The History Of Camcorders
by: Richard Gazzo
Well, when you think of a camcorder, you probably envision those little hand-held mini dv camcorders that fit into the palm of your hand, right? Like all things, the camcorder had it’s own starting point, too. In the “old days”, the camcorder was very big and bulky. It was originally designed to be used to help capture news on the run. Today, they can be found in mini form and are even able to be recorded on many different media formats. The prices can vary, but thank your lucky stars that they have evolved; if they hadn’t, we’d still be lugging around those heavy vhs-beta recorders from the days of yesterday!
To really appreciate the camcorders of today, we must look at the camcorder of days gone by. When you look up camcorder in the encyclopedia, you encounter a long, rambling description. Basically, it says that a camcorder is a “portable electronic device (usually digital camera) for recording video images and audio onto a storage device. It contains both a camera and a recorder in one unit.” In the recording days preceding the camcorder, the camera and recorder would be separate in technology.
The camcorder was actually designed for the advancement of broadcasting television images. Can you image the world today without our awesome news overages that we depend on? How would we know of the upcoming disasters or the destruction a world away, without the images that can be transported in seconds? Unlike today, the cameras of yesterday in broadcast centers were very big and were mounted on a specially designed trolley for transportation. They were wired to remote recorders located in separate rooms. Talk about inconvenience!!
Thank goodness for the innovative technology in the years to come! Without it, we would not be able to shoot little Billy’s t-ball game or Suzie’s High School Graduation ceremony! Eventually, the technology let the electronic giants of the world create a much smaller, compact design that could combine both the camera and recorder; and the camcorder was born! In the early 1980’s, Sony brought us the first camcorder. Kodak quickly followed suit and the rest is history!
Today, the camcorder is made by many leading electronic manufacturers and is found in many homes all across the world. They can be large or mini in size. They can record on many media formats, including vhs tape, 8mm, dvd-r and dvd-rams! They can offer many features, including optical and digital zoom lenses, built in microphones, still shot capability, web cam capability, image stabilizer, rechargeable lithium battery, in camera menu, in-camera editing and warranty. There are a ton of accessories you can find for the camcorders, including: tripod, extra battery, USB and A/V cables, AC power adapter, shoulder strap, carry case, battery charger and editing software.
Many of the newer models of camcorders are more than just typical camcorders, too! Some of them actually double as a digital camera, too! Just image how easy and convenient it would be if you could carry one machine around to capture all of those special moments, instead of two! Whether you are buying a camcorder for yourself or for a gift, there are many models to choose from. Of course, the prices will vary, depending on features, size and the manufacturer.
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Who is the Real Jesus?
Ever since the dawn of modern rationalism, skeptics have sought to use textual criticism, archaeology and historical reconstructions to uncover the "historical Jesus" -- a wise teacher who said many wonderful things, but fulfilled no prophecies, performed no miracles and certainly did not rise from the dead in triumph over sin.
Over the past 100 years, however, startling discoveries in biblical archaeology and scholarship have all but vanquished the faulty assumptions of these doubting modernists. Regretably, these discoveries have often been ignored by the skeptics as well as by the popular media. As a result, the liberal view still holds sway in universities and impacts the culture and even much of the church.
This presentation explodes the myths of these critics and the movies, books and television programs that have popularized their views.
Presented in ten parts -- perfect for individual, family and classroom study -- viewers will be challenged to go deeper in their knowledge of Christ in order to be able to defend their faith and present the truth to a skeptical modern world – that the Jesus of the Gospels is the Jesus of history -- "the same yesterday, today and forever" (Hebrews 13:8). He is the real Jesus.
Speakers include: George Grant, Ted Baehr, Stephen Mansfield, Raymond Ortlund, Phil Kayser, David Lutzweiler, Jay Grimstead, J.P. Holding, and Eric Holmberg.
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|The Beast of Revelation: IDENTIFIED
Who is the dreaded beast of Revelation? Now at last, a plausible candidate for this personification of evil incarnate has been identified (or re-identified). Ken Gentry's insightful analysis of scripture and history is likely to revolutionize your understanding of the book of Revelation -- and even more importantly -- amplify and energize your entire Christian worldview!
Historical footage and other graphics are used to illustrate the lecture Dr. Gentry presented at the 1999 Ligonier Conference in Orlando, Florida. It is followed by a one-hour question and answer session addressing the key concerns and objections typically raised in response to his position. This presentation also features an introduction that touches on not only the confusion and controversy surrounding this issue -- but just why it may well be one of the most significant issues facing the Church today.
Ideal for group meetings, personal Bible study -- for anyone who wants to understand the historical context of John's famous letter "... to the seven churches which are in Asia." (Revelation 1:4)
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|Amazing Grace: The History and Theology of Calvinism
Over four hours of instruction!
Just what is “Calvinism?” Does this teaching make man a deterministic robot and God the author of sin? What about free will? If the church accepts Calvinism, won’t evangelism be stifled, perhaps even extinguished? How can we balance God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility? What are the differences between historic Calvinism and hyper-Calvinism? Why did men like Augustine, Luther, Calvin, Spurgeon, Whitefield, Edwards and a host of renowned Protestant evangelists embrace the teaching of predestination and election and deny free will theology?
This is the first video documentary that answers these and other related questions. Hosted by Eric Holmberg, this fascinating three-part, four-hour presentation is detailed enough so as to not gloss over the controversy. At the same time, it is broken up into ten “Sunday-school-sized” sections to make the rich content manageable and accessible for the average viewer.
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