Conexus is distributing a new DVD video capture device for Macs from ADS Technologies. While Apple's latest Power Mac G4s are equipped with DVD burners and editing software, older systems do not have the same functionality. The USB Instant DVD is an external USB 1.1 device that enables users to transfer videos from any analog or S-VHS source, such as VHS tapes, camcorders, or DVD players, to their Mac. It uses hardware-based MPEG-2 compression - the same format used in DVD movies - for smooth video at full 720x576 PAL resolution and stereo sound. Because the MPEG-2 encoding is done on the fly, render time is eliminated and the process can be done in a relatively short amount of time. The captured video can then be trimmed and authored. With a separate CD or DVD-recordable drive, the footage can then be burned to a CD or DVD-recordable disc with bundled software from Pixela. The software bundle also includes a plug-in for DVD Studio Pro. USB Instant DVD For Macs will be available through Conexus next month.
The kit will sell for an estimated retail price of $1,299.