The Power of a Book
The latest release of Apple’s PowerBook G4 comes with processor speeds up to 500MHz and up to 30GB of hard disk space. There’s room for up to 1GB of RAM. Included is a DVD-ROM drive, FireWire and USB ports, PC Card slot, VGA and S-video output. There’s also a microphone input and stereo output. iMovie editing software is included and upgrades to Apple Final Cut Pro are available.
Suggested retail prices: $2,199 – $3,497
United Media’s Multicam software allows video editors to sync, preview, cut and edit a multi-camera shoot, simulating a live camera switch. With Multicam, you can synchronize up to four independent camera sources and edit between them. Multicam runs on the Matrox RT2500, RT2000 and DigiSuite hardware and works in conjunction with Adobe Premiere editing software.
Suggested retail price: $599
|Pocket Full of Storage|
Addonics Technologies’ multi-format Pocket DigiDrive is a pocket-sized storage device that reads and writes digital audio/video files from seven different memory card formats. With it, you can transfer data to your PC from memory cards used by digital cameras, camcorders, PDAs, MP3 players and more. The DigiDrive has a 1MB per second read/write speed and supports Windows 98SE, Me, 2000, XP, Mac OS 8.6 and higher and Linux kernel 2.4 and higher.
Suggested retail price: $89
CapSureUSB from iREZ Technologies features S-video and RCA inputs for digitizing video and audio to a computer’s hard drive. It connects via a USB port and captures 30 frames per second at a 320×240 frame-size. CapSureUSB ships with ReelEdit and Video Impressions editing software.
Suggested retail price: $70
Wildform has released Flix for Mac, a Macintosh application that encodes video into Macromedia’s Flash format. Flix-encoded video can stream to all platforms, browsers and through firewalls. Users can insert links, create video banners and e-mails, and deploy customized media players. A Windows-based version of Flix is also available.
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Suggested retail price: $99
01 Communique recently announced COMMUNICATE! i2000, which features video-conferencing software, MGI VideoWave editing software and a Logitech WebCam. COMMUNICATE! i2000 lets users send, receive and manage faxes, e-mails and voice messages. The video component allows users to send video images and photos over Internet. Additionally, users can access their media from any online computer.
Suggested retail price: $80
Canopus’ DV Booster Pack is a plug-in that provides high-quality 3D transitions and optimized filters. It is compatible with any system that supports Adobe Premiere 6.0. Users can also output to MPEG-1, MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 video files.
Suggested retail price: $249
Have you ever wondered how to get the fingerprints off your camcorder’s LCD screen? With Hoodman Corp.’s Hoodwipes, you can safely do the job. The two-step wet/dry cleaning system comes in foil packets, 12 per package. They are nontoxic, anti-static, alcohol- and ammonia-free.
Suggested retail price: $20
DVGarage and Electric Image have a new system designed to teach 3D principles and techniques to visual artists. 3D Toolkit includes a DVD-based training program and a full version of Electric Image Animation System 2.9.
Suggested retail price: $199
You can access multiple computers using one monitor, keyboard and mouse with Gefen’s ex-tend-it DVI-Switch. The ex-tend-it DVI-Switch is cross-platform in capability, provided the computers are equipped with DVI-cards. When used with the Gefen’s ADC Conversion Box, any of Apple’s flat-panel digital monitors will work with the Switch.
Suggested retail price: $500