Focus Enhancements And Panasonic Partner To Expand FireStore To DVCPRO HD Format
Posted Sep 13, 2005

FOCUS Enhancements Inc. has announced that its strategic alliance with Panasonic has advanced to a hardware development partnership that will focus on supporting DVCPRO 50 and DVCPRO HD.

FOCUS Enhancements is developing an optimized version of its portable Direct to Edit (DTE) FireStore recorders for Panasonic's DVCPRO, DVCPRO 50, and DVCPRO HD handheld cameras. The portable FireStore recorders enable professional videographers to record SD and HD video streams via FireWire while in the field and then connect directly to a Mac/PC notebook or desktop to edit content directly from the FireStore.

FOCUS Enhancements joined Panasonic as a P2 Partner in March 2005 after developing a version of its industry leading file conversion software, FireStore DV File Converter Pro, exclusively for Panasonic Broadcast to support quick and easy MXF file format exchange with popular DV editing applications.

The FireStore DTE recorder for HVX200 is expected to be available in March 2006 and price will be less than $2,000 USD, according to FOCUS.