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FireStore brings DV Direct to Disk Recording to OS X

System turns FireWire drives into VTR-like devices By Dave Nagel
Focus Enhancements has brought Videonics FireStore to Mac OS X ... or at least they will by February. FireStore, first introduced back in August 2001, is a direct to disk DV recorder that, in its latest incarnation, gains direct support for Apple Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere, as well as format support for QuickTime.

Videonics FireStore converts a FireWire drive into a digital disk recorder and player for recording from a DV camcorder, VTR or mixer directly to the disk. It also allows for capture to tape at the same time. 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 without going through the capture process.

The device works with any system that supports FireWire.

FireStore operates as a slave to FireWire-based camcorders, which allows the camera to control recording and pausing. The device also allows the user to play, reverse play, stop, multi-speed fast forward and rewind, single frame forward and backward, next track/previous track and still record. Users can also use FireStore to delete tracks and format and check the disk.

FireStore can handle two-channel (16-bit, 48 kHz) or four-channel (12-bit, 32 kHz) 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 drives is with a single 6-pin 1394 cable.

Videonics FireStore is available now for $995. 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

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