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REVIEW/NEWS AUGUST 14, 2000
Media 100 Ships New Remote Field Editor

Remote Field Editor now boasts smaller size, more powerful processor

by Charlie White
Producer
[email protected]

Since last year, Media 100 has been shipping one of the handiest pieces of digital video gear yet, the Remote Field Editor (RFE). Now, the Marlboro, Massachusetts company has improved the popular turnkey unit ($24,995), slimming it down by ten pounds and adding some great new features along with a new aluminum case. Buoyed by the fact that they were able to sell every unit they made for the past year, Media 100 saw an urgent need for these tiny broadcast-quality editors and improved upon the already-successful concept.

Users wanted more power, more options and a smaller size. So, the fact that Apple bumped up the speed to 500 MHz in its line of Mac G3 PowerBooks helped out a bit, along with the 256 MB of RAM and 72GB of hard disk space placed in the unit. And, this is not some stripped-down offline system, either. Take a look at the features list below, and you'll see that all the attributes of the Media 100 xs system are all there. It includes the DV Option and RealTimeFX option, so you and your cohorts won't have to stand around watching a render thermometer.

I could use a unit like this. For example, if I want to plug in a component video camera on-site, shoot some video and record it right into the unit, then edit it then and there, I'm in business. It's tapeless production. Sometimes, if you're at a tough-to-get-at location, you really don't want to have to return there for more shots. This way, you're able to edit or rough cut your piece as you go, with the client right there breathing down your neck (ugh, on second thought, that could be undesirable!). Want to run some SDI data into the unit? Can do. Film shooters like to feed the video assist into the RFE, then edit their dailies right there for approval. The unit is also popular with trade show attendees who are shooting and editing video packages on-location -- they're shooting in the morning, editing in the afternoon, and serving their video on the Web that same night, all on-site.

The unit is considerably smaller than the first iteration of the RFE. As you can see by the photo above, the guts of this system fit nicely underneath the PowerBook, making for a pleasantly compact package. It all fits into a new Zero-brand aluminum case, a welcome sight for plane-bound producers who already have a carryon and need to safely check this editing system into the baggage hold. The previous unit weighed 30 lb. without its case, now the unit weighs 20 lb. and in the sturdy aluminum case weighs a total of 30 lb. That's not much heavier than a notebook computer, and certainly lighter than most trade-show-bound suitcases.

The Remote Field Editor consists of a Media 100 system featuring:

  • Broadcast standards
  • 300 KB per frame NTSC compression (360 KB/frame PAL)
  • Real-time editing environment
  • Advanced visual effects
  • RS-422 deck control
  • Logging, Batch and Auto-digitizing, draft and online image modes, EDL import/export
  • Onboard Input Setup (including waveform monitor/vectorscope/component colorbars)
  • Real time motion, color, parametric audio EQ, and dual-stream transition effects
    Eight live audio tracks
  • DV, YUV Component, S-Video, and Composite video I/O.
  • DV, Unbalanced, and Balanced audio I/O.
  • Universal streaming support, including QuickTime, Real, and Windows Media.
  • Apple G3/500 MHz PowerBook with 256MB RAM, 6.0 GB internal hard drive, DVD-ROM drive, 56K modem, and 14.1 inch active matrix display delivering state-of-the-art computing horsepower.
  • 2-slot Magma PCI expansion chassis with "onboard" ATTO single channel LVD disk controller is significantly lighter and smaller previous models.
  • Two 36GB hard drives (Seagate Cheetah 10,000 rpm) providing ample capacity and speed for long-form projects.
  • Junction Box for easy capture and master.
  • Mouse
  • Documentation set including user manuals and tutorial
  • Custom aluminum hard case for expansion chassis, PowerBook, and cables providing reliable protection.

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