Dont wait for 3D effects to render. Videonics recently announced its Effetto Pronto DVE (digital video effects) system that will offer "faster-than-real-time" and "near-real-time" effects processing. The initial system will consist of Effetto, QuickTime compositing software and Pronto, a resolution-independent PCI accelerator card. The Rapido add-on daughter card will provide real-time open platform interface to a third-party digital video bus like Movie 2. First versions of the system will be Power Macintosh compatible and a Windows NT version will follow later.

Although Videonics announced Effetto Pronto at last springs NAB, the product wont be ready to ship until late 1997. Expect to pay about $5000 for the system, $495 for Effetto software and $995 for the Rapido add-on daughter card.

The new HotWire system from Paradyne Corporation uses a rate-adaptive digital subscriber line (RADSL) modem that can send data at speeds up to two million bits per second, making it possible to send video over ordinary telephone lines. The technology is more than 15 times faster than conventional integrated-services digital network (ISDN) lines.

The video division of Applied Integration Corporation has developed an innovative solution for MPEG multimedia markets. The VMASTER MPEG-1 card provides an integrated solution for 2D/3D graphics and video capture for the PC. By combining the functions of graphics acceleration, video capture and MPEG-1 encoding on a single PCI card, other slots are left vacant, conserving valuable PC real estate for additional controllers.

The Consumer Electronics Manufacturers Association (CEMA)

is sponsoring the first major effort to develop an industry standard for the interface between large-screen televisions and personal computers. Such standards will ensure product compatibility and make these products more consumer friendly.

The first meeting of the TV/PC standards committee was held on April 30th at the offices of Thomson Consumer Electronics in Indianapolis, Indiana.

CEMA traditionally works with member companies and interested parties to develop technical standards for the consumer electronics industry. It has helped to develop some successful and well-known standards, such as stereo audio for television and the RS-232 port.

Panasonic has joined the Firewire family by introducing two new DV camcorders that feature the IEEE Standard 1394 interface. The new models, the PV-DV700 and PV-DV710, can transfer their video data in digital form to another DV camcorder, VCR, or computer device for perfect copies with virtually no generation loss.

Both models are shaped and balanced like conventional camcorders, and both have color electronic viewfinders. The main difference between the two models is that the PV-710 also has a 3.8-inch color LCD monitor. This monitor rotates 270 degrees vertically and 180 degrees horizontally and folds flush against the camcorder’s body when not in use. It also has a built-in speaker for monitoring audio on playback.

Other features shared by the two camcorders are digital electronic image stabilization (DEIS); a 10:1 optical and 100:1 digital variable-speed zoom; manual overrides for focus, white balance, shutter speed, backlighting and gain; automatic shooting modes such as sports, portrait, low-light, spotlight and surf-and-snow.

The PV-DV700 has a suggested retail price of $1,999, and the price of the PV-DV710 is $2,499.

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