EventDV magazine has published its "Best of 2005" list, announcing 17 products that merit top honors for videographers working in the field. Selected by 12 EventDV columnists and contributing editors, the "Best of 2005" list was announced in the cover story of the magazine's December issue, which hit newsstands today.
Topping the list for HD Today columnist Anthony Burokas--no surprise--were Sony's HDR-FX1 and HVR-Z1U camcorders, which brought high-definition video to the event videography mainstream in 2005 with their successful implementation of HDV technology first introduced by JVC in 2003. The Sony HDV cameras, Burokas wrote, are "the reincarnation of the VX-1000, which revolutionized videography and introduced the world to a solid performer. Sony's FX1 and Z1U are here. They are solid. They perform."
EventDV editor Stephen F. Nathans acclaimed Focus Enhancements' FireStore FS-4 as the best product of 2005. "A compact, cost-effective, and time-efficient direct-to-edit, tapeless storage solution, [the FS-4] is one of the standout products of this or any year in event video production."
EventDV and EMedialive contributing editor Hugh Bennett cast his vote for TDK's PrintOn DVD-R photo-quality inkjet-printable DVDs, which he says produce "stunning results unrivaled by any direct-labeling technology."
Todd Gillespie acclaimed Apple's DVD Studio 4 for its "distributed encoding" feature. "With Apple's `distributed encoding,'" Gillespie wrote, "anyone can create clusters of computers to render blazing-fast encoding."
Other Best of 2005 selections include Apple's Final Cut Studio, Grizzly Systems' r-Three camera remote system, LitePanels' 1'x1' and RingLite, NewTek's TriCaster, and the iRiver 700 & 800 series of MP3 recorders. For complete details on EventDV's "Best of 2005," read "Best of 2005: Editors' and Columnists Picks" in the December 2005 issue, or or check it out it on the EventDV Web site.
Published by Information Today, Inc. of Medford, New Jersey, EventDV is a monthly magazine with editorial offices in Madison, Wisconsin. With a current subscriber base of 24,000, the magazine is available free to qualified professional videographers. EventDV received a 2005 Folio Eddie Bronze Award for editorial excellence. For more information about EventDV, please visit http://www.eventdv.net.