Video Toaster 4000

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The Video Toaster was an Amiga computer-based video effects editing system. A hardware and software combo, it was pretty much the first consumer desktop computer system available for video editing. The first one came out in 1987. I can vividly remember going to a computer store to watch the demo tape and gape at the the computer on several occasions, convinced I would do great things if I could afford one. The stills above are from the Video Toaster 4000 which came out around 1993, and features Tonyy Hawk in some recycled Bones Brigade video footage. Of course this predates Tony’s appearances for Apple Computer on behalf of Final Cut Pro. The demo reel is cheesy as hell, and therefore well worth watching. I assumed that the Video Toaster products were purely a 90’s phenomenon, but they were actually being marketed until 2010.

– Thanks to Stephen B for the tip.

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  1. Eric Cherry on May 16, 2016 - Reply

    Video Toaster and Lightwave were amazing products in their day (don’t let these videos fool ya, it really was cool). The guy that started Video Toaster & Lightwave had a film last year that was pretty interesting called Tim’s Vermeer, was a cool thing he did and I encourage ya to check it out. Obviously a brilliant dude.

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