Streaming Video Software
In:sync is shipping version 1.0 of Kohesion for Windows 95 and NT. The digital
video editing software lets users capture video and audio, edit these while
adding special effects and video hyper-links, and output directly to the
Internet, intranets, CD-ROM or videotape. Kohesion offers direct support
to RealNetwork’s RealMedia, the predominant streaming technology on the
Web. Other features include support for AVI (Video for Windows), real-time
video editing and audio mixing, clickable video maps and hyperlinks and
support for plug-in effects, including Artel’s Boris Effects. Kohesion runs
on Windows 95 or NT systems with 16 MB RAM (32 MB recommended) and is compatible
with Video for Windows video capture cards. List price is $349.
Iomega Extends Jaz Family
The Jaz family of removable storage devices has expanded to include a new
2GB drive and disks. The new drive, which includes a suite of software,
provides twice the capacity and up to 40 percent higher performance than
the original 1GB Jaz drive.
Large-capacity removable drives enable users to store and share large files,
such as compressed video. The 2GB Jaz drives are expected to be available
for $649 for the external model and $549 for the internal model, with 2GB
Jaz disks priced at $149 each.
New Streaming Video Format Announced
Microsoft recently released the specification for ASF (Advanced Streaming
Format). ASF will eventually replace .AVI (Video for Windows) and .WAV sound
files into an integrated .ASX format. This format is also specially designed
to facilitate easy streaming, and better packet routing when used in conjunction
with the newly defined Real-Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP).
Sony Ships New DV Camcorder
Sony has begun shipping a new DV-format camcorder: the DCR-SC100, a member
of its Handycam line. It sports a FireWire jack, mike and headphone jacks and manual
white balance but lacks manual focus, iris or shutter speed control. Other
features include a flip-out 3" LCD monitor, SteadyShot electronic image
stabilization, 10:1 optical (120:1 digital) zoom lens, LANC edit protocol,
six digital effects, a titler and A/V dub. The list price is $2,199.
Canon Unveils 3-Chip DV Camcorder
Barely waiting for the Optura announcements to die down, Canon has introduced
another DV camcorder–this time a 3-CCD model tagged the XL1. According
to Videomaker’s managing editor, Chuck Peters, "It’s hot!" After
he finished admiring the camcorder’s sleek chainsaw design, he noticed features
like an interchangeable XL lens mount system and a SuperRange Optical Image
The XL bayonet mount accommodates Canon XL video lenses and EOS 35mm camera
lenses. A 16:1 XL lens is included in the list price and a 3:1 wide-angle
lens and a 1.6x extender are optional. 35mm lenses require an optional EF
The SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer adds a motion vector to Canon’s
typical gyro sensor to detect camcorder vibration. Canon claims this will
improve the performance for low frequency vibration–eliminating shake from
lower than 1Hz to over 20Hz.
A stereo directional microphone, a choice between one 16-bit and two 12-bit
audio modes, a stereo minijack and two pairs of stereo RCA jacks offer plenty
of audio options. If that’s not enough for you, try the optional adapter
which permits the use of two XLR microphones and doubles as a shoulder pad.
Three record modes (full-motion, stop-action and still), manual controls
(focus, zoom, audio and white balance), a flash adapter, FireWire jack,
color viewfinder, color bar generator, LANC edit protocol and lithium ion
battery are some of the standard features included on this new player on
the DV stage. Canon suggests a list price of $4,699.