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Divio Powers New Datavideo DAC-2 DV Editing Solution

(December 05, 2001)
Divio Inc. announced today that its NW701 single chip DV codec powers Datavideo Corp's new DAC-2 bidirectional editing device. The DAC-2 bridges DV (Digital Video) and analog video systems. In addition to standard Composite and S-video, the DAC-2 also offers component YUV inputs and outputs making it an ideal solution for use with Betacam devices. Priced at $699 and targeting video professionals, prosumers and video enthusiast consumers, the stand-alone, Divio-driven DAC-2 portable editor easily bridges DV to analog systems and duplicates analog tapes without generation loss.

The NW701-DAAD enables the DAC-2 as a universal platform for importing, editing and exporting DV between prosumer and professional digital and analog video devices. The converted signal can be fed directly to a display device such as an analog or digital television set, or can be sent in digital form to a desktop or workstation computer for nonlinear editing.

"Datavideo's goal is to design and market feature-rich products that simplify and empower video editors in the nonlinear editing environment," explains John Stapsy of Datavideo US. "Divio's NW701 technology helps us build market-ready products that directly meet the needs and expectations of professionals and enthusiasts alike, while providing them with the capabilities to create new applications in emerging DV markets."

"Datavideo and Divio are building solutions that expedite the convergence of DV and analog video in next-generation video capture and editing products," said Steve Musallam, Director of Marketing at Divio Inc. "Divio's DV expertise and innovative Datavideo products like the DAC-2 are making DV the acquisition and editing format of choice in consumer, prosumer, professional and broadcast markets."

The DAC-2 supports multiple audio/video sources and IEEE-1394 DV data streams. Video formats supported include composite video, S-video and component YUV video. Supported audio formats include 48, 44.1, and 32 kHz (12- and 16-bit) stereo. The DAC-2 features selectable encoding frequency (32 or 48 KHz) for input from camcorders, PC's and DV decks, with genlock input for YUV- to-DV transfer from Betacam devices. Output formats include IEEE 1394 DV, YUV, S- video, Composite video, and stereo audio. The DAC-2 supports PC, PowerMac and iMac platforms and completely eliminates additional cards in the editing system. The DAC-2 also provides hardware-based stereo audio that retains perfect A/V synchronization with the video signal. It runs using 9VDC batteries for field or studio use.

NW701- Single Chip Codec Opens Doors to New Applications

Divio is targeting the mass-market adoption of DV by enabling consumers to transform analog to digital and digital to analog. The NW701-DAAD production kit simplifies product design since it allows manufacturers to drastically lower the cost of product development, minimize engineering resources, and ultimately reduce time to market. The NW701-DAAD manufacturing kit offers an unprecedented feature set including the DV codec as well as IEEE 1394, S Video input, Composite input and stereo input and output. It supports NTSC and PAL. Its unrivaled DV engine delivers real-time DV performance and quality, enabling new classes of products such as broadcast-ready DV non-linear video editing devices, DVD/RW and digital camcorder products, plasma display panels (PDP), HDTV and video projectors, and digital VHS and set top boxes (STB).

NW701-DAAD Manufacturing Kit Pricing/Availability

To simplify OEM design efforts, Divio licenses a complete manufacturing kit, which includes source code, schematics, Gerber files and BOM. The NW701 is priced at $45 in OEM quantities and the NW701-DAAD evaluation kit is priced at $1,500. Both are available now.

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