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Video alternatives for old equipment
By Times staff and wire report
© St. Petersburg Times, published March 13, 2000
At Dazzle, the emphasis is on simplicity for the user, said Prem Talreja, vice president of marketing, referring to its $249 Digital Video Creator. "The editor doesn't look like a rocket science thing."
It has versions that can connect a camcorder -- either the old analog type or a new digital version -- to Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports or through a parallel port where printers connect to older computers. It includes the editing software.
The Marvel G400-TV system by Matrox Graphics Inc. allows most of the digital editing features of the iMac. A device called a dual head video converter connects to a special card inserted in a PC and allows the user to transfer videotapes onto the hard drive. The converter then allows output of videos into a VCR after they have been edited with special software.
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