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Avid Leaves Mac on the Cutting Room Floor

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NAB is always a forum for major announcements and surprising releases, but few announcements have created as big a stir in the broadcast and film communities as this year’s statements by Avid, Incorporated. Though the company’s claims are open to interpretation, one message came through loud and clear: Avid’s future on the Mac platform is… Read more »

V Tape

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What is V tape? V tape is an information and distribution system for mediaworks by artists and independents. We are strongly committed to the medium of video and media artworks—to their cataloging, their exhibition, their distribution, their preservation, and their future. V tape is actively involved in the continuous evolution of information technologies, seeking new… Read more »

Experimental Television Center

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When and why did the Experimental Television Center (ETC) come into being? ETC was founded in 1971, an outgrowth of a media access program established by Ralph Hocking at Binghamton University in 1969. The center’s original programs involved individuals from the arts, education, and regional community in activities that included access to portable video equipment… Read more »

Distributor FAQ: V Tape

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What is V tape? V tape is an information and distribution system for mediaworks by artists and independents. We are strongly committed to the medium of video and media artworks—to their cataloging, their exhibition, their distribution, their preservation, and their future. V tape is actively involved in the continuous evolution of information technologies, seeking new… Read more »

Funder FAQ: Experimental Television Center

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When and why did the Experimental Television Center (ETC) come into being? ETC was founded in 1971, an outgrowth of a media access program established by Ralph Hocking at Binghamton University in 1969. The center’s original programs involved individuals from the arts, education, and regional community in activities that included access to portable video equipment… Read more »

What is DVD?

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DVD (Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is a format not unlike CD, only it holds more data and stores it in a format that allows it to playback "cinema quality" video. It can also store data in addition to audio and video tracks. The current standard for DVD video is known in the… Read more »

DVD Unbound: Blowing Up the Small Screen

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We’re trying to get rid of the film print as a distribution format," explains James Boyd, the man responsible for No Dance, one of a number of micro-fests that screened in the shadow of the 1999 Sundance Film Festival–but the only one presenting films on DVD. "DVD is a finishing format, like a print, only… Read more »

Distributor FAQ: Seventh Art Releasing

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What is Seventh Art? A filmmaker-friendly specialized theatrical distributor with a video label and a full-time world sales unit. We mostly do docs. Who is Seventh Art? We’re a subsidiary of Cordish Media Inc. Udy Epstein, principal and co-founder (with Jonathan Cordish, who is currently at the Wharton School), is joined at Seventh Art by… Read more »

Funder FAQ: Texas Filmmakers’ Production Fund

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When and how did the Texas Filmmakers’ Production Fund (TFPF) emerge? The TFPF was established in 1996 in an effort to redress the loss of public funds for filmmakers, most notably the end of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Regional Regrants program in 1994. Austin Film Society artistic director Richard Linklater, who received $2,600… Read more »

High Tech, Low Profile

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Never has a revolution started so quietly. Some 40 stations across the country, from WCBS in New York to KGO in San Francisco, began digital television (DTV) broadcasts last November, and almost no one was watching. At least not on sets capable of receiving the high-definition television (HDTV) signals. Those large-screen models, at $5,000 and… Read more »