The MEGA Pack
The RT2000 MEGA Pack from Matrox features three-layer realtime editing with two video layers, plus a graphics layer, MPEG-2 output for DVD and CD authoring and analog and digital input/outputs. The content creation software bundle includes Adobe Premiere editing software, Inscriber TitleExpress, Sonic Foundry ACID and DVDit! LE.
Suggested retail price: $999
The PYRO 1394 WebCam connects to your computer’s FireWire port, has a data transfer rate of 400Mbps, 640×480 resolution at 30 frames per second and utilizes a Sony CCD optical system. The bundled software includes Smith Micro’s VideoLink Pro, Microsoft NetMeeting and ArcSoft PhotoFantasy 2000, as well as TeVeo’s TeVeo Live 2.1. The PYRO 1394 WebCam is compatible with the Windows or Macintosh OS.
Suggested retail price: $150
Media 100’s CineStream is a new Web video authoring software that supports output of QuickTime streaming files and direct export to Cleaner 5 for streaming media in RealSystems and Windows Media formats. CineStream features special effects and animation features with both Mac and PC versions available.
Suggested retail price: $499
The iAVerKey DV from Aver Media lets you project simultaneously, any iMac DV, Power Mac G3 or G4 image onto a computer and TV monitor. Features include a touch button control panel and zoom and pan. The iAVerKey DV comes with S-video, RCA and VGA cables, Mac VGA adapter and monitor adapter.
Suggested retail price: $100
In the Bag
Case Logic’s DVC-40 camcorder bag is for smaller DV camcorders. It features accessory pockets for storing cords, batteries, cassettes, adapters and manuals. It comes with a detachable shoulder strap and can also wear as a waist pack. The DVC-40 is made from lightweight, weather-resistant material with a reinforced bottom and shock-resistant padding.
Suggested retail price: $25
Bridge the Gap
Dazzle Multimedia’s Hollywood DV-Bridge allows you to convert analog video to DV and DV to analog. With Hollywood DV-Bridge you can view your video on a TV monitor while transferring it to the computer. It automatically detects both NTSC and PAL signals and is Mac or PC compatible.
Suggested retail price: $300
Head Above the Rest
The new Gitzo G2380 video head weighs three pounds and incorporates a bilateral pan bar that converts to either right or left hand operation as well as a sliding quick-release plate that allows the camera to be balanced from the front or rear. A secondary safety catch built into the plate protects the camera from sliding off the head.
Suggested retail price: $239
StageTools has released a Macintosh version of its MovingPicture pan and zoom application as a plug-in for Avid’s Media Composer and XPress and Adobe Premiere and After Effects. MovingPicture is a tool that allows you to pan and zoom on high-resolution images rather than using a motion-control rig.
Suggested retail price: $199
Reach for the Sky
The SkyCrane Junior Mini DV camera jib is cable driven, incorporating its own vector ball-bearing head and mounts on most tripods. It features an adjustable friction brake for more boom control and supports cameras up to eight pounds. It has an overall length of eight feet and weighs 17 pounds.
Suggested retail price: $549
One Cagey Camera Bag
The Camera Cage 1 from Petrol Bags features internal skeleton and thermoformed panels to provide durability and protection for your Canon XL1 or other similar sized camera. The outer cover of the bag is made from layered nylon fabric and foam padding. Distributed in the United States by 16×9, Inc.
Suggested retail price: $273