Videomaker by Joe McCleskey DV Rack 2Rack 'em Serious Magic's DV Rack software made quite a splash when it first hit the market a few years back. Designed to turn any DV-friendly PC laptop into a powerful digital monitoring and recording workstation, the first version of DV Rack included a high-quality waveform monitor, a vectorscope, an audio spectrum analyzer, and a number of other powerful digital video monitoring tools in a single software package. In other words, Serious Magic attempted to put a good portion of a full-featured video production van's mobile shooting gear onto a laptop computer, and succeeded admirably. DV Rack, a product clearly aimed at the professional shooter who wants complete recording control in a portable package, has earned a place in the must-have category of serious digital video shooting tools. Now, with version 2.0, DV Rack offers motion-activated recording, stop-motion animation control, time-lapse recording, Avid Quicktime support, and 16:9 monitoring, as well as a number of other improvements. To put it through its paces, we installed DV Rack 2.0 onto a Toshiba Satellite A105 laptop, running Windows XP, plugged in a Canon Optura 50 camcorder, and did some shooting. read more...

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