An upgrade program for the Studio dv/tv from
Formac Electronic Inc.
lets owners of the media device to take advantage of Apple’s new iMovie 3. It also adds digital audio recording capability with up to 48 Khz at 16 bit.
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Studio dv/tv is a US$399 external FireWire-based interface that enables users to capture and convert analog television and video signals into DV format, which you can use with professional video editing applications. The Studio DV/TV sports an integrated TV tuner and accepts input from S-Video, composite video, and more.
iMovie 3 is the latest rev of Apple’s entry-level videography application. The new version was announced at last month’s Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco, and is part of Apple’s iLife bundle.
Owners of Formac’s latest version of Studio dv/tv, equipped with an EPROM version of 1.06 or higher, can upgrade their device for free by downloading Formac’s new software package from the company’s Web site. An upgrade program for earlier versions of the Studio dv/tv is available for US$49.
Once the Studio hardware is updated users can take advantage of two new proprietary software packages. The latest release of the Studio TVR software features iMovie 3 preferences, adjusting the audio and video settings of the dv/tv for optimal recording quality in iMovie 3, according to Oliver Bergmann, Formac’s CEO and president. The settings are automatically activated every time iMovie 3 is launched. The Studio TVR software also includes a special iMovie remote control that can be used to select TV channels and video sources directly in iMovie. You can now watch, record, and edit TV directly in Apple’s video editing application, Bergmann said.
The second software release, Formac’s new Audiomaster software, allows users of the upgraded Studio dv/tv to record audio in DV audio format. The software provides three digital audio modes, allowing users to determine the quality of audio by adjusting bit rate and sample resolution. The standard setting for the DV audio is 32 Khz at 12 bit. What’s more, you can choose between two high-quality settings: 44.1 Khz and 48 Khz at 16bit. Audio recorded with Audiomaster can be imported directly into iTunes and converted to MP3.