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The Old Days: Real Vs. Quicktime? Really?

todThis month, I have been in all-too-common circle of network-user hell. Not the slap-on-the-wrist hell graced by pagan poets and late sleepers, mind you–Multimedia Hell, with all its phantasmagoric horrors. After upgrading to a “this century” system Windows 98 SE, 128MB RAM, and an 800mHz AMD Athlon processor attached to my 500Kbps-burstable DSL connection–I figured I was ready to conquer the online world. I figured wrong.

I started out by installing all the latest players. Finding and downloading player software today is no great shakes. Still, Real buries access to its free Real Player 8 Basic download on its Web page. (It’s a tiny link on the for-pay Real Player 8 Plus page, but it is there.) The Apple QuickTime download

Ulead: A Total Video Classic From The Fledgling Years

uvcThe nonlinear editing (NLE) system is an extremely sophisticated bit of computer software. It functions as an input device capturing and storing huge amounts of data. It must perform as a creative tool, with demands that push the limits of computer image manipulation. Finally, it must output that data in a variety of forms and formats, from digital DVDs and Web video to VHS tape.

While hardware is an essential component of any NLE, it is the software that is our gateway to the world of editing, says Jason Willard of Diiva.org, a video standards group. We ask a lot of nonlinear editing software, and perhaps that is why the person purchasing an NLE system deliberates long and hard before making …