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July 09, 2004

Table of Contents

Sony Announces Latest 3-CCD Megapixel MiniDV Handycam Camcorder
ExpoDisc Unveils New Color Balance Filter
ArcSoft Unveils DVD and Video Products That Support Double Layer DVD Media
Memorex Announces 16X Double Layer, Dual Format DVD Drives
Memorex 16X DVD+R Media Reduces Recording Times
Canopus Announces ADVC110 Digital Video Converter for Windows and Mac
Charismac Engineering Announces the Discribe Alive CD/DVD Duplication and Distribution System
EIZO Updates SlimEdgeT Series of LCD Monitors

Sony Announces Latest 3-CCD Megapixel MiniDV Handycam Camcorder

Sony has announced the DCR-HC1000, a three-CCD camcorder. Each CCD imager is dedicated to a primary color. They separate light passing through the lens into individual color components for sharper images and colors.

The new DCR-HC1000 model is expected to be available next month for about $1,700.

The camcorder's new grip swivels forward a full 90 degrees and includes a stop/start record button on the LCD frame. For the video hobbyist, there are optional manual controls, such as a 12X optical and 150X digital zoom, zoom ring, zebra pattern, spotlight compensation and spot focus. The new camcorder offers audio recording with PCM Digital Stereo Audio in 12 and 16-bit audio modes. It features Sony's SteadyShot optical image stabilization system to keep the image steady, plus it offers the dual functionality of capturing digital still images of up to 1152X864 resolution. JPEG images are stored directly onto Memory Stick PRO Duomedia cards for transfer to PCs and other devices.

Other features include:

  • 2.5" Precision SwivelScreen Hybrid LCD Display
  • InfoLithium Battery with AccuPower System
  • i.LINK Digital Video Interface

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ExpoDisc Unveils New Color Balance Filter

ExpoDisc Inc. has announced the ExpoDisc Digital White Balance Filter.

The ExpoDisc Digital WB Filter is, in effect, a gray card in a lens cap. It lets you read and set white balance before shooting, thus eliminating the need for post-capture color adjustments. The ExpoDisc filter works with film, digital cameras and digital video, and is available in six standard sizes from 58mm to 82mm.

The snap-on disc is a neutral diffusion filter that gathers ambient light from 180 degrees and passively transmits 18% of it through to your camera's light meter. The resulting 'gray frame' represents the colorcast of the light in which the photograph is being taken. From this gray frame, you then can set a custom white balance with your digital camera's menu.

Each filter is manufactured and individually calibrated to fall within 1/12th f/stop accuracy for exposure. It comes with a card recording its exact density and color balance (+/- 3% of absolute neutral) as noted on the color analyzer for color balance.

List prices range from $79.95 to $159.95.

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ArcSoft Unveils DVD and Video Products That Support Double Layer DVD Media

ArcSoft, Inc. has announced Double Layer DVD media support through its popular line of video applications.

ArcSoft's DVD/video products such as ShowBiz DVD 2, DVD/CD Maker and DVD SlideShow have been modified to meet the needs of OEMs and end-users by providing solutions for video functionality and data capacity. With Double Layer support capability, users can now record up to 4 hours of DVD-quality video, or 8 hours of VHS-quality video.

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Memorex Announces 16X Double Layer, Dual Format DVD Drives

Memorex has announced Memorex "D2" (D squared), a Dual Format, Double Layer 16X DVD Recorder, available in both internal and external models.

The Memorex D2 drives record to single-layer (4.7 GB) DVD+R discs at16X, so consumers can burn an entire disc -- two hours of video -- in approximately six minutes. The drives also burn to new double-layer DVD+R discs at 2.4X speed. Double-layer discs offer 80 percent more recording capacity than current single-layer discs, allowing users to save 8.5GB of extended length movies, music, and sporting events in DVD-quality picture resolution.

The Memorex 16X D2 drives also write to DVD-R discs at 8X and CD-R discs at 48X; rewrite DVD+RW discs at 4X, DVD-RW discs at 4X and CD-RW discs at 24X; and read DVD-ROM at 16X and CD-ROM at 48X. Featuring both USB 2.0 and IEEE 1394a FireWire interfaces, the external drive offers connectivity at speeds of 480 Mbs for USB 2.0 and 400 Mbs for FireWire, while the internal model uses a standard E-IDE (ATAPI) interface.

Each Memorex D2 drive package also includes Memorex DVD media, an illustrated guide for installation, a hardware manual, and connection cables.

The Memorex D2 internal 16X drive will be in stores in early August at an estimated street price of $149.99. The D2 external model will be in stores by mid-August at an estimated street price of $229.99. Memorex optical storage products include toll-free technical support and a limited one-year warranty.

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Memorex 16X DVD+R Media Reduces Recording Times

Memorex has announced its new 16X DVD+R media. These discs can burn home movies, favorite music, family photos and important data in half the time of 8X media.

With 16X DVD burners also scheduled to appear this summer, consumers can use 16X DVD+R media to burn an entire disc -- two hours of video -- in approximately six minutes. The discs store 4.7GB of video, photo, music or data files.

Memorex 16X DVD+R discs complement Memorex's DVD recorders, as well as the new internal and external D2 Dual Format. Memorex 16X DVD+R media will be shipping to retail stores nationwide in August. Discs will initially be available in 5-packs, with prices starting at $11.99 per pack.

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Canopus Announces ADVC110 Digital Video Converter for Windows and Mac

Canopus Corporation has announced ADVC110, a portable external bidirectional analog/digital video converter for Windows and Mac OS-based computers that features FireWire bus-powered operation and audio-only conversion capabilities. ADVC110 is a conversion solution that connects VHS, Hi8 and other analog video equipment to all DV cameras, decks and editing systems.

ADVC110 can be used for capture and output of S-Video and composite analog video from FireWire-equipped notebook or desktop computers. There are no software drivers to install and systems equipped with 6-pin FireWire ports are able to supply power through the FireWire cable, so ADVC110 does not require an external power supply. Systems and devices equipped with 4-pin FireWire ports will require an optional power supply. ADVC110 also can operate as a stand-alone converter without a computer.

ADVC110 features the Canopus DV hardware codec technology found in the full line of Canopus DV capture cards and Advanced Digital Video Converters. On the audio front, ADVC110 supports locked audio when converting from analog to digital video. ADVC110 also allows for conversion of analog audio signals alone.

In addition to supporting most DV and analog video equipment, ADVC110 is compatible with editing and DVD authoring applications such as Canopus EDIUS, Canopus Let's EDIT, Apple Final Cut Pro and iLife, Avid Xpress DV, Adobe Premiere Pro, Sony Vegas, Ulead MediaStudio Pro, and Windows Movie Maker.

ADVC110 supports NTSC, PAL and SECAM standards and will be available July 22, 2004 from Canopus and its authorized resellers.

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Charismac Engineering Announces the Discribe Alive CD/DVD Duplication and Distribution System

Charismac Engineering Inc. has announced the release of Discribe Alive - a mass content duplication and distribution system designed specifically for live performance applications.

Each Discribe Alive system comes pre-configured with Charismac's Discribe Alive Master software (running on an Apple Computer G4 PowerBook with Mac OS X Panther), two custom-built Discribe Alive Target Robot CD/DVD duplicators; an Apple Computer Xserve; a tallying key that tracks and reports on system status and CD burning success; and wireless networking connectivity tools. An air-travel-approved (ATA), shock-mounted rack case encapsulates the Discribe Alive system.

Each Discribe Alive Target Robot is capable of burning over 200 discs per hour -- depending on the amount of content broadcast and then duplicated. Applications for the Discribe Alive System are varied from major enterprise level organizations to small businesses. They include musical performing acts, motivational speakers, professional lecturers, academia, theater, spoken word, worship, secondary education, radio and television broadcast.

The Discribe Alive System is currently available for custom configuration and integration.

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EIZO Updates SlimEdgeT Series of LCD Monitors

Eizo Nanao Technologies Inc. has announced the addition of three models, the 19-inch FlexScanR L788 and FlexScan L768, and the 17-inch FlexScan L568, to its SlimEdge series of LCD monitors. All models feature thin bezels around the perimeter of the screen. This design is complemented by color control and gamma correction, and it is all backed by EIZO's five-year warranty.

For the 19-inch FlexScan L788 and L768, the side bezels are 13mm and the top and bottom bezels 15mm - a reduction of over 25% compared to EIZO's current 19-inch SlimEdge model. The 17-inch FlexScan L568 has 11mm along the sides and 13mm for the top and bottom.

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