Soon after its launch
in 1997 Computer Video quickly became established as the leading magazine for
camcorder enthusiasts who wanted to take their movie-making the next level --
editing video footage on a PC. This was a bold venture -- remember back then we were all still using Windows 95 on 486 processors -- only the fastest
machines could cope with such a demanding application and you needed to be
something of an expert to get the often flaky software and hardware to work.
Computer Video prospered during those early pioneering days thanks to the
tireless efforts of the founding editor Bob Crabtree. Unfortunately the
magazine is no more, it closed without warning in 2004, but it has arisen again on the
web where Bob and his colleagues at Computer Video.net host a lively
forum for those interested in video editing and DVD authoring. I wrote for many of the early issues reviewing hardware -- including more monitors than I care to remember.. -- and a fair variety of software and editing systems. In recent years the magazine became a lot more specialist and I was less involved. Nevertheless. It was and continues to be an exciting field
and another reminder of how far PCs and digital technology has progressed in
such a short time.