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The Kron is Here
The Casablanca Kron professional video-editing appliance from MacroSystem US features DVD authoring software and a DVD burner, a 40GB hard drive and uses dual-stream, MPEG-2 compression. It features scrub audio with waveform display, real-time transitions, six stereo audio tracks and up to 10 simultaneous projects.

(877) 554-2846

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JVC’s new GR-DV2000 Mini DV DualCam shoots both digital video and digital still images. The GR-DV2000 has 520 line video and up to 1600×1200 still resolution sampled through its 1.92 Megapixel CCD. It features eight digital effects, many of which can be applied during recording or playback, and 10 digital transitions. The GR-DV2000 can record either two-channel or four-channel digital stereo audio.


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It has a 300x digital zoom and a wide-angle feature that offers a 0.7x wide-angle view.

(800) 252-5722

Suggested retail price: $2,200

Factory Worker

VideoFactory from Sonic Foundry is an entry-level digital video and audio software package that uses a Windows interface and provides drag-and-drop operation for video, audio, still images and special effects. VideoFactory includes hundreds of royalty-free media clips and encodes to RealMedia, Windows Media, .avi, MPEG-1, MPEG-2 and QuickTime formats. For Windows 98SE, Me or 2000.

(800) 577-6642

Suggested retail price: $90

New Sony Mini DV Cam

The DCR-TRV17 is one of two Mini DV digital camcorders Sony released this year. It utilizes a special optical multi-layered lens coating, intended to cut down on glare and increase contrast. The DSCR-TRV17 has a 10x optical and 120x digital zoom. It also has a Super NightShot feature that captures video in total darkness up to 10 feet away.

(800) 222-7669

Suggested retail price: $1,100

Cleanin’ Up

Media 100’s Cleaner MPEG SuperCharger is an accelerated MPEG-2 encoding solution for Cleaner 5 interactive streaming media authoring software. MPEG SuperCharger uses Cleaner 5’s batch processing to create MPEG streams from a single file. It includes presets for all popular MPEG encoding solutions.

(508) 460-1600

Suggested retail price: $999

March to the Beat

Artbeats released three new royalty-free stock footage collections to its digital film library. Aerial Cloud Backgrounds contains 24 views, Transitions features 39 clips and Senior Lifestyles has 29 different shots. Clips average 21 seconds in length and play in Apple QuickTime format.

(541) 863-4429

Suggested retail price: $499 per collection

iMacs Ship with iTunes

Apple has a new line of iMacs that features CD-RW drives and iTunes, Apple’s jukebox software. The computers also come pre-installed with the iMovie 2 digital video editing software. The Blue Dalmatian system features a 500MHz PowerPC G3 processor, 64MB RAM, a 20GB hard drive and built-in 56K modem.

(800) MY-APPLE

Suggested retail price: $1,199

The Soft Touch

Cool-Lux has introduced a small, on-camera soft light, designed specifically for digital camcorders. The SL-3000 uses a special 13.5-volt, 60- or 100-watt double-ended lamp. Silver-Lux high-temperature silver paint coats the soft light reflector, which increases light output as it diffuses the light source. Removing the soft light hood converts the fixture into a mini floodlight.

(805) 482-4820

Suggested retail price: $370

Camcorder Release in a Snap

The all-metal Rover-Snap from Videosmith, Inc. is a quick-release system for small camcorders. It consists of a camera platform and a separate base plate with a spring-loaded, positive-lock lever. Rover-Snap measures 2 inches by 3-1/8 inches and weighs just five ounces.

(215) 238-5050

Suggested retail price: $70

eZ Does It

eZ-Motion Web animation and graphics software from Beatware, Inc. can import 3D models, create 3D text, graphics or Web video and animate effects and filters. Output options include QuickTime, Real Video, Windows Media and Flash. eZ-Motion works with Windows 98, NT, 2000 and Mac OS 8.5 or higher.

(650) 556-7905

Suggested retail price: $99

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