Bit by Bit - Digital Takes Over
My friend Bonko, the guitarist in a retro-alternative-grunge band, is adamant: "Digital stinks, and analog rules, dude." He covets his tube transistors and even has a collection of vinyl records. "Analog is, like, the bomb! Check out the difference," he said as he cranked the volume on an ancient...
Viewfinder: The Video Montage of Emotions
One of our chief goals in video editing is to engage the audience in our story. We can achieve this particularly well if we can evoke an emotional response like happiness, fear or anger. Soviet filmmaker, Sergei Eisenstein recognized the importance of this and originated the idea of cultivating a...
Steve Jobs, Apple's interim CEO, announced the company's new G4 Macintosh computers at his Seybold keynote speech. Boasting 1MB of Level-2 cache, support for Ultra ATA/66 drives, built-in FireWire support and an AGP 2X bus, the new Macs will be available in 400MHz, 450MHz and 500MHz versions.Available now, the...
Videonics, Inc. announced today that the MXProDV Professional Digital Video Mixer is now shipping. The MXProDV is the first live mixer to include the FireWire/i.Link format along with a full analog I/O complement. By utilizing MXProDV's digital video and audio processing architecture, DV quality is preserved...
Sony today announced its new Edit-M DVCAM-based portable editing solution, which includes a DSR-PD100A 3-chip camcorder, DVCAM DSR-V10 Video Walkman(tm) TV/VCR and DSRM-E1 cuts-only edit controller. "The Edit-M system offers event videographers, documentarians, and corporate and government video professionals a powerful solution for their acquisition needs," said Robert Ott,...
Dell Computer has introduced two turnkey nonlinear editing solutions, the Dell Precision WorkStation 410 and 610. Starting at $4000, these workstations come configured with Pinnacle Systems Inc.'s DC1000 video capture card, which uses the MPEG-2 codec for easy interface with DVD and streaming video applications.
Spruce Technologies and Canopus Corporation have announced plans to integrate Spruce's DVDVirtuoso(tm) DVD authoring software with Canopus' Amber MPEG-2 encoder to provide a low-cost ($2999) DVD authoring system. Spruce DVDVirtuoso's authoring interface enables users to take advantage of the unique features of the DVD platform including interactive menus, multiple...
Kodak's newly announced DVC325 camera plugs directly into a computer's USB port for quick capture of still or moving images. Maximum resolution is 352x288 at 30 frames per second, or 640x480 for still images; bundled software includes Presto! VideoWorks, Presto! Mr. Photo and Microsoft NetMeeting for videoconferencing.Other features...
Pinnacle: FreeFX is a line of 20 Free effects (Page peels, oil drops, bouncing balls and other DVEs) for use in Adobe Premiere. The package is free and available for download from the companies Web site. FreeFX plugins are software based and do not require any special acceleration hardware....
The Perseids Meteor Shower peaks on Friday August 13, 1999 and NASA wants your amateur videos of the event. Send your videos via e-mail to Dr. Tony Phillips or write him for more information.
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