These are low-cost, easy-to-install solutions for file sharing and video capture
NAS Drive Kit
ADS Tech (www.adstech.com) announced
today a new Network Attached Storage (NAS) Drive Kit. The kit is a 5.25-Inch
drive enclosure that converts the user’s own 3.5” Ultra ATA hard
drive into a NAS device for instantly sharing data, photos, audio and video
across a home or office network. Offering functionality previously only available
with equipment costing many times the price, the US$119 kit can be used as
an instant network server, an FTP or Web server or a data back-up server. It
also supports the BitTorrent protocol for peer-to-peer file transfers.
With the kit, consumers and small businesses can choose the drive size that
meets their requirements and can add it to a wired Ethernet or Wireless 802.11
G network without opening the PC. No user configuration or knowledge of IP
addresses is required. An auto-discovery feature automatically adds the NAS
device to all attached clients upon connection to the network. Easy-to-read
LEDs display status such as Power, Network Activity and Drive Activity.
“Today, homes and offices can easily have hundreds of Gigabytes of documents,
photos, music, recorded TV shows and movies,” said Mike McCoy ADS Tech
President. “With a NAS Drive Kit, even a novice can instantly create
a digital storage jukebox that can be accessed by any PC on the network. Adding
the NAS Drive Kit to an Ethernet-based home network allows users to share files
and to gain "always-on" access to data, regardless of whether or
not other computers on the network are active.
When used as a personal web server family members, the NAS Drive Kit enables
schools to provide faculty and students with their own server space for personal
Web sites. In some instances, students can even use the NAS Drive Kit server
to turn in materials. Consumers, schools and small businesses can also use
the web server to access their files when they're away from home or the office.
When used as an FTP server, the NAS device provides consumers with an easy
way to share photos and home videos; schools can share research and students
can obtain course materials online. With support for the Bit Torrent P2P file-sharing
system, NAS Drive Kit users can take full advantage of the faster downloads
available with this protocol for large data, audio and video files. Measuring
only 5.24”(H) x 8.75”(L) x 2.375”(D), the compact kit fits
easily on a desktop.
Market suggested retail price is $119.00.
Supports Windows 98,
ME, XP (Home or Professional edition) systems, a Win2000 Server or a Windows
2003 Server. The complete kit includes the NAS Drive Kit enclosure (HDD not
included), a Power Adapter (12V/3A), a drive mounting screw pack, a 6-ft.
Ethernet cable, an installation CD and a manual as well as a user guide.
USB Video Capture Device
Focused on meeting the price/performance
needs of customers at every level, ADS Tech (www.adstech.com) announced today
Instant VideoXpress, the newest member of its award-winning USB Instant
audio/video capture product line. Priced at less than US$60, Instant VideoXpress
raises the bar for ease of use while setting a lower price point in the entry
level video capture market. A complete, ready-to-use hardware/software solution,
the new device will appeal to inexperienced users and people with limited time
because it provides the industry’s easiest video capture; automatic movie-making;
the ability to instantly create photo slide shows from snapshots and direct
recording of home videos.
With Instant VideoXpress, users can grab snapshots while they view their video
simply by pressing the space bar. They can even preview at 60 frames per second
and grab de-interlaced images for sharper image quality.
Instant VideoXpress is an external USB 2.0 device that is instantly recognized
when connected to a Windows XP computer. With the high-speed connection,
audio and video can be captured from any analog source--uncompressed as for
the highest quality, or in the compressed .AVI, MPEG-1 (VideoCD) or Windows
Media 9 (WM9) video format. When the VideoCD format is selected, one
hour of video can be recorded to a single CD. For even higher storage capacity,
WM9 compression can be used to record two hours of video to a CD. The device
also includes support for the NTSC, PAL, and SECAM video formats for multi-national
ADS Tech has enhanced Instant VideoXpress with its USB Video Grabber application
that enables users to preview video and grab Bit Map Snap Shots from the video
as it plays and three multimedia software applications. All of the bundled
software has been tested with the device to ensure that users won’t have
to waste precious time learning to work with complicated software.
Ulead's MovieWizard is an automated three-step movie-making application
that even people who have never edited video before will enjoy using. After
capturing their video footage, users simply choose a theme from one of the
designer templates such as travel, celebration, wedding or holiday and add
their own photos and video. MovieWizard automatically adds background music
and titles and outputs the finished movie. Digital camera enthusiasts can use
the software to automatically create a professional-looking photo slide-show
with pan and zoom, transitions and music. A 30-day trial of Ulead’s VideoStudio
is also included that enables Instant VideoXpress customers to take automated
video editing to the next level. AutoProducer enables Instant VideoXpress
users to quickly create professional-looking videos simply by importing the
captured video, adding background music, and selecting a style for automatic
With Nero PhotoShow Light, an entertaining slide show can be created simply
by adding digital photos to music. The slide show can then be enhanced by choosing
transitions and effects as well as captions and animated clip art.
Housed in a sleek new enclosure with all connectors flush to the edge for
an uncluttered look, Instant VideoXpress is a compact device that fits easily
on the desktop.
MSRP is US$59. A complete hardware/software
solution, the USB 2.0 audio/video capture solution is compatible with Windows
XP Home and Professional systems. The external device comes with an integrated
6-ft. USB 2.0 cable; a CD containing Instant VideoXpress hardware drivers,
Ulead MovieWizard, muvee AutoProducer, PhotoShow light and a 30-day trial version
of Ulead VideoStudio 9 SE video editing software, as well as a user guide.
*A compatible software video player is required for playback on portable devices.
ADS Technologies’ products are distributed by Ingram Micro in
the United States, Canada and Europe.