Not Far from the Tree
The 23-inch thin film transistor (TFT) active-matrix liquid crystal display (LCD) from Apple supports a 1920-by-1200-pixel resolution, more than enough to display high-definition content in its native format. It’s ideal for digital video producers using Final Cut Pro on a Power Mac G4 to edit and author video content in HD resolution.
Suggested retail price: $3,499
CyberLink’s PowerDirector Pro 2.0 adds a Disc Making Wizard for authoring and burning custom CD/DVD video and slideshows, playable on any DVD player. New video capture and editing tools include a storyboard interface, automatic scene detection and movie-chapter creation. Disc-making functions fully support CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW and DVD+RW disc media. You can add background audio and encode video in all major file formats.
Suggested retail price: $120
|Inside the Box|
The AVI Sorcerer’s Apprentice DV is a portable, fully digital multimedia production studio in a box. It integrates the Videonics MXPro-DV video switcher and FireWriter character generator. It has a six-LCD monitor display panel, four-camera live switching, a special effects library, 12-channel audio mixing and a master digital deck for archiving content or B-roll. The wheeled high-impact case is van-transportable (without removing the seats).
Suggested retail price: $23,800
|GL Part II|
Improving on its original GL1, Canon has introduced the GL2. The Mini DV camcorder has the same lens as the GL1, but incorporates many professional features, including SMPTE color bars, clear scan, 16:9 guides in 4:3 mode, variable zebra patterns, optical image stabilization, two-channel manual audio level control and more. Also incorporated into the new model are three 410,000-pixel CCDs and a MMC/SD card slot for storing 1.7-megapixel still images.
Suggested retail price: $2,999
|Direct to DVD|
Sonic Solutions MyDVD 4 allows you to Edit-on-DVD using OpenDVD technology. This gives you the ability to work with an authored disc’s existing contents and update the project with new content or menus on rewriteable media. This latest version of MyDVD includes support for photo slideshows on DVD or CD, motion menus like those found on Hollywood movies, and a new streamlined user interface.
Suggested retail price: $79
|The Color of Music|
Music2Hues has added several new CDs to its Flagship Series of royalty-free production music. Among them: Somber Guitar, which features serene acoustic guitar tracks; Groove-a-Holic, which has hip, modern grooves for upbeat, attention-getting projects; Nature, which offers inspiring orchestral arrangements, and Global Pulse, which uses instruments from around the world with provocative themes.
Suggested retail price: 1 CD – $48, 3 CDs – $135, 6 CDs – $235
|Little Shop of DVDs|
DVD Workshop, Ulead’s latest DVD-authoring software, is targeted at hobbyists and professionals. The software provides precise control of all of the creative elements of a DVD menu as well as 70 theme-based menu templates. It automatically converts video to the MPEG-2 format as it captures.
Suggested retail price: $299
|From the Hood|
Nothing is more annoying than smudge prints on an LCD screen. That is why Hoodman Corp. invented Hoodskins. Hoodskins are plastic film-like sheets that apply to a camcorder’s LCD screen. Three sets of four different-sized Hoodskins are included in each package. A squeegee is also included for application.
suggested retail price: $20
|Lowe and Behold|
Lowepro offers five sizes in its latest line of video bags (models TX 100 through TX 500). Among the Tech Collection features: sleek metallic outer material, a padded, zippered main compartment with moveable divider and an accessory pocket. The TX 100, 200 and 300 all come with battery loops.
Suggested retail price: $18 to $35
Meda’s latest desktop storage drives, the RTS disk arrays, are available in a compact five-drive desktop tower with capacities of 160GB, 320GB and 640GB. The arrays feature an Ultra160 SCSI interface that enables the VideoRaid RTS to sustain a data transfer rate of up to 100MB/second and data protection.
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