From the Editor
This year has been somewhat busy and both for work and play. A number of fun things conspired to keep me from putting out the Cavideo on time. I actually finished two cave productions with plenty of time for the NSS Video Salon. Burns Cave #2 is a 15 minute documentary on a very wet trip through 4 inch near siphons, along with some pretty formations. The other is titled "Were Cavers and Were Rescuers", and is an MTV-style caving music video.
The other fun project was finishing my basement office/video production room. This project has been going on for three years, and my family and I felt that it was about time I finished it. Now I am ready to have fun making more cave videos.
An item of interest here is that this new office contains some of the NSS AV equipment (since I am the Co-Chair of the NSS AV library), so the office and equipment is an official NSS editing suite. This means that any NSS caver can use this equipment to produce a caving or caver related video. If a caver wishes to supply the raw video, fairly detailed instructions, and any other relevant material, I may be able to do the production in an official NSS capacity (as long as such a project isnt too time consuming). For instance, I am helping the year 2000 NSS Convention cavers (Elkins, WV) produce a short teaser video on the convention, and then a longer video for 1999.
But I better be careful, or Ill be so busy Ill never be able to get another Cavideo Newsletter out again.
In any case, hope you enjoy this issue and have a good caving year.
Editor - Cavideo Newsletter
Dues are due1998 Dues for the NSS Video Section are due by the time the NSS Convention rolls around (8/4 to 8/9). You can either pay up at the convention, or send a check to the following address. Make the check payable to "NSS Video Section" and send to:
I realize that things have been pretty sparse this past year as far as the Video Section goes, but I am going to try harder to make this section worth the $5.00 per year that it costs. Even though this is the first Cavideo Newsletter for 1998, I will still try to get a total of four issues out. A few articles from our members out there might help a little. (Hint, hint!)
"In-Cave" Videography Workshop
At the 1998 NSS Convention in Wet Cave, Sewanee, Tennessee
Wednesday, August 5, 1998 from 8:30am to noon
On Wednesday, August 5, 1998, the NSS Video Section will hold an "In-Cave" Videography Workshop. This workshop will take place during the 1998 NSS Convention in Sewanee, Tennessee.
Whether you want to learn the basics of taking videos in a cave, or you would like to just bring your camcorder and use everyone elses lights, or you want to garner the finer points of video cave lighting, this will be the workshop for you.
This will be an informal, in-cave workshop, which will take place in the lower portion of Wet Cave, which has a total length of about 6300 feet. There is no vertical work required, and only ankle deep water in the stream passage. Most of the workshop will take place fairly close to the lower entrance in large walking passage, so we wont have to carry tons of video gear and batteries miles through the cave. The cave is only three miles from the campus, so a long drive is not required. Details on where to meet will be announced later.
I will have at least four 12-volt battery sets, along with four hundred-watt lamps, plus another three to four 75-watt lamps. My batteries (receptacle) and lamps (plug) use regular 110-volt plugs and receptacles. I will also have one Hi8 Sony TR910 Camcorder and a tripod.
The workshop will be informal. I have never been in Wet Cave, so we will be playing it by ear. We will probably concentrate on lighting techniques and action shots, since I dont think there are a lot of formations in this cave.
Anyone is welcome to attend. You do not need to belong to the Video Section, or even have any video gear. You do need to supply your own basic caving gear, however. I am not placing a limit on the number of participants, but the workshop will not be effective if there are more than 12 or so cavers per video setup.
Note that the video that is produced during this workshop will be used in the "Casablanca Non-Linear Video Editing Demo and Workshop" which is being presented on Thursday morning from 9 am to noon.
1998 NSS MINI VIDEO SECTION CONVENTION CALENDAR
Demonstration and Hands-on Workshop
"Non-Linear Digital Video Editing with the Casablanca"
Presented by Dave Socky
At the 1998 NSS Convenition, Sewanee, Tennessee on Thursday, August 6, 1998 from 9:00am to noon
This workshop will explore the various aspects of non-linear digital editing of NTSC video clips using a DraCo Company Casablanca digital video editor. The Casablanca is an "out of the box" digital video editor which does not require a general purpose PC in any way. The only requirements to perform full digital video editing are the Casablanca, a TV, and source video (any kind of camcorder or VCR).
We will use footage produced from the Wednesday morning "In-Cave" Video Workshop in Wet Cave to demonstrate and practice with the Casablanca. The goal will be to produce a short video on Wet Cave while demonstrating the features and capabilities of the Casablanca.
Below is a list of topics which I hope to cover during the demonstration.
I would like this to be a very informal and easy going demonstration and workshop. Exactly what is covered and how it is covered and discussed will depend a lot on who shows up and what the interests are.
I apologize for reprinting information that was published in December of 97, but I felt the info would be helpful when planning or considering attending the NSS Convention workshop.The Casablanca
Processor: 68040-25 or 68060-50
Data media: Hard drive for Video/Audio: FAST-SCSI II, 1 - 9 GB. Software on floppy diskette. Additional floppies for effects expansions and software updates.
Graphics: Integrated graphics, displays on TV. Additional TFT info display on front panel.
RAM: 16 MB system RAM integrated.
Measurements: 17.5" x 4.5" x 14.75".
Weight: Approximately 15 lbs. Audio Cost Information
The prices below are DraCos recommended retail prices for the different major options of the Casablanca.
The 060 Unit is Render Accelerated. It will render transitions 2 to 3 times faster than the 040 unit.
1998 NSS Video Salon Entries
ByAlex Sproul It looks like a good year for the Video Salon is coming up! The Salon received a total of 10 entries this year 7 amateur and 3 professional. They clearly show that the state-of-the-art is gaining ground fast, with several more producers trying their hand at nonlinear editing, and the TV producers being sure to include all the needed safety and conservation messages. This years Thursday evening Salon is a must-see, and dont forget the unabridged showings on Friday morning. The synopses below are from the next edition of the NSS A/V Library Catalog; these programs will be available for checkout immediately following the convention.
CAVE DIVING THE NEED FOR TRAINING A short primer on the dangers of cavern diving and the consequences that await the unprepared. By Mike Garman and Brett Hemphill. ©Hydro-Geo, 1997. V111/5:07/S/S
WAYNES WORLD SINK CAVE SYSTEM Follow the explorers as they discover a new karst window linking several known underwater Florida caves. ©Hydro-Geo, 1997. V755/12:44/S/S
THE JEWELS OF THE DARK Philippe Axell and a video team set out to document Europes finest caves on high-definition video particularly those caves and passages which are never accessible except on very special occasions. A unique opportunity to visit the best of the best. Exquisite photography! ©Axell Comm., 1993 V633/50:17/P/P
CATHEDRAL CAVE A tour of this very nicely decorated Missouri cave by Greg Small and Jim Padgett. ©Small/Padgett, 1997. V756/16:40/S/S
Also on this tape
CATHEDRAL CAVE RESTORATION The efforts of Missouri cavers to remediate and conserve this spectacular cave are highlighted. By Greg Small and Jim Padgett. ©Small/Padgett, 1997. V756/15:40/S/S
BURNS CAVE #2 This West Virginia cave is only accessible during periods of extreme drought, and even then its a wetsuit challenge. Once inside, however, its large, dry borehole. A chance to see some very pristine cave. ©Hodag Video, 1997. V757/14:22/S/S
HAN: MYSTERY OF THE LESSE -- "Les Grottes du
Han" is the most famous and extensive cave system in Belgium, and has fascinated man
for centuries. Of its 14 km of passages, only 2.5 km are open to commercial tourists. Now
you can see the rest, including excellent period reenactments and talks with the original
explorers. A true cavers video and a delight to watch. ©RTBF-ACE-PHL-SGHR, 1992.
TAKE NOTHING BUT PICTURES... A group of Indiana cavers shows how to find adventure and fun, Hoosier style, while respecting natures handiwork. By Billy Pea. V929/27:44/S/S
WERE CAVERS AND WERE RESCUERS Its a caving music video! This tongue-in-cheek production is set to an original ballad (Dan McConnells Best of Show Cave Ballad at 1997 NSS Convention) and spoofs the rescue community by showing how not to rescue a caver. Lots of fun! ©Hodag Video, 1997. V930/8:35/S/S
DEPTHS OF WONDER Episode #103 of the PBS series Anyplace Wild follows hostess Annie Getchell as she joins Arkansas cavers for trips to Copperhead and Fitton caves. Well done, and with all the right messages. ©Env. Rec. Group, 1997. V931/26:28/P/P
1998 Video Section Annual Meeting
The NSS Video Section Annual meeting will take place Tuesday, August 4, 1998 at the NSS Convention in Sewanee Tennessee. The meeting will be its usual 9 am to Noon timeframe.
The short business meeting usually starts things off, with reading of last years minutes, unfinished and new business issues, and election of officers. The meeting then goes into informal mode with lots of techo-rap, techniques trading, equipment show-off, and viewing/critiquing members' videos.