One of Sony’s latest DV camcorders, the DCR-SC100, is an easy-to-use point-and-shoot
model with a FireWire jack, mike and headphone jacks and a 3-inch LCD monitor
for easy viewing while shooting or playing back your videos. Other features
include SteadyShot electronic image stabilization, 10:1 optical (120:1 digital)
zoom, Control-L, six digital effects, titler and audio/video dub. (800)
Suggested retail price:$2199
|Two New TView Encoders|
Focus Enhancements has recently released two new external encoders for outputting
computer graphics to a TV, monitor or VCR. The TView Gold offers users support
for non-interlaced resolution of 1024×768, allowing users to precisely fit
any image to any TV screen, including the new 16×9 letter-box formats, without
dropping lines of video data or altering video resolution. The TView Silver
is a low-cost option offering 800×600 resolution and proprietary TrueScale(TM)
image compression technology. (978) 371-2000.
Suggested retail price: TView Silver, $249; TView Gold, $399
|Move Mountains with Bryce 3D|
MetaCreations’ new Bryce 3D, the latest upgrade in the popular Bryce series of 3D design tools, includes an easy, intuitive way to create impressive 3D animations. In addition to the award-winning Bryce interface, version 3D includes keyframe animation control over primitive objects and terrains, camera moves, materials and textures, and the sky and fog palette. Also available are a new set of Hypertextures, enhanced environment controls, editable pre-configured motion paths and a new selection of primitive shapes. (800)459-5188.
Suggested retail price: $199
|VHS Editing Deck from Mitsubishi|
From Mitsubishi comes the HS-U680, a VHS editing deck with several features
intended to give camcorder owners a little more editing control than is
available on the average home VCR. Features include jog/shuttle control,
audio/video dub, flying erase head and Mitsubishi’s Twin PerfecTape®
recording optimization system. Also included is Mitsubishi’s proprietary
Active A/V Network system for interactive linking between a Mitsubishi television
and VCR. (800) 332-2119.
Suggested retail price: $600
|More Deposition Gear from Martel|
Martel Electronics has recently expanded its Videomaster line of complete
deposition videography systems to include four new models. Pictured here
is model V456-2, which features a Panasonic AG-456 S-VHS camcorder, a Shure
M367 audio mixer with 6 microphone inputs, a 9-inch color VCR/TV, and plenty
of storage space for tape, microphones, accessories, etc. (800) 553-5536.
Suggested retail price: $7250
|Hi-Resolution Digital Printer|
Whether you want to create instant photo albums, design personal business
cards or just print out copies of your favorite still images from video,
the new Panasonic PV-DP2000 will help you get high-quality still images
from your camcorder onto paper. Users of DV camcorders and frame grabbers
will like its 16.7 million colors and 480×1280 resolution, as well as its
choice of composite or S-video input and ability to manipulate camcorder-created
titles. (800) 211-PANA.
Suggested retail price: To be announced
|Video Capture for Laptops|
Making use of the new ZoomedVideo standard that allows digital video to
be played on a laptop computer, iRez’s new CapSure PC Card allows full-screen,
16-bit, 30-frame-per-second video capture for Apple PowerBook 2400/3400
and Toshiba laptops. Up to 27MB per second can be delivered directly to
the laptop’s PCI bus with the CapSure, leaving the computer’s CPU free for
other tasks. (612) 939-9299.
Suggested retail price: $150
|Colorful Scene Stealer|
Dubner International, Inc., is announcing the Stealer-in-Color, a videotape
logging system based on their original automatic scene detection technology.
The new system offers frame-grab options for working with color or monochrome
video thumbnails on a project-by-project basis. Video images are grabbed
and stored with cutpoints automatically marked and timecode recorded. (201)
Suggested retail price: $960
|Need a Computer Screen? Just SnagIt|
From TechSmith Corporation comes SnagIt 4.1, a software program that grabs
images, text and/or video directly from your computer screen. Applications
for videographers include the ability to put demonstrations of computer
operations onto an instructional video, or direct input of graphics into
a nonlinear editing program. (800) 517-3001.
Suggested retail price: $40
|Digital Video Storage from Castlewood|
Castlewood’s ORB, a new low-cost 3.5-inch removable hard drive, stores up
to 2.16 gigabytes at 12.2 megabytes per second sustained data transfer rate – a
speed which the company claims is the fastest of any removable media product
available today. Designed for editing and storage of content that requires
high data rates, the ORB is a perfect fit for computer-based multimedia
and nonlinear content creators. (510) 224-9900.
Suggested retail price: ORB Drive, $200; 2.16GB ORB Disk, $30
|Customized Video Labels from DogByte|
If you’ve ever wanted to customize your own colorful video labels with your
home computer, DogByte’s Custom Video Labels and Covers might be what you’re
looking for. With themes for many occasions such as weddings, family reunions,
anniversaries or the birth of a child, these labels will help you organize
your collection of special moments reserved for posterity. (800) 936-4298.
Suggested retail price: $10