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pocket-sized CitiDisk DV makes it possible to record DV directly to
hard disk while shooting in the field. This cuts out the time-consuming
business of capturing from tape to disk and can offer greater non-stop
recording capability than using tape
recorders are an interesting development for the busy videographer.
They allow digital footage to be recorded to disk during shooting so
that it's instantly accessible for editing when the drive is connected
by FireWire to a computer. This cuts out the tedious stage of capturing
from tape to a hard disk connected to (or within) a PC.
Shining Technology's CitiDisk DV (FW1256B) is an all-in-one unit with
a built-in 2.5in/40GByte IDE hard drive of the sort typically used in
laptop PCs. The CitiDisk converts the DV output from a digital camcorder
or VCR to a choice of four edit-ready file formats that are recorded
to the internal hard disk - Raw DV, Windows AVI Type 2, Canopus AVI
Type 2 and QuickTime.
We like the CitiDisk and were sorry to see it go back. It's portable,
reasonably priced and easy to use both for capture and when connected
to a computer. Life would be easier still, though, if users had information
fed to them in words and figures on an LCD, rather than by a series
of flashing LEDs.
The internal battery doesn't have enough juice to take full advantage
of the drive's ability to store 160 minutes of DV footage - it's necessary
to run the unit from the mains or a big external battery to get a continuous
recording of this length. Also, because the unit has to be running from
external power to change the capture file format, it's necessary to
make the right choice before going out on the road, or to carry around
an external battery. We'd also like the battery-power switch to be made
easier to use.
Although it doesn't have all the features (such as playback) of the
Videonics FireStore, the CitiDisk DV is fully portable and half the
price - and that's despite including a hard drive. However, Shining's
forthcoming CitiDisk Pro seems better still. It has playback controls
and an LCD info display, and looks set to cause a big stir in the DV-to-HDD
Read the full review
in May 2004's Computer Video magazine.
Reviewed in this issue:
CyberLink PowerProducer 2.0
Magix Movies on CD & DVD 2.0
Pure Motion EditStudio 4
Shining CitiDisk DV
Ulead DVD Workshop 2
Wacom Graphire 3 Studio XL
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