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Focus Enhances FireStore DV Recorder

Device gets field kit option, Mac OS X support By Dave Nagel
Focus Enhancements says it has improved the feature set of its Videonics FireStore digital video recorder. The newest enhancements include support for Mac OS X and the QuickTime file format, as well as AV/C through the FireWire port, which enables control of front-panel functions via software.

FireStore converts any FireWire hard disk drive into a digital disk recorder and player. It allows users 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. DV streams are recorded to disk and can be used immediately by most DV-based non-linear editing systems, including, now, Apple's Final Cut Pro. FireStore is compatible with FireWire disk drives that have FAT 32 disk volumes, a file format supported by Windows 98SE/2000/ME/XP and Macintosh operating systems.

Focus has also introduced a new remote field kit option for the FireStore--the FireStore Field Case--which features an aluminum and foam reinforced carry case, NP series battery slot, cables, external DC power connector and switch. FOCUS will also be offering a battery, battery charger, cables and disk drives as part of the FireStore accessories line. All items can be purchased individually or as part of a complete FireStore Field Kit, which includes a FireStore, a Field Case, battery and charger. The complete Field Kit is expected to be available at the end of March for $1,695.

Videonics FireStore is available for $995. Current FireStore owners who want add the additional FireStore features to their unit can contact Focus at 408-370-9963. FireStore will be on display in the FOCUS Enhancements booth No. S6118 at the NAB convention in Las Vegas April 8 through 11. 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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