The new QuickStream SS is an ultra-rugged, lightweight, portable and self-powered digital video (DV) and High Definition Video (HDV) capture drive that instantly captures video to its internal solid state memory as you're shooting. The MCE QuickStream SS was designed to capture DV and HDV video in extreme environments where motion, vibration or force from impact create conditions unsuitable for hard disk-based video capture systems. Because DV and HDV video is captured directly to the silent internal solid state memory of the QuickStream SS, the risk of lost footage due to hard drive failure or disk crash is eliminated entirely. The new QuickStream SS dramatically accelerates the post-production process by capturing DV and HDV footage directly from the camcorder to its ultra-fast solid state memory during shooting, allowing one to immediately edit or transfer this footage when the unit is connected via FireWire to a non-linear editing (NLE) system.
NEW! Solid State Technology - Recording to solid state memory and containing no moving parts, the QuickStream SS was designed to be ultra-rugged and impervious to the very jolts, vibrations, or sudden motions that can destroy a rotating hard drive. Operating in complete silence, it can be mounted anywhere without generating audio interference. The QuickStream SS produces almost no heat and draws only a fraction of the power required by a rotating hard drive.
Capture in HDV - When connected to an HDV camcorder, the new MCE QuickStream SS automatically detects the HDV stream coming from the HDV camcorder's FireWire port and automatically saves it as a standard .m2t file! No operator intervention is required! Once shooting is done, simply connect the new QuickStream SS 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 now shooting with a DV-only camcorder, your investment in the new QuickStream SS is retained once you move to an HDV camcorder... the new QuickStream SS will transition right along with you!
Top and Bottom 1/4-20" Screw-Socket Mounting Attachments - The new QuickStream SS includes both top and bottom 1/4-20" screw-socket mounting attachments located directly on the enclosure! This is the same industry standard screw-socket attachment found on the bottom of every camera on the market and already utilized by countless accessories. In addition to being able to mount the new QuickStream SS on top of your camera using the included hot-shoe adapter, your new QuickStream SS can now also be mounted onto your tripod with your camcorder mounted directly on top of the QuickStream SS! All hardware required to do this is included. Now even more so, the new QuickStream SS not only complements your existing camera equipment, it quickly integrates into and becomes part of it.
Internal Battery - The all-new QuickStream SS is self-powered by an internal lithium polymer battery which provides about 3 hours of continuous power. The internal battery is automatically re-charged when plugged into either your workstation's bus-powered FireWire port, the included A/C adapter, or just about any external power source providing 6-18V DC.
Battery Level Indicator - A highly requested feature from owners of previous-generation QuickStreams is the ability to see the level of the internal Lithium-Ion battery with greater accuracy. We integrated this feature into the new QuickStream SS 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.
Instant Review - View your last recorded DV clip directly on your camcorder's LCD or monitor! Just hit the "Review" button on the QuickStream SS control panel and gain the peace of mind in knowing that shot is exactly the way you want it. Note: HDV review functionality via camcorder LCD is forthcoming in a free firmware update release.
SureCapture Technology - Even while in standby mode, the new QuickStream SS is continuously capturing up to six seconds of video from your HDV or DV camcorder to its solid state buffers. When you press the "Record" button on your HDV or DV camcorder or QuickStream SS then this pre-captured footage is automatically appended to the front of your clip... ensuring that you'll always get your shot in those instances where timing is everything.
Universal Compatibility - The all-new QuickStream SS works with virtually every type of DV or HDV camera made. If your camera records in HDV, MiniDV, DVCAM, or DVCPRO format then it will work with the new QuickStream SS. All cameras of this type have a FireWire (IEEE 1394, i.LINK) port built right in for directly connecting them to the new QuickStream SS.
No Dropped Frames - The all-new QuickStream SS was designed and engineered expressly for the purpose of capturing HDV and DV footage in mobile and extreme environments... as well as in the studio. Due to its redundant data buffers, its ruggedized enclosure, and numerous other built-in fail-safe considerations, we can make this guarantee.
Selectable DV File Formats - Every non-linear editing software has a preference for the type of DV file it prefers to work with. Apple's Final Cut Pro prefers QuickTime based (.mov) files, Adobe Premiere and many others prefer AVI-2 (.avi) files, and other editing softwares prefer raw DV (.dv). The all-new QuickStream SS allows you to preset the drive to one of five DV file formats in which to capture. (Remember, when capturing an HDV stream, the new QuickStream SS automatically captures in industry standard .m2t for compatibility with nearly all HDV editing applications.) The DV formats are QuickTime (.mov), AVI-2 (.avi), Canopus AVI-2 (.avi), Matrox AVI (.avi) and raw DV (.dv). When done shooting and the new QuickStream SS has been connected 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!