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Laird Intros G4-Based DV Edit Systems

Avid Xpress, Final Cut Pro systems available in workstation and portable configurations By Dave Nagel
Laird Telemedia has introduced new DV edit systems based around Macintosh G4 computers. Laird has offered a number of PC-based systems in the past. The New Mac-based models include both workstation and portable configurations.

The new systems are based around stock dual 1.25 GHz G4 workstations and 800 MHz PowerBooks and can be configured with either Apple Final Cut pro or Avid Xpress DV. Laird says both configurations have been optimized for use as dedicated DV capture and edit stations and offer a variety of I/O options, including SDI, component, composite, YC and balanced audio. They also include dual audio-level controls and VU metering and a horizontally stable RS170A SCH-locked DV signal. The dual 1.25 GHz system is also available with Laird's 1-RU breakout box.

In addition to I/O and optional, configurable upgrades (memory, etc.), each model ships with an additional 120 GB media storage drive (FireWire external on the PowerBook). As of press time, Laird had not published prices for the new systems. For more information, visit

Contact the author: 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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