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Bolex Camera Records... yes, records!


It might seem unusual that Bolex would take the trouble to put out records.  After all, they were busy creating some of the best professional and amateur film cameras in the world. Actually these two records could actually do a lot to help you out when it was home movie night at your house.

The top record is a 45 rpm record cramming ten 30 second music tracks on one side, and a few sound effects on the other.  There's no year listed on the record, but it's from the Super8 era.  The jolly guy on the front with the mic is shown recording onto the magnetic sound track of a super 8 film.  Also note the really, really pleased look on the lady's face, but that might be because she's sitting right next to the booze. 

The bottom platter is a cardboard record that was included in a special issue of the Bolex Reporter magazine.  Ross Hunter offers a few words on "Hollywood movie making" which turns out to be pretty good advice for anyone using a camera - even today.  In the few minutes it takes to play the record, you learn to use a tripod and not to zoom so darned much.

Not every company out there takes the time to tutor their customers in how to get maximum benefit from their gear.  There are user forums on the internet for every kind of appliance or device, but the customer must seek them out.  Why not include an inexpensive DVD to help people get started using today's increasingly sophisticated devices?  Then again, I remember when one VCR company included a tutorial video - which ended up being of little use if you couldn't figure out how to hook up the deck.


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