Desktop video

Desktop video refers to a phenomenon lasting from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s when the graphics capabilities of personal computers such as Apple ‘s Commodore’s Amiga , the Apple Macintosh II and specially-upgraded IBM compatible PCs had advanced to the point where individuals and local broadcasters could use them for analog nonlinear editing (NLE) and vision mixing in video production . Despite the use of computers, video should not be confused with digital videosince the video data remained analog. Full-screen, full-motion video’s vast storage requirements meaning that the promise of digital encoding would not be realized on desktop computers for at least another decade.


Were there multiple models of genlock cards available to synchronize the content; the Newtek Video Toaster was commonly used in Amiga and PC systems, while Mac systems had the SuperMac Video Spigot and Radius VideoVision cards. Apple later introduced the Macintosh Quadra 840AV and Centris 660AV systems to specifically address this market.

Desktop video was a parallel development to desktop publishing and enabled many small production and local TV stations to produce their own original content for the first time. Along with the advent of public access cable channels, desktop video Meant That television advertising est devenu affordable for local businesses Such As real estate agents, contractors and auto dealers for the first time. As with the phrase desktop publishing , the use of the term died out as the technologies to which it becomes the norm for any kind of video production.