updated 05:00 pm EDT, Mon April 24, 2006
Bella debuts Catapult
Bella today introduced Catapult, the world's first device allowing users to capture video footage from DV or HDV video cameras directly to iPods or USB drives with the ability to immediately edit the data, according to the company. The Catapult is a battery powered device slightly larger than a Blackberry, offering a standard USB 2.0 connection. The device features time lapse and trigger-based events, as well as pre- and post-record functionality. The configurable Time Lapse feature allows users to record frames of video at specific intervals, while Remote Trigger Recording allows a remote switch or a motion detector to trigger recording on the device. With the Pre-record setting users can set Catapult to begin recording for a preset amount of time prior to actually hitting the "record" button on the camera. Built-in rechargeable batteries allow continuous recording in excess of three hours, and an included AC adapter provides power near electrical outlets. The Catapult "Configurator" allows users to save settings for up to four presets that can easily be accessed on-the-go, and the device ships with a "piggy-back" neoprene pouch designed to hold an iPod or 2 1/2-inch USB drive. The Catapult works with DV and HDV format cameras that include a FireWire connection, and is expected to ship in the second half of 2006 for under $300.