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  • Apple's New iMac DV is Video-friendly


    Apple iCEO Steve Jobs today recently unveiled three new iMacs, two of which--the iMac DV and the iMac DV Special Edition--support nonlinear video editing via FireWire. Along with an improved PowerPC G3 processor, Ultra ATA hard drive options and an increased range of available colors, the iMac DV models ship with IEEE 1394 FireWire connectors and pre-installed iMovie nonlinear editing software. The iMac DV ($299) is available in Tangerine, Strawberry, Blueberry, Grape and Lime, and comes with 64MB RAM and a 10GB hard drive. The iMac DV Special Edition ($1499), available in Graphite only, has 128MB of RAM and a 13GB hard drive.
  • Panasonic's PV-DV950 Boasts 3 CCDs, Manual Controls


    Panasonic's new PV-DV950 mini DV camcorder is a 3-chip model with manual iris, gain and focus controls, as well as a 2.5-inch LCD monitor, digital special effects and still-photo capabilities. Other features include 12:1 zoom (120:1 digital), 12-bit or 16-bit audio recording, IEEE 1394 FireWire interface, 5 Program AE modes and slow motion/frame advance controls. Suggested retail price of the PV-DV950 is $2699.

  • Play Finally Ships Trinity NLE


    Play Incorporated today began shipping its highly anticipated Trinity NLE system to customers worldwide. Trinity NLE is a nonlinear editing system that provides real-time functionality and advanced post-production tools for professional videographers.

    While most nonlinear systems depend heavily on software to generate final footage, Trinity NLE has a unique custom hardware architecture that allows for online editing with real-time performance. Trinity NLE's architecture also enables new capabilities like 3D Video Tracing, which allows editors to create 3D graphic animations with live reflections, refractions, shadows and lighting from multiple video sources simultaneously.

    "Our goal was to create a post-production solution that would match the performance of high-end edit suites, but at a significantly lower cost," said Ken Turcotte, Play vice president of software development. "In many ways we've exceeded our goal because Trinity NLE provides previously unattainable real-time capabilities. We believe it is the most powerful post-production system available for the price."

    Other important Trinity NLE features include random disk access for true nonlinear performance with no time-consuming "defragmentation" or "print-to-video" delays, as well as the ability to playback video clips with slower, faster or reverse play, all without rendering. This means post-production video editors can try many creative options without every alteration forcing another long wait for changed frames to render.

    Trinity NLE can perform true color correction, simultaneous 2D and 3D digital video effects, warp geometry effects and chrominance, luminance and linear keying - all in real time. Trinity NLE also uses next-generation wavelet variable compression technology, which outperforms MJPEG systems and offers visually superior results at any given data rate.

  • Canopus DVRex Goes Real Time


    DVRexRT is Canopus Corporation's new Windows NT-based dual-stream engine that adds real-time capabilities to the company's popular DVRex DV editing system. Developed for professional and semi-professional videographers, the DVRexRT option offers real-time transitions incorporating scaling and stretching, 10 tracks of static and moving titles, color correction, luma keying, motion blur and sharpening filters and slow motion effects, to name a few features.

    "Once again our aim is to help the serious videographer run a successful business," said Hiro Yamada, president of Canopus Corporation. "Two key elements to success are reducing the time spent in post-production and, at the end of the day, presenting a high quality finished product to the client. Our products help the videographer accomplish this and more.".

    DVRex with DVRexRT supports dual-processor systems running Windows NT 4.0 and is available now from Canopus and authorized distributors, VARs and mail-order suppliers for a suggested retail price of $3295. The DVRexRT option for current DVRex users is available for $1295.

  • Sony Unveils New VAIO Line at Videomaker Expo


    For the past several years, Videomaker's Expo has drawn an eager crowd looking for the latest information, tools and tips to make the world of digital video creation as effortless as possible. At the `99 event this past weekend, video enthusiasts received a special sneak peek at something new - Sony Electronics' latest lineup of VAIO Digital Studio(TM) desktop computers ranging in price from $899 to $1999.

    With the growing interest in digital video editing, Sony's VAIO Digital Studio PCs attracted the attention of the Expo attendees, both beginners in the field and seasoned videophiles. Sony's powerful VAIO Digital Studio PCs are high quality, non-linear, digital video editing stations capable of producing near professional movies with ease.

    First and foremost, these systems are high performance multimedia PCs equipped for managing digital content such as photos, audio and video as well as surfing the Net, gaming, word processing, and creating presentations. Packed with plenty of horsepower, the new VAIO Digital Studio PCs feature hardware and software extras that infuse audio-video and information technology with greater convenience and creativity than ever before.

    "The line between consumer and professional video continues to blur," said Ken Omae, vice president of marketing for the Information Technologies Marketing Division at Sony Electronics. "Many people believe a video made from a home PC could never be mistaken for one made on a professional editing studio, but today's technology is changing that more and more.

    Videomaker's Expo provided an ideal platform for Sony to showcase the VAIO Digital Studio PC to the consumer and demonstrate how easy and fun it is to create prosumer quality videos on a rock-solid, stable home PC."

  • Pinnacle Ships Studio DV Video Editing System


    Pinnacle Systems' new Studio DV Video Editing System enables consumers to create high-quality digital videos on their PCs, taking input directly from DV camcorders. In addition, Studio DV boasts a new exclusive technology that significantly reduces the disk space required to edit videos on a PC.

    Incorporating an IEEE 1394/FireWire PCI card and an innovative software suite, Studio DV presents a simple, straightforward editing interface and a number of user-friendly features, including instant previews, TitleDeko character generator, a voiceover track, a simple timeline for adjusting the duration of scenes frame by frame and Sonic Desktop Smartsound, which generates a custom musical soundtrack tailored to the length of your production. Suggested retail price of Studio DV will be $199.

  • Dell Offers Turnkey System with Pinnacle DC1000 Audio/Video Capture Card


    Pinnacle Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: PCLE) today announced its bundle relationship with Dell Computer Corporation. The Dell Precision WorkStation* 410 or 610 is now available with the DC1000, a dual stream digital video and audio editing solution featuring MPEG-2 technology.

    As Dell announced in their recent press release, "customers in the United States can now order a Dell Precision WorkStation 410 or 610 configured with the DC1000 video-capture card from Pinnacle Systems. This non-linear video editing solution provides expert and novice digital content creators the ability to edit and produce MPEG-2 video for broadcast-quality videotapes, streaming video for the Internet, and CD-ROM content with fully interactive menus."

    "We are extremely pleased to provide these professional video solutions to Dell and their customers," said Mark Sanders, CEO and president of Pinnacle Systems, Inc. "Combining our award winning video technology with Dell's Precision* WorkStations provides the customer with a complete digital content creation system," Sanders added.

  • Apple Announces Powerful New G4 Macintosh


    Steve Jobs, Apple's interim CEO, announced the company's new G4 Macintosh computers at his Seybold keynote speech. Boasting 1MB of Level-2 cache, support for Ultra ATA/66 drives, built-in FireWire support and an AGP 2X bus, the new Macs will be available in 400MHz, 450MHz and 500MHz versions.

    Available now, the 400MHz G4 system will ship with 64MB RAM, a 10GB hard disk and a CD-ROM drive for $1599. A 450MHz system with 128MB RAM, a 20GB hard drive and DVD-ROM will ship for $2499 in September, and a 500MHz model with 256MB RAM, a 27GB hard drive and a DVD-RAM drive will be available in October for $3499.

  • Sharp Announces New Compact Digital Viewcam


    Sharp Electronics Corporation recently introduced the VL-SD20U Digital Viewcam, a product that the company claims is the world's smallest and lightest digital Viewcam camcorder that sells for less than $1000. The Mini DV camera is designed to fit in the palm of your hand; in addition to its compactness, the new camcorder boasts a three-inch color LCD screen and Sharp's Digital Gamma Brightness Correction circuitry.

    Measuring 6.4 by 3.8 by 2.9 inches, and weighing in at 1.21 pounds, the VL-SD20U is designed to easily fit into a purse or briefcase. Other features include still photo mode, still-image transfer to PC via FireWire or RS-232C, LP mode recording, 10:1 optical zoom and 100:1 digital zoom. Suggested retail price of the VL-SD20U is $999.95.

  • Videonics Ships MXProDV


    Videonics, Inc. announced today that the MXProDV Professional Digital Video Mixer is now shipping. The MXProDV is the first live mixer to include the FireWire/i.Link format along with a full analog I/O complement. By utilizing MXProDV's digital video and audio processing architecture, DV quality is preserved throughout the production process. MXProDV is available at a U.S. suggested retail price of $2,495.

    The MXProDV offers a state-of-the-art solution to users of both analog and DV technology in a studio or live environment, commented Matt McEwen, Videonics Product Manager. In addition to production video mixer applications, the MXProDV is ideal for use as a front-end digital switcher for Internet streaming productions.

    The MXProDV includes two FireWire/i.Link (IEEE 1394) inputs, one FireWire/i.Link output, four S-video and composite video inputs, and four analog outputs. Any video or audio combination of inputs can be assigned to MXProDV's four processing channels. This enables video producers to mix DV video and analog video with near instantaneous transitions.

    MXProDV combines a switcher, mixer, frame synchronizer, TBC (Time Base Corrector), manual color corrector, a special effects generator, 10-bit (4:2:2) analog-to-digital conversion, and proprietary FireWire/i.Link technology that is compatible with DV camcorders and VCRs.

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