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SYPHAnews - 30th April 2002

Welcome to SYPHAnews - a newsletter designed to keep you up-to-date with nonlinear audio and video news, as well as developments at http://SYPHAonline.com (incorporating http://NLEguide.com and http://DAWguide.com).

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STOP PRESS!! Welcome to our new subscribers who signed up at the NAB 2002 Convention. This was our 10th NAB but the first time as exhibitors. We'd like to thank those who visited us for their interest and feedback, and apologies to those we missed because we were combing the aisles in search of new products.

For anyone who did not get the announcement, the all-new NLE Buyers Guide is now launched. All information has been completely renewed as of April 2002, and will be updated continuously.

NLE news

SYPHA's View of NAB 2002
Las Vegas, 6-11 April, 2002 - during a warmer than average week, this year's NAB show was dominated by three main themes: improving workflow, better value and more power. To improve workflow, Avid announced its aim to be the most open environment by moving all of its products to MXF as the native media file format, and by supporting AAF for metadata interchange. Pinnacle Systems showcased its Palladium architecture for connecting and sharing media between all Pinnacle products as well as third parties. Discreet announced a new multistreaming architecture that will be open to AAF, and Quantel demonstrated AAF support with its iQ platform. The Interoperability Center, co-sponsored by the Pro-MPEG Forum and AAF Association, was packed with traditional rivals such as Panasonic and Sony, as well as leading TV and post production companies, all joining in to support MXF and AAF.

To offer better value, JVC focused on "innovation while preserving the customers' return on investment," and promoted its GY-DV300 streamcorder working with NLE products such as the Casablanca Kron. Panasonic focused on 24p and "affordable digital production tools" and announced a host of new digital cameras, and several companies announced downward price adjustments to products and packages.

To provide more power, an increasing number of products now offer more than dual-stream capabilities for realtime transitions, effects and compositing. Among products offering multistreaming were the Leitch dpsVelocityQ card and software package that supports four realtime video streams and six dynamic graphics streams, the Canopus DVStorm software that leverages escalating CPU power to support five streams of DV video, and the Media 100 844/X system based on a Compaq workstation and proprietary PCI-standard subsystem that delivers up to 8 video and key streams. More card manufacturers were also offering 10-bit sampling in order to eliminate the contouring sometimes introduced when using 8 bits, and more were offering cross-platform solutions, including offshoot company Bluefish 444, set up to offer I/O cards similar to Digital Voodoo's Mac-based ones, but for Windows. While Windows and Mac OS remain the most popular operating systems, Linux is beginning to emerge as a possible rival. IBM for example, under the theme of "We get it, we get it done," is offering a solution for 2D and 3D animation, digital content creation, NLE and more efficient rendering capabilities, that is designed to take advantage of the Linux open platform together with IBM IntelliStation workstations, servers and storage.

In terms of developing applications, while Sony claimed this to be "the year of digital cinematography" and predicted that by 2005 more than half of all movies will be shot on digital, overall there was a more measured approach than in previous years to emerging markets, such as streaming and DVD. News is also a growing NLE market, where there is a trend towards fewer craft editors and many proxy editors, and a move towards centralcasting of multiple channels including local insertion, all from a central server. Manufacturers involved in news, such as Quantel, Leitch, Thomson and Panasonic are variously addressing the need to manage media from ingest, to desktop browsing and proxy editing, to conforming for craft editing and broadcast, whilst interoperating with external MOS-based (Media Object Server) newsroom systems. Although hybrid editing may not be a growing market, for news in particular, it is still a practical solution, as highlighted by the introduction of two new hybrid systems, namely the Canopus CWS100 turnkey workstation, and the Editware Fastrack hybrid editor designed to control video servers.

Among other announcements was a new Chyron Lyric 2D/3D graphics creation plug-in for Avid Symphony, Media Composer, DS, Xpress and Xpress DV systems; the new Laird DVora PC media engine designed to maximise Avid Xpress DV with integrated analogue to IEEE-1394, VU meters, and professional video and audio I/O breakout box; the ADTX MasStor portable DV recorder with two FireWire ports and a replaceable hard disk pack; the new Accom WSD/HDX multi-definition disk recorder with key channel option; and the much-anticipated PAL version of the Windows 2000-based Newtek Video Toaster [2], due to ship 1 May 2002.

Despite heavy delays at the airport due to security checks, most of us managed to leave Las Vegas before the sand storm that lasted a whole day and reduced visibility to virtually zero. As usual, the SYPHA team took the opportunity to explore the beautiful countryside around LV - this time driving through the Navajo Nation to Monument Valley in Utah, where many a John Wayne movie was filmed. Spectacular.

Avid Makes New Announcements for Entire Product Range
Avid Technology has announced new developments for its product range, including a Media Composer-style source/record editing GUI and Photoshop layer import for Avid Xpress V5, and the ability of Avid Xpress DV to work with the Avid Unity network. Among the new features of V11 for Media Composer and V4 for Avid Symphony, including high-quality motion effects and an integrated Marquee title tool, is the new MetaSync technology that allows third parties to use the Avid timeline for synchronising interactive elements using AAF and MXF files. New features for Avid/DS V6 is a 35% increase in performance, realtime moving mattes and realtime DVE, and a price tag of US$85,000 for a turnkey Avid/DS HD system including 1 hour of storage. See http://www.avid.com.

Leitch Launches InstantOnline-II Conforming Engine for VR400 Servers
Leitch Technology has launched InstantOnline-II as a link between online servers and the proxy editing environment. InstantOnline-II supports cuts-only editing, voiceover audio files and audio level control using the BrowseCutter-II desktop proxy editor, and provides a management system that prioritises stories and conforms them to high resolution video for immediate transmission or finishing using the NEWSFlash-II craft editor. All of the systems are MOS-compliant and integrated with the new Leitch VRMediaNet software that manages the media for one or multiple newsrooms, provides metadata management, tracking of media use, rights and embargos, and can be expanded to provide wire services and story text management. See http://www.leitch.com.

Thomson Introduces NewsEdit LT Laptop Editor
Thomson Multimedia has introduced a turnkey laptop editor for journalists that need instant mobility. NewsEdit LT allows cuts-only editing with transitional A/B roll functions, and the ability to send material back to the station for transmission. It is based on a highly networked design that allows it to be used in a networked newsroom with the NewsEdit NLE or the low-resolution NewsBrowse application, and it also maintains Media Object Server (MOS) linkages to third party newsroom computing systems so that its material can be more easily used for immediate broadcast. Priced from US$12,900, NewsEdit LT is scheduled to be available in June. See http://www.thomsonbroadcast.com.

Adobe Expands Support for Microsoft Windows Media
Adobe and Microsoft have announced support for Microsoft's next version of Windows Media, code-named Corona, in Adobe Premiere and After Effects products. Corona is designed to improve the quality of streamed video and enable desktop high-definition video production using the smallest file sizes. Its new video codec will produce DVD-quality SD video at up to one-third the comparable MPEG-2 data rate making it possible to put up to several times as much SD video onto a single DVD. It can also provide HD 720p video resolutions at file sizes half that of current DVDs for local playback on the PC. Its new audio codec (WMA Pro) will allow Web-based delivery of 6-channel surround sound of 24-bit/96kHz audio. See http://www.adobe.com.

Apple Announces Cinema Tools for Final Cut Pro 3
Apple has announced Cinema Tools for Final Cut Pro 3 (FCP 3). This new software package is designed to enhance the 24fps editing capabilities of FCP 3 with support for film cut lists and 24-frame EDLs for HD video, and to allow offline HD projects to be finished using Final Cut Pro-based HD finishing systems such as the Pinnacle CinéWave. System requirements include FCP 3.0.2, Mac OS X v10.1.3, a 300MHz Power PC G3 or G4 with built-in FireWire, 256MB RAM, QuickTime and 10MB of disk space for installation. Cinema Tools has a suggested retail price of US$999 and is scheduled to be available in May. See http://www.apple.com.

Digital Voodoo Introduces New Uncompressed 10-bit SD and HD Cards for Macintosh
Digital Voodoo has introduced new uncompressed 10-bit cards that support PAL and NTSC standards, 6 channels of AES/EBU digital audio, and are compatible with Mac-based editing and compositing applications such as Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere After Effects and Photoshop. The D1 64RT 64-bit PCI card provides SDI I/O, multi-stream realtime video, 5 different dissolves, colour correction, and a programmable interface for future updates, and is priced at US$3495. The Compound card offers SDI I/O as well as analogue composite, component and S-video, and is priced a US$4495. Both cards support frame-accurate capture and insertion from/to an RS-422-controllable digital tape deck. The new HD Fury 10-bit uncompressed HD-SDI capture and playback card is compatible with Mac-based HD applications such as Final Cut Pro 3, and supports 8 channels of AES/EBU, as well as simultaneous SD down-conversion. Availability of all cards is planned for Q2 2002. See http://www.digitalvoodoo.net.

Bluefish 444 Introduces New Uncompressed 10-bit Cards for Windows
Bluefish 444 has introduced new uncompressed 10-bit SDI cards with genlock that support PAL and NTSC standards, the QuickTime V210 native file format, 6 channels of AES/EBU digital audio, and are compatible with Windows-based editing and compositing applications such as Adobe Premiere and After Effects. Priced at US$2495, the Deepblue AV card offers dual SDI SMPTE 259M outputs that are selectable between video and video, video and key 4:2:2:4 or 4:4:4:4 (dual link) via two BNC connectors for live key environments. It also includes one analogue composite output for viewing standard definition SDI video on and NTSC or PAL analogue composite monitor. Priced at US$3995, the Deepblue I/O card provides one SDI input and two SDI SMPTE 259M outputs. The Deepblue SD is priced at US$1695 and offers two SDI outputs with genlock, and one analogue composite output. All three cards are due Q2 2002. See http://www.bluefish444.com.

AJA Debuts First Capture Cards for Mac OS X
AJA Video Systems announced that its KONA-SD and KONA-HD 64-bit PCI cards are the first video and audio capture cards developed exclusively for the new Apple Mac OS X operating system and Final Cut Pro 3, for editing of 10-bit, uncompressed SDI or HD-SDI. Supported on the Mac by QuickTime drivers created by Blackmagic Design, KONA-SD is available now and currently supports five realtime dissolve effects in Final Cut Pro 3. Media files are all QuickTime, allowing non-restricted movement between applications with no exporting or re-rendering required. KONA-HD is scheduled to be available in Q 2002. See http://www.aja.com.

Doremi Adds MPEG-2 to HD Disk Recorder Range
Doremi has added the V1 MP2.HD to its of HD disk recorders that include the V1 U.HD uncompressed 720p, 1080i, 1080p and 1080sf recorder. The V1 MP2.HD offers MPEG-2 4:2:2 or 4:2:0 compressed recording at up to 300Mb/s for digital cinema and other high resolution display applications, and is also designed as a drop-in replacement for HD tape recorders in HD production and post production. Its 3RU chassis holds enough storage for 192 minutes at 100Mb/s, and additional recording time can be added via an external drive chassis. See http://www.doremilabs.com.

DVS Announces HD Editing with Incite and New Mac Compatibility
DVS and Incite Multimedia have announced an agreement to develop fully integrated HD nonlinear editing suites using the DVS HDStationPlus and HDStationRGB hardware running the Incite Editor product family. This will support all popular HDTV and SDTV formats plus 2k, in 10-bit YUV or RGB. DVS also announced that its HDStationOEM and SDStationOEM board products have become Mac compatible with a QuickTime driver and a specially developed Mac software development kit. See http://www.dvs.de and http://www.inciteonline.com.

QuVis Introduces New Disk Recorder
QuVis has introduced a new QuBit disk recorder model the QuBit 601, that supports uncompressed 10-bit SD NTSC/PAL recording/playback. The company says it is suited to SD production, post production, telecine, large screen display and single-frame animation capture and playback. When fully configured, it supports 2 hours of storage, and it can also be expanded to a multiformat HD system. See http://www.quvis.com.

DAW news

Invitation to AES31 Trade Association at the 112th AES Convention
On 12 May 2002 at 11am there will be an inaugural meeting of the AES31 Trade Association in the AES Standards Area at the 112th AES Convention in Munich. The broad aims of the association will be to promote the adoption of the AES31 file interchange standard amongst manufacturers and users, both large and small, to benefit and stimulate the whole of our industry. AES31 defines a method of interchanging audio and associated edit information in a robust and reliable manner between DAWs and other digital audio products from different manufacturers. Any professional working in our industry understands why interchange is so important to their customers' workflow and to their own organisations. All interested manufacturers, facilities and users are welcome to attend (subject to available space). Please email aes31@sadie.com if you wish to attend.

SADiE Announces SADiE Disk Editor Software Version 4.2
SADiE has announced immediate availability of the SADiE Disk Editor Software version 4.2 for its 24.96, ARTEMiS and RADiA systems. This latest release is a 32-bit application making it compatible with Windows 2000 Professional and NT4 operating systems. It adds a number of new display features, including individual vertical zoom settings for EDL streams, large or small PQ and video stream settings, and enhanced waveform viewing for greater editing precision. It also features a completely reworked Trim Editor providing a dedicated area where crossfades can be pinpointed and precisely manipulated. A new Fade Linking ability allows the user to further combine and edit fades, and there are a variety of new preset fade shapes. A permanent Navigator Window displaying the full EDL provides an overall frame of reference, and a stationary timeline in the EDL simplifies on-screen monitoring of playback. See http://www.sadie.com.

Cube-Tec Introduces Tape-24 for QUADRIGA
Cube-Tec will introduce new import modules for QUADRIGA at the upcoming 112th AES Show in Munich. These will include Tape-24 for 24-track audio capturing of analogue session tapes, as well as modules capable of capturing and analysing analogue audio signals at up to 192kHz. See http://www.Cube-Tec.com.

Mackie Announces Soundscape DAW Upgrade Program
Mackie Designs has announced an upgrade program for users of the Soundscape SSHDR-1 and E-MU Ensoniq Paris digital audio workstations. Running up to September 2002, Mackie will offer a rebate of US$2499 (or international equivalent) to new Soundscape 32 customers that trade-in their SSHDR-1 or old Paris equipment to an authorised Mackie distributor or dealer. For further details see http://www.mackie.com/mbp.

AMS Neve Announces Latest Version of AudioFile SC
AMS Neve has announced the latest version of its AudioFile SC editor. This features a suite of plug-in processing tools ranging from basic equalisation to de-clicking software from CEDAR Audio. In addition, AudioFile now supports Multi-track Trim for editing surround stems in response to the increasing demand for tools to simplify surround format editing, and as part of the WorkFlow initiative, the system also handles high speed network transfer of OMF files (import and export). See http://www.ams-neve.com.

Fairlight Acquires Intellectual Property of DSP Media
Following the acquisition of the intellectual property of DSP Media, Fairlight has relaunched the Vmotion video disk recorder with in-built ADR functions and the AV transfer digital audio file format interchange utility. The company will not be continuing development of the DSP legacy editors. See http://www.fairlightesp.com.au.

Otari Introduces the New Generation of its Broadcast MO Recorder/Editor
Otari will introduce the DR-10, the new generation of its broadcast MO recorder/editor, at the upcoming 112th AES Show in Munich. This 2-channel recorder with 4-channel playback is designed for standalone or network operation in on-air, post production and mastering studios. It features 24-bit quantisation with up to 96kHz sampling, dedicated tape transport controls, professional broadcast editing features via a graphical interface, networking capability for fast file exchange, and, the company claims, superior sonic performance. Recording is in Wave as well as the BWF file format to 3.5 inch 1.3GB MO disks, or optionally the system can be fitted with 5.2 inch 2.6GB MO drives. See http://www.otari.com.

Syntrillium Releases Cool Edit Pro 2.0
Syntrillium Software has released Version 2.0 of its Cool Edit Pro digital audio editing and mixing software for Windows PCs. New features include realtime effects and track EQ, MIDI and video playback support, MTC master generation, six new DSP effects, loop-based music composition and a compressed loop file format. Users also have free access to thousands of downloadable mp3PRO-based loops from the new Syntrillium loop library at http://www.loopology.com. CoolEdit Pro 2.0 can be downloaded for US$249 or the boxed edition costs US$279, and upgrades are available for existing customers. See http://www.syntrillium.com.

Apogee Launches NativeTools Hardware/Software Bundles
Apogee Electronics has announced the launch of NativeTools, a series of hardware/software bundles which pair Apogee converters with audio recording and editing software. The first bundle, NativeTools Studio Edition, combines Apogee AD-16 and DA-16 converters with Steinberg Nuendo software and also includes the Nuendo 96/52 PCI card and appropriate cables. The AD-16 and DA-16 converters offer 16 channels of 24-bit conversion at sample rates up to 96kHz, with ADAT light-pipe (with S/MUX) interfacing built-in. The DA-16 also includes AES/EBU and TDIF inputs, which are optional on the AD-16. The AD-16 and DA-16 interface directly to the Nuendo 96/52 card via ADAT light-pipe. NativeTools Studio Edition is available for Macintosh or Windows computers and has a list price of US$7,995. See http://www.apogeedigital.com.

HHB Announces Development of New Portadrive Location Recorder
HHB Communications has announced the development of the HHB Portadrive. This new 8-track location sound recorder is scheduled to ship in the fourth quarter of 2002, and combines 24-bit/96kHz multichannel recording with flexible on-board mixing facilities in a compact, portable package. Aimed at TV and film sound recordists, it uses a robust, shock resistant removable 2.5 inch hard drive and records in BWF and SDII formats, allowing full compatibility with Mac and PC-based digital audio workstations, connecting via a drive docking station. See http://www.hhb.co.uk.

Camera news

JVC Releases Professional Camcorder for the Broadband Age
JVC Professional Products has released Streamcorder, a hand-held broadcast-quality camera with the ability to record to tape, digital memory or simultaneously stream to the Internet. It comprises the new GY-DV300 camcorder and its companion KA-DV300U network package which provides control over all camera functions from a remote location and has an integrated fully functional web server. The package also includes the JVC Stream Producer software. The GY-DV300 camera is designed to have everything at the users' fingertips and has the same circuitry as the GY-DV500 camcorder. See http://pro.jvc.com.

Panasonic Unveils New Five-in-One DVCPRO Cinema Camera
Panasonic Broadcast & Television Systems has debuted the AJ-SDX900 DVCPRO Cinema camera. This 2/3 inch 3x CCD DVCPRO 50/25 switchable camera can acquire high-quality, film-like images at 24fps, and supports both 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios. It offers a maximum record time of 33 minutes in DVCPRO50 and 66 minutes in DVCPRO, as well as four digital audio channels. It will be available in Q1 2003 at a suggested list price less than US$35,000. See http://www.panasonic.com.

Panasonic Introduces Low-Cost 16:9/4:3 DVCPRO 50/25 Switchable Camcorder
Panasonic Broadcast & Television Systems has introduced the AJ-SDC915. This 2/3 inch 3x CCD camcorder is switchable between classic DVCPRO and EFP quality 50Mb/s 4:2:2 DVCPRO50 modes, and supports both 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios. It offers a maximum record time of 33 minutes in DVCPRO50 and 66 minutes in DVCPRO formats, and with the optional audio input adaptor, can record up to four independent digital audio channels. It will be available in the Autumn at a suggested list price of under US$20,000. See http://www.panasonic.com.

Panasonic Announces Series of Multi-Format DTV Camera Systems
Panasonic Broadcast & Television Systems Company has announced the AK-HC900 series of multi-format DTV camera systems. The AK-HC930 is a dual-format camera system, which features three 2/3 inch CCDs and offers 1080i and optional 480i acquisition. The AK-HC931 is a multi-format DTV camera system, which features three 2/3 inch CCDs and has a 480i standard definition output that is easily upgradeable to 720p and 1080i. It is also capable of capturing film-style 24p high definition images, high frame rate 60fps images for broadcast sports or analysis applications, plus a range of variable frame rates (6, 12, 18, 24, 30 and 40fps) for off-speed acquisition. Both systems can be configured for either studio or hand-held use and will be available in September. The AK-HC930 has a suggested list price of US$95,000, and the AK-HC931 has an approximate suggested list price of US$80,000 including camera head, 2 inch viewfinder, remote operation panel and camera control unit. See http://www.panasonic.com.

Thomson Announces Viper FilmStream Camera for Digital Cinematography
Thomson Broadcast Solutions has announced the Viper FilmStream camera system. Designed for theatrical release motion pictures, episodic television, and commercial production, it has three unique 9.2 megapixel CCDs giving a total of 27.6 million pixels. It supports 1080p at 24/25/30fps, as well as 720p at 50/60fps, and when set in the 720p mode at 60fps, it offers slow-motion effects at many different playback speeds. Post production tools sense how many photons have reached each of the 27.6 million CCD pixels (just like individual grains of film react to light) and operators can then change the visual and emotional impression in a picture in any way, since no information has been lost through video pre-processing and filtering. The camera output is transferred to data tape or disk recorder as a FilmStream datastream using a dual HD-SDI link, with a combined data rate of 2.978Gb/s. See http://www.thomson-multimedia.com.

Thomson Announces New SD, HD and Digital Cinematography Cameras
Thomson Broadcast Solutions has announced three new additions to its camera portfolio: the LDK 5000 standard definition camera and two versions of the LDK 6000 Mk II high definition/digital cinematography camera. The LDK 5000 features HDTV CCD sensors from which all SD formats can be derived, optimal aliasing and resolution performance, 12-bit A/D conversion, and 22-bit high definition DSP, and users can move to high definition via a simple, field-based upgrade procedure. It can be configured for a variety of applications including triax, dockable EFP, and full featured studio/EFP with the use of a SuperXpander large lens adapter and an optional seven-inch viewfinder. The LDK 6000 Mk II family uses three 9.2 million pixel HD-DPM+ CCD sensors that enable easy switching between different high definition formats by actually grouping different amounts of pixels on the sensors themselves. This method of switching requires no format conversion. The LDK 6000 Mk II family features 12-bit A/D conversion and 22-bit high definition DSP, and a TriaxHD transmission system which allows re-use of the existing triax cabling infrastructures. The LDK 6000 Mk II Standard is aimed at sports production, commercial production, and special event telecasts. It offers native scanning in both interlace (1080i) and progressive (720p) modes at 59.94 and 50fps. With its multi-format capabilities, the LDK 6000 Mk II Worldcam is a high definition and standard definition camera for outside broadcast vans, major production facilities, rental houses, and organisations with diverse production format requirements. In addition to 1080i and 720p at 59.94 and 50fps, the Worldcam system provides 24p digital cinematography formats in 1080p and 720p, and also provides convenient built-in frame-rate conversions for monitoring and recording. See http://www.thomson-multimedia.com.

Ikegami Announces Lower Cost Additions to its SD and HD Cameras
Ikegami has announced the HL-60W and the HDK-79E(IT) as additions to its range of standard definition and high definition cameras respectively. The HL-60W new lower cost camera supports both 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios, and features three AIT CCDs, 38-bit internal processing, 65dB signal-to-noise ratio and 750 TVL resolution. It can be integrated with the company's high-end triax systems and has optional servo filter wheel control. The HDK-79E(IT) is designed for DTV and can provide simultaneous HDTV and SDTV signals. It uses newly-developed 2/3 inch IT CCDs which deliver a high level of performance at lower cost than the company's FIT equipped cameras. See http://www.ikegami.com.

Hitachi Unveils Dockable DVD-RAM Recorder and One-Piece Camcorder
Hitachi Denshi has unveiled a dockable DVD-RAM recorder and a one-piece DVD-RAM camcorder. The recorder can be used with the company's Z series cameras and will also dock to most other brands of professional cameras using an interface adapter. It is designed for ENG applications and will offer editing software and video clip assembly features and plug-ins for popular NLEs, such as the Avid Xpress and the Apple Final Cut Pro. The recorder will begin shipping in Q4 2002. Shown as a non-working model, the DVD-RAM camcorder features three CCDs and 800TVL resolution. It also uses MPEG-2 video compression technology, offers both DVD-R and DVD-RAM format compatibility and can record up to one hour of MPEG-2 video. Operators can select between extended recording time or increased recording quality and video can be edited in the camera, allowing users to re-order scenes and add transitional effects, or the medium can be removed for editing on other platforms. See http://www.hdal.com.

Sony Unveils Camera Systems for HD Broadcast Production
Sony Electronics has announced the HDW-730 HDCAM camcorder and HDC-930 high definition studio camera. These new high definition acquisition systems feature switchable 59.94i and 50i operation, which, in line with the ITU internationally standardised 1920x1080 Common Image Format (CIF), facilitates HD production worldwide. The HDW-730 camcorder features video cache recording, which stores seven seconds of digital HD video in a continuous loop on a camera memory chip and is designed to help camera operators capture unpredictable footage in the field. Both products are planned to be available in June. See http://www.sonynab.com.

Sony Introduces Internet Capable DVCAM Camcorder
Sony has introduced the DSR-PDX10P DVCAM camcorder, which the company claims to be the smallest three CCD megapixel professional camcorder on the market. It has a new 14-bit DXP process, and an array of professional accessories. It is designed for broadcasters who need flexibility and extreme mobility, features the ability to send content through the Internet instantly while shooting, and offers the option of high resolution stills. It will be available in June. See http://www.sonynab.com.

Sony Introduces New Disk-Based DVCAM Recorders
Sony has introduced the DSR-DU1 hard disk unit and the DSR-DR1000P hard disk recorder into it range of DVCAM products. The DSR-DU1 is designed to allow camcorder users to simultaneously record onto hard disk as well as tape. It offers three hours of recording time and enables quick reviewing of material shot and a quick start to nonlinear editing. Sony has also announced that it is working with Apple, Adobe Systems and Avid Technology and the unit was demonstrated working with Adobe Premiere and Avid NewsCutter. The DSR-DR1000P recorder takes full advantage of the benefits of disk-based recording while maintaining the same operational feel as a VTR. Both products will be available in June. See http://www.sonynab.com.

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