AG-DVC30 camcorder Now Available

Panasonic Ships the AG-DVC30 Camcorder
Panasonic’s Broadcast and Professional Video division has shipped the AG-DVC30, a compact camcorder weighing in at 2.4 pounds with three 1/4" CCD image sensors and optical image stabilization. The 16X optical zoom lens features Leica Dicomar glass and can be operated at a wide range of speeds, from one second to over 100 seconds for a full 1x-16x zoom. The camcorder features a 3.5-inch LCD viewscreen with audio level indicators. The camera also has automatic video head cleaning, a feature associated with Panasonic’s DVCPRO format camcorders. An XLR audio module is available as an optional accessory. The camcorder is available now for $2,595.

Nero Burns Dual-Layer

Ahead Software has taken the lead on dual-layer DVD+R burning software. An enhanced OEM version of the Nero digital media suite will support dual-layer DVD+R drives, which will be able to record up to 8.5GB on a single DVD, whenever those blank DVDs become available.

Nero’s Vision Express module has also recently added the Nero Digital MPEG-4 encoder, which allows up to ten feature-length movies with HE-AAC-encoded audio to be burned to a dual-layer disc.

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The software will be available during the second quarter to PC manufacturers and drive OEMs.

Primera Releases Bravo II DVD Duplicator/Printer

Primera Technologies announced the latest version of the Bravo automated disc duplicator/printer, the Bravo II. The Bravo II can burn as many as 50 discs unattended, with your choice of either a 52X CD burner or a Pioneer DVR-A07 dual-format 8x DVD burner. New features include higher print resolution (4800 DPI), improved robotic arm control, single-cable USB 2.0 operation (as opposed to the past model’s USB 1.1 and FireWire connections) and a 10% speed increase of the arm over the original Bravo.

The Bravo II comes with support for Windows 2000, Windows XP and Mac OS X, and comes with Sonic PrimoDVD 2.0 and SureThing CD Labeler for Windows, and Discribe 5.0 and Magic Mouse Productions Discus for the Macintosh.

The CD version is available for $2,195 and the DVD version is available for $2,695. An adapter for printing 3-inch CDs is available for $199 and a network software package is available for $300 per 5-user block.

MacroSystem US Announces Solitaire at NAB

At the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) convention at the Las Vegas Convention Center this year, MacroSystem US announced the next editing appliance in the Casablanca family: Solitaire. The new appliance will include a DVD burner, removable hard drives, a one-button backup feature and more memory than previous models. OS improvements include background rendering. The standalone editor is also ready for HD editing.

The Solitaire takes on a new cubic appearance, taller and narrower than other appliances on the market. A glass cover further distinguishes Solitaire. Removable hard drives that connect directly to digital camcorders are also available, letting you edit footage without capturing.

It should sell for between $4,000 and $5,000, depending on the options selected.

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