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A new series for 1999

Beating cilia of a protozoan, video taken by Edward Cowen, UK
(Text introduction by Dave Walker)

Video in 'avi' format included. Click here for animated gif version
if your computer doesn't support 'avi'.


With the steady drop in prices of video cameras, video microscopy has become increasingly affordable to the amateur. A domestic camcorder (with lens) or security style video camera (without lens) can both be successfully used on even a simple student microscope to get video microscopy sequences. We are keen to share readers video clips as they can give a flavour of the joys of studying live organisms rather than using prepared slides.

To kick off the series we show the beating cilia of a protozoan using high power phase contrast. The video tape was sent by Edward Cowen, UK. Keeping a live protozoan still at this magnification (100x, NA1.3 oil immersion objective) is challenging so Edward has done well to capture this sequence. The web video clip has to be compressed to keep the file small so losses cf. the original video are inevitable.

To view this video clip an 'avi' plugin must be installed in your web browser. ('Mac' users may not be able to view this sequence ... sorry!).

Video clip 185kB, avi format. Three seconds at 7 frames/second, continuous loop.

Comments to Edward Cowen welcomed.


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