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SYPHAnews - 30th April 2002
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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.
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
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 , 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.
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.
Bluefish 444 Introduces New Uncompressed 10-bit Cards
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
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
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
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.
Invitation to AES31 Trade Association at the 112th
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
email@example.com if you wish to attend.
SADiE Announces SADiE Disk Editor Software Version
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.
Otari Introduces the New Generation of its Broadcast
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
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.
JVC Releases Professional Camcorder for the Broadband
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.
Panasonic Introduces Low-Cost 16:9/4:3 DVCPRO 50/25
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
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
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
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
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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