by Charles Fulton, Associate Editor

MacroSystem US has announced the Avio DVD, a new version of the Avio editing appliance with a 40GB non-removable hard drive that can store 2.4 hours of DV video and an available DVD-R burner. S-Video and composite video inputs and outputs are provided, and a FireWire interface is available. The unit comes with a Logitech trackball and utilizes a storyboard user interface.

The base DVD-ready Avio will be available for $1,499. Units with either a FireWire port or DVD burner will be available for $1,999. The Avio DVD with both FireWire and DVD burner will be available for $2,499. The units are slated to be available July 1.