We then made the mistake of buying "pro-sumer" Hi8. The camera was great but for editing the format was a nightmare; the controller looked like a ZX81 and the deck kept breaking down. We couldn't overdub sound on the Hi8 without unacceptable loss of quality and so on one production we ended up jamming in a recording studio to get the soundtrack down. We had an editor with Hi8 editing suite at one end with two engineers on live desk/fx/ sampler and myself on turntables at the other doing sixteen hours of continuous passes to mixdown live to Hi8.
After that I started a college TV station and we shot on everything on Hi8 and did composite transfers to the Umatics to edit. They were big and ugly but you could spill a pint on them and they would still make an ok edit. Heady days.
If anyone knows of resources dedicated to Tube cameras I would be intrigued.
Submitted Thr, 04 Dec 2001 14:31:18 GMT