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Video Ease

Video Ease was written partly to prove you could write and sell a video titling package for less than £200 and partly to allow me to add titles to my own videos without spending £200. At the time the only video titling package for the Amiga was Broadcast Titler, a hugely expensive and professional package. There were no cheap alternatives although they were about to start hitting the market.

Working in a computer shop I was constantly asked for a video titling package but could offer nothing within budget. The shop owner suggested I write one and he would pay the money for boxing and advertising. I set about producing something easy to use that did not require 8mb of Ram, the result was Video Ease v1.

It had its rough edges, but it did the job providing various scroll options along with ten wipes ready to use with your genlock.

I took the package and advertising photograph, destroying a perfectly good porn video in the process. The boxes arrived and we started to advertise in all of the popular magazines.

It sold badly, just about covering the costs and in the end my total profit was £15. Version 2 (more accurately v1.1), already 99% complete a week after the release never got completed despite being an ultimately better program. I still have a few sealed boxes kicking around somewhere.

Amiga Shopper gave it a full page review and absolutely destroyed it and any potential sales.

I will provide only screen shots here as I don’t want the program to be made available again! Video Ease was my only commercial program.


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