Thursday, July 31, 2008

Panasonic-AValive to begin Shipping AG-HMC150 Camera in Sept 08

Pre order the Panasonic AG-HMC150 Here

Every once in a while, a product appears that completely re-defines its market segment, offering entirely new features and price performance levels. The critically acclaimed DVX100 was such a product and is still selling well almost 6 years later! Your customers were successful with it and so were you.

HD aspirations revisited in the spirit of the DVX100

The cooler than cool AG-HMC150 drew big crowds at the NAB Show. Why? Simply because it offers an unheard of Bang for the Buck, in a 1/3” three-chip hand held tapeless HD camcorder, while retaining the core versatility of the DVX100B. The HMC150 sports a 28mm lens right out of the box and a new PH Record mode (21 Mbps) which offers higher resolution with a host of recording formats including 24p. Add to that,amazing low light performance, long record & battery time and professional Audio capabilities at a price that will make it an instant hit with a wide range of AV Shooters, Indie Creators and Event Video professionals.

The AG-HMC150 represents a major step forward in the introduction of a next generation solid state HD camera that extends the six year successful track record of the popular DVX100 plus a lot more. The HMC150’s lightweight (lightest 1/3” 3CCD available), well-balanced professional design features a high performance wide-angle Leica 13X zoom lens, 24 and 30 frame progressive capture, both in 720 and 1080 formats, making it perfect for even high level projects. Designed from a clean sheet of paper with much customer input to our product development engineers, the HMC150 sports a Die Cast Alloy chassis and a Three year warranty (upon end user registration) that further endorses its reliability.

Full range of HD formats
1080/60i, 1080/30p, 1080/24p (Native); 720/60p, 720/30p, 720/24p (Native)
Higher bit-rate recording than consumer models (21 Mbps PH Mode)
Three latest design 1/3” CCD Progressive Imagers
13X Wide angle 28 mm lens out of the box (35mm equiv.), MOD .6 M, 72mm Ø
(Shoot in confined spaces with no need to buy an accessory lens)
Time Date Stamp for Legal Depositions or surveillance
Waveform Monitor, Vectorscope plus two Focus displays for accurate, quick focus
Professional XLR audio input connections
HDMI out, Component Out (mini D terminal), Composite Video Out and RCA Audio Out jacks
External Time Code Link (Slave & Master Preset) uses the Composite Video Out terminal
USB 2.0 for file transfer (no need for a VTR)
3.5-inch LCD monitor displays thumbnails for quick non-linear access to clips
Remote control connection for Zoom, Focus, Iris, and start/stop functions
14 bit A to D converter and 19 bit Image processing
Cinelike Gamma & DRS Dynamic Range Stretch (Filmaker requested features)
Three Neutral Density Filters 1/4, 1/16, 1/64
Pre-Record (3 Seconds), Digital Zoom 2X / 5X / 10X (in 1080/60i & 720/60p only)
Three User Set Buttons with 11 choices for customizing Camera to Shooter

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

CalDigit Ships RAID Card

CalDigit has announced that it is shipping its RAID card for PCI Express (PCIe)-equipped Macs. The new card costs $549.

The CalDigit RAID card works on both Macs and PCs running either Windows or Linux, and can also operate in a Boot Camp-environment, according to CalDigit. The card can support up to four internal drives using two x4 internal Mini-SAS connectors, and can works with another 12 drives externally using three x4 external Mini-SAS interfaces.

Powered by an Intel XScale processor, the card features 256MB of on-board cache. It supports RAID Levels 0, 1, 5, 6 and JBOD — Just a Bunch of Disks. The card optionally supports battery backup. It also comes with software to help you monitor disk operations, controller cache, fan, temperature and power supply conditions.

Peter Cohen, Macworld.com.

Buy the new CalDigit Raid Card here at AValive.com

Convergent Designs Flash XDR (Alpha Units) to Ship this Week

Flash XDR (Alpha Units) to Ship this Week
The long awaited and much anticipated Flash XDR Portable HD/SD Recorder/Player will ship this week (at least to alpha customers). Record and playback at 50 Mbps 4:2:2 in 1080i60/50 as well as 720p60/50 will be initially supported. Many additional features such as 24p removal, 1080p formats, and higher bit-rates will be enabled in the coming weeks via firmware updates. (In-the-field firmware updates via code download from our website and upload to the box from Compact Flash cards has been verified).

If you have ordered a Flash XDR please look for an e-mail shortly with more details.

Also, we now have the weight of a fully loaded Flash XDR: 2.7 lbs / 1.2 kgs (without battery).

QuickTime Support Coming Soon
We now have an official QuickTime license from Apple. We anticipate release of a Flash XDR firmware update in August to enable QuickTime files to be directly written to the Compact Flash cards. Soon, you will be able play and edit clips directly from the CF cards via a Firewire-800 reader. More specific details will be available next month.

SD-SDI and ASI Support in September
All the code to support Standard Definition video recording and playback (IMX MPEG2 format) has been developed and will soon go into debug. We are anticipating a September release. Bit rates up to 50 Mbps 4:2:2 will be supported in 480i and 576i formats.

Additionally, we should release ASI support (in HD and SD) sometime in early September. We will undergo field trials in August at a TV station which will test our complete broadcast chain from encode at the camera to decode at the local TV station. Our ASI implementation will include selectable bit rates from 17.5 to 100 Mbps in 4:2:0 and 4:2:2 formats.

64GB Compact Flash Cards Due Later This Year
Reports from several manufacturers indicate that 64GB Compact Flash cards will be available later this year. Microdia has already announced a 300X 64GB Compact Flash card due out in September. Four of these cards would enable 34/42 minutes of uncompressed video capture in 1080p24 in 10/8-bit 4:2:2! But, we anticipate that these high-speed 64GB CF cards will carry a heavy premium price.

However, slower speed (133X / 266X) 64GB CF cards are also expected later this year. Hopefully, the price premium over the equivalent 32GB card will be modest. Four of these 64GB cards would enable an amazing 9 hours of record time at the high quality level of 50 Mbps 4:2:2.

nanoFlash Design Update
The nanoFlash design is moving along well through PCB (Printed Circuit Board) layout. We anticipate receiving our first boards next month with production units in late September. A considerable amount of development has gone into reducing the size (under 20% the volume of Flash XDR), power (we’re targeting under 8W active, 0.5W standby), and weight (we targeting 1.5 lbs / 0.7 kgs).

We Appreciate Your Patience
Thanks again for your patience waiting for Flash XDR delivery. We understand that for some applications, Flash XDR may be the only viable tool to record High-Def video. We are trying our best to ramp production quickly to meet your schedules.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

AValive Provides Final Cut Pro Rentals to Yum Brands

AValive recently provided 1 Final Cut Pro HD Rental and 1 Mac-Windows dual boot Apple Mac Pro Adobe Premiere HD System to Yum Brands Inc in Louisville KY. These were used in the marketing department and also included a Sony Beta Deck. Mike Theobald of YUM Brands. said" AValive hit it dead on they turned a complex rental in 24 hours and were able to do something no one else could do ,provide us a dual boot Mac and PC Adobe Premiere System running Aja Kona LHe cardsets which worked flawlessly.

About Yum! Brands, Inc., based in Louisville, Ky., is the world's largest restaurant company in terms of system restaurants with more than 35,000 restaurants in more than 110 countries and territories. Four of our restaurant brands - KFC, Long John Silver's, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell - are the global leaders of the chicken, quick-service seafood, pizza and Mexican-style food categories. A&W Restaurants is the longest running quick-service franchise chain in America. In 2007, Yum! Brands generated more than $10 billion in total revenues, including company sales and franchise fees.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

AValive Provides AV Rental and Services at Hilton Riverside Wilmington NC

Pro Tools Multimedia Studio For Sale Wilmington NC Owner Financing 3995.00 Per Month

studio-0595.jpgstudio-0598.jpgBeautiful 1700 Sq Foot Fully Equipped Pro Tools HD and HD Video Studio For Sale in Wilmington NC close to Screen Gems Film Studios. This Unit was built custom and includes Floating Floor Control Room ,Vocal booth,Acoustically Treated large room ,lounge area and office, This facility is a perfect project studio and mastering facility and can double as a small video set and foley effects facility. Built around The Yamaha DM2000 mixing Console and Digidesign Pro Tools HD this facility is one of the most advanced digital recording rooms in all of NC. Price can include: Neumann mic sets, DW Drum Kit, Drum Mic Kits ,DM2000 Console ,Pro Tools HD, Panasonic HD Cameras,Avid HD Editing Equipment ,Apple Final Cut Pro Editing Equipment and much more. This would make a great business opportunity while living on the beautiful NC Coast. Call 910-790-0324 for details !

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

AValive provides AV Rental Services on the Henrietta III Riverboat in Wilmington NC

AValive announced today that they provided AV Rental Services on the Henrietta III Riverboat in Wilmington NC. Services included ; LCD Projector and Screen Rentals, DVD and Powered Speaker. An AValive tech was on site and assisted in set up and break down.

The Henrietta III is the largest riverboat in the Carolinas and does narrated sightseeing cruises Tuesday through Sundays and on Fridays and Saturdays does dinner and dance cruises. The boat has three decks each with a dance floor and bar. It is also available for private parties and weddings and can carry 600 people. The smaller Captain J.N. Maffitt can carry up to 40 passengers for private parties and also serves as a river taxi to the battleship North Carolina.

AValive is your coastal AV source for rentals and services with over the largest selection of AV Products in Eastern NC.

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