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FOCUS Enhancements and Canopus to Show FireStore and DVstorm At DV Expo

(December 06, 2001)
FOCUS Enhancements announced that it will demonstrate FireStore, a product that allows direct camera-to-hard disk recording of edit-ready DV files without the need of a computer, together with the Canopus DVStorm, a real-time DV editing system that delivers render-free, real-time digital video editing at DV Expo on December 4-6 in Los Angeles, California in the Canopus booth #615.

FireStore eliminates the time-consuming digitizing process by instantly providing "ready-to-edit" computer files that minimize the time from acquisition to broadcast.

"Customer testimonials and media reviews have confirmed that FireStore delivers the performance, time efficiency and financial rewards needed to win jobs," commented David O'Kelly, FOCUS Enhancements Vice President of Business Development. "At DV Expo, attendees will see a demo that will just astound them with benefits that speak for themselves."

"DVStorm and the non-linear editing process certainly accelerated the production process in the last couple of years, said Robert Sharp, Canopus' Vice President of Marketing, "Now, with the FOCUS FireStore, editors can meet their deadlines with maximum efficiency and have an instant back-up copy for multiple editing projects."

About FireStore

Videonics FireStore converts any IEEE-1394 (FireWire, i.Link) Hard Disk Drive (or drives) into a high performance digital disk recorder/player. It allows video production professionals to record directly to disk from a DV based camcorder, VTR or mixer without the need for a computer. Two identical copies of the footage can be recorded simultaneously - to disk and to the camcorder's tape- providing security and confidence to the videographer. DV streams are recorded to disk as edit-ready files that can be imported and used immediately by most DV based non-linear editing systems, eliminating the time consuming process of capturing. FireStore is compatible with FireWire disk drives that have FAT 32 disk volumes, a file format supported by Windows 98SE, Windows 2000, Windows ME and Mac OS 9 operating systems.

FireStore will slave to most FireWire based DV camcorders to allow its record and record pause modes to be triggered by the press of the camcorders Record Start/Stop button. Upon each Record Start, FireStore creates a new clip on the disk drive. FireStore also features many other VTR-like functions with the versatility of a digital video disk recorder. Operational functions include play, reverse play, stop, multi-speed fast forward and rewind, single frame forward and backward, next track/previous track and still record. Utility features include delete track, format disk and check disk. FireStore will also record 2-ch (16-bit, 48kHz) or 4-ch (12-bit, 32kHz) embedded DV audio. Input and output of 25Mb/s DV sources is through a 4-pin IEEE-1394 connector while the connection between FireStore and the Hard Disk Drive(s) is with a single 6-pin 1394 cable. To edit video clips, users can either cable their FireWire disk drive directly to their computer (via a standard OHCI complaint IEEE-1394 card) or alternatively use the convenient bypass mode, which allows the hard disk drive to mount to the computer through FireStore.

Videonics FireStore is available now through the FOCUS Enhancements worldwide reseller and distributor network for a US SRP of $995.00.

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