chapter  1
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The Camcorder–Computer Link

When camcorders were first introduced to consumers well over a decade ago, there was no video hobby field. There were no prosumers. There were only broadcast professionals.

The reasons for this were both technical and economic. The equipment to handle postproduction work (refining the video after it’s shot) was sophisticated and difficult to use. Typically it cost in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Very few were likely to pop for that kind of money just so they could have fun making videos. While wonderful titles, special effects, even primitive morphing regularly could be seen on television, in no way could home users attempt it.