AVCHD in the News

Last month we reported on Panasonic‘s new AVCHD camcorders, the HDC-SD1 and HDC-DX1. Now, Sony is turning up the AVCHD heat with three of its own, the HDR-CX7, HDR-SR7 and HDR-SR5. All models are equipped with ClearVID CMOS imagers and are capable of recording HD 1080 video. The HDR-CX7, HDR-SR7 and HDR-SR5 are now shipping for about $1,200, $1,400 and $1,100 respectively.

Additionally, Sony Creative Software‘s future update of Vegas 7, Avid/Pinnacle Systems‘ newest release of Pinnacle Studio 11 and Corel/Ulead‘s release of VideoStudio 11 Plus will all feature AVCHD support. This long-awaited event will finally allow AVCHD camcorder owners to edit their video with fewer limitations. We couldn’t be happier upon receiving this news – and all nearly at once.

First, Vegas 7 will also make a 64-bit version available, partnering with AMD to make it all possible later this year. The new 64-bit version will enable the software to work seamlessly with 64-bit enabled Vista PCs and 64-bit processors. This new 64-bit Vegas on Vista will help high-definition content producers work more efficiently by taking advantage of increased memory and multi-threading capabilities.

As mentioned, Pinnacle Studio 11 adds AVCHD support, as well as HD DVD burning and Vista compatibility. The Pinnacle Studio Ultimate version will include third-party support from BIAS SoundSoap, ProDAD VitaScene and advanced slideshow tools from StageTools MovingPicture. Additionally, each version will include the Scorefitter music generation tool that creates soundtracks to match the timing and mood of your video. Pinnacle Studio 11, Pinnacle Studio Plus 11 and Pinnacle Studio Ultimate 11 are available for $50, $100 and $130 respectively.

Not to be outdone, recently announced Corel‘s Ulead VideoStudio 11 Plus will also support AVCHD, HD DVD burning and Vista compatibility. How’s that for competition? Ulead VideoStudio 11 Plus adds a lot of features for the video enthusiast, plus InterVideo WinDVD 8 Silver for playback of your AVCHD video. Ulead VideoStudio 11 Plus is available for $130. A trial version is available online.

Canon also would not be out done as they recently announced a new AVCHD camcorder aimed at the home entertainment enthusiast with its HDMI output and Blu-ray compatibility. The HR10 is a palm-sized 1080i AVCHD camcorder that records to 8cm DVD discs, including dual layer recording capabilities. At the highest quality recording mode on a dual layer DVD, the HR10 will record just about an hour’s worth of HD content. The HR10 will ship at the end of August for $1,199.

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