VariZoom has announced the release of two new wide angle lens converters, the VZ-FX70, and the VZ-FX75. The adapters use a series of multi-coated lens elements to reduce chromatic aberration.
From a VariZoom Press Release:
VariZoom is proud to announce the release of the FX Series of Lens converters.
Reprinted from a Video Technical Services, Inc. press release:
Video Technical Services, Inc. is proud to make a New Product announcement from CHINA CITYTEK, the 2110G Dual Voltage Lithium-Ion Battery Kit.
The Kit is made up of a 75Watt-Hour, Lithium-Ion Battery Package that contains 2 power outlets; one that supplies 8.4 volts for most all DV-Pro Camcorders and a switchable 12 volt/19.5 volt output for either a Hard Disk Recorder or Laptop Computer. An LCD Display monitors both output voltages and condition of charge.
Focus Enhancements today announced their new DTE recorder, the FS-5. Essentially it's a 100 gigabyte portable harddrive recorder that connects to your DV or HDV camcorder via Firewire. When you press the record button on your camcorder, the video goes to tape, but it's also captured to the hard drive as well. This allows you to connect the DTE directly to your computer for editing (DTE actually stands for Direct to Edit) instantly, and have a tape back-up archive as well.
In August, Sony will debut the HDR-CX12 camcorder. It's a Handycam format camcorder, that records to Sony's memory stick technology in 1920x1080 HD video, and also takes a pretty astounding 10 megapixel still photo.
It features a new technology called "Smile Shutter" that can analyze when a person in the frame smiles, and snaps a photo automatically at the same time you're recording video.
Maybe I'm showing my age, but I still can't wrap my head around a one terabyte portable bus-powered hard drive. I remember when 9 gig drives were the standard high capacity drive, and honestly it wasn't that long ago. So for those who need massive portable storage, like editing in the field with a laptop, check out the details of LaCie's 1TB Little Big Disk below.
From a LaCie Press Release:
Little Big Disk Quadra 1TB: Small, Mighty and Full of Capacity
Powerful, handheld storage device available up to 1TB
Today Rode announced a new shotgun mic model, the NTG-3. An interesting feature on this mic is the moisture-proof design, allowing the use of this shotgun mic in humid and rainy field conditions without having to worry about condensation building up on the diaphragm. We should probably point out that this does not make the mic waterproof (you still don't want to get it wet) :)
More details on Rode's offering below:
From A Rode Press Release:
Introducing the new NTG-3 - a precision, broadcast-grade shotgun microphone from RDE Microphones.
Avid released a new version of it's flagship software, Media Composer 3.0, as well as most of it's editing line up. Of note, the new price of Media Composer 3.0 software of $2,495 is half the cost of the previous version, making high end Avid editing a bit more accessible to independent videographers.
From an Avid Press Release:
On a brief stopover from our Portland Conference (which went very well, by the way, thanks for asking) we stopped by the storage providers LaCie to take a look at some of their new products. While the company headquarters is in France; the US operation, where they run tech support, sales, and still have a factory that assembles their product is located in Hillsboro Oregon.