The short version…..
With a background in press and commercial photography we started Fox Video Productions in 1989. We were one of the first edit suites outside of London to introduce broadcast quality non linear editing with Media 100. We made a move to near Gloucester in 2000 and upgraded to Apple Final Cut Pro. We shoot and edit in HD and use DVD Studio Pro for DVD mastering. We can also supply 'Web Ready' movies, just upload to your site or we can upload to your Vimeo or YouTube account directly.
FOX VIDEO Productions was started in 1989 by Dave and Sue Farrants who at the time were running a commercial photography business. In our spare time we "rehabilitated" orphan fox cubs back into the wild, having taken many still photos of these cubs we thought that video would make a good record of our successes and our first video camera was purchased. This Panasonic MS1 was the best that could be bought in the amateur / semi pro market at the time with many videographers using it for commercial work and so FOX VIDEO Productions was born and you can see where the name came from.
Within a short space of time we found the limitations of the camera we'd bought and decided to upgrade to a pro "3 chip" Panasonic F350 camera with 2 Panasonic 7500 SVHS edit decks and an edit controller, still not satisfied with quality, we further upgraded to the MII format (Panasonic's equivalent to Betacam SP). This now gave us the quality we were looking for, however the investment cost for the edit suite could not be justified and in answer to this we decided to offer our suite out to other video producers shooting on SVHS or Hi8 and then editing up to an MII master in our suite. This became very successful and we soon became well known as an alternative to the more expensive London facility houses.
In 1995, and in an effort to increase quality yet again, we investigated the possibility of replacing our analogue suite with the then, little known, non-linear computer based edit suite called Media 100 and mastering to Betacam SP. After extensive testing we decided to buy and in the summer of 1995 we were offering one of the first broadcast level computer based edit suites outside of London to our clients. We stayed with Media 100 until late 2001, when we upgraded our suite to fully digital with a new Apple computer system and Final Cut Pro v2.
We've stayed with Apple's Final Cut Pro and now use the Final Cut Studio 3 package, we're also kicking the tyres on FCPX but still have a lot to learn so we're only using it for shorter projects at the moment.