Canon U.S.A., Inc. has become a distributor of the FireStore FS-4 DTE digital video disk recorder from FOCUS Enhancements. The FireStore FS-4 and accessories will be sold through Canon U.S.A. authorized video dealers beginning in February.
A companion for Canon prosumer camcorders, the FS-4 recorder enables DV streams to be recorded to the unit with or without a MiniDV tape inserted. Footage is recorded as edit ready files that can be imported and used immediately by most DV based non-linear editing systems. The FS-4 recorder will be available in a 40GB (approximately 3 hours) model.
The FS-4 Pro recorder, which offers more advanced features, will be available in 40GB and 80GB (approximately 6 hours) configurations. The FS-4 Pro recorder adds support for the Avid OMF and Pinnacle AVI formats, and retro record modes for backup. Other features include a user-definable time lapse, loop playback, scene marking, and multiple file capabilities.
The new FireStore FS-4 recorder will be available in February for an MSRP of $799 for the standard 40GB model, while the FS-4 Pro model will carry a list price of of $1,195 for the 40GB model, and $1,695 for the 80GB model.