Back In The Day - Amiga Video Toaster

The Commodore Amiga computer was quite remarkable for it's time; a color GUI along with some pretty sophisticated hardware. Also, in late 1990 came a real breakthrough in the new field of digital video - the Video Toaster.

This was a plugin hardware card for the Amiga along with software that gave users something akin to the abilities of a contemporary $20,000 SGI workstation for less than a quarter the cost (including the cost of the Amiga itself).
For that money, an aspiring video editor received a four-input switcher, two 24-bit frame buffers, a chrominance keyer (for doing green or blue screen overlays), and an improved genlock. The software allowed video inputs to switch back and forth using a dazzling array of custom wipes and fades, including the squishing and flipping effect that [Paul Montgomery of NewTek] had originally wanted.
Bundled with the system was Toaster CG (a character generator to make titles), Toaster Paint (an updated DigiPaint for making static graphic overlays), Chroma F/X (for modifying the color balance of images), and the real kicker: Lightwave 3D, a full-featured 3D modeling and animation package written by Allen Hastings and Stuart Ferguson.

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