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vniow
Jun 3, 2003, 12:05 AM
With pausing of live TV, weeeeeee!

http://www.formac.com/p_bin/?cid=solutions_converters_studiodvtv

http://maccentral.macworld.com/news/2003/06/02/formac/
http://www.formac.com/p_images/solutions_studiotvr_14.jpg http://www.formac.com/p_images/solutions_studiotvr_09.jpghttp://www.formac.com/p_images/solutions_studiotvr_08.jpg

trebblekicked
Jun 3, 2003, 01:55 AM
Originally posted by vniow
With pausing of live TV, weeeeeee!


"when your a kid and you want to go weeeeee! but you aint got drugs yet..."

sweet! i've been putting off buying one of these for too long. i've got to say, that is the prettiest one of the bunch. decent price, too (considering it doubles as DV bridge)

ozubahn
Jun 3, 2003, 03:36 AM
Does anyone know if this thing would work in Japan? I know that both Japan and the US use NTSC, but are the tuners compatible? The Formac website doesn't seem to have international information. Thanks. :)

Gelfin
Jun 3, 2003, 04:12 AM
Er... this is not exactly something you'd use for home PVR applications. Why? Because it stores in DV format. Try 12GB or so per hour of content. Unless you're so loaded down with cash that you can plug this thing directly into a fully loaded Xserve RAID, you're not gonna get a lot of TV stored.

iMook
Jun 3, 2003, 07:39 AM
It's way too cutesy for me. I'd much rather have a replayTV or a Sony DVR. Not to spread stereotypes, but this is something that has great potential in Japan where cutesy stuff is all the rage.
It'll really turn off people who are into an industrial look, though.

I'm a PC guy, so I don't know much about what's available for Macs, but I'd spring for a TV-tuner-capable graphics card. (a la Radeon All-In-Wonder)

esp. since DirecTiVo and one other company (I think replayTV) are developing HD PVR's with 250+ GB of storage. I'll be waiting for one of those.

I think Gelfin is right. DV is EXTREMELY taxing on your storage capability. I don't think this'll get off the ground unless it can store video in smaller format.

trebblekicked
Jun 3, 2003, 08:36 AM
Originally posted by iMook
...I'm a PC guy, so I don't know much about what's available for Macs, but I'd spring for a TV-tuner-capable graphics card. (a la Radeon All-In-Wonder)
...
I think Gelfin is right. DV is EXTREMELY taxing on your storage capability. I don't think this'll get off the ground unless it can store video in smaller format.

the ati all-in-wonder is the only thing that really gives me pc envy. that is a really cool idea, and it's something that benefits all sorts of users.

i didn't realize there wasn't an internal HD. (?) standard DV compression is way too big for tv recording. thats a pretty big downside.

wdlove
Jun 3, 2003, 10:28 AM
Originally posted by vniow
With pausing of live TV, weeeeeee!

http://www.formac.com/p_bin/?cid=solutions_converters_studiodvtv

http://maccentral.macworld.com/news/2003/06/02/formac/
http://www.formac.com/p_images/solutions_studiotvr_14.jpg http://www.formac.com/p_images/solutions_studiotvr_09.jpghttp://www.formac.com/p_images/solutions_studiotvr_08.jpg

It has a cool design, vinow. Do you have one already or planning to purchase?

madforrit
Jun 3, 2003, 11:40 AM
If only it had a built-in HD tuner too...:D

dotcomlarry
Jun 3, 2003, 11:40 AM
Looks like it still has those god-awful buttons that are a pain to press. *sigh*