ACTIONTEC ANNOUNCES 1394 FIREWIRE CARD
Capture, Edit, & E-mail Your Digital Videos Quickly & Easily on Your Own PC
SUNNYVALE, CA (May 24, 2000) -- Actiontec Electronics, Inc., a leading manufacturer of data communication products, announces the Actiontec 1394 FireWire Card. This video and audio editing tool gives existing Windows 98 and Macintosh platforms instant IEEE 1394 (FireWire) connectivity. The new plug-n-play PCI card enables users to transfer data between desktop PCs, digital camcorders, and other multimedia accessories at speeds more than thirty times faster than Universal Serial Bus yet with the same ease of use.
In addition to high-speed general-purpose communications, the Actiontec 1394 FireWire Card provides a complete digital video editing solution for homes and businesses. The Actiontec 1394 FireWire Card includes an adapter cable and VideoWave III, MGI's acclaimed PC video software. With a full range of video and audio editing tools, special effects and prepackaged storyboards and templates, VideoWave III allows even novice users to create professional-quality videos quickly and easily.
With the Actiontec 1394 FireWire Card and VideoWave III software, users can capture footage from their camcorders, create their own professional video clips, then save the files on their PC and e-mail them to friends and family, or send them back to the camcorder for instant viewing.
"With its lightning fast performance and simple operation, IEEE 1394 FireWire is rapidly becoming the de facto standard for PC peripheral and consumer electronic connectivity," stated Lesley Kirchman, Actiontec Director of Marketing. "The Actiontec 1394 FireWire Card makes this advanced technology both affordable and practical for the hundreds of millions of PCs that now lack a 1394 port, as well as providing video enthusiasts with an inexpensive yet powerful digital video capture and editing solution."
Supporting Windows 98, Windows 98SE, and Windows 2000, the Actiontec 1394 FireWire Card offers data speeds up to 400 MHz and is compatible with all IEEE 1394 and i.Link peripherals including digital video camcorders, televisions, VCRs, storage devices, scanners, and DVD players. Directly providing three hot-swappable IEEE 1394 ports, the plug-and-play Actiontec 1394 FireWire Card supports up to 63 external devices, automatically configuring the FireWire "backbone" as peripherals are added or removed.
About MGI VideoWave III
MGI VideoWave III is PC video editing made even easier easy. With its intuitive StoryLine, VideoWave III lets users easily combine video clips, animation, graphics, photos, sound, music and narration to "tell a video story." With VideoWave III, users can capture, edit, and publish MPEG-1, MPEG-2, and DV Video. New templates make getting started a snap. With MGI's SmartDV technology, publishing DV video becomes lightning fast. Packed with powerful new text effects, special effects and transitions, VideoWave III is ideal for developing business presentations, training materials, content for the Web or spicing up home movies.
Price and Availability
The Actiontec 1394 FireWire Card is scheduled for release June 1, 2000, at a price of $79.95. Backed with a five-year limited warranty and unlimited technical support, the Actiontec 1394 FireWire Card requires a Pentium-class computer 233 MHz or faster, with 32 MB RAM, CD-ROM drive and one available PCI slot. The Actiontec 1394 FireWire Card is compatible with Microsoft Windows 98, Windows 98SE, and Windows 2000.
Actiontec Electronics, Inc. is a significant global player in the data communications marketplace. The company's product line includes a complete line of Internet Telephony, DSL and Analog Modems, Home Networking products, and Ethernet cards. Actiontec products have been recognized with a Best of Show award at Retail Xchange, Editors Choice awards from CNET's computers.com, homePCnetwork.com, Computer Retail Week and Top 100 Products of the Year from Home Office Computer and Computer Shopper. Actiontec products are available through national distribution, retail outlets, and Actiontec's on-line store as well as through private label and OEM relationships. The company is headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA, and maintains branch offices in Arlington, VA; Irvine, CA; The Netherlands and Taiwan. For more information, phone 408-752-7700, fax 408-541-9003, or visit http://www.actiontec.com.