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CreatvGnius
07-11-2007, 04:07 PM
From Studio Daily...

Quick Fixes for Old Pros


Still can’t cut the cord with your Betacam? Don’t worry, you have company. According to research done by Shining Technology, makers of the CitiDISK family of HDV batteries, there are still approximately 350,000 to 400,000 Betacam users still shooting today. Transitional products like Shining Technology’s Beetle DV 1850 FireWire mean you can now play better with clients and colleagues who have made the switch to all-digital formats.

Essentially, the Beetle DV 1850 FireWire shrinks the analog-to-digital conversion process and puts it on the back of your camera. There’s an 8-pin DIP switch to output your final signal in DV, DVCPRO 50, MPEG-2, 24p or NTSC/PAL. It’s powered by a regular, replaceable 9-volt battery (up to three hours use per charge), but can be plugged into a D-Tap power cord or wall socket for extended, albeit tethered, use. With the FireWire component and through RS232/422, you can control analog VTRs from your camera.

The bad news? The Beetle DV 1850 isn’t shipping yet and was only in pre-beta during NAB. But when it is released, it will be just the start of the Beetle line, which will include analog converters compatible with HD and, the company says, a future product (coming next year) that will put a battery and miniature converter into one affordable box. www.shining.com

Aw, well. Maybe the Calibar will come back. :hey: