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September 16th, 1999

[2: 45 PM] Eskape Labs Releases Consumer USB Video Capture For The Mac

Eskape Labs has announced a consumer video capture device for USB equipped G3 and up Macs. The new device is easy to use, features hardware encoding, and comes at an attractive price point. According to Eskape Labs:

Eskape Labs, Inc. today announced MyCapture II, a newly designed version of its industry-leading USB video capture device for the Macintosh.

Previously, Eskape's USB video capture device was only available with Avid Technology's Avid Cinema video editing solution. Now, with the release of MyCapture II, anyone can capture high-quality video on his or her Macintosh. MyCapture II's new compact design and portable emerald enclosure makes it easy to set up, without the need to open up the computer to install a video capture card. Users simply plug the USB device into a single USB port and are ready to capture video. MyCapture's plug-and-play capabilities enable users to attach and detach the device without having to shut down the computer.

MyCapture II offers superior quality and performance, providing full frame 30fps video capture at 320x240 VHS video resolutions while maintaining superior lip-sync sound synchronization. Powered by Zoran M-JPEG hardware compression, MyCapture's digital video quality and performance set a new level of expectation for USB capture solutions. Because MyCapture captures video in M-JPEG format, the digital file is superior for editing, adding titling, transitions and special effects. MyCapture supports both NTSC and PAL video formats and comes equipped with connections for both composite and S-video inputs.

Eskape Labs says that MyCapture II will be available in November of this year through retail outlets. Pricing for the device is set at US$129.95. Eskape Labs has not yet added information on MyCapture II, though they do have information on the original MyCapture product.

The Mac Observer Spin: Products like this are extremely important for the Mac market. Many computer users enjoy working with Video capture, and the lack of slots for such things as traditional video capture cards was a big complaint about the iMac. This device, and their are others available as well, is utterly superior to card base consumers for users who do not need high resolution solutions. Installation of a USB device is so much easier than installing a video card. The price point for this product also make it very affordable for many consumers. Eskape Labs should have a winner with MyCapture II.

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