Sony Refresh Still Keeps Classic Optical System

Sony Announces DCR-VX2100

Sony has announced the DCR-VX2100, a "refresh" of the three-year-old (but still popular) DCR-VX2000. The VX2100 will retain the same optical system of the VX2000, but will replace the LCD viewscreen with a hybrid LCD screen that performs better in direct sunlight. The viewfinder will also get a larger eyecup. Ergonomically, the VX2100 will include a larger handle, and handle-mounted start/stop and zoom controls.

To encourage upgrades, the VX2100 will use the same Sony InfoLithium battery packs used by the VX2000.

The DCR-VX2100 will retain VX2000’s $3,000 price tag, and is scheduled to ship this month.


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Gateway: Not Just Computers Anymore

Gateway has shipped the DV-S20 Pocket Multi-Cam, a 4.3-ounce MPEG-4 camera that records 320×240 progressive video at 22-25 frames per second. The camera includes 64MB of internal flash memory as well as an SD Card slot. The camera can also shoot still images at resolutions up to 1600×1200. Additional features include a 1.5" color viewscreen, a built-in flash and an f/2.8 lens.

Avid Launches Xpress Pro

Avid has formally launched its Xpress Pro software, which natively supports Avid’s Mojo Digital Nonlinear Accelerator, said to be the only video editing solution to utilize both host-based CPU processing and hardware acceleration. Xpress Pro also adds support for Panasonic’s AG-DVX100 24p Mini DV camcorder, as well as automatic color correction capabilities.

The Avid Xpress Pro and Mojo combination offers video, film and audio editing capabilities, and provides both real-time digital and analog output. Avid has also optimized both products for the Power Mac G5.

Avid Xpress Pro includes both Windows XP and Mac OS X versions in the same box, which retails for $1,695. The Mojo Digital Nonlinear Accelerator is sold separately for $1,695.

Hi-Def Camcorder Spec Finalized

A specification for recording high-definition ATSC video onto DV-format cassettes has been finalized by Canon, Sharp, Sony and JVC. The format has also been proposed as an international standard. JVC’s GR-HD1 and the professional JY-HD10U, the first high-definition camcorders under $6,000, were released before the standard was officially adopted. Other companies announcing support for the new standard include editing software manufacturers Adobe, Canopus, Sony Pictures Digital and Ulead.

Ulead Set to Debut DVD Workshop 2

Ulead has announced DVD Workshop 2, which will add a wide array of features to DVD Workshop. New authoring features include the ability to include up to eight audio tracks and up to 32 subtitle tracks, real-time motion menus, chapter thumbnail previews and audio adjustments. Intellectual property enhancements include regional coding ability and CSS encoding. DVD Workshop 2 will also add DLT output as well as DVD9 (dual-layer DVD) authoring capabilities.

DVD Workshop 2 will list for $495 in its boxed form, or as an electronic software distribution download for $475. The software is slated to be available at the beginning of the month.

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