W-H-E-R-E A-R-E W-E G-O-I-N-G ?
It seems to me that we’ve recently been along this road
. Now, again ?
Our ASSETS :
All of us enjoying our hobby, respecting one another’s
talents, encouraging one another and seeking to learn more about how to improve our skills. Among friends . Sharing and contributing
. All old hat, I know.
Many of us with happy memories of our achievements in bygone
days, and trying now to extract the most from being in a Videomaking Club . Good times together.
The ability to organize and plan and execute a Convention, 70%
of Convention work done with a handful of our Club members. Mark Levy described this Convention as the “ most smoothly-run”
one he’d ever attended. Victoria had its brand on it .
A comfortable Meeting venue.
Exchanges with other clubs overseas. And more .
Frustratingly decrepit, out-dated, temperamental Club equipment
. I know : I’m in the front line . - A “fight” every night with it, and to add insult to injury, we’re
looking at an image quality that’s not only obsolescent, but has become progressively “fuzzier.”
OUR CLUB EQUIPMENT :
The DVD player we’re acquiring will be about the only
piece of viewing equipment that can do justice to the potential image quality of DV and DVD formats that we use .
Let’s face reality. VHS never was much good from the day
it became popular in the early 1980’s. A workhorse for mass consumption, but … it’s image quality was compromised
from the beginning.
We’ve had Hi-8
and S-VHS for 14 years, with its image quality twice that of VHS. Now, we have DV, DVD and Component - better again ! I ask
you - how far out -of -date is our Club equipment ? And how good can a TV monitor from the 1990’s be? Technology
Since we’re a Video C-l---u--- b, think how nice it would
be to view our showings on up-to-date equipment . Our members are a discriminating segment of viewers and so we value superior
performance from a TV monitor .
Should we put up with the “junque” we have, should
we wait another 10 years till many of us won’t be fit enough to attend meetings - “moved on” - or dead -
but the Club will still have $700 in the bank ?
In reality, we haven’t “gone backwards” financially
so far this year. In fact, thanks to “that handful of Club members”, over $300 has been added to the Club account.