Keith has asked what "equipment" I have.....
Most of the video was filmed using my Sony TRV30 onto MiniDV tape
A couple of shots came from my old camera a Cannon Hi8 - which I have now donated to my Dad!!
The Hi8 footage then has to be copied into the Sony onto MiniDV tapes so that all footage is now "Digital"
I use a Apple Mac G4 running OSX to do the editing - It comes with basic editing software which would be fine for the family holiday video - but I soon found its limitations.
The footage is copied into the mac using a high speed firewire cable - This takes up lots of diskspace
1Gb for every 5 mins of footage
About 14Gb for the footage from Cardiff!!
I now use "Final Cut Pro 3" - this is used by the BBC to file news reports in the field aswell as many other pro users - so I havn't scratched the surface of all its features yet!
After editing I then write the video back to a "Final Cut" on MiniDV tape - so far this is all digital and so no loss of quality. To make a VHS copy I then play the MiniDV tape through the camcorder to a standard (Akia) VHS machine
To create the DVD first I create a quicktime movie from Final Cut Pro. I then use the iDVD software that comes with the MAC to produce the DVD and then "burn" disks on the "Superdrive" in the MAC (a CD/DVD writer)
The first DVD takes a while to burn as the 8Gb quicktime movie is converted to MPEG-2 format for the DVD
After the first one - as long as you don't make any changes - it takes about 10 mins per DVD
Again Apple make "professional" DVD authoring software and with that you can add chapter marks, directors comentaries, multiple angles, region coding - basicly anything in the DVD standard!
I'm still experimenting - this was the first video that I have done other than a few 5 minuite practice runs.
The most time consuming part was getting the camera shutter with sound effect right!
and Keith..... Special prize if you can spot the bit thats actualy played backwards in the video
OK... who else wants a copy!