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VITEC FS-4 HD Portable DTE Recorder - NTSC

B&H # VIFS4HD60 MFR # ASYF-1314-01LF
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Product Highlights
  • 60GB

The FS-4 HD 60GB Portable DTE Recorder from Focus Enhancements is a hard drive based tapeless recorder that is designed to work with DV camcorders. The FS-4 HD weighs about a pound and is only 1.6" thick, making it very easy to mount on your camera or clip to your belt. The DTE recorder is fully compatible with both Macintosh and PC based editing systems, making it a great solution for anyone who is tired of the hassles associated with logging and capturing tapes.

Tapeless Acquisition
The FS-4 allows you to record directly from your camcorder while you shoot using Direct To Edit (DTE) Technology. When you are finished shooting, simply connect the FS-4 to your computer and you are instantly ready to edit in the timeline.
True DTE Technology
The recorder gives you a variety of file format options including RawDV, AVI Type 1, AVI Type 2, 24P AVI Type 2, Matrox AVI, Canopus AVI, QuickTime or QuickTime 24P. It is also compatible with HDV camcorders that feature 720p and 1080i MPEG-2 recording.
Fast & Efficient Editing
Once you have finished shooting, you can mount the FS-4 to your Mac or PC editing system like a normal FireWire hard disk drive. This allows you to transfer clips to your NLE's media drive at up to 50 MB/sec or edit instantly in real-time using the FS-4 as your media source.
Confidence in Recording
You have the option of simultaneously recording to disk and tape while you shoot, providing an immediately available, drop out free, edit source and an archive and backup on tape.
Compact, Lightweight, Rugged Design
The FS-4 weighs less than one pound including the battery and is only 1.6" thick. You can mount the FS-4 directly to your camcorder using the optional camera mount kit or clip the FS-4 directly to your belt. The FS-4 can withstand the rigors of field shooting. The 6 second electronic shock cache ensures that your video is always recorded even in the roughest of conditions.
Flexible Capacities and Power
The recorder comes with a 60GB hard drive which can hold approximately 4.5 hours of footage. You can extend record times by linking 2 FS-4 units together. The FS-4 is powered by slim, removable battery packs or via the supplied AC adapter.
Easy to Use, Control and Update
The FS-4 interfaces with your camcorder using a single FireWire cable that passes audio, video, timecode and control information. When a tape is present, each press of start and stop on your camcorder's record button creates an individual clip on disk. The FS-4 features a comprehensive backlit display, menu system and buttons allowing easy control and management.
Never Miss A Shot
The recorder's 6 second retro record mode means you are always recording. When action happens, you have up to 6 seconds to hit "record" and capture the moment.
Video System NTSC
Configuration Portable
Technology DTE Disk Recorder
Audio 2-Channel (16-bit, 48 kHz)
4-Channel (12-bit, 32 kHz) (RawDV only)
Video DV: 480i/p, 8-bit 4:1:1 (NTSC-DV)
HDV: 720p 24/25/30fps, 1080i 50/60fps
DTE File Formats: RawDV, AVI Type1, AVI Type2, Matrox AVI, Canopus AVI, QuickTime, AVI Type 2 24p, QuickTime 24p, M2T HD
Recording Dedicated VTR Record Buttons, Retro Recording, Scene Marking
Playback Play, Stop, Forward Index, Back Index, Forward, Rewind, Loop Playback Modes
Hard Drive 60GB
File Transfer Method FireWire 400
Interface Front Panel Keys with LCD screen
Controls Dedicated VTR Play/Record and Mode Buttons
Input and Output Connectors 1x 6-Pin FireWire-400 DV Video I/O
1x 6-Pin FireWire-400 Computer I/O
1x 1/8" (3.5mm) minijack for GPI and RS-232C control
Time Code DV Embedded Timecode (Drop or Non-Drop)
Mounting Belt Mount or On-Camera
Compatible Camcorders Mini DV (DV25 Camcorders), Canon XL-H1, Sony HDR-FX1, Sony HVR-Z1 1
Please Note:

Refer to manufacturer's website for most current compatibility information.

Compatible NLE Systems Adobe Premiere
Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0
Adobe Premiere Elements
Apple Final Cut Express
Apple Final Cut Pro
Apple iMovie
Avid Media Composer Adrenaline
Avid Xpress Pro
Avid Newscutter Adrenaline
Canopus Edius Pro
Canopus Edius Broadcast
Matrox RT/RTX
Matrox Axio
Sony Vegas
Ulead Media Studio Pro
Power Requirements 15 VDC
Power Consumption 7.5W
Environmental Requirements Operating
Temperature: 32-104°F (0-40°C)
Humidity: 30-90%

Temperature: -40-140°F (-20-60°C)
Humidity: <85%
Dimensions (WxHxD) 1.6 x 5.6 x 3.75" (4 x 14.2 x 9.5 cm)
Weight 1 lb (0.45 kg)
VITEC FS-4 HD Portable DTE Recorder - NTSC
  • Belt Clip
  • User Guide
  • 4' (1.2 m) 6-pin to 4-pin FireWire Cable
  • Power Supply with Cable and Connector
  • Removable Li-Ion Battery Pack
  • 90-Day Limited Warranty on Accessories (Including Battery)
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • Video Cables

    Comprehensive -  IEEE 1394A 6-Pin Male to 4-Pin Male FireWire Cable (6')
    • You Pay: $8.98

    Remote Controllers

    VITEC -  RS-232C DE-9 to 3.5mm Control Cable
    • You Pay: $19.95
    Usually ships in 2-4 weeks i This is a Special order item. Est. arrival at B&H is 2-4 weeks (subject to availability). Your order will be charged at time of shipment. Item is non-cancelable and non-returnable.


    VITEC -  Replacement Belt Clip for FS-4 Firestore
    • You Pay: $9.99
    Usually ships in 2-4 weeks i This is a Special order item. Est. arrival at B&H is 2-4 weeks (subject to availability). Your order will be charged at time of shipment. Item is non-cancelable and non-returnable.
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