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ADS Pyro BasicDV

Video capture card: ADS Pyro BasicDVKey Features

  • Add 2 IEEE1394 ports to your computer
  • Capture and edit digital video
  • Transfer data at 400 Mb/Sec.
  • Connect to hard drives, printers, scanners, cameras and more

1394/FireWire is the external bus technology that professional video editors have been using for years to transfer footage from their DV camcorders to their computers to produce broadcast quality videos. Now it’s your turn to play director. Use PYRO Digital Video 1394DV to spark your imagination and create your own home videos, video greeting cards, and video e-mail.

The PYRO BasicDV is the perfect solution for the budget minded person who wants to get started in digital video editing. The PYRO BasicDV includes Ulead VideoStudio 6.0 SE for Windows users and the included CD provides direct links to download Apple’s iMovie capture and editing solution.

In addition, the PYRO BasicDV upgrades your computer to 1394 so you can use all the latest FireWire/1394 peripherals such as the PYRO Drive Kit, 1394 scanners, printers and even FireWire networking.

1394/FireWire lets you connect up to 63 devices to your computer and operate at speeds up to 400 Mb/sec, that’s 50 MB of data per second!

1394/FireWire is a truly Plug and Play technology, just plug in a device and it works. No re-booting, no waiting. Connect, Transfer data and disconnect. It’s High Speed data and its hot pluggable.


For PC 

  • Win98 SE, Windows ME, Win2000
  • Pentium II 266, AMD K6 or equal
  • Available PCI slot ver. 2.0


  • Mac OS 9.x
  • Beige Power Macintosh G3/266 or later
  • Available PCI slot ver. 2.0


PYRO 1394DV Includes:

  • PYRO 1394DV OHCI-Compliant 3-Port Host card
  • 1394 to DV cable
  • CD with software bundle

PYRO 1394  Board:

  • 1394a Open-Host Controller Interface (OHCI) - compliant Isochroous and asynchronous data transfer
  • Hot plugging
  • 1394 Ports: 3 ports
  • Connectors: 6 Pin 1394
  • Bus Speeds: 100, 200, 400 Mb/sec.
  • Bus Interface: PCI 2.1 compliant with Bus Mastering
  • Board Size: 5" long x 3.2" high (13 cm x 8 cm high)
  • IRQ: An IRQ is required. IRQ can be shared if motherboard provides this capability through PCI steering.

Motion Video Capture:

  • NTSC: Type -1 DV video in 720 x 480 resolution in 24 bit color
  • PAL: Type -1 DV video in 720 x 576 resolution in 24 bit color
  • Data Rate: Video is captured at 3.9 MB/second

Hard Drive Recommendation:

  • Most all Ultra DMA IDE drives that can support sustained transfer rates in excess of 5 MB/Sec.

Bundled software

Ulead VIdeoStudio 6.0 SE Basic
People with little or no experience in video editing will appreciate how easy it is to use VideoStudio. Trim video, add your own soundtrack, create compelling titles, and drop in stunning effects using an easy-to-learn interface that makes editing videos fun.

  • Capture video from DV, D8, and Hi8 camcorders
  • Grab DVD-ready video with MPEG-Direct™ capture
  • Share movies on CD, DVD, tape, or the Web

Ulead DVD MovieFactory (Trial)
Ulead® DVD MovieFactory™, with its simple wizard-style authoring process, makes burning your movies onto DVDs quick and easy.

  • Create professional-looking scene selection menus
  • Use your CD or DVD burner
  • Share on DVD, VCD, or SVCD
  • Create your own CD Labels and Case Covers

Ulead DVD PictureShow (Trial)
Ulead DVD PictureShow lets you use your CD or DVD burner to create exciting photo slide shows that play on many standard DVD players. Now you can easily share your photos on TV!

Neptune MediaShare
Create amazing online video albums in minutes. With your MediaShare account, you can assemble and store great looking albums complete with captions, effects, music and more. Sharing your video with friends and family has never been easier.

TeVeo Live (PC)
TeVeo Live 2.1 software enables Windows users to easily share streaming live content from their PYRO 1394 WebCam. Simply plug in your webcam, install the software, and launch TeVeo Live to stream directly from your PC to the Internet.
The premier photo-sharing site on the Web. The secure site comes packed with sophisticated photo-related services and features, including photo sharing, software downloads, unlimited photo albums, photo address book, photo editing and much more.

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