Reprinted from a ADS Technologies press release:

NAB, LAS VEGAS (April 3, 2002) — ADS Technologies, a leader in consumer video editing solutions, today announced its latest digital video solution for DV direct-to-disc storage in the field. With the push of a button, the ultra-portable PYRO DV DRIVE enables videographers to capture digital video files directly from their DV camcorder to its hard drive via 1394/FireWire without having to connect to a computer. PYRO DV Drive features a 20GB high performance hard drive and a built-in rechargeable battery enclosed in a sleek silver and charcoal grey case about the size of a PDA.

PYRO DV DRIVE features a 20 GB 2.5 IDE hard drive and the Oxford 911 chipset from Oxford Semiconductors. With a record/stop button, users can transfer digital video to the drive via FireWire while the DV camcorder is either in record or playback mode. This simplifies the process and eliminates the need for software-based video capture. It can accommodate up to one hour and 40 minutes of digital video, which can be imported via FireWire to any non-linear editor for PC or Mac.

When connected to a computer, PYRO DV Direct is immediately detected as a drive volume and assigned a drive letter and also can be used as a portable external storage device or data back up system. The rechargeable built-in lithium ion battery can be charged through the FireWire bus or through the included power supply.

PYRO DV DRIVE includes: PYRO DV DRIVE, six pin-to-four pin FireWire cable, six pin-to-six pin FireWire cable, power supply, and belt clip.

PYRO DV DRIVE will be available through ADS Technologies’ network of online and retail channels worldwide June 2002 at an estimated street price of US$499. For more information, visit

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