Studio DV offers FireWire analog/digital video editing
By Peter Cohen
Formac Electronic Inc.
today announced its Formac Studio DV, which it said can convert analog video to digital video format, and vice versa.
The Studio DV is based on Formac’s own proprietary DV technology and uses the FireWire interface. It works with both Macs and Windows PCs. Based on the same DV technology used in Formac’s Studio DV/TV, the Studio DV converts analog video in real time at 30 frames per second. Audio is recorded at a maximum sample rate of 48kHz. Formac’s codec supports importing of digital streams directly into video editing software without requiring compression. It works with Final Cut Pro, iMovie, and Premiere 6.
Once you’re done editing, Studio DV can be used to get digital video back to tape, CD-ROM or DVDs. It comes equipped with composite video, S-Video, stereo audio and two FireWire interfaces. The installation is plug and play, according to Formac, and can run bus-powered on supported Macs.
Formac Studio DV carries an estimated retail price of US$289.