Two New Sony Camcorders
Sony has introduced what is likely the world’s smallest tape-based camcorder with the DCR-IP1. The MICROMV unit measures just 3 5/8" high, 1 9/16" wide and 2 3/4″ deep. Featuring a 10x optical zoom, the unit can also capture still images at 1152×864. The camera has a two-inch Touch Panel LCD viewscreen. MPEG-1 video can be captured to Memory Stick Duo or Memory Stick PRO Duo memory cards (8MB included). It will be available this month for $1,200.
The DCR-PC330 Mini DV camcorder is the first 3.0-Megapixel camcorder. Its optical system includes a 10x optical zoom, a ring-controlled manual focus, and utilizes a unique primary color filter, said to improve the quality of captured video and still images. The camera features a 2.5-inch Touch Panel LCD viewscreen. Another compact, lightweight unit, the PC330 weighs just over one pound with its battery installed. The unit was slated to ship in October, and will retail for $1,700.
Toshiba 2x Notebook DVD-R Burner
Toshiba’s Storage Device Division has shipped a DVD-R burner that fits into a notebook computer. The SD-R6112 burns DVD-R discs at up to 2x and DVD-RWs at 1x. CD-Rs burn at 16x and CD-RWs at 10x. Additional features include a 2MB buffer and buffer underrun protection.
ADS Tech Announces Pyro Professional at .WEVA
ADS Tech has shipped the latest Pyro FireWire card: the Pyro Professional. Billed as a complete DV-to-DVD solution, the $499 package includes full versions of Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Encore DVD and Adobe Audition, covering editing, DVD authoring and sound editing needs.
Panasonic’s SD Card Camcorder
Panasonic has shipped the SV-AV100, a compact SD Card camcorder that can record JPEG photos, MPEG-4 video and DVD-quality MPEG-2 video. The unit has a 2.5-inch LCD viewscreen and captures all images at 640×480.
It has a 10x variable-speed optical zoom. The included 512MB SD card can record up to 10 minutes of 6Mbps MPEG-2 video or 20 minutes of 3Mbps video. The same card can hold a maximum of 70 minutes of 798kpbs MPEG-4 video or 610 minutes of 64kbps MPEG-4 video ready for the Web.
Other features include electronic image stabilization and a USB 2.0 connection for uploading video or still images to a computer. SD cards with MPEG-2 video can also be placed directly into Panasonic’s set-top DVD-R/RAM recorders, allowing for the creation of instant, permanent archives. The unit retails for $1,000
CyberLink Includes PowerProducer in new Bundle
CyberLink joins the current software suite craze with Media Carnival, a package that includes PowerDVD, PowerVCR, PowerDirector Pro, PowerProducer and Medi@Show, along with new applications Power2Go and InstantBurn. The collective applications handle diverse tasks, including video editing, CD and DVD slideshow creation, recording broadcast TV programs, DVD playback and CD authoring (including packet writing). A central Media Launcher allows quick access to the applications. The product is intended for OEMs building media-driven PCs and consumer pricing has not been announced.