Product Watch: Don't Have A DV Camera?
Formac studio & Hollywood DV-Bridge
Last week at the Macworld Expo, two companies presented alternative solutions for capturing video footage from a variety of sources.
The Hollywood DV-Bridge from Dazzle and studio from Formac both convert analog video signals to digital for editing in your favorite application: iMovie, Final Cut Pro, VideoShop etc. Once you have edited your footage to your heart's content, each device will convert the finished product back to analog for export to video tape. Both units come with the array of input and output ports you would expect in such a product: FireWire, composite (RCA) audio and video, and S-Video. Formac's studio also has a built in TV and FM tuner, allowing you to listen to the radio or watch TV on your Mac. As you might expect, you can also capture video or audio clips from the tuner and convert them to digital. Formac's studio comes with software for controlling the TV/FM radio as well as tools for web streaming and broadcasting. Neither product comes bundled with video editing software, but work with the popular video editors on the market.
While the Formac studio definitely has a stronger feature set, it also has a higher price tag, $429 as opposed to Dazzle's $299.Both Formac and Dazzle have promised to send us review units, so keep an eye out for full reviews in the near future.