Audio-Technica’s AT897 short shotgun microphone measures only 11 inches, keeping it out of the frame when mounted on many Mini DV camcorders. The microphone can either operate on an AA battery, or utilize 9-48V phantom power. The microphone ships with a foam windscreen and a stand adapter.
Suggested Retail Price: $369
Stacks of Traxx
Digital Juice presents VideoTraxx, a 3200-clip stock footage library separated into over 35 unique categories. VideoTraxx is comprised of 34 DVD-ROMs, for a total of 220GB of footage in QuickTime .mov format. The library ships with Digital Juice’s Juicer 2 processing and index software.
Suggested Retail Price: $599
The Big Boxx
Boxx’ HD [pro] RT Real-Time HD Editing System is a dual Opteron-based system with 2GB of RAM running Windows XP Professional, Adobe Premiere Pro and CineForm’s Prospect HD. Video storage is on a RAID 5 array, in sizes ranging from 512GB to 2.4TB.
Suggested Retail Price: Starting at $22,995
Bebob Engineering’s Zoe DVX control for the Panasonic AG-DVX100 (distributed in the US by 16×9 Inc.) has been redesigned with a sleeker look, but retains its pressure-sensitive rocker switch and adds a push-button zoom start function.
Suggested Retail Price: $295
Gitzo (distributed by Bogen Imaging in the US) has announced a new line of microphone fishpoles in both anodized aluminum and carbon fiber configurations. A total of seven poles are available, ranging from two to six segments, with maximum lengths ranging from 54.7 to 151.1 inches.
Suggested Retail Price: $89 – $320
Move it on Over
Eovia’s TransPoser allows Poser 4 and 5 characters to be exported to Carrara Studio 3, including textures, hair and dynamic clothing. Scenes can also be animated in Poser and imported to Studio, where additional particle, caustic and physics effects can be applied.
Suggested Retail Price: $129
Going for a Drive
Iomega’s HDD 160GB USB 2.0 external hard drive utilizes a 7200 rpm drive with an average seek time of 9 ms and 25MB/sec transfer rate when connected to a USB 2.0 port. The drive measures only 7 1/4" x 4 1/2" x 1 1/4", and includes Iomega’s Automatic Backup software that can back up files automatically whenever changes are detected.
Suggested Retail Price: $200