Put it on the Card
Canon’s Elura 50 Mini DV camcorder features a 1/6-inch, 680,000-pixel CCD and a 10x optical zoom lens. It is capable of recording short motion-JPEG movies to SD or MultiMedia Card memory cards. The unit can record from the analog audio and video inputs, for transferring program material from analog video sources. The unit includes a 2-inch diagonal view screen and color viewfinder.
Suggested Retail Price: $899
Your Fingers do the Jogging
Bella’s new keyboards include a built-in jog/shuttle controller. The Optima version comes with a sticker set to help the user navigate popular editing applications more quickly and efficiently with important shortcuts and additional sticker sets are available for purchase. The Professional series includes the same color-coded shortcut keys found on Bella’s EZ Keyboard series.
Suggested Retail Price: Optima: $100
SanDisk’s Cruzer is a 3-inch memory card adapter that makes accessing data more portable. You can access still shots, MPEG-1 movies and sound clips (among other files) stored on MultiMediaCards and SD cards without having to attach your camera to your computer or install drivers. The device comes packaged with SD cards, at capacities ranging from 32MB-1GB.
Suggested Retail Price: Starting at $60
Direct to Disk
Sony’s DSR-DU1 hard disk recorder can record up to three hours of DV25 footage onto its 2.5-inch 40GB hard drive. Sony’s professional DVCAM camcorders with the optional CA-DU1 camera adapter record to the device which can be powered directly from a DVCAM camcorder, a dedicated battery pack or from an AC adapter. Adobe Premiere 6.5 should support the unit.
Suggested Retail Price: $2,250 (Camcorder not included)
DV in the Citi
Shining Technology’s CitiDISK DV is a laptop hard
drive recorder that connects to most camcorders with FireWire ports. Some models have an internal rechargeable battery for cordless portability. Connect it to your computer at the end of a shoot and it appears as a disk drive, with your footage ready to edit.
Suggested Retail Price: Starting at $549
Artbeats has released a new line of stock footage libraries, including views of London, San Francisco and Seattle, dolphins, spring flowers, waterfalls, water effects and skydiving. All material is the QuickTime format and is available in NTSC. Some material is also available as HD.
Suggested Retail Price: NTSC starts at $249
HD starts at $799
A multitalented camera support device, the Steddiepod is the brainchild of award-winning inventor Eddie Barber. It combines the functions of handheld stabilizer, a camera stand, a monopod, a tripod, a boom and a low-view mount all in one device.
Suggested Retail Price: $399
No Food or Drink Please
eMense’s Video Librarian is an application for PalmOS 4.0 and later that manages your video clips. You can search for clips and use the Palm’s IR port to control your camcorder or VCR to cue your tape to the desired scene. A HotSync conduit for Windows allows data entry, printing, search and backup functions. A free 15-day trial version is available.
Suggested Retail Price: $20
Hues 2 Use
Music 2 Hues has released two additional CDs in their Flagship Series music library. Classical Piano, disc 43, was performed on concert grand pianos and recorded mid-stage for ambience. Down Home, disc 44, is an acoustic disc, with thirty tracks featuring warm guitar, piano, organ and bass sounds.
Suggested Retail Price: $48 per disc (quantity discounts available)
Granite Digital’s FireVue external FireWire hard drive enclosure has a display to show S.M.A.R.T. hard drive diagnostic data and supports hard drives as fast as Ultra DMA 133 with data transfer rates up to 40MB/sec. You can buy extra drive trays and hot-swap drives as necessary for applications such as RAIDs.
Suggested Retail Price: $279