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James Monaco <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 6 Jun 2001 18:30:44 -0400
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Dear MFrank:

>As for the introductory "film" course, there's no doubt you start
>with a Mini-DV or DVCam camera and a G4 Mac with Final Cut Pro and
>iDVD. Total cost probably less than $5,000 with your educational
>        is that [gulp!!!] five grand per student??? . . . or five grand
>for the class??

That's per class, assuming they all share the same camera and editing suite. Actually, at some schools you could expect students to have machines already equipped for editing. I believe all the new iBooks come with iMovie installed. Then you could spend the 5K all on cameras.

But the idea of having to share a single camera would impose some of the discipline already lost with tape vs film (as someone pointed out earlier.)

At other schools the computer lab should already have the necessary software on several machines.

>. . . second,  is it in fact true that video cams use
>digital rather than analogue technology? . . . i kinda think
not, but i'm not clear about this

You can still buy analog cameras but that doesn't change the experience very much. The footage is still digitized when it is loaded into the edit suite. (I am simplifying a little.)

>How about "Introduction to Digital Cinema"?
>No mention of 'film' or 'video' there...

Great solution! I vote for Digital Cinema! Would whoever suggested this please email me off-list? I've lost the post.


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