Reprinted from a ADS Tech press release:

Leveraging its leadership in 1394/Firewire-based interface cards and controllers, ADS Tech unveiled today PYRO A/V Link DVD Edition, a complete digital video hardware/software suite for professionals, businesses and prosumers. PYRO A/V Link DVD Edition is a fully integrated suite of modules that includes everything they need for capturing, video editing, audio editing, CG graphics, video painting and DVD authoring right out of the box. Packed with value, It combines the world’s best selling OHCI-compliant 1394/FireWire card and ADS Tech’s 1394/Firewire-based Analog/Digital Video (DV) converter with the full versions of Ulead Media Studio Pro 7, Ulead HD Plug-in 2 and Ulead DVD Workshop 2.0.

PYRO A/V Link DVD Edition will appeal to corporate video producers, event videographers, educators, and dedicated hobbyists who want the best value and the best products for creating broadcast-quality event, marketing and training videos but do not want the hassle of having to resolve hardware/software compatibility problems. By integrating its leading real-time capture hardware with Ulead’s award-winning software, ADS Tech delivers an end-to-end DV-to-DVD solution with seamless workflow from capture to editing and DVD authoring.


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With PYRO A/V Link DVD Edition, video can be captured from any DV Camcorder or DV Deck, an analog VCR or an analog camcorder–even the new HDV camcorders. This gives users the flexibility to integrate content from other video sources such as VHS, S-VHS, Hi-8, Digi-Beta, etc. into their projects.

The Ulead software included with the new PYRO bundle complements these features, enabling users to edit and transcode across formats. Ulead’s advanced technology also leverages the increased read and write speed of ADS Tech’s FireWire solutions. For example, users can preview their video in real-time so they can see their edits immediately without having to wait for it to render. In addition to being able to output video to their PC in real-time, they can also output video to a TV screen or studio monitor.

Completed projects can be published to DVD, DLT or DVD-9 (dual layer) with DVD Workshop 2, Ulead’s award-winning DVD authoring solution. The robust yet intuitive software offers sophisticated tools for complex menu navigation, multiple subtitles, and multiple audio tracks with Dolby Digital AC-3 encoding, encryption and region coding.

To provide its customers with a growth path to the future, ADS Tech has also included Ulead’s HD Plug-in 2.0 option. The plug-in combines with MediaStudio Pro 7 to provide users of the new HD (High Definition Video) camcorders with a full-featured, all-in-one HDV editing solution. With the plug-in, users can capture video from HD cameras such as the JVC GR-HD1, JVC JY-HD10 and Sony HDR-FX1 camcorders in NTSC or PAL and can complete a professional edit before outputting the video to tape or a disc.

Pricing, Availability
PYRO A/V Link DVD Edition is available with a street price of US $599 through DV dealers and distributors such as Broadfield, B & H Photo, Unitek, Wynit,, Ingram Micro, D & H Distributing, The Video Guys, Safe Harbor, J & R Computer World, and other major retailers, and e-tailers.

The complete digital video post production suite includes the PYRO A/V Link external device, a 6-ft. RCA A/V Cable, a 6-ft. S-Video cable, two 1394 cables, ADS Tech PYRO PCI-64 FireWire Interface Card, and a power supply with the full retail versions of Ulead Media Pro 7, the Ulead HD Plug-in 2 and Ulead DVD Workshop 2 as well as user guides.

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