Sony’s DCR-PC105, a new compact and lightweight Mini DV camcorder, features a 10x optical zoom lens, a one-megapixel CCD and includes a 2.5-inch touchscreen LCD viewscreen that includes a touch focus feature. It has a pop-up flash for still images, and both the infrared-illuminated NightShot and color slow-shutter recording for recording video in low-or no-light situations.
Suggested Retail Price: $1,000
MacroSystem US’ Avio DVD is a new version of the Avio standalone editor, with an available DVD-R burner and a 40GB non-removable hard drive that can store 2.4 hours of DV video. The box has S-Video and composite video inputs and outputs, as well as a FireWire interface. The Avio comes with a Logitech trackball and utilizes a storyboard user interface.
Suggested Retail Price
FireWire or DVD Burner: $1,999
FireWire and DVD Burner: $2,499
|Make It EZ|
AVerMedia’s DVD EZMaker USB 2.0 comes bundled with MedioStream’s neoDVDstandard Digital Suite to capture analog video via a Pentium 4 2GHz or AMD Athlon XP 2100+ computer’s USB 2.0 port for real-time DVD burning with no encoding delays. The unit also supports direct-to-disc recording to transfer raw or pre-edited footage directly to DVD.
Suggested Retail Price: $90
|Put Down the Screwdriver|
ADS Instant DVD 2.0 allows you to import footage from any analog source. The resulting footage can be transferred through USB 1.1 ports at bitrates up to 4Mbps or through USB 2.0 ports at bitrates up to 15Mbps. A full slate of software is bundled, including Ulead Video Studio 7 SE, DVD Movie Factory SE and muvee AutoProducer DVD SE.
Suggested Retail Price: $179
|Keep it Steady, Sam|
2d3’s SteadyMove Plug-In for Premiere Pro is available in an advanced version that goes beyond the features that are incorporated into the basic version included with Premiere Pro. The program can remove unwanted movement by calculating the relative camera movements between frames to stabilize the image.
Suggested Retail Price: $99
|The Big Burner|
Pioneer’s PRV-LX1 professional DVD-R/RW recorder for DVD-Video includes an internal 120GB hard drive, and offers the ability to customize DVD menus and chapter points. A second DVD burner can be added to the unit to burn two discs simultaneously. The unit accepts component, S-video and composite, along with stereo XLR and RCA (unbalanced) audio connections. A FireWire jack for importing DV video is also included.
Suggested Retail Price: $3,995
Maxtor’s new OneTouch external FireWire, USB 2.0 and FireWire/USB 2.0 combo hard drives include Dantz’ Retrospect Express software, capable of making backups automatically at the schedule you choose, as well as on demand, with a press of the drive’s OneTouch button. The OneTouch button can also be programmed to launch other applications.
A power switch rounds out the drive’s new features.
Suggested Retail Price: 120GB: $200; 200GB: $300; 250GB: $350; 300GB: $400
Century Precision Optics presents the LCD Widescreen Magnifier, which displays a true anamorphic representation of footage shot in 16×9 mode for camcorders that do not contain a letterbox feature for the footage that they capture, or for shooting with anamorphic 16×9 accessory lenses. As an added benefit, the magnifier keeps stray sunlight off of your viewscreen, keeping it visible in the sun.
Suggested Retail Price: $225
|Light My Fire|
HP’s dvd300e and dvd300i DVD burners are DVD+R/RW units that can burn DVD+R discs at 4x. The dvd300i is an ATAPI internally mounted unit, while the dvd300e includes both FireWire and USB 2.0 connections. Both units are bundled with ArcSoft ShowBiz DVD, HP Memories Disc Creator, Cyberlink PowerDVD and Veritas RecordNow, to fulfill basic DVD and CD authoring and playback needs.
Suggested Retail Price: dvd300i: $299; dvd300e: $399.
16×9’s DuoPod DV is a monopod that can hold a total of six pounds between a camera and any accessories. The DuoPod DV is available in a two-segment version, which extends to 63.5" and collpses to 36" as well as a three-segment version, which extends to 62.5" and collapses to 26". A footplate accessory is available, as well as fluid heads.
Suggested Retail Price: Starting at $205