The size of a stack of 3 x 5 cards and weighing in at only 10.5 ounces, the all-new MCE QuickStream DV/HDV is the smallest and strongest portable, FireWire DV and HDV capture hard drive. The new QuickStream DV/HDV captures high quality HDV footage, in addition to DV footage, on-the-fly, via your camera's FireWire port, in your choice of file-format (.MOV, .AVI2, .DV, or .M2T for HDV) while you are shooting! The new MCE QuickStream DV/HDV re-engineers the digital video professional's workflow and completely eliminates the inefficient, time-consuming process of capturing DV or HDV footage from tape to your Mac or Windows non-linear editing (NLE) system. When shooting has been completed, simply unplug the QuickStream DV/HDV from your DV or HDV camcorder's FireWire (1394, i.Link, etc.) port and plug it into your NLE system's FireWire port and begin editing and/or viewing your footage IMMEDIATELY!
See the QuickStream DV/HDV in Action Right Here!
NEW! Now Capture HDV Footage!
When connected to an HDV camcorder, the new MCE QuickStream DV/HDV automatically detects the HDV stream coming from the HDV camcorder's FireWire port and automatically saves it to its high performance had drive as a standard .m2t HDV file! No operator intervention is required! Once shooting is done, simply connect the new QuickStream DV/HDV to your computer and drop the .m2t clips directly into your favorite HDV editing application! You will be editing immediately without the time-consuming process of transferring from tape to computer and without tying up your HDV camcorder! If you are currently shooting with a DV-only camcorder, your investment in the new QuickStream DV/HDV is retained if you eventually upgrade to an HDV camcorder... the new QuickStream DV/HDV will transition right along with you!
NEW! Redesigned Enclosure!
The new QuickStream DV/HDV has a completely redesigned enclosure constructed out of aluminum alloy for improved heat dissipation as well as strength. The hard drive is shock-mounted internally which, when coupled with the strength of the aluminum alloy case, makes the new QuickStream DV/HDV highly impervious to the knocks and dings of the mobile environment. At only 3" x 5" x 1" thick, the new QuickStream DV/HDV was designed to be used horizontally or vertically always adapting itself to your environment.
NEW! Top AND Bottom 1/4-20" Screw-Hole Mounts!
The new QuickStream DV/HDV includes both top and bottom 1/4-20" screw-hole mounts located directly on its case! This is the same industry standard screw-hole attachment found on the bottom of every camcorder on the market and already utilized by a huge array of readily available accessories. Now, in addition to being able to mount the new QuickStream DV/HDV on top of your camera using the included hot-shoe adapter, or underneath to your camcorder's 1/4-20" screw-hole, your new QuickStream DV/HDV can now also be mounted, or sandwiched, between your camcorder and tripod! All hardware required to do this is included! Now even more so, the new QuickStream DV/HDV not only complements your existing camera equipment, it quickly integrates into and becomes part of it.
NEW! Battery Level Indicator!
A highly requested feature from owners of previous generation QuickStreams was the ability to see the level of the internal Lithium-Ion battery with greater accuracy. We integrated this feature into the new QuickStream DV/HDV and now you can quickly see when the internal Lithium-Ion battery has greater than 50% capacity, has between 20% to 50% capacity, or has under 20% capacity so you will know how much time you have left before needing a recharge or connecting to AC power.
View your last recorded clip directly on your camcorder's LCD or monitor! Just hit the "Review" button on the QuickStream DV/HDV control panel and gain the peace of mind in knowing that shot is exactly the way you want it. Note: HDV review functionality via camcorder LCD is forthcoming via free firmware update.
Even while in standby mode, the new QuickStream DV/HDV is continuously capturing up to six seconds of video from your HDV or DV camcorder to its solid state buffers. When you press the "Record" button on your HDV or DV camcorder or QuickStream DV/HDV then this pre-captured footage is automatically appended to the front of your clip... ensuring that you'll always get your shot in those instances where timing is everything.
No Dropped FramesThe all-new QuickStream DV/HDV was designed and engineered expressly for the purpose of capturing HDV and DV footage in mobile and extreme environments... as well as in the studio. Due to its redundant data buffers, its ruggedized enclosure, and numerous other built-in fail-safe considerations, we can make this guarantee.
Selectable File Formats
Every non-linear editing software has a preference for the type of DV file it prefers to work with. Apple's Final Cut Pro prefers QuickTime based (.mov) files, Adobe Premiere and many others prefer AVI-2 (.avi) files, and other editing softwares prefer raw DV (.dv). The all-new QuickStream DV/HDV allows you to preset the drive to one of five DV file formats in which to capture. (When capturing an HDV stream, the new QuickStream DV/HDV automatically captures in industry standard .m2t HDV file format for compatibility with nearly all HDV editing applications.) The DV formats are QuickTime (.mov), AVI-2 (.avi), Canopus AVI-2 (.avi), Matrox AVI (.avi) and raw DV (.dv). When done shooting and the new QuickStream DV/HDV has been connected to your workstation, your captured footage is recognized natively by your editing software as its preferred format so that you can start editing your video clips immediately! And just in case other new file formats become popular in the future, we have enabled this function of the QuickStream DV to be firmware-upgradable... meaning that your QuickStream DV will support these new formats as they appear and as we build support for them.
DV/HDV Recorder and Self-Powered Portable FireWire Hard Drive
Upon powering up the all-new MCE QuickStream DV/HDV it scans its FireWire port, seeking out a signal containing either a DV or HDV stream or a standard FireWire storage signal. If it senses a DV or HDV stream it goes into Record Standby mode and waits for the command to begin recording... either from your DV or HDV camera or from its own "Record" button. If it senses a standard FireWire storage signal it moves into FireWire Storage mode and mounts on your Mac or PC as a high-performance FireWire hard drive... your video clips are located inside a special "Media" folder on the drive. And because in this mode it operates as a standard FireWire hard drive you can use it to save, store or transfer any other data you wish!
Shoot Alongside Tape
Attached silently to your camera, on your belt, or wherever is most convenient, the new QuickStream DV/HDV responds to the "Record" button on your DV or HDV camcorder to start and stop capturing... flawlessly recording to its internal hard drive everything you record to tape... a seperate clip is created on the new QuickStream DV/HDV each time you hit start and then stop on your camcorder. Your tape now becomes a very economic backup to whatever you record to the QuickStream DV. When recording to the QuickTime format (.mov), timecode information is captured that is identical to that being recorded to tape. This timecode information is usable in editing applications that utilize this format such as Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express, and QuickTime Pro among others.
To Tape, or Not To Tape...
The new MCE QuickStream DV/HDV has its own "Record" button also. Pushing it will capture video from your DV or HDV camcorder's FireWire (1394, i.LINK, etc.) port while your camcorder is in standby mode! This means that you can shoot in completely tapeless mode and without the need to change tapes every 60 minutes. You've just entered the world of non-linear recording. In addition, you've just entirely eliminated wear and tear on your camera's recording heads and tape mechanism and just greatly increased your camera's life-expectancy by no longer having to record to tape and no longer manually transferring (or caputuring) footage from camera to computer. As well, your camera's runtime on battery power has just been greatly expanded by not having to power the tape mechanism.
The Lithium-Ion polymer battery and power circuitry inside the new QuickStream DV/HDV were designed to accept the extreme conditions of mobile environments. The DC-in port can utilize any DC voltage from 6 to 18 volts to power the QuickStream DV as well as recharge its battery during those idle or "power-down" moments when there's leftover current. This means that, if needed, it can tie in to camcorder batteries, camcorder power supplies and auto cigarette-lighter adapters. Back at your editing workstation, when you plug the QuickStream DV into a bus-powered FireWire port then, like Apple's iPod, the QuickStream DV will utilize that current, as well, to not only power itself, but also replenish its battery as needed.