Alesis were at the Summer NAMM show recently to unveil their latest conception, the VideoTrack. A reflection of the rapid convergence between the audio and video production markets, the VideoTrack records standard-definition video (640 x 480 pixels, at 25 to 30fps), but like its competitor, the Zoom Q3, and in contrast to the majority of hand-held video recorders, it is designed to provide high-quality audio recordings, in addition to the video.
Two condenser microphones, arranged as an XY pair, point in the direction of the camera, so the stereo field will always reflect what the camera sees. There are 32MB of storage built in to the device, but the VideoTrack will also accept SD and SDHC flash cards, allowing for significantly increased record time.
As well as recording video, the VideoTrack can take photos like a conventional camera, and there’s even a flash available for taking shots in low-light conditions. A headphone output lets you listen to your captured audio and monitor while recording, and there’s also an analogue video output, for sending the video out to larger screens.
A USB port handles file transfer, and the VideoTrack comes with ArcSoft’s Medial Impression software, which lets you upload footage directly to YouTube once you’ve copied your recordings to your computer. But perhaps the VideoTrack’s biggest selling point will be its price, which is expected to be around $199.