View Full Version : The Formac Studio unit

01-03-2001, 09:43 PM
I'm guessing this thread could also go in the FW section, but what the heck...

Has anyone here tried that silver sucker (http://www.formac.com/2k/products/studio_products.html)?

It looks fairly impressive on paper, but I wonder what the real life performance is like. Could it compete with the Aurora cards or am I seeing two completely different products?

01-03-2001, 10:24 PM
No way it competes with Aurora. This solution offers compressed video only, and at 28Mb/second. That's 28 Megabits-about 3.5 MegaBytes. The Aurora can handle up to 20 MB/s (uncompressed) and has the same input/output breakout box. Actually, a vastly superior box. But the compression ratio is either a great plus for consumers or a big drawback for pros.

Granted, on paper it looks pretty neat. I just browsed it, but is there a price? Seems feature-rich and consumer-oriented. But in some ways, it looks like a breakout box/TV tuner and not much more. Firewire connection is the same way you would go ahead and connect a DV source to the Mac anyway.

Confusing statement near the bottom. It states "works only with original Apple FireWire interface" and also states "Works with all FireWire-equipped Macs". Well, which is it?

01-04-2001, 11:47 AM
About the MB/Mb thingy - God, I hadn't really noticed that. Damn sneaks! What a difference a capital letter makes... http://www.macgurus.com/ubb/eek.gif Means that the Fuse I bought from the Gurus is still great stuff at 9 MB/sec!

The price, as observed in their store, is $399. A mite expensive, but if people want decent TV and DV capture options in one box (with no PCI slots used up), this might be a good thing. Especially for rabid internal space savers.

I heard, but could not confirm, that MacAddict has rated the thing *droolworthy*... http://www.macgurus.com/ubb/tongue.gif

And about the FW interface, I was puzzled by the same thing as you - which statement is true? If it's only original Apple FW boards, it's not gonna sell really well (IMO).

[This message has been edited by RedPhoenix (edited 04 January 2001).]

01-04-2001, 01:09 PM
Firewire stream is on 3.6MB a sec. They just wrote it up to look pretty. The advertising houses are very clever.

It is comparable to the Sony DVMC which converts an analog stream to a dv stream. But this box offers a tv tuner as well. Not a bad little box.

The Fuse rocks plain and simple. Still can't believe they got that kind of quality at that price point. Nothing compares to Aurora's uncompressed version of the Igniter. The best possible video.


01-04-2001, 04:36 PM
And for all you folks with 6-grand or more waitng to jump out of your pockets, Aurora is offering 1000 clams off of any uncompressed combo igniter until Feb 28th.

01-04-2001, 04:49 PM
yeah...we're getting ready to offer some discounts on Aurora stuff....that Formac unit is definitely drool-worthy, but we definitely need to clarify compatibility with vintage Power Macs and confirm how the software enablers and drivers work on New World machines.

I've been waiting for something like this for a long, long time. I hope it really works.