Panasonic’s AG-HVX200 made a big splash at NAB for its ability to capture HD footage onto memory cards at both 1080i and 720p. The camcorder retains the ability to record standard Mini DV video with its tape transport. The camcorder uses three 16:9-native 1/3" CCDs, and also features two XLR mic inputs.
Suggested Retail Price: $5,995
Sony Media Software
Also showing off at NAB, Sony Media Software, shipping its newest version of Vegas, which includes HDV support, project nesting, AAF import/export, system-wide media management, VST plug-in support, tape-style audio scrubbing and 60i-to-24p conversions. Several DV, DVCAM and HDCAM VCRs are also natively supported over FireWire.
Suggested Retail Price: $600
Ulead’s VideoStudio 9 includes a new DV-to-DVD Wizard, chromakey features, Flash animation overlays and Pan and Zoom effects that can be applied to video. A new feature called DV Quick Scan allows users to quickly choose which clips they want to capture. New video and audio filters round out the new version.
Suggested Retail Price: $100
Digital Juice’s VideoTraxx 3, with over 3,000 QuickTime stock video clips shipped on 34 DVD-ROMs, spanning 36 categories. Digital Juice’s new Juicer 2 management software is also included in the package, which can also perform conversions to DV, AVI and other codecs bundled with most video editing software.
Suggested Retail Price: $599
MacroSystem’s Claro includes a DVD burner and a FireWire port (but no analog video inputs,) and ships with a 120GB hard drive and 256MB of RAM. The appliance supports both standard NTSC monitors and VGA monitors for output. A card reader for importing digital photos is built-in.
Suggested Retail Price: $1,199
Focus’ FireStore FS-4 Pro records DV25 footage to its 40GB or 80GB hard drive as your choice of Raw DV, AVI Type 1, AVI Type 2, AVI Type 2 24p, Matrox AVI, Canopus AVI, QuickTime, QuickTime 24p, Pinnacle AVI or Avid DV-OMF formats. Two FireStore FS-4 units can be linked together to capture as much as 12 hours of footage. Please visit Focus’ Web site for compatibility information for your camcorder.
Suggested Retail Price: $1,195 (40GB); $1,595 (80GB)