I've been very busy over the past
few months, so this website has been a little neglected. I have not been
idle however. I had a heavy session over many weeks testing the new
Studio7 editor, and am currently preparing a new section on this
remarkable product. More about this soon.
In the last month I have been
getting to grips with the new CD/DVD authoring package, Pinnacle Express.
Today, I have uploaded a new area associated with this but, be warned, it
is not 100% complete yet. However, the essentials are here - a product
tour, an in-depth review, and a page that will delight devotees of the
This latest maintenance update to my
site also heralds a general restructuring and clean-up. There are some
links that are not operational yet, but if you find something that used to
work, but is now dead, please let me know.
6 months of wrestling with complex
multimedia programming techniques (new to me) has finally produced my
latest freeware creation AviLab For SDV. This is
a special build of the main AviLab application (which I am still
developing), intended as an aid for StudioDV users. It creates animated .avi
files to enable accurate Pause &Record Delays to be measured.
I have also added a search engine to
my site, which allows both the WWW and my site to be individually
New page added to the Studio OnLine
section, dealing with Sharing your movies over
the Internet. This includes details of how to stream RealMovie clips from
your own website.
February 6 2001
New section added, describing
Pinnacle's new baby, Studio OnLine. This is a
low-cost USB solution for anyone wanting to make and send personal video
web greetings to far-flung friends and family over the Internet. The
package price includes free space on Pinnacle's web server, so you don't
even need to have a website of your own to use it. This new product will
also give you the opportunity to make high resolution movies to your
hard-disk in a variety of formats, for burning to CDR/RW if you wish. It
can also be used with video-conferencing programs like Netmeeting.
October 29 2000
Another new page added. This time devoted to
producing Hi-Res AVI movie files with
Studio400. This exploits the superb editing capabilities of the system,
using imported AVI files from other applications. It will appeal in
particular to users interested in creating high quality movies for
including in multimedia CD ROM productions. This page is new, and will be
updated regularly as new information emerges, so keep an eye on it.
October 14 2000
New page added to Studio400 section
describing how to convert SmartCable 006 to give direct Ctrl-S wire
control to Sony VCRs. I have had this information in the background for
some time but, with cable 004 becoming obsolete, I decided to take
time-out from my other projects to bring its posting forward.
I have also filled in some blank
space on the Sparky? page.
June 28 2000
Studio400 Connections page
constructed. This is almost complete, except for the final connection
diagrams. I have added this page ahead of completion because of the e-mail
enquiries I have been receiving recently concerning the confusion over
SCART cables and soundcard connections.
I am doing my best to keep up to
date with this website, but I am currently heavily involved in writing new
software, to be released late summer. This is restricting the time I can
spend acting webmaster. Sorry about that.
By the way, a big thank you to all
Studio400 users that have registered the new User Guide + The
Assistant. So far, all feedback has been very positive, so I am
delighted that you are finding the package as useful as I had hoped. I am
currently trying to find a way of rewarding your support. This could be in
the form of discount on my next software utility for all registered User
Guide customers. Watch this space.
May 23 2000
Free update to Glitch
Doctor now available. Also, a brand new illustrated User
Guide with a unique free utility I have called The
I make no apology for the need to register
this new user guide. It is the
result of countless hours work, and is built upon direct experience of
users' problems. The Assistant has been developed from a utility that I
created for my own use, to give a rapid feedback to users having trouble
with the arithmetic associated with their Glitch Doctor results, and
irregularities in the results themselves. It can
now be on your own computer in a few moments when you register the new
May 4, 2000
Well, here it is at last . My new
website - It has been a long time coming. I decided to get a web
presence over a year ago, at a time when I was burning the midnight candle
(at both ends) each night answering a mountain of e-mail that I received each day on the
Studio400 editing system, and my Freeware Glitch Doctor program. The easy
way out, I thought, was to put a load of stuff on the web and let you guys
Unfortunately, pressure of work, a
strong commitment to my family life and home/garden projects, and my
e-mail/webboard activities, slowed progress somewhat, but I found
time from somewhere to move slowly in a forward direction.
I had first to learn many new tricks
to get these pages off the ground, ranging from finding out what HTML was
all about and designing a personal look and feel to the site, to sorting
out the commercial aspects such as deciding on a web hosting solution.
This took time.
Then came the hard work (fun?)
producing the words and pictures. I guess I underestimated this. I still
have some way to go, and there are several incomplete pages sitting on my
harddrive waiting to upload when they are ready, but I think I am now
getting somewhere. I hope you find it useful.