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After purchasing the product, I discovered a few requirements were needed. Like an operating system upgrade, or a humungous, fast and very expensive second hard disk.The bottom line on the extras was:to buy Studio DV = £199to accommodate Studio DV = add £300! Not so very cheap, not so very funny either. Any road up, I persevered, set up my system, and videoed my eldest daughter’s wedding. (I will save the details in case Norm wants another article!) Back to the plot. So, I uploaded the video into the PC beast, and prepared to edit! I spent many fine hours of editing and produced a video that employed almost the entire range of transitions available in the software. (OK - so I know better now!) It had titles, and courtesy of the bundled software,(‘Smartsound’) had some muzak. Time to export... It was at this time that I discovered that my DV camcorder was not only DV dongled and I couldn’t take an edited video from the PC back to the camcorder, but that it was not ‘curable’ by virtue of a widget! All manner of widgets are available, but not for the Panasonic NV-DS11 apparently - bugger! So after phoning around I found a Panasonic dealer in Nottingham who would de-dongle it for me. (Add £50 and a weeks downtime to the bill please). Whew! I finally got the video onto an otherwise blank tape, then transferred it to my VCR. Then I played it back. To date my PC configuring, camcorder DV in enabling, filming and editing had taken about a month. I was therefore dismayed to find that there was a problem. During the playback a crackle appeared on the soundtrack. I re-edited it, exported it again, and found that the crackle still existed. It wasn’t a consistent crackle, it changed in amplitude and it occurred in different places on the finished video. I tried again, I used different tapes, I tried again, I used different settings - in all I tried about forty times. Still it crackled. I even sent the camcorder back for investigation! It turned out to be fine. With years of experience in these matters, my conclusions were that it was a faulty capture card. I tackled the supplier. I spoke with Pinnacle’s ’technical support’ team (a Spaniard in Holland). I spoke with Pinnacle directly, I spoke with many people, all to no avail. Herein lies the biggest problem with PC based video solutions - in a word - support. It is scant, poor, and begrudged - not to say expensive - Pinnacle support is 50p per minute - and not very good. “This product shouldn’t do that” is not very helpful. So I began a fight to get the product replaced - to cut a long one very short - it didn’t happen - so I began another long fight to get my money back. With more judicious word cutting - I got my money back and bought Adobe Premiere with a DV Raptor capture card. Very expensive, ghastly to look at, quirky to install, occasionally unstable - but worth every penny of it’s £600! I managed to re-edit my daughters wedding, (with even more transitions) and had NO CRACKLE! Nirvana achieved in DV!Now, what else should I do with it?

SECOND TAKE February 2001

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