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* Digital Video Editing Comes of Age New digital video cameras from Sony, like the hand-size model TRV900E, feature broadcast-quality video and a "firewire" interface that allows simple connection and editing on a PC. Digital Origin(formerly Radius) has just launched an excellent Moto DV Firewire card and software for the PC or Mac (pound;299 plus VAT) that allows full-screen capture and computer editing of movies direct from these digital camcorders.

Apple's QuickTime 3.0 software then allows you to cut and paste movie clips with ease. It may well become the word processor of the video age. With the new Apple G3 computers, Firewire ports are built-in and the quality of video capture is breathtaking.

* Taming The Paper Overload "Two problems were obvious ten years ago," says Allen Andres, the head of Mereway Middle School. "The storage space required for correspondence over time and the paperwork explosion in schools. We decided to use ICT to defeat this threat."

The school installed a Canon Canofile sytem where all important documents are scanned and stored optically. All relevant documents are networked by the end of each week and the real beauty is that the records are never gone no matter how many people are using them." ICT may set you free after all.

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