Make the Switch
Datavideo’s SE-800 Digital Video Switcher features the ability to connect to a PC for character generation and still graphics, as well as a dual channel TBC for use with analog video. Inputs and outputs include 25Mbps DV video from FireWire, SDI, analog composite, S-video and component (YUV). The unit also includes a built-in 4-channel stereo audio mixer with stereo microphone and headphone jacks.
Suggested Retail Price:$4,500
InterVideo’s WinDVD Creator Plus features Direct Record, which transfers video from camcorder to disc without editing. The software also features UniPass, which integrates DVD creation and editing together so that simple editing fixes do not take hours to re-render; and OnDiscEditing, which lets users delete, append or record over titles on an already-burned rewritable DVD without writing, rendering and re-writing the entire disc.
Suggested Retail Price: $100
Manfrotto’s 522 family of LANC camera controllers are available in Sony and Canon versions, and can control focusing, start/stop, zoom, backlight and fader controls with one compact hand control. The devices can attach to virtually any tripod and include 35″ cables to attach to the camcorder.
Suggested Retail Price: $390
Edirol’s M100FX 10-channel audio mixer includes digital audio effects and a USB interface for sending stereo audio to your computer. XLR/TRS combo connectors with phantom power, RCA and 1/4″ unbalanced audio connectors, along with S/PDIF optical and coaxial
digital audio outputs add to the unit’s versatility.
Suggested Retail Price: $495
|Mixin’ it Up|
Red Planet Cinema’s Media Mixer family of products is a line of royalty-free backgrounds, animations and transitions. Three theme-based volumes are currently available: Backgrounds, Lightwaves and Gadgets. Each volume includes 25 animations on CD-ROM. Three more volumes are on the way.
Suggested Retail Price: $79 per volume
Adobe’s Encore DVD is a DVD burning application for Windows XP that features a familiar Adobe interface. Additional features include stereo Dolby Digital audio encoding and automatic transcoding of AVI and MPEG-1 files to MPEG-2. The program can perform one-off burns to both DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW discs, along with output to DLT. Encore DVD is slated to be available in the third quarter.
Suggested Retail Price: $549
Leapfrog Productions’ CcaptionPro software is now available for Mac OS X in both DV and MPEG versions. Both versions can add closed captions to QuickTime, RealVideo and DV projects, and include synchronization features. The MPEG version adds support for Avid, Media 100, Targa and DigiSuite, and can also generate DVD subtitle files.
Suggested Retail Prices: CCaptionPro-DV: $495