Focus Enhancements Inc. today announced that it’s partnering with JVC Professional Products Co. to bring to market the JVC DR-DV5000. The new device is a Direct to Edit (DTE) digital video (DV) recording system.
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The DR-DV5000 is being billed as the first DTE recorder that mounts between a camcorder and battery system. Focus has been manufacturing DTE systems for a while, but this is the most portable solution it’s developed yet.
Direct to Edit, or DTE, is Focus’ own proprietary recording process used in its FireStore DV disk recorders. DTE enables video to be recorded directly to hard disk via FireWire rather than to tape first, with audio, video and time code intact. This way, DV content is available for immediate non-linear editing in a variety of native file formats like QuickTime, rather than first having to capture and transfer data from a tape to the hard drive.
The DR-DV5000 will mount between the camcorder and battery system on JVC’s line of Professional DV camcorders. The system will record up to four and a half hours on a 60GB drive, and comes with retro loop and time lapse recording. It also supports multiple control modes, disk utilities, playback modes, IrDA remote control, along with wired and serial remote options. The whole unit mounts directly to the camcorder with a single connector.
Look for the DR-DV5000 to be distributed by JVC Professional in the second quarter of 2003 — pricing was not immediately available. Focus noted that JVC will also offer a “0GB” model that lets user configure their own hard drive, if they prefer.