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V-5 Video Canvas/A-6 Audio Canvas

Composition Tools

Thinkware/Roland

Think you need label backing to make a video? Think again. Thinkware, America's largest distributor of DeskTop Media Production products, along with Edirol, a North American computer/audio/video/music giant, have teamed up with the Roland Corporation to make high-end video production affordable for the working musician.

   Cost-effective and user-friendly, the Roland V-5 Video Canvas ($1,695) can combine video images, computer-generated illustrations, text and graphs into video productions as well as add titles, narration, sound effects and background music to existing video material for state-of-the-art quality videos. The V-5 Video Canvas combines an impressive variety of video production tools into a small footprint desktop device with an easy-to-use ergonomic interface. The feature-set includes 560 lines of horizontal resolution, four sub video sources for overlays, wipes and dissolves, two video inputs (one for VGA and the other for still store), full-featured screen mix function, title processor, numerous built-in video effects, scene transitions and wipe patterns, auto fading, picture in picture, and a complete collection of title creation functions. The V-5 is compatible with a variety of software packages, enabling users to easily integrate PC source material into a video production.

   The Roland A-6 Digital Audio Station ($1595) completes the Video Canvas package. The A-6 functions as a hard disk recorder, mixer, sampler, and effects processor all within the digital domain. The A-6 is equipped with a 4-track stereo digital recorder; audio sources (narration, camcorder audio, background music and sound effects) can be digitally recorded and mixed, and each source can be assigned to a dedicated track. Input sounds are converted from analog to digital at 20 bits and all internal processing is done at 24 bits. The A-6 comes equipped with an audio effects processor with 99 different high-quality professional level audio effects and a built-in sound library, and can sync to images and timecode by utilizing Roland's optional SI-80S MIDI sync interface.

Thinkware, 345 4th Street, San Francisco, CA 94107; http://www.thinkware.com

--Edward Tywoniak