Canopus has announced the ADVC110, a portable analogue/digital video converter that works with Macs and PCs. The ADVC110 is bidirectional and communicates with the computer using FireWire, requiring no software drivers to be installed in order to work.

The ADVC110 supports NTSC, PAL and SECAM video standards, and works with all popular DVD and analogue video equipment -- it sports composite and S-Video connectors and RCA analogue connectors, both for input and output. It has a four-pin FireWire interface on its front and a six-pin FireWire jack on its back, and the ADVC110 works without a power supply on PCs and other devices equipped with six-pin FireWire ports.

The ADVC110 is compatible with Final Cut Pro and iMovie applications, Avid Xpress DV and others. It also supports locked audio when converting from analogue to digital, and the ADVC110 has a colour bar reference signal generator to help integrate into video production workflows.

Canopus said the ADVC110 will be available on July 22, 2004. It carries a suggested retail price of £199 or 289 Euros.