ADS Technologies announced that it’s shipping
USB Instant DVD for Macs. It’s a combination hardware/software product that enables Macs equipped with Mac OS X to capture video from analog and S-VHS sources through the USB interface.
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Developed ostensibly for users who want to transfer content to DVD or CD-R-based media, the USB Instant DVD hardware component incorporates RCA composite video, RCA stereo audio and S-Video input jacks, along with a USB 1.1 interface that connects to the Macintosh. ADS claims the device and software can capture MPEG-1 video at 30 frames per second on any Mac with a USB interface, and can even capture MPEG-2 video at 30 frames per second on G4/400MHz systems or faster. It captures video at 720 x 480 (NTSC) and 720 x 576 (PAL) resolution.
Bundled software developed by Pixela enables users to then trim, author and burn the captured video to a CD-R or DVD-R drive. ADS also includes a plug-in that enables the system to work with DVD Studio Pro, for professional authoring.
System requirements call for Mac OS X, 256MB RAM, CD-ROM drive, 100MB available HD space (with 3GB available space for capturing and editing video) and an available USB interface.
The USB Instant DVD kit includes the hardware device, a six-foot USB cable, A/V cables, power supply, and CD-ROM with software. It’s available now for an estimated street price of US$399.