America's Klutziest Home Videos Will Soon Be Easier To Cut

Coming soon for home-video enthusiasts: a software package from Toronto-based Gold Disk Inc. that will help personal computers edit videotapes.

It's called VideoDirector, and here's how it works: A cable connects an 8-mm video camera and any VCR to any IBM-compatible PC running Microsoft Corp.'s Windows. Up on the screen pops a set of VCR-like buttons that can be used to search through the videotape in the camera. When the camera replays a scene you like on the TV screen, merely click the computer's mouse at the beginning and end of the scene and assign it a name--"Dad Falls Into the Pool," for example. The computer automatically logs every segment you name for later retrieval. Then, you can decide the order of scenes by simply "cutting and pasting" their names. Click on another button, and the computer does the rest, copying scenes from the camera to the VCR, which it controls. Gold Disk says the $200 package will be in retail stores by mid-October.

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