The U.S. office of
Advanced Technology and Systems (ADTX) is debuting its new DV MasStor Direct Recording Disk (DRD), which is designed for computerless recording and playback of digital video in a random access format. The product will be shown at next week’s Macworld New York.
The ADTX DV MasStor uses FireWire to record digital video onto a removable hard disk cartridge. Because the media is removable, unlimited storage is possible through the use of additional cartridges, ADTX spokesman Ken Vitto, regional sales manager, told MacCentral. Using multiple removable cartridges will also give you the ability to organize projects, to share footage with other DV MasStor users and more.
Approximately 110 minutes of digital video can be recorded onto each cartridge, which is designed to be vibration and shock resistant. Once recorded on the hard disk, the footage can be searched or played at variable speeds from a slow motion 1/8, all the way up to a very fast 256 times normal and without the noise associated with tape, Vitto said.
Since the DV MasStor can simultaneously record on its hard disk while a DV camcorder records on its tape, two copies of the footage could be produced and may be used for various purposes including back up. An LCD panel and VCR-like controls provide access to the features of DV MasStor. A hard-wired remote control designed for easier recording when connected to a camera is also included.
The DV MasStor is designed by ADTX to run on the lithium ion rechargeable battery pack or the AC adapter, which also acts as the battery charger. The battery pack is removable and allows for more than one to be charged and on hand for longer record times in the field.
Suggested retail for the DV MasStor is US$2,499. It’s slated to ship by the end of this month. More detailed information can found in a
PDF document on the ADTX Web site. A kiosk that will incorporate the DV MasStor and a display in a self-contained unit is under development at ADTX, said Naresh Chadha, vice president of the U.S. and Europe operations for ADTX. Details on this will be released during the second half of the year, he added.