've searched
for a source whic supplies these convertors
to no avail.
Could you possibly tell me where I can find
one and if I'm lucky,
how to utilise it with my equipment?
query concerns the Audio Dub Facility on my Sony SLV625 VCR.
understand it the audio dub only works on the normal audio
track and does not in any way effect the
recently lent a tape to a friend
which I'd audio dubbed
this being an important feature
to the film. As his
machine was in Nicam stereo mode at the time
he didn't hear it at
I've tried all sorts of things to ensure
happen in future, but to no avail. Without
being able to switch
this from Nicam to Mono, it doesn't seem
My current solution is to edit and record
footage I wish to audio
onto my Hitachi mono VCR and then rtansfer it onto the Sony
for audio dub of the soundtrack.
Am I mising something?
less than satisfied with the
recording times I am getting
from the new Sony NP 500 Lithium Ion
batteries. I have three of
these at the moment, all freshly charged and
in a warm climate.
normal use each battery gives
only between five and
minute's recording time; if left for a few days,even less. This
is not in any way comparable to Sony's claims
in their adverts.
Having written to Sony and had no reply, I'm beginning to wonder
there's anything wrong with this new,
wonder battery system
that makes them reluctant to reply.
I've been charging the batteries as per the
instruction book and
don't do much in the way of zooming. The camcorder is a joy to
otherwise: mind you, if you were going to do a full day's
shooting you'd need a pocket full of these
batteries! Have you
come across this problem before or am I just
have a Sanyo camcorder VM D66P
together with a Saisho
just added a Sony RM-E33F editor and Hama
After about an hour's editing the picture
starts to judder on the
TV screen but is perfectly steady in the
connect up through the TV's AV sockets there is no judder.
seems to point to the VCR being at fault.
I had this
over and was told that there was nothing wrong with its
Have you heard of any similar experiences
like this and is there
any remedy to it?
finally decided to trade in
my 35mm still photography
in favour of a camcorder, I spent weeks and pounds
studying various magazines to try to find one
I finally decided on the Sony V800 having
read rave reviews about
After seeing it advertised in Tecno's Spring 93 brochure I
them up only to be told that it's now
unobtainable! What really hurt was the fact that if they'd had
if would have only cost me œ899 instead of the MRP price of
What is going on? It only seems to have been out for 18 months.
I was told its replacement model, the VX-1,
was available at just
under œ2,000 - they must be joking!
this normal in the world of camcorders? My Canon 35mm SLRs
had long production runs and certainly
weren't replaced at double
price every 18
months. Can you
suggest a suitable
that's light, is Hi8,
medium sized and has full
been making copies of VHS videos
using an Amstrad Double
I own a Canon E110 and am
delighted with the results
using the Saisho VCR in the living room.
I realise that this is not an ideal situation
and that I'll have
to think about setting up suitable editing
facilities and I'm not
sure if the Amstrad can be employed in this
has scart sockets at the back,
one for each deck, but
salesman led me to believe these were for
cable TV which I do not
I don't really want to buy a third VCR - can you suggest a
of using what I already have: a
Camlock accessory kit with
etc. If not, is there a VCR
with all the things I
e.g. jog shuttle,
for editing, without
duplication of our already over the top
Mrs S Douse