The CC9390, a Mini DV camcorder from RCA, offers digital still-camera capability with a 16MB removable multimedia card, a 5x zoom microphone, night mode and a new and innovative 3.5-inch detachable touchscreen LCD, which lets users operate and control the camera from a distance. The CC9390 also has an accessory light.
Suggested retail price: $1,599
neoDVD, the latest software from MedioStream, can turn digital video into an MPEG-2, DVD-ready file in real time. The neoDVD solution enables the camcorder user with a minimum 700MHz Celeron, Pentium III or Athlon system, to capture, edit, compress, author and burn DVD files.
Suggested retail price: $149
Ulead Systems Inc. has released VideoStudio 5.0 DVD Edition, a new version of its consumer video-editing software. It includes an easy-to-use DVD-authoring solution that gives users the ability to output video files to be burned in VCD, SVCD and DVD formats. Using a wizard-style workflow and customizable templates, users can create menus, navigation buttons and video introductions.
Suggested retail price: $130
Upgrade to 5.0: $40
Avid’s new Xpress DV 2.0 software allows professional field editing on notebook computers. With a qualified notebook or workstation and a DV input/output card, content creators can deliver media seamlessly to the Web, DVD or tape. Version 2.0 delivers a "complete professional studio" with video editing, audio, effects, titling and media management.
Suggested retail price: $1,699
Upgrade from Version 1: $399
The VDR-R1 SVCD Recorder from Malata is a stand-alone CD-R or CD-RW burner that allows you to record MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 audio and video onto standard CD-R and CD-RW discs. The VDR-R1 SVCD recorder has S-video and composite inputs for importing video. The completed discs can play back on PCs and most DVD players.
Suggested retail price: $649
CineStream from Media 100 allows users to insert interactive commands into their Web videos. The software has drag-and-drop editing, scene-detection capture and an accelerated rendering mode. It works with both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Check out the Media 100 Web site for some important compatibility information.
Suggested retail price: $499
Intrigo Inc. has introduced the Lapstation Pro for people in need of a portable work surface. The desktop opens into an 11-by-20-inch anti-slip surface, folds up to a 1.25-inch profile and weighs three pounds. It has four expansion slots for optional Intrigo accessories.
Suggested retail price: $80
ViXen from In-sync Corp. is a plug-in that’s compatible with a variety of video-editing programs. The software allows users to correct for poor lighting conditions, enhance color saturation and reduce excessive visual noise in video images and stills.
Suggested retail price: $399
The Targus Universal Rolling Case CURC1 is for videographers who want to carry their video-editing notebook computers, small camcorders, accessories, scripts, and even makeup. It includes a telescoping handle, wheels and an air cushion protection system. Optional module inserts are available to configure the case to individual needs.
Suggested retail price: $200
The EZ FX Jib weighs 24 pounds and can support cameras up to 50 pounds. It has a seven-foot vertical lift and allows 300 degrees of pan control and 125 degrees of tilt control. The EZ FX Jib from EZ FX Inc. comes assembled and ready to use.
Suggested retail price: $999