Zoom In, Zoom Out Matsushita is working on a new ultra-sensitive CCD that can produce 10,000 levels of halftone, compared to about 500 levels for the average camcorder today. Matsushita officials claim this new CCD could lead to a pocket-sized camcorder with more advanced imaging capabilities than todays professional three-chip...
Too many videos suffer from bad sound. Common symptoms include distant, tinny voices surrounded by ambient noise--appliances, air conditioners and even passing traffic. Another warning sign: when it's time to play back your tapes, you have to turn the TV volume level up annoyingly high to hear your audio. If...
Portable Giant Casio announces the Megavision FV-600, a color video projection system that's ideal for sales or educational use. The system uses a 2.4-inch, 250,000-pixel display to throw an image on either the front or rear of the screen. You can view the image from the built-in 10" monitor, or...
Videomaker is proud to announce the 1994 Best Products of the Year Awards. Each year, our editors recognize those products and manufacturers that offer the videomaker the best in convenience, features, price and performance. We also recognize those innovative products that push back the borders of consumer-level videomaking. These products...
The Wireless Way Nady 551 VR Wireless Microphone System Nady Systems Inc. 6701 Bay Street Emeryville, CA 94608 ($1000) Nady has long held a reputation for supplying quality wireless microphone transmitters and receivers to professionals and consumers alike. Nady's 551 VR offers a system put together specifically for camcorder users of all levels. The Nady 551...
This spring, Thomson Consumer Electronics will release the world's first commercial-free VCRs. The technology, developed by Arthur D. Little enterprises, will allow users to record programs in the usual way, but skip the commercials on playback. The system works as follows: it marks the beginning and end of commercials in...
That title alone may be enough to scare off some readers. If you've gotten this far, please stay with me. I know the technical side of video production isn't fun for most. It's actually a nuisance when you come to think of it. But understanding some of the basic mechanics...
Last month we looked at the DTV computer as a source of titles and graphic overlays. In this fourth article in the series, we'll discuss add-in DTV cards that are similar to overlay cards, but much more sophisticated. They take two or more analog video signals, digitize them, and...
Ever want to cram more horizon in your viewfinder by zooming out a bit further--but your camcorder refuses? Or maybe you desire to zoom in tighter to get a little closer to the action--but your lens just won't cooperate? What can you do? Since the majority of camcorders have a permanently affixed lens,...
In Control RM-E1000T Editing Controller/Titler Sony Corporation 1 Sony Drive Parkridge, NJ 07656 www.sony.com ($2000) The RM-E1000T Editing Controller/Titler is one part of Sony's time-code capable, A/B roll Hi8 production system. This system also includes the EV-S7000 Hi8 editing deck, the CCD-TR700 Hi8 camcorder and the XV-D1000 special effects generator. Combining these components allows you...