Once again Channel 5 serves up a feast of oversimplified reviews in The Gadget Show. Tonight's dumbed down helping featured two High Definition cameras and high def editing. As predicted, the two hosts realed off those stats the manufaturers love consumers to compare (FOUR TIMES THE QUALITY shouted one of the child like presenters). Rather than inform consumers, the likes of the Gadget Show inevitably re-inforce common misheld conceptions.
Tonight a PC was compared to a Mac for high def editing. And what did they chose as the shining glory of PC video editing? Pinnacle Studio Plus 11. A much derided application over various releases, this package is either loved or loathed by editing enthusiasts and casual users alike. It's hardly the beacon of editing software design (although some users swear by it), and yet the presenter proudly annouced it gained rave reviews (perhaps they should have visited our own Pinnacle forum first). As suspected, the PC performed poorly (a Sony by the way) and the mac was applauded. Great. Well done The Gadget Show for cementing the idea in the consumers mind that yiu have to have a mac for editing.
Whilst I understand the attention span of us internet generation geeks isn't the longest (my mind is already wandering as I write this.. now where was I), can't we have a little more of an 'expertly' formed opinion? And please, please, please stop realling off camera stats like top trumps; stop trying extreme reviews (of course you can't operate a camera on the back of a bike without full automatic), and start eductaing the consumer on how to use a camera. Please?