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JVC UK introduce GR-D20, GR-D50 and GR-D70 video
Dennis Hissink : July 21th 2003 - 00:12 CET
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JVCJVC UK Ltd is launching a comprehensive range of affordable MiniDV digital camcorders. The range consists of three models, the GR-D20, D50 and D70, and starts at an entry-level price point that will encourage owners of analogue camcorders to step up to digital. Despite the competitive price points, however, the range offers high-performance features that will appeal to experienced videographers. In addition, a new design, combined with miniaturisation technology, makes these camcorders more portable and more visually appealing than previous models available in this price range. All three models feature JVC’s Digital Colour Night Scope low-light shooting technology and a a 16x Optical and 700x Digital Zoom.
The three new models also feature Digital Special Effects, a 2.5 inch Amorphous Silicon LCD Colour Monitor, and high-band processing to deliver 520 lines of horizontal resolution, using the MiniDV format. Each model in the range has a slightly different mix of features to create a choice that spans the spectrum of demand, with the higher-end models offering digital still camera functions, plus a USB interface for transferring video footage to a PC, for editing, copying, and sending to friends and family via email.

The GR-D50 and GR-D70 are equipped with a 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 great and easy way to share videos with friends and family.

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 GR-D50 and GR-D70 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-D70 features a built-in Digital Still Camera function that enables the user to shoot HG Digital Stills, with two selectable image size settings (1024x768-pixel or 640x480-pixel) and store them on a MultiMediaCard. (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.

In addition to the DV output available on all three models, the DV (i.LINK, IEEE 1394 compliant) terminals on the GR-D50 and GR-D70 also offer DV input capability. This allows fast data transfer to or from a computer (equipped with a DV board) or for dubbing to or from another MiniDV unit. Models with DV input/output also offer an Analogue input to allow analogue video from an external source to be dubbed to the digital MiniDV format.

People looking for a quick and easy way to move up to digital videography have an easy choice with the GR-D20, which offers the high quality of MiniDV, plus PCM digital audio, a 16x Optical/700x Digital Zoom, ultra low-light shooting with Digital Colour NightScope, a 2.5” LCD colour monitor, and a remote control.

Moving up the range, the GR-D50 is equipped with a USB interface to enable PC-related functions like Video CD creation, MPEG-1 video clip creation and “live” Web-camera communication. The GR-D50 is a great choice for anybody with a USB-equipped PC and a creative mind. The GR-D50 also comes with a two-way DV input/output terminal, and an analogue input.

Those who want a Mini DV camcorder with a built-in digital still camera for shooting and storing still images and MPEG-4 video clips on a removable MultiMediaCard should veer towards the GR-D70. In addition to its digital stills capabilities, the GR-D70, like the GR-D50, also comes with a two-way DV input/output terminal, and an analogue input.

With its latest range of MiniDV digital camcorders, JVC once again provides a wide range of consumers with an easy route to digital video. Innovative features, solid performance, and Internet-ready capabilities will make JVC a favourite among the digital generation. JVC was at the forefront of the creation of the digital camcorder sector some years ago, with some of the first MiniDV consumer products to be released, and today, the company remains a leading manufacturer of MiniDV digital video cameras and a trustworthy brand for consumers worldwide.
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