Formac rolls out second gen TVR device

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Formac Electronic Inc. has introduced the Studio TVR, its second generation FireWire TV recording solution for the Mac. Based on the Studio DV/TV, the US$399 Studio TVR adds TV viewing and digital video recording capabilities to your Mac.

The second generation of the product includes a new release of Formac's TVR software, featuring a redesigned interface and adding such features as the pausing of live TV. The Studio TVR -- which is snow-white like the iMac, iBook, and iPod -- incorporates two new hardware components: a Philips-manufactured TV tuner and a new DV CODEC. The codec uses adaptive bit-rate allocation for improved encoding quality.

The new TVR software takes advantage of the free online program guide from TitanTV by Decisionmark Corp. You can search for shows by keywords such as actor or title, or by the type of show. It has one-click scheduling for recording TV shows. Other features include a cropping feature for commercials, a favorite channel list, and a library for recordings and schedules.

You can watch TV in a resizable window or in full-screen mode. Up to 125 channels are supported.

Since video is recorded in DV format, you can import recordings directly into an editing application such as iMovie or Final Cut Pro. In fact, the TVR software provides a software remote control to record TV directly into iMovie 3. There are also several options for sharing movie productions once they're finished. Movies can be exported directly from the Studio TVR software to any analog device such as a VCR or standard TV. Recordings can also be converted to any QuickTime format or MPEG2, the video format required for DVD creation.

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