MCE Ships World’s Smallest HDV and DV Video Capture FireWire Hard Drive
Posted Feb 15, 2008

MCE Technologies, LLC (MCE) today announced that it is shipping the new QuickStream DV/HDV, a portable, camera-mountable, self-powered digital video (DV) capture and storage solution now capable of capturing HDV, in addition to standard DV footage, that dramatically accelerates the video post-production process. A key feature of the new QuickStream DV/HDV is its ability to capture HDV footage directly to its hard drive while shooting from the majority of popular HDV cameras on the market. Another feature of the new QuickStream DV/HDV is that it is built with both top and bottom industry standard ¼-20" screw sockets allowing it to be mounted on top of, underneath, or conveniently between the camcorder and tripod. The new QuickStream DV/HDV is available in 6 hour/80GB and 9 hour/120GB models.

"At about the size of a stack of 3 x 5 cards and with a new lightweight aluminum enclosure, this is the smallest and most rugged QuickStream we’ve ever shipped," said Arnold Ramirez, President, MCE Technologies, LLC. "We have added the ability to capture in HDV as well as the ability to be mounted, or sandwiched, between the camcorder and tripod as well as a number of other features based on the feedback from customers of our previous generation DV capture drive."

HDV or DV footage is captured by the QuickStream DV/HDV during shooting and saved in one of several selectable file formats for native compatibility with virtually all Mac and PC based video editing applications such as Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid, Vegas, Canopus DVStorm, iMovie HD, etc. By switching the DV camcorder to VTR/VCR mode, the new QuickStream DV/HDV can playback recorded DV footage directly to the camcorder’s LCD display. Support for playback of HDV footage will be available soon by way of a free firmware update.

The QuickStream DV/HDV works with any DV camcorder with a FireWire, IEEE 1394, or i.LINK™ interface and records in user-selectable file formats including QuickTime (.mov), raw DV (.dv), Windows AVI2, (.avi), and Canopus AVI2 (.avi). The QuickStream DV/HDV also works with nearly all HDV recorders and saves the footage in the industry standard MPEG-2 Transport Stream (.m2t) format. The QuickStream DV/HDV is cross-platform compatible and supports Mac OS 9.2, Mac OS 10.2 and above, Windows 98SE/2000/XP/Vista and Linux operating systems.

Included in the package is a camera accessory shoe (hot shoe) mount, 4-pin to 6-pin and 6-pin to 6-pin FireWire cables, universal AC adapter, and a user’s guide. The QuickStream DV measures in at 3" x 5" x 1" and weighs only 10.5 ounces. It is available in two models: 6 hours/80GB and 9 hours/120GB of recording time with a suggested retail price of $799 and $999, respectively. More information can be found online at http://www.mcetech.com/quickstreamdv-hdv/.