The MPEG specialists at Heuris have introduced DVD ConnexIT for Mac OS X, a QuickTime plug-in that’s now tweaked for audio-visual and Mac convergence between Panasonic DVD-RAM products. With it, Mac OS X users can connect a Panasonic DVD multi-drive camera to professional nonlinear, QuickTime-based editing systems such as Apple’s Final Cut Pro.
DVD ConnexIT is designed for use with a compatible Panasonic OEM (original equipment manufacturer) multi-drive. Connect the device to your Mac, and you’ll be able to convert and read material recorded on the DVD recorder. (An OEM is a company that produces hardware to be marketed under another company’s brand.)
The process is possible thanks to the introduction of Software Architects’s US$39.95 ReadDVD! 2.0 UDF file system reader for Mac OS X, according to Heuris President Brian Quandt. The utility mounts and reads UDF formatted discs, including VR-formatted media on any Mac system. ReadDVD! 2.0 represents the recordable disc as a drive icon on your Mac desktop.
The Heuris software, in tandem with the Panasonic DVD multi-drive, offers direct read capability for the RTRW file format, allowing for instant access to video data on DVD-VR discs; support for programs and playlists within DVD-VR, editing features such as the ability to add transitions and special effects to video in QuickTime editing systems; export capability to any digital format available in compatible NLE systems; and support for all Panasonic DVD recorders, Panasonic DVD cameras and Hitachi DVD cameras.