Aurora Video Systems
won’t be supporting the FUSE card in OS X, but will allow FUSE owners to upgrade to the Igniter card instead.
“Aurora will port it’s Igniter drivers to OS X when Apple releases a version of FCP [Final Cut Pro] for OS X,” according to a statement on the Aurora Web site. “Once FCP has been ported to OS X we plan to have our drivers ready. We will continue to support Igniter drivers for Mac OS 9.x. For Fuse, we will not port these drivers to OS X, however, we will offer an upgrade path for Fuse customers who wish to purchase an Aurora product that will run under OS X. This upgrade will be in the form of a rebate for a comparable (possibly FusePro) product that will run under OS X.”
FUSE is a PCI-based digital video capture card that lets users achieve up to 9MB per second in capture rates on a Power Mac G3 or G4. Its drivers were specifically designed and developed on and for Power Macs. FUSE is available in a variety of configurations starting at US$449.
The Igniter, exclusively for the Mac, is described by Aurora as the “world’s fastest digital video capture card.” In a Power Mac G3 or G4 system, it lets you capture and playback video at 13.3MB per second. It features CCIR 601 video resolution and 16-bit, 48kHz stereo audio, along with the option to upgrade to Component I/O with balanced audio. In addition, other upgrade options, such as SDI and Uncompressed, are available. Igniter Studio comprises all off these options into one bundle. Pricing starts at $1,149. (Thanks to MacCentral reader Jim Ludwig for the heads-up on this one.)