Heuris plans to use this week’s
Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco to demonstrate its improved, lower-cost Indie HD Toolkit, which enables users to move video shot with the JVC JY-HD10U, an HDV camera, into Final Cut Pro.
The new Indie HD Toolkit comprises XtractorHDV, an import utility, XportHD, MPEG-2 encoding software, and XtoHD, a player utility. This new toolkit differs from
its predecessor significantly in price — the kit costs $499, compared to $4,785, as it replaces the more full-featured MPEG Power Professional HD software with the simplified XportHD MPEG-2 encoding software.
The JY-HD10U sports a FireWire connector, but its format requires that software be used to bridge a connection to DV software like Final Cut Pro. XtractorHDV makes that possible. Once footage has been edited, XportHD encodes it into 720p MPEG-2 HD streams, then XtoHD enables users to transfer the finished product to a D-VHS deck.
Heuris expects to ship Indie HD Toolkit in February for US$499. It will be available direct from Heuris’ Web site.