by Alan Sheckter, Videomaker news editor
Two recently-released interface devices are said to convert any FireWire (IEEE 1394) hard disk drive into a digital disk recorder/player. The units, Videonics’ FireStore and Advanced Technologies’ MasStor, should allow users to record and play back digital video directly to and from a FireWire hard drive without the need for a PC. They both let video be input or output as a DV video stream through the device, which reads or writes a DV data stream from a FireWire disk drive.
Both products also offer the ability to simultaneously record to hard disk as the DV camcorder records to its tape, thereby producing two copies. Since the units can record digital video to removable hard disk cartridges, almost unlimited storage is possible by using multiple cartridges.
FireStore comes with an MSRP of $995.
The MasStor makes use of its own line of Digital AV Packs, soon-to-be-available in 20-minute to 140-minute capacities. It’s designed to run on a detachable, rechargeable lithium battery pack or AC adapter. The MasStor’s MSRP is $2,499.