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JVC UK introduce the GR-DVX25 and GR-DVX95 video
Dennis Hissink : July 20th 2003 - 23:53 CET
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JVCJVC UK Ltd is introducing two digital camcorders that make up its compact, Vertical-series range. They are the GR-DX25/DX95 MiniDV digital camcorders, which both feature an innovative ultra-compact design, with fold-away LCD screen. This unique mechanism for storing the LCD screen makes it possible to incorporate a large, 3-inch screen (GR-DX95) in a compact body, making it easier to share the fun by enabling more people to view the recorded footage on the spot. But there’s more to the Vertical series than compact styling. Both models have a USB interface that can stream MPEG-1 format data to a PC, enabling a wide variety of functions at the computer.
These include Video CD creation, video clip creation, real-time Web-camera webcasting, and digital still image capture. The GR-DX95 has a built-in digital still camera function, delivering HG (High Grade) digital stills and MPEG-4 video clips that can be saved on a memory card. The GR-DX95 is supplied with an 8MB MultiMediaCard.

One of the biggest obstacles to creating a smaller camcorder has been the inability to reduce the size of certain components —a 3-inch monitor will always require a 3-inch space, for example. But now, thanks to the new fold-away design on the GR-DX95, JVC has succeeded in offering a large 3-inch LCD screen, while at the same time reducing the size of the camera. Instead of simply folding out, the double-action hinge folds the monitor up and then tilts it to face the user, in order to maximise space efficiency. When opened out, the monitor is also positioned higher up than on previous models, so it stays comfortably out of the way of the user’s hand as they hold the camera to shoot footage. Of course, the monitor can also be tilted forwards through 180° for self-recording.

Both Vertical models are equipped with USB interface and come bundled with software that facilitates a variety of creative and visual communication functions. The USB connection is capable of streaming MPEG-1 format video from the camcorder to a personal computer. Once it’s on the PC, the MPEG-1 data can be burned on to a CD-R/RW disc to create a Video CD that can be viewed on most DVD players. This is a neat and easy way to share videos with friends and family, without having to send the original tape. Alternatively, the MPEG-1 data files can be sent as Email attachments over the Internet.

For people who need a Web-camera to communicate in real-time with images and sound, the MPEG-1 video stream can be webcast over the Internet (using third party software such as Microsoft Netmeeting) for teleconferencing, surveillance or videotelephony. Naturally, digital stills can also be captured from the camera’s playback footage or live video stream at the PC. The USB interface on these new video cameras makes them ideal tools for gathering digital source material, which can be freely edited and processed on a PC, and authored as a final work using the provided software.

The JVC Vertical series models come bundled with image management and manipulation software. Digital Photo Navigator is for still image transfer, easy image re-sizing and HTML Web file creation, as well as data library management, slideshows and movie file creation. ImageMixer with VCD1.1 is a powerful multi-application program that takes care of everything from image and sound capture, file management (including stills, movies and sound), to easy, non-linear MPEG-1 editing, complete with scene transitions, MPEG-1 recording of live camera images directly on a computer’s hard disk, and authoring of Video CDs. In addition, essential utilities such as a USB Video Streaming Driver are provided.

The GR-DX95 features a built-in Digital Still Camera function that enables the user to shoot HG Digital Stills with selectable image size settings* and store them on a memory card. (An 8MB MultiMediaCard is provided.) There’s also an MPEG-4 Email Video Clip recording function that also stores files on the MultiMediaCard. Stored data can be quickly transferred via USB with on-screen icon access. Alternatively, the memory card can be ejected from the camera and inserted into an optional Floppy Disk Adapter or PC Card Adapter for easy transfer of the data to a PC. And for brighter digital stills in low-light situations and at night, the GR-DX95 also offers an Auto Flash function that automatically kicks in when there is insufficient light.

In addition to the DV output available on both models, the DV (i.LINK, IEEE 1394 compliant) terminals on the GR-DX95 also offers DV input capability. This allows fast data transfer to or from a computer (equipped with DV board) or for dubbing to or from another MiniDV unit. The GR-DX95 also has an analogue input to allow analogue video from an external source to be dubbed to the digital MiniDV format.

The Vertical series features powerful powerful optical and digital zoom capabilities. Both models come with a high-power 16x optical zoom for high-quality close-ups, and a phenomenal 700x digital zoom. For digitally zoomed images, Spline interpolation technology smoothes contours and minimise jagged edges.

And when you\\\'re finished recording, and its time to see the excellent results, the DV Navigation featured on the GR-DX95 makes it a breeze. With this function, an index picture and counter information are stored on the memory card whenever you start shooting a new scene or, push the Index button, or at regular pre-settable intervals. To watch the video footage, the user simply calls up the Navigation screen and chooses the scene – the camera will automatically search for and play back the selected footage.

The GR-DVX25 is equipped with a 2.5-inch LCD screen, a USB interface to enable PC-related functions like Video CD creation, MPEG-1 video clip creation and “live” Web-camera communication. It’s a great choice for anybody with a USB-equipped PC and a creative mind.

The GR-DX95 is a great choice for anyone who wants a Mini DV camcorder with a large screen and built-in digital still camera for shooting and storing still images and MPEG-4 video clips on a removable MultiMediaCard. It also comes with a two-way DV input/output terminal, an analogue input, and DV Navigation.

The addition to the JVC range of these high-performance camcorders, compact enough for consumers to take them everywhere they go, is designed to stimulate new interest in digital videography. The Vertical-series camcorders are an ideal choice both for novices and experienced users who want a camcorder that is more active, more mobile, and which allows viewing and sharing of memories on the spot. They form part of an extensive JVC digital camcorder range that guarantees that consumers will be able to find the model that best meets their needs.

Featured on both models in the Vertical range, JVC\\\'s Digital Colour NightScope function makes it possible to shoot video in environments where it would have previously been too dark. This function is unique in its ability to boost picture brightness enormously, while offering a full colour image, and having no distance limitations to its effectiveness – something that is impossible with infrared-based systems.

Another useful feature is Power-Linked Operation. This popular function automatically powers-on the camcorder when the LCD monitor is opened or the viewfinder is pulled out, so that users can start shooting immediately, and automatically powers-off when the LCD is closed or the viewfinder is pushed back in, to save battery drain.

Both models also feature Programme AE modes, with digital effects and transitions that make it easy to give your videos a professional looking finish. Effects include Black & White, Sepia, Classic Film, Strobe, Cinema, Twilight, Sports, Snow, Spotlight and Mirror* – many of which can be applied to the footage during playback. Scene transitions include White Fader, Black Fader, Black & White Fader, Shutter Wipe, Slide Wipe, Door Wipe, Corner Wipe, Window Wipe, and Scroll Wipe.
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