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Hitachi Video


June 4, 2004

Hitachi's new DVDCAM line-up records in both DVD-R and DVD-RAM format, enabling playback on computers and home DVD players. The DVD-R format allows movies to be viewed through home DVD systems and DVD-RAM caters for in-camera editing and can record still photos. Apart from the picture quality of DVD-R, recording to disc has some clever functions that cannot be replicated on tape recording systems: rewinding before you record is unnecessary as it automatically identifies the empty part of the disc; scenes can be cut and pasted in the camera; navigating through material is aided by thumbnails. Hitachi's Variable Bit Rate technology can be used to analyse the complexity of the subject image and weigh this against the amount of data required to record it - thus simple, slow moving images are efficiently captured without compromising quality. It's also possible to transfer DVD-RAM movies to tape, also allowing movies to be transferred in the other direction and recorded on DVDRAM or DVD-R in the camera. Released in June, the mid-range DV-MV238E (pictured) costs AUS$2599. The DZ-MV270E costs AUS$3,099. Visit www.hitachi.com.au

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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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