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The Video Revolution

The invention of video tape recording and lightweight video cameras soon resulted in the displacement of 8mm film as the primary means for amateurs to capture video. But editing video tape recordings was difficult.

In 1989 Avid introduced plug-in cards for the Macintosh which could convert video tape to digital format for editing and playback, but cost confined this technology to production studios.

Macintosh Quadra 900In 1991 Apple introduced QuickTime software that allowed the Macintosh Quadra 900 to create, edit and display real time video if an analog to digital converter card was installed to facilitate video input. By 1993 the Macintosh AV series was supplied with the necessary cards to capture analog video recordings in digital format. The video revolution had arrived for amateurs, albeit well-heeled amateurs. Over the next few years this hardware became more reasonably priced and movie editing for all was within reach.

Today every Macintosh includes iMovie software, which supports video acquisition, editing and output, usually by burning straight to DVD. For professionals, Apple's Final Cut Studio supports high-end video editing in High Definition along with companion applications that support sound editing and animation.

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Five revolutions that changed your life

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Brian Livingston talks about how the Quadra 900 revolutionised his life:

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