Magazine article American Cinematographer

Cosmos and the Cmx 340 System

Magazine article American Cinematographer

Cosmos and the Cmx 340 System

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One-inch videotape machines gave post-production on COSMOS very much faster and simpler ways to achieve a final product. The COSMOS project was the first project at KCET to utilize the new production techniques that the one-inch machines offer, such as the ability, without generation loss, to create special effects by tape speed changes from minus one-fifth speed up to two times standard speed, or freeze frames while recording these onto the edited master.

It is apparent that the time which can be saved on opticals is astounding. At the editor's console, one can make any necessary special adjustment to achieve the desired look or transition with no quality loss. Use of the CMX 340 system allows the director the freedom to choose any rate of dissolve from a cut up to eight and a half seconds via computer control. These transitions can be rehearsed and rehearsed until the proper effect is achieved. It is also possible on CMX (but not automatically) to do extra long dissolves and to change the apparent look by lowering of the intensity of the signal. The superimposition of colors, such as sepia tone, can add aesthetic value to the picture, as we did with the history of Robert Goddard's development of rocketry. …

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