Audio-Technica AT-MX341a SmartMixer
Elite Video BVP-4 Broadcast Video Processor
Rip-Tie CableCatch Velcro fastener
Sony HMEAD professional Hi8 tapes
Durable ME Tapes from Sony
Editors have long demanded a high-quality ME (metal evaporated) tape that can withstand the rigors of editing. In response to this demand, Sony has released their new HMEAD professional Hi8 tapes, which boast lower dropout rates and greater durability than previous ME tapes. Sony coats their HMEAD tapes with a "Diamond-Like Carbon Coating," a substance that protects the metal evaporated layer without affecting its superior recording properties. (201) 476-8000.
Suggested retail price: 30 min. $12.50; 60 min. $18;120 min. $24.
Panasonic's New Prosumer Camcorder
Aimed primarily at event videomakers, the Panasonic AG-456U comes with 12:1 power zoom, built-in vertical interval time code, hi-fi stereo sound and two-hour battery. Digital effects include strobe, still, tracer, wipe and mix; other features include manual white balance and iris controls, audio/video insert, Panasonic 5-pin and synchro edit interfaces. (201) 348-7013.
Suggested retail price: $2,495
750 Menu-driven Lines
JVC's BM-H1300SU is a 13-inch professional color video monitor that's aimed at the serious videomaker. With an advanced built-in microprocessor, .28mm dot pitch, sophisticated color circuitry, menu-driven controls and better horizontal resolution than most of the monitors in its class, the BM-H1300SU is sure to turn some heads. (201) 794-3900.
Suggested retail price: $1,195
Hands-off Mike Mixing
For solitary videomakers who can't always be bothered to run a mike mixer, there's Audio- Technica's AT-MX341a SmartMixer, a four-channel unit with a wide range of features. With this unit, videomakers can set mike input channels to remain silent until they receive an audio signal. Other features include switchable mike/line inputs and outputs, master gain control, switchable phantom power on individual channels and RMS/peak meter functions. (216) 686-2600.
Suggested retail price: $799
Not Just a Color Corrector
Elite Video's BVP-4 Broadcast Video Processor is designed to accomplish more than the color correctors found on most SEGs or TBCs. While many of the latter color correctors simply add or subtract red, green or blue information, the BVP-4 does a linear shift of all colors at the same time in correct relation to one another. With this unit, you can match the color of two cameras, improve flesh tones, change color video to black and white and make faded video images look better than the original, among other things. (501) 321-0440.
Suggested retail price: $700
Secure Those Cables
The Rip-Tie company, maker of the popular CableWrap fasteners, has come out with a new product: the CableCatch Velcro fastener. The CableCatch will anchor cords, cables and wires to any smooth surface to keep them organized and out of the way. Made to last, the CableCatch fastener has been tested to perform over 10,000 closures. (800) 348-7600.
Suggested retail price: 2-pack, $5.49;
5-pack, $13; 50-pack, $117