updated 02:20 pm EST, Fri February 15, 2008
QuickStream DV/HDV ships
MCE Technologies today began shipping the QuickStream DV/HDV, a portable camera-mountable self-powered digital video capture and storage device. Capable of capturing HDV in addition to standard DV footage, the device accelerates the video post-production process and can capture HDV footage directly to its hard drive while shooting from the majority of popular HDV cameras. The QuickStream DV/HDV is available with 80GB ($800) and 120GB ($1,000) of storage space, supporting up to six hours or nine hours of recording, respectively.
The QuickStream DV/HDV is built with both top and bottom industry standard .75-20-inch screw sockets, allowing users to mount the device on top of, underneath, or conveniently between the camcorder and a tripod.
"At about the size of a stack of 3 x 5 cards and with a new lightweight aluminum enclosure, this is the smallest and most rugged QuickStream we've ever shipped," said Arnold Ramirez, president of MCE Technologies. "We have added the ability to capture in HDV as well as the ability to be mounted, or sandwiched, between the camcorder and tripod as well as a number of other features based on the feedback from customers of our previous generation DV capture drive."
HDV or DV footage is captured by the QuickStream DV/HDV during shooting and saved in one of several selectable file formats for native compatibility with virtually all Mac and PC based video editing applications such as Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid, Vegas, Canopus DVStorm, iMovie HD, and other software. By switching the DV camcorder to VTR/VCR mode, the new QuickStream DV/HDV can playback recorded DV footage directly to the camcorder's LCD display. Support for playback of HDV footage will be available soon by way of a free firmware update.
The QuickStream DV/HDV works with any DV camcorder with a FireWire, IEEE 1394, or i.LINK interface and records in user-selectable file formats including QuickTime (.mov), raw DV (.dv), Windows AVI2, (.avi), and Canopus AVI2 (.avi). The QuickStream DV/HDV also works with nearly all HDV recorders and saves the footage in the industry standard MPEG-2 Transport Stream (.m2t) format. The QuickStream DV/HDV is cross-platform compatible and supports Mac OS 9.2, Mac OS 10.2 and above, Windows 98SE/2000/XP/Vista, and Linux operating systems.