Focus Enhancements will release a new portable direct to edit (DTE) recorder this summer.

Announced at NAB the FS-5 is designed to work with DV and HDV cameras and is a tapeless way of recording digital files that are quickly made available to a non-linear editing (NLE) system.

Direct to edit video recording technology converts the output from camcorders or VTRs to an NLE format and records to disk via FireWire.

The FS-5 has improved metadata capabilities over its predecessor, the FS-4. It provides users with the ability to quickly and efficiently log custom metadata wirelessly via a laptop, smartphone or other WiFi capable device while recording media.

Users can select metadata formats that are compatible with different nonlinear editing (NLE) systems as well as media asset management systems.

"With Direct To Edit Technology, we revolutionized the acquisition process by making it possible to record in a number of different native NLE file formats that can be used directly in popular NLE systems," said Matt McEwen, director of product alliances for Focus Enhancements.

"Now that tapeless workflow is becoming the media acquisition standard, users are seeking a flexible means of easily adding metadata, that is compatible with their editing and asset management systems, to their content.

“We believe our FS-5 addresses those needs by merging content creation and content management in a new way to allow for easy media identification making the end-to-end workflow seamless for broadcast and video production groups."

Other features include:

  • Support for MXF HDV 720p30 and 1080i 50/60 support for Avid NLE systems

  • 50% weight reduction and a 60% reduction in size when compared to the entry level FS-4 model

  • Lightweight 1.8" disk drive technology utilizes the UDF file format

  • New low-power and fan-less design utilizes a 3-hour (record time) removable Li-Ion battery pack

  • USB 2.0 interface for fast computer mounting and connection of accessories

  • Wired or optional Wireless network capabilities

A 100GB version of the FS-5 is expected to be available in Summer 2008 for a suggested price of $2,195 (US).