If you feel like you’re getting left by the wayside as Apple progresses with its “digital hub” message, take heart. Display and electronics maker KDS today announced the Radius FireWire Digital Video Editing Kit, a complete kit for home users to create movies with a digital camcorder. The new kit should be available for about $50.
The FireWire Digital Video Editing Kit is comprised of a FireWire PCI card, a 6-to-4 pin FireWire cable, and software titles. The PCI card itself is compatible with both Macs and PCs, and incorporates two FireWire ports. KDS says the card should work with any FireWire device, including various DV-equipped camcorders from Sony, JVC, Panasonic and other leading manufacturers.
Included with the card are a variety of software applications to enable people to import, edit and add special effects to their digital video. The package includes Digital Origin’s EditDV Unplugged, which you use to capture video to the hard drive, add titles, credits, music, graphics and special effects.
The package also includes Cleaner EZ 4, from Terran Media. Several PC-only titles are also included as well. Cleaner EZ 4 is a media-processing tool that enables you to prepare content for the Web.
KDS said that the minimum system requirements for the Radius FireWire Digital Video Editing Kit call for a blue and white Power Mac G3 — a system that already includes integrated FireWire ports. Mac OS 8.6 or greater is also required; FireWire 2.3.3 or later; 32MB of RAM; an available PCI slot; and a CD-ROM drive.
KDS notes that the Radius FireWire Digital Video Editing Kit is covered by a lifetime advanced replacement express service; a replacement unit is provided if the original hardware fails.