Function dictates form... The all-new QuickStream DV/HDV was designed entirely from the ground up to be the second-most important part of a videographer's gear. The size of a stack of 3 x 5 cards, the QuickStream DV/HDV includes features such as top and bottom industry standard 1/4-20" screw socket on top of, under, or in between your camcorder and tripod, ruggedized aluminum enclosure for strength and durability, and a wide range of input voltages for tying into your existing power sources, if necessary. The combination of all these features have never made their way onto conventional storage devices. Read more about these and other features of the new QuickStream DV/HDV here...
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 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!
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.
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.
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.
One of the most requested feature by videographers using the original QuickStream DV was to have the ability to immediately view what was recorded by the QuickStream DV. Introducing the "Review" button. Capture your clips, switch your DV camcorder to VCR/VTR, or "Play" mode, then touch the "Review" button and instantly the last full clip recorded is played back via FireWire from the QuickStream DV/HDV directly to your camera's LCD or monitor. Toggling the "Review" button scans through all clips you've captured on the QuickStream DV/HDV. Instant Review... Instant peace of mind. Note: HDV playback coming soon via free Firmware update.
In those situations where timing is critical, the new QuickStream DV/HDV will make sure you get the shot you are after. The new QuickStream DV/HDV has solid state video buffers continuously recording up to six second's worth of video footage from your DV or HDV camera while in "Standby Mode". When the "Record" button is pressed on your camcorder or on the QuickStream DV/HDV, this "pre-scene" footage is appended to the front of, and becomes part of, the recorded clip.
Another feature requested by 1st Generation QuickStream DV videographers was to be able to record continuously with the QuickStream DV through DV-tape changes. So for those extra long recording sessions or at any point your tape runs out, the new QuickStream DV/HDV will continue to record... even allowing you to change tapes, if you wish, and not miss a single moment of footage. This is a selectable function and your new QuickStream DV can also be set to stop recording if End of Tape is detected.
The new QuickStream DV/HDV was designed to accommodate a wide range of input voltages in order to tie into the myriad of power options available to videographers today. Accepting any voltage between 6 to 18V DC, the new QuickStream DV/HDV can utilize just about any power source on the market for recording or to recharge its internal Lithium-Ion polymer battery. A slim, lightweight battery pack augmenting the new QuickStream DV/HDV's internal 100 minute battery by 3.5 hours is also available and attaches directly to the QuickStream.
The new QuickStream DV/HDV allows you to select one of four DV file formats in which to record, in addition to the .m2t file format it automatically records in when you are shooting with an HDV camcorder. The DV formats include QuickTime (.mov), AVI-2 (.avi), Canopus AVI-2 (.avi) and raw DV (.dv). When you are through shooting and have connected the QuickStream DV/HDV 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!.
As new or different file formats become popular, or DV and HDV camcorders made with different support requirements, or as we add new functionality or features according to customer requests, the firmware inside the new QuickStream DV/HDV can be upgraded by the end-user. The new QuickStream DV/HDV was designed with the future in mind.
The QuickStream DV was created to be small and lightweight so that it may be comfortably placed virtually anywhere on the videographer's camcorder, belt, tripod, etc. How did we give it such a versatile attachment system yet keep the design simple and completely functional? Easy. We gave it not one, but two universally accepted 1/4-20 screw-sockets. One on top and one on the bottom of the new QuickStream DV/HDV... The very same screw-socket that is found on the bottom of virtually every still and video camera ever made. This means that there are nearly an endless amount of mounting adapters already in existence that you can now use with the QuickStream DV. And included with the QuickStream DV is an on-camera hot shoe adapter (shown here) for mounting the QuickStream DV directly to your camera's accessory/hot shoe. A 1/4-20" screw stud is also included allowing you to mount the new QuickStream DV/HDV under your camcorder in handheld mode if that is most convenient... as well as allowing you to mount the new QuickStream DV/HDV sandwiched in between your camcorder and tripod! The QuickStream DV does not simply complement your existing DV camera equipment, it integrates into and becomes a part of it.
When connected to a FireWire port on your PC or Mac, the new QuickStream DV/HDV operates as a normal, high performance FireWire hard drive and your clips are found neatly placed inside a special folder on the drive. You may either organize them with the MCE StreamManager application, drag and drop them to any other storage device on your system, or edit them directly on the QuickStream DV/HDV. You can even use the QuickStream DV/HDV to save, store or transfer any other data you wish!
The new QuickStream DV/HDV responds directly to the "Record" button on your 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 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/HDV. You may also activate the QuickStream DV/HDV's recording function using its own "Record" button and completely independent of your camcorder's tape mechanism. In addition to being more practical in certain situations, this method saves a great deal of wear and tear on your camcorder's recording heads and tape mechanism.
In addition to capturing your HDV or DV footage while you are shooting, you can connect the new QuickStream DV/HDV to your camera in "VTR" mode, or to a DV deck, hit the "Play" button, and instantly capture to the QuickStream DV/HDV footage you've previously already recorded... in the field, on the road... no computer required. You'll no longer tie up a whole computer system just to capture DV or HDV from tape! The new QuickStream DV/HDV recognizes the DV or HDV stream at its FireWire port and records it to its hard drive. When you are ready to edit, plug the QuickStream DV/HDV into your workstation and your footage is instantly ready for editing, display etc.!
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 Adapter port can utilize any voltage from 6 to 18 volts to power the QuickStream DV/HDV 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 new QuickStream DV/HDV into a bus-powered FireWire port then, like Apple's iPod, the QuickStream DV/HDV will utilize that current, as well, to not only power itself, but also replenish its battery, as needed.