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DV and 1394 !
Sony DSR-11 is
a $2500 DVCAM deck that does both PAL
and NTSC. And it's cute! Review.
GY-DV500 - the most comprehensive coverage on the
Roger analyzes Microsoft's PC98 design spec, detects ambitions to
conquer the world of TV: "Technology of dubious short-term benefit."
Promises "100-plus channels of digital audio" and
"several hundred MIDI channels" over one FireWire.
Combines Firewire and Ultra SCSI.
Up to 3.2 Gigabit/sec over POF and HPCF.
(Civilians & Celebrities.)
As discussed on DV-L ! Now with the Big Picture.
Shortly after Sony launched its first DV camera in 1995, turning the world of digital video shooting and editing upside-down in the process, Alexei Gerulaitis, a former Soviet computer scientist who went AWOL in California, and Bertel Schmitt, a German advertising exec living in NYC, started the DV-L mailing list, accompanied by DVCENTRAL.ORG, this website. Both quickly became a hub for digital video enthusiasts and industry players alike. In a backroom of the NAB show, holding a wire-wrapped Adaptec FireWire card in his hand, Bertel made the wide-eyed pronouncement that “one day, we’ll be able to edit video on our laptops.” Soon, digital video became mainstream, and Bertel’s prediction has been old hat for many years by now. This website is no longer being maintained, but it is kept around to keep history alive.
Alexei goes simply by Alex now, and is commanding a small army of servers at Disney-ABC. House, wife, and dog have long ceased being Bertel's. He now lives in Tokyo, not far from the Sony HQ, where, three decades ago, all of this started.
And now, more than 20 years after all this started, Bertel Schmitt (left) and Nick Schlott (right)
re-united in Tokyo. Bertel retired with five monitors. Nick still works on Adobe Premiere, like in the bad old days.
Find us on Google or Facebook if you want to talk about the old times.
This site is
devoted to DV (and its related formats - DVCAM, DVCPRO, etc.) and FireWire (also known as IEEE-1394). DV is a digital video
format, supported by a consortium of over 50 companies. FireWire™
is a serial data transfer protocol and interconnection system, used (among
other things) to transmit DV. FireWire was originally developed by Apple
Computer. In 1995, FireWire was standardized by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic
Engineers as IEEE 1394-1995. 1394 Trade Association maintains extensive amount of information on IEEE-1394.
This site is maintained by Bertel Schmitt and Alexei Gerulaitis.
DV-L has moved to Google's Beta Groups, at
Videoguys' own Gary Bettan attended a private Launch Party
yesterday in New York and reports that things got really exciting. Pinnacle
Systems invited all industry's VIPs to see and talk about their new software
product called Edition. Get
April 17, 2002
... and publishes his impressions on DMN's DVFormat site.
We might add that DVStorm is not a purely hardware realtime solution.
terrific hybrid that uses both software and hardware to do its realtime
magic, but with 5
streams in realtime, do we care? Nice job Jon! ...more.
Canopus Corp. announced the availability of realtime 3D transitions for
their realtime cards, somewhat catching with competition. If
previously, "realtime 3D" meant "not Canopus",
now that's no longer the case. More.
Adam Wilt reviews the new single-CCD "indie" camcorder from JVC.
New real-time FX, real-time MPEG-2 IBP encoding, 4-channel audio support,
Robert Hutchings of KTCA (Twin Cities Public Television, St Paul,
"...DVCAM format seemed to be a little
cleaner and more precise than the DV format, but the images produced by the two cameras
were very close."
Read the article.
Hot news, reviews, tips, observations, analyses from a UK-based
journalist and venture capitalist John Ferrick This is the first of the many to
come. "My job (for other clients) is to be pretty analytical and picky."
- says John. more.
...And 4:1:1 vs. 4:2:2, Artifacts and Other
Controversies. Roger Jennings discusses and compares the two formats. No holds
How to subscribe, unsubscribe, how to get the digest and
It's the digital interconnection for DV and many more things to come. Some background.
Where Firewire comes from. Where Firewire is going. Links galore.
There's a system to this chaos. (There is really?) Trying to define what's definable -
and what's in flux. Standards, background, links.
With DV/Firewire cards finally out and more coming, what is changing in DV editing,
what will stay the same? The old & tired way. The
firewired way. 10-step program to DV editing nirvana. How to
add analog material, video & audio. Previews, device
control. The benefits. Codec wars!
Title tests! Caution: Some new thinking required.