Sony has received the first orders for its new, top-end, digital cinematography F23 acquisition camera, with five F23 cameras going to equipment and rental company Band Pro in Munich and further orders in the UK and the Netherlands. The F23 is aimed at the top-end of movie-making, commercials and television production.
"The F23 is a new digital cinematography camera recording on 4:4:4 RGB HDCAM SR," says Richard Lewis, chief engineer, Sony Professional Solutions Europe. "The F23 has many useful features designed specifically for digital cinema production and high end commercials. It is a stand-alone camera that looks and feels exactly like a film camera. It means you can take your film camera off its tripod and replace it with the F23 and its really easy to use with all the same accessories."
Design, Style and DVD Systems Will Fuel Consumer Demand
High definition simply isn't worth investing in until at least 2010 for most Europeans, according to some analysts, citing a paucity of content, both broadcast and pre-recorded. But new HD hardware such as Blu-ray and HD DVD players and not television sets that may well drive demand for HD-TVs screens meantime.
Sony has finally delved into the film-technology-wedded progressive scan world as opposed to TV-technology interlaced world. Sticking firmly with Sony's own preferred 1080-line HDV format, but now incorporating both progressive and interlaced scans, Sony is clearly setting sights on the low budget filmmaker market. scan.
The new V1 camera is slightly smaller and lighter than the Z1 and used three CMOS sensors for its imaging capabilities. A portable hard drive, similar to a Firestore is also available as an extra for another £1,350 The V1 camera alone though, undercuts the Z1 on cost, at about £500 less.
this be the sollution to the forthcoming DVD-war? Warner Bros has
applied for a patent on a technology that will allow DVDs, Blu-Ray and
HD-DVD to be burnt and played on the same disc. It should make choices
for consumers a lot easier in the upcomming VHS-Betamax style battle
between the two rival disc formats.
The most prevalent technical difference between Blu-ray and HD
DVD is that the discs are read at a depth of 0.1 millimeters and 0.6
millimeters, respectively. The proposed disc would be manufactured such
that an HD DVD player would be able to effectively skip over the
Blu-ray disc level and read the data embedded 0.6 millimeters into the
disc, but a BD player could still recognize the data on the 0.1
An ordinary DVD movie
could be pressed on the reverse side of the disc. This would indeed be
an expensive venture to create, and also to support. Consumers would
probably also have to swallow some of the extra cost when purchasing
the movie, even though they would likely only want one of the encoded
versions. It could also put the HD DVD vs. Blu-ray battle in an
interesting position. If movie studios got on board with the new
format, it would mean hardware would be the sole determiner of the blue
laser disc wars, and not the selection of movies available.
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Thomson Grass Valley has denied reports that they are targeting high definition mini-dv cameras in their price dumping complaint to the European Commission. Instead their spokesman claims that the company's rivals among non-EU manufacturers are "spreading misinformation and mischief" concerning the TGV complaint.
The Institute of Videography though, says if the TGV complaint is upheld, it "could be a potentially disastrous outcome for our industry and our members in particular."
Until now, the concept of putting true 1080 HD (high definition) video recording capability in your pocket was purely science fiction. Get ready for the future. Canon's newest HV10 HDV camcorder delivers high definition video in a stylish package, loaded with new features and affordable, at an estimated selling price of $1,299
Competition officials from the European Commission are looking into the licensing strategies behind the two rival next-generation DVD formats. The rival systems are HD DVD, developed by Toshiba, and Blu-ray, created by a consortium led by Sony.
Each system promises better picture and sound quality than existing DVDs can offer.
Thomson GV Says Japanese HDV Cameras Are Far Too Cheap in Europe
£4,000 HDV Cameras Could Soon Cost £12,000 With New Import Duty
HDV Importers Alarmed at TGV Price-Dumping Complaint to EU
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The cost of a new HDV camera from Sony, JVC or Canon, could double or even treble, if a complaint of dumping by Japanese camera makers is upheld by the European Commission.
The greater storage capacity of the Blu-ray Disc high-definition movie disc format is giving it an edge over the competing HD DVD format among Hollywood studios, according to Sony Corporation Chairman and CEO Howard Stringer, as the first Blu-ray titles are released by studios.