In a move that’s sure to create big waves in the turnkey digital video editing market, Sony unveiled a new DV-capable home computer in its VAIO Digital Studio series (model PCV-E314DS). Priced at $1499, the computer features an i.LINK (IEEE 1394) port for easy transfer of DV stills and moving video directly to the hard drive. Bundled software includes Sony’s DVGate Motion software for easy batch capture of clips from a DV camcorder or VCR, an MPEG-1 conversion utility and Adobe Premiere LE for nonlinear editing. Under the hood are a 400MHz Pentium II processor, 10.8GB hard drive, 5x DVD-ROM, 64MB SDRAM, Matrox G200 display adapter with 8MB VRAM, S-link control for Sony CD, MD (Mini Disc) and audio cassette players, and an optical digital audio output for easy interface with Sony MD and DAT (Digital Audio Tape) recorders. According to a Sony spokesman, the PCV-E314DS and later Digital Studio models will work with any Sony i.LINK camcorder, including the DCR-VX1000 and all Digital8 models.

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