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ADS Announces Pyro DV Drive

Direct to disk recorder due in June By Dave Nagel
ADS Technologies has announced its new Pyro DV Drive, a portable direct to disk recording device. he Pyro DV allows videographers to capture digital video files directly from a DV camcorder to its hard drive via FireWire without having to connect to a computer. The company also announced its new Pyro DV Drive Kit, which converts notebook hard drives into FireWire-based storage devices.

The Pyro DV features a 20 GB hard drive and a built-in rechargeable battery enclosed in a silver and charcoal grey case about the size of a PDA. With a record/stop button, users can transfer digital video to the drive via FireWire while the DV camcorder is either in record or playback mode. It can accommodate up to one hour and 40 minutes of digital video, which can be imported via FireWire to any non-linear editor for the Macintosh (and Windows machines that have FireWire ports).

The drive includes a FireWire cable, power supply and belt clip. It will be available in June for $499.

ADS has also started shipping the Pyro 2.5" Drive kit, an external enclosure that converts notebook hard drives to external FireWire storage devices. The drive measures 3" x 5.25" x 0.8" and is completely bus powered through the FireWire port. (For non-powered, 4-pin FireWire port connections, it includes a USB power cable in addition to the necessary FireWire cables.) The kit is available now for $120. For more information, visit

Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at [email protected].

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