Focus Enhancements will introduce a new version of its FireStore direct-to-DV disk recorder next week, along with a new portable FireStore Field Kit. The product enables video pros to record directly to disk from a DV-equipped system.
Focus explained that FireStore can be used for video makers who want to store an identical copy of footage both to camcorder tape and to disk. Once the footage is recorded on disk, it can be imported and used immediately by most DV-based non-linear video editing systems. FireStore records 2 channel, 16-bit, 48kHz embedded DV audio (or 4 channel, 12-bit, 32kHz audio). FireStore is Mac and Windows-compatible.
The new version of FireStore, 2.0, adds QuickTime support, Mac OS X support, support for Matrox applications, and AV/C control (enabling FireStore front panel functions to be accessed via FireWire.
The FireStore Field Kit consists of an aluminum and foam-reinforced carrying case; NP series battery slot; external DC power connector; and cables. Individual contents are also sold separately.
FireStore costs US$995 for new users. Current FireStore users who want to upgrade are encouraged to call Focus tech support at 408.370.9963 or
send e-mail. The FireStore Field Kit will be available at the end of March for $345. Look for FireStore to be on display at the NAB convention in Las Vegas, Nevada from April 8-11, at the Sands Convention Center in booth S6118.