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New HDV-HC1 High-Definition Camcorders

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The English Department has just received two new Sony HDV-HC1 high-definition (1080i) camcorders (to replace older, broken ones), which are now available to students and faculty for multimedia work.

The ISU English Department has just received two new Sony HDV-HC1 high-definition (1080i) camcorders (to replace older, broken Elura 50 camcorders), which are now available to students for multimedia work. These camcorders are larger than the (handheld) Eluras, but small and light enough to be carried easily, and yet produce a very high-quality video, using the emerging HDV standard. With 1920x1080 resolution, they record nearly six times as many pixels as traditional (SDTV) cameras, which record 720x480. As you'll notice from the resolution, these new cameras shoot 16:9 (wide-screen) video--the aspect ration of all HDTV resolutions.

The HC1s should relieve some of the high demand from users for the XL1S. The cameras were funded through LASCAC. Students in the Studio for New Media have already expressed excitement about working with them.


Sony HDV-HC1 camcorders

As soon as a few accessories arrive (camera bags, additional rechargeable batteries), these will be available for check-out from 239 Ross Hall, using the Reservation system (in the left "navigation" list of links visible to all Studio members). The cameras have a newer recording technology than the CCD standard, optical image stabilizers, 20x optical zoom and 400x digital zoom, and they use standard MiniDV cassettes, which are compatible with all the Studio's video-editing equipment.

Those who aren't members of the Studio can reserve the equipment using the usual English Department reservation system, or may contact Sheryl Kamps, in 239 Ross Hall.

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