MCE Technologies is now shipping the newest version of its
QuickStream DV, a portable video capture drive that can be mounted to a camera. The updated drive ships in 20GB (one-and-a-half hour capacity), 40GB (three hours), 60GB (four-and-a-half hours) and 80GB (six hours) models and offers several new features, including the ability to play film clips on a DV camcorder’s LCD screen and SureCapture, which continuously stores up to six seconds of video in the QuickStream DV’s video buffer and adds the footage to the front of a shot when you press the Record button. It can capture clips in QuickTime, raw DV, Windows AVI2 and Canopus AVI2 formats and it ships with MCE StreamManager, an application that displays all clips currently on the drive and allows you to preview, rename, delete, copy or move them as well as view available storage capacity and remaining recording time.
The new QuickStream DV also comes with a camera accessory shoe mount, a belt clip attachment, 4-to-6 pin and 6-to-6 pin FireWire cables and an AC adapter for recharging its Lithium Ion battery. The bottom of the drive features a 1/4-20 screw socket, the same type commonly found on video and still cameras, which enables you to mount it on a wide variety of devices. MCE StreamManager requires Mac OS X v10.2 or higher and pricing is US$599, $729, $849 and $999 for the 20GB, 40GB, 60GB and 80GB models, respectively.