Here are some links to web sites that I find particularly useful. I make no warranties about the contents, but I’ve not been disappointed so far…
Mid-Hants Railway Preservation Society
Eastleigh Railway Preservation Society
Merchant Navy Locomotive Preservation Society
UK Heritage Railways
Severn Valley Railway
UK Steam Info – mainline tour information
National Preservation – discussion forum for all things to do with railway preservation – not just in Britain, either.
Video and DVDs
DV Info – lots of useful discussion about cameras, microphones, tape, tripods, technology.
DV Doctor Web Forum – helpful discussion board for the video editor
VideoHelp – everything you could possibly want to know about DVDs and digital video
Scenalyzer – excellent and cheap video capture and scene detection software
YouTube – Free video hosting on the web. The image size is rather small on older postings and the compression can be fierce, but they now support high definition video up to 720 lines. Besides, it’s free and frequented by millions of people. Have a look for videos posted by SteamAgePictures
Pinnacle Liquid Edition, and its successor Avid Liquid, are very powerful and can be a joy to use, but very demanding of the host PC. It can be difficult to get them working correctly. These discussion boards, run by users for users, are invaluable for getting the best from this mercurial software, especially since Avid halted all further development (in 2010) and sold the Pinnacle applications to Corel (in 2012).
- New Pinnacle discussion forum for Avid Liquid – Avid first passed responsibility for Liquid back to its Pinnacle subsidiary, and then sold the Pinnacle division to Corel. Happily, most of the same helpful people are on the new forum.
- Pinnacle Liquid Edition discussion forums – quite out-of-date now, but maybe still worth searching for help with older versions.
If you are not a computer specialist (and even if you are) it’s great to have a PC built and supported by people who are both computer experts and video experts. For this reason, I bought my last machine from these people:
DVC (David Vincent Clark Ltd) near Brighton