Apple UK and Apple Ireland have revamped their Portable Digital Media Lab; it now comes with a 12-inch PowerBook with SuperDrive rather than a similarly sized iBook.
The Portable Digital Media Lab includes the PowerBook, a Canon MV600i camcorder, a Canon IXUS V3 digital camera, a FireWire cable (4-pin to 6-pin), a power cord, battery pack, and a software bundle that includes Mac OS X, Final Cut Express, QuickTime, iCal, iChat, iLife, Safari, Acrobat Reader, OmniGraffle, OmniOutliner, Art Director’s Toolkit, and FAXstf.
Each included component is powered by rechargeable batteries, which makes sense since the system is built so that students can film school trips and field work, as well as in-school activities. All the components are included in a Samsonite case and come with the AppleCare Protection Plan.
Apple is also offering free training in DV technology for educators. So far the tweaked Portable Digital Media Lab is apparently only available from Apple UK and Apple Ireland’s educational divisions.