DNF Controls:The Analyst RS422/RS232 Tester
Built out of the frustration of dealing with RS422 and RS232 interface problems, DNF’s The Analyst lets you verify RS422/RS232 signal paths or chase down RS422 to RS232 adapter problems. Now testing that took 30 minutes takes seconds, with the ability to swap, transmit, and receive lines (RS422/RS232), reverse transmitter output polarity (RS422), and reverse receiver input polarity (RS422).
Evolution Broadcast:Evolution Nexus
Touch screen technology isn’t new, but with Nexus, it’s the core of a sophisticated production center, giving the director of sports (as well as the replay operator) more direct control of the program. Using two touch screen monitors integrated with a Thomson Grass Valley XtenDD switcher, a seasoned “A” game TD can pre-program all the on-screen moves. The director (or even a “B” game TD) can then switch the game just by touching the source video displayed on the touch screens.
FOR-A:IVS-700HS HD/SD Stabilizer
Shaky video sucks, but FOR-A’s IVS-700HS takes live or recorded shaky HD and SD video and gets rid of the shakes, without loosing the ability to pan and tilt. There’s no additional noise and the picture looks great (there’s a two-frame dealy). An SD-only version (IVS-300) and HD-only version (IVS-500) are also available.
FORscene Web-Based Editing Tool
Truth be told, the FORscene Web-Based Editing Tool is VHS quality, but that will soon change. But think of the possibilities—frame-accurate collaborative editing with EDL output (with built-in publishing options for Web and mobile) with anyone in the world without any software installation or hardware upgrades. For a free trial visit the website.
Pro Gear:12V Power Converter For DV Cameras
Sometimes it’s the simplest things that have the biggest impact. Camcorders like Sony’s PD150 and PD170 run on 7.2V, while lights run on 12. With Pro Gear’s 12V power converter for DV cameras—which fits between the battery and the camcorder (it’s only 1.6 inches wide)—clean 12V power is available for lights up to 20W. If you’re using smaller camcorders and need a light but don’t want separate batteries to power them, then this is the gizmo for you, for about $500.
Serious Magic:DV Rack
You’ve probably seen the “DV Rack Saved My Ass!” ad in the more video production-related magazines (and no, that is not me in the ad, or my brother). A rack of test gear on a laptop, real test gear: professional field monitor, digital video recorder, DV waveform monitor and vectorscope, sureshot module, DV quality monitor, DV frame grabber, audio spectrum analyzer, automatic camera setup, video analyzer, and a shot timer/clock module. DV Rack runs on a typical Windows 2000/XP laptop or desktop and has an MSRP of $495.
>Try the demo at www.seriousmagic.com