info and pics coming one day...
TRV330 CCD Video Camera - Digital 8. Had this
for years, excellent sturdy camera. The "super nightshot"
and "low lux" blur in an interesting way. A
lot more noise in low-light than our other video cameras,
but still a great old camera for daytime use if you're
looking for an inexpensive second-hand video camera. We
mostly use this as an output screen these days - sad,
eh? Has standard-jack S-Video in/out as well as AV in/out,
unlike newer consumer video cameras which usually only
NV-RX20EG Analogue VHS-C Video Camera - Jasper's owned
this since he was about 13 and used to use it to record
his rollerblading exploits. We've recently pulled it out
and discovered that it behaves much better in low light
than most modern digital video cameras. In addition, it's
much better for funky analogue-looking video feedback
when pointed at the TV as an output from our video desk.
It's difficult to get VHS-C tapes any more and they're
not the best quality, but as it has RCA out, we can go
live out of camera into our DVD or mini-DV recorders.
Not such a great option if you were shooting outside,
but no problem when you're recording feedback on the TV
and Holga Toy Cameras - Medium-format (120 film).
These legendarily bodgy, all-plastic (even the lens!)
toys produce beautiful, vignetted dreamlike photos. See
for more info about these.
CVI (Computer Video Instrument) "Black
Rack" PAL, 1984 model. CVI's were the first
commercially produced live-video
effects processing units, produced in Australia
from 1984-1994 and revolutionised television with
affordable chromakeying. Although can also be blamed
for many of the horrible gimmicky effects in 1980's
music videos ;)
happy bunnies we are to have found a Fairlight after
paid a lot of money to have this restored and
time we used it at a gig.
Luckily, we found a much better repairer ettrick
audio visual who
replaced all the aging capacitors etc, charged
us a lot less than the first company
and really understood our passion for this piece
of VJing history.
CVI "White Wedge" model, PAL, 1994. Marked
model but actually has "Producer" model firmware
used as a demo by local distributor, who sold it to
us in-box. As it was the last model before production
was stopped, and
the same model with the same incorrect firmware, we
was never actually sold... hard to find out for sure
though. Unfortunately it means that the extensive user-manual
we got with it doesn't actually relate to it's operation.
We'll write more about our much-loved Fairlights when
we get a chance, and also try to scan the manuals since
we keep getting asked (such a time consuming job though)...
WJ-AVE7 Video Mixing Desk. A good, inexpensive
workhorse and great mixer for newbs - See
review on VJ Central or a review
DVM1000 Video Effects Mixer. Very cool toy when
working with video, although doesn't have TBC so you need
to also work through a desk with TBC (such as the AVE7)
or use a TBC. The invert modes are unusual, not just your
usual negative. See
review on VJ Central.
Video Effects Mixer. Bought this on eBay but
haven't used it yet :P
games consoles - details coming soon
Multisync MT1030 Digital Projector (900 lumens).
Lovely projector, nice colour definition, easy to use.
Bargain ex-university auction win, with very low bulb
hours and got it for about 10% of it's market price. Pretty
low lumens so we don't use it for gigs, but great for
parties at our place. Projector
Central say it's good, and we agree :)
1084S monitor - Used in conjunction with the iBot
for getting excellent quality analog-video type feedback.
Nice portable little monitor with a good range of inputs
and outputs. Leftover from the days when Kat used an Amiga!
Will have to fish the old Amiga out and try using it in
some way in the rig :)
are NOT worth buying second-hand, we've discovered. The
price has come down so much, and the supported resolutions
and frequency ranges have improved massively in recent
years. Buy one new on eBay. Also, if you have a newish
laptop with a really good graphics card, you may have
Overscan built in and not need a Scan Converter. We don't
use them any more, since we both have good laptops now.
USA PC to Video Cable aka Grand Hand View Pocket
Scan Converter. This is USB powered - yay! So you don't
have to lug a power supply to gigs. So tiny and portable
it's hard to believe it's really a fully functioned scan
converter with really good Overscan function (the main
reason to use a scannie as a VJ, if your graphics card
won't overscan output by itself). Can cope with resolutions
up to 1280x1024 at 60Hz or at 1024x768 will work at 60-85
Hz. All for under a hundred bucks. The odd thing is that
they don't call them 'scan coverters' (although that's
what they are) so if you're looking for one of these on
eBay etc, seach by brand.
Select Scan Converter - Does 1024x768, overscan,
etc. Semi-pro scan converter, now just our backup as we
can't be bothered taking a power supply etc to gigs. See
Vine Micros at corio.co.uk
Video Stabiliser - aka Black Box. We bought this
generic little unit on eBay. They're not expensive and
are very useful for cleaning up video signals (oh, and
also getting around most copy protection systems, not
that we'd do that). We especially use this when we're
dubbing cruddy old vintage VHS videos to DVD to rip for
View external video conversion unit. Useful for converting
from video to USB, can also be used as a TV receiver in
conjunction with the lappie, which I guess could be handy