Reprinted from an ADS Tech press release:

At NAB today, ADS Tech (www.adstech.com) unveiled PYRO A/V Link Studio that includes ADS Tech’s 1394/Firewire-based Analog/Digital Video (DV) converter bundled with the Sony Vegas+DVD Production Suite of video and audio software tools. Combined, the industry leading hardware and software components provide professional media producers and prosumers with a compelling video production solution that includes everything they need to begin capturing, editing and processing DV, HDV and creating other content, including surround-sound audio and streaming media.

In addition to including ADS Tech’s PYRO PCI 64 FireWire/1394 Card and cable, the new post production suite includes PYRO A/V Link, an external box that connects to the user’s PC through the FireWire port. With Composite, S-VHS and Component connectors, users can quickly and easily capture video from any source–a DV camcorder, DV deck, analog VCR, analog camcorder, even the new HDV camcorders. And with ADS Tech’s Locked Audio Technology, users also have the assurance that the transferred audio and video will be perfectly synchronized. Video captured and stored on the user’s PC can be exported to a TV or studio monitor.

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The full retail version of the Vegas+DVD Production Suite that comes bundled with PYRO Studio is a feature-rich non-linear editing (NLE) solution that supports both NTSC and PAL video formats. It includes Vegas 6 software for editing, DVD Architect 3 software for DVD authoring, and Dolby Digital AC-3 encoding software for creating surround sound projects.

Widely recognized for its ease-of-use and power, Vegas 6 software features a comprehensive set of professional tools for A/V production with unlimited tracks, customizable 2D and 3D effects and transitions, project nesting, advanced media management, as well as surround sound production, compositing, titling, scoring and finishing in nearly any format.

Designed to work seamlessly with the Vegas 6 environment, DVD Architect 3 authoring software features a fully customizable interface to enhance workflow. Among the powerful DVD layout tools included is a project overview window that provides a hierarchical view of all of the menus and titles in a DVD project, support for multiple camera angles, subtitles, copy protection tools, media effects and dual-layer authoring and burning. With support for 24p encoding of MPEG-2 files, users can create 24p DVDs which allow more video on the DVD and/or higher bit-rates.

ADS Tech’s PYRO Studio also supports other leading DV video editing solutions as well as Apple’s iMovie and Final Cut Pro for Mac users.

Pricing, Availability
Bundled with nearly $900 worth of the industry’s most popular software, PYRO Studio is an exceptional value with an expected street price of US$699. The complete video production solution will be available in May 2005 through DV dealers and distributors such as Broadfield, B & H Photo, Wynit, CWOL.com, Unitek, D & H Distributing, The Video Guys, Safe Harbor, J & R Computer World, and other major retailers, and e-tailers.

PYRO Studio includes the PYRO A/V Link external device, a 6-ft. composite analog and video cable, a 6-ft. S-VHS cable, two 1394 cables, ADS Tech PYRO PCI-64 FireWire Interface Card, and a power supply plus Sony’s Vegas+DVD Suite with the full retail versions of Vegas 6, DVD Architect 3, and user guides.

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