Thousands of attendees converged on the Pasadena Conference Center from February 3-5, 2005 for Videomaker Expo West. Between seminars led by some of the LA Basin's best independent producers and panel discussions featuring some of the industry's most influential product managers, there was time to see everything on the show floor, which included some of the following manufacturers:
Vinpower Digital showed its new Titan Pro robotic CD and DVD duplicators. The duplicators, available in 4, 6 and 8-drive configurations, can handle multiple master discs within the stack of discs. Hard drives for up to 250GB of master storage are available. The NEC- and Plextor-based duplicators are also firmware-upgradeable, allowing users the ability to burn the latest media with the best write strategy. Disc Makers also showed an array of disc duplicators, and Lite-On showed its latest optical drives and set-top DVD recorders.
New Generation Video showed the ShotMapper, a GPS interface for DV camcorders that records positioning data from a standard GPS receiver onto one audio track, and can extract the data from the recording during capture. Other exhibiting hardware manufacturers include ADS, Photoflex, Pin-Mic and K-Tek.
Canon showed its just-announced ZR and Elura families of camcorders (starting at $349, all of which are now available, each having an optical zoom of at least 18x), along with a multitude of accessories.
Panasonic's Broadcast division highlighted the new AG-DVC60, which includes three 1/4" CCDs, an available anamorphic lens accessory, a carbon-fibre-based body, a 30p recording mode, and Panasonic's CineGamma gamma curves (similar to the gamma curves available on the AG-DVX100A.)
Edirol showcased its DV-7DL editing appliance, along with its new R-1 and R-4 portable audio acquisition devices. The R-1 records onto CompactFlash cards in either PCM or MP3 modes, while the R-4 is a four-track recorder, which includes an internal 40GB hard drive and can also edit captured audio. Applied Magic and MacroSystem US had its most current editing appliances on display. Applied Magic highlighted version 2.7 of ScreenPlayOS and MacroSystem featured the new Solitaire editing appliance.
A number of software developers also exhibited, including Adobe, Ulead and Animated Communications. Stock footage producer TriLab Prouctions showed off its latest additions to Digital Hotcakes library.
And if you needed an entire turnkey editing system, NLE Systems, Unitek Digital and Guy Graphics were on hand to help you find what you were looking for.
We hope to see you at a Videomaker Expo soon! Videomaker Expo East will be held at the Sheraton Meadowlands Hotel in East Rutherford, NJ in September, and Videomaker Expo West will be returning to Burbank next winter.
Charles Fulton is Videomaker's Associate Editor.