Join ePHOTOzine, the friendliest photography community.
Upload photos, chat with photographers, win prizes and much more for free!
LaCie today announced they will unveil the first external combination DVD drive with FireWire connectivity at Apple Expo, Paris, between September 26 - 30. The new DVDRW combines the functionalities of DVD-R, DVD-RW and CD-RW drives.
The LaCie DVDRW drive records 4.7Gb DVD-R General Use discs at 2x speed (2.6Mb/sec) and to 4.7Gb rewritable DVD discs (-RW) at 1x speed. It provides 6x (7.8Mb/sec) read performance for DVD-R and DVD-ROM discs, which is approximately twice the speed of the fastest current CD writers. Smaller files can also be stored on lower-cost 700Mb CD-Rs at 8x speed or on CD-RW discs at 4x speed, while CD playback is at 24x.
DVD-R General Use discs can be played back on most DVD-ROM drives and home DVD players. Once the DVD-R disc is written it becomes either a DVD-ROM or a DVD-Video disc.
Because it cannot be erased or altered, the high-capacity, write-once DVD General Use media offers secure, removable storage. DVD-R offers around 7 times the storage capacity of conventional CD-R media.
LaCie say a DVD-RW disc is also the perfect tool for video projects, software development or backup of hard disk drives as recorded data can constantly be updated. In addition, being fitted with a FireWire interface, the drive can be transferred between computers without having to switch them off.
The drive is also a universal reader and can read: CD-ROM, CD-Audio, CD-R, CD-RW and Video-CD discs, as well as DVD-R and DVD-ROM discs.
Availability and pricing
The drive will be available in October for 763. Including all cables, manuals, the software suite (PrimoDVD and the LaCie Recording Utilities), a 4.7Gb DVD-R disc, and a 4.7Gb DVD-RW disc.