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DVD Camcorder Hot Item at Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show

Aired January 8, 2001 - 2:18 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: Viva Las Vegas if you love gadgets. The Consumer Electronics Show is well under way in the desert.

Our technogadget guy -- T.G., we call him -- Ed Curran, is there with a look at desktop DVD camcorders.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

ED CURRAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: One of the most exciting areas of growth here at the Consumer Electronics Show is desktop video: the ability to put video into your desktop computer and manipulate it there. But how do you take those videos? And what do you take them on?

Here's a brand-new way. It's a digital video disk, a DVD, just like you use at home, only a little bit smaller. This DVD goes right into your camera. And it is the film you shoot on. The exciting thing here is that this DVD holds one hour on each side. That's right: up to two hours of video on this camera from Panasonic, and at highest quality, holds up to one hour of video on the DVD.

Now, what's exciting about taking your home movies on something like this? Well, probably the most exciting thing is, when you're done, all you have to do is pop out that DVD, put it right into your computer, have all the images come right up on your screen, where you can manipulate them and edit them to your heart's delight, and then e- mail to all your friends and relatives who promise to be fascinated by your vacation videos.

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, I'm Ed Curran.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

WATERS: There you go. And Ed has been out there at the Consumer Electronics Show for several days. He has a lot more gadgets to show us, as you might imagine. We'll check back with Ed later in this hour of CNN TODAY.

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