ADVANCED ELECTRONIC POST-PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGY TAKES ITS CUE FROM JVC No element of film or video production is currently saving Hollywood as much money or time as "real time preview" editing systems. These are computer-assisted systems for editing scenes and playing them back in real time without ever having recorded anything on videotape. The VHS recorder is an important part of this increasingly popular technology which integrates video and computer capabilities" says David Walton, Marketig Manager, New Products, Professional Video Communications Division, JVC COMPANY OF AMERICA. The Speed And Flexibility Of Real Time Preview As on-line editing costs soar, more and more producers are relying on off-line real time preview editing systems. Why? The ability to randomly edit, rearrange, compose and playback in real time almost instantaneously without splicing film or redubbing video is tremendously cost effective. Decisions are recorded in the computer, not on video tape. Dialogue, music and scenes are quickly and easily manipulated. Another advantage is that edit decisions can be stored indefinitely. JVC's Role In Real Time Preview With advanced electronics and high speed random access capabilities, the JVC BR-6400U is an important component of real time preview editing. It provides shuttle search at up to ten times normal speed in either direction, eliminating guesswork in locating particular sections an editor wants to preview. An entire two hour program can be scanned in about 12 minutes while watching the speeded up picture on the screen. The Ediflex System by CINEDCO (Burbank, CA) for example, currently incorporates a Z80 64k microprocessor, a pair of 3 1/2" disk drives, an 8" disk drive compatible with most on-line systems, and anywhere from 8 to 14 JVC's BR-6400U's, depending on the amount of source material being used. Randomly accessing a frame or synchronizing the BR-6400U's is easily achieved thanks to SMPTE coding. Edit points are clean, glitch-free and frame accurate. More Time To Be Creative Herb Dow, a film editor for 17 years, and Ediflex's marketing director, says "Creatives are free at last to spend their energy editing, instead of cutting up pieces of celluloid or making dubs of videotape." The creator of Ediflex, Adrian Ettlinger, "keeps adding to the system's software, and we now have two Channel sound," says Dow. Ettlinger has won three Emmy's for his contributions to CMX 600 (the first real time preview system) and other systems, as well as the David Sarnoff Gold Medal of SMPTE in 1976 for life achievements. Dow used Ettlinger's system to edit "Gladiator," a movie- of-the-week, and he says "There's no way I'd ever go back to editing without real time preview. It's just too slow without it. If you want to learn the Ediflex system, we offer workshops to introduce the capabilities of electronic post-production." Wide Acceptance Of Real Time Preview As the benefits of electronic post-production surpass those of traditional editing systems involving splicing or dubbing, real time preview systems are becoming increasingly important throughout all of Hollywood. Ediflex systems, for example, are currently in use at Lorimar and Universal Studios. "Falcon Crest" is edited on Ediflex, and other real time systems have been used to edit "Knots Landing," "The Twilight Zone," "Full Metal Jacket" by Stanley Kubrick, and the "Living Seas" mini- documentary which was edited by Academy Award winner Ben Burtt for Walt Disney's EPCOT Center. With advanced audio circuits and Dolby B* noise reduction, the BR-6400U's four head system assures that performance is of the highest possible quality, providing stable pictures in any playback mode. For more information regarding the BR-6400U, or a full-line catalog call the professional Video Communications Division toll-free at 1-800-JVC-5825.