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News stories of Nov. 13th, 2002:

Reader Comments/Links to PCI TV Tuner/MPEG2 Capture Card for OS X (and USB version)
Update A reader later sent info on the PCI card's availability (no pricing originally shown on the linked page below)

" I have just received an email from Pixela saying that they will be opening an online store with worldwide shipping at the start of 2003. Thought it might be of interest to your readers.
Regards
John C.
UK "

The reader that posted the original info/links (below) also later wrote:

" They are not presently available outside Japan but will be soon. (January estimate) There is an English FAQ here.
http://www.pixela.co.jp/en/faq/index.html
They cost about $250

I read the FAQ aagain and the release date in America is for the DVD/VCD software, not hardware. Apparently they are looking for an American OEM. Maybe you could write some companies that might be interested in carrying it and request it. It looks like a really nice product and as Mike pointed out, the PCI card can do 12Mbps. With the analog conversion with MPEG-2 along with Tivo like functionality, I can't wait to get my hands on one. It also will supposedly be able to do SVCD. I will post a review once my card arrives.
Awood "

Note Pixela's requirements show a G4/AGP system (not sure why - unless the better PCI bus performance and faster CPUs of the later G4/AGP systems helps - or if they just want to avoid any potential support issues with older PCI only based systems.)

(original news item from a reader's forum post. My comments in italics)

" Since Eye TV first came out, I have been debating whether or not to buy one. The biggest obstacle was locating a vendor. Apparently they only sell from their online store. I wrote them directly and they said they would ship here to Japan, but for $60 shipping. Not satisfied with that, I started looking around and discovered two locally made products that will do the job. They are made by a very Mac friendly company called Pixela. They have a PCI card as well as a product similar to the Eye TV , eg. USB. They do have a an English page giving specs on the PCI card, but not the external device. You can see the English page here.
http://www.pixela.co.jp/en/press/captytv_pci.html

They also sell a DVD authoring software that works on external drives which is much cheaper than the DVD pro software from Apple.
http://www.pixela.co.jp/en/press/captydvd-cvd.html

I would have posted a translated specs page for the USB device, but it is really long. If you want to translate it yourself, do the following steps.
First go here:
http://www.excite.co.jp/world/url/
(This page is in Japanese only but is the best J/E translation service by far.)
Paste this address in the URL box.
http://www.mc-order.com/btoc/pixela/mpeg/pix-mptv_u1m.html
more info is also here
http://www.pixela.co.jp/products/mpeg/pix_mptv_u1m/index.html

Under the URL box, there are two choices. The one on the left is for E/J, by default it is already highlighted, click the one on the right and then click the translate button (The orange button)

It looks like a good deal. I don't know much about the Eye TV, how does it stack up feature wise?
In some of the courses I teach, I use a lot of video and was looking for an easy way to put some of my VHS tapes on to VCD. (Note: Another option for Macs w/Firewire to convert VHS tapes (or any source with Composite video out or SVideo out) is the ($299 list) Dazzle DV Bridge sold at many popular retailers. Works w/o drivers with iMovie, etc.-Mike) Anyway, this looks like it will do the trick. The PCI and USB versions cost exactly the same, so I will have to compare the two and see if there is any difference in features. I will probably get the PCI card just to prevent more desk clutter.
( the linked page notes the PCI card supports OS X 10.1.5 and later - rare for PCI cards like this to have OS X drivers, if they are really available/working. The PCI version would allow higher capture rates than USB 1.x.-Mike)

I forgot to mention that it also features MPEG-1 at 0.5-2Mbps and MPEG-2 at 1 to 6Mbps encoding. (for USB version - the PCI card linked page notes MPEG-2 capture at up to 12Mbps max, but USB is a much slower interface.-Mike) It also handles audio in MPEG 2. If I am not mistaken, Eye TV is MPEG-1 only. That is a huge difference in quaility and also means that you can use the files directly with iMovie/iDVD without any conversion in QT pro.
A.Wood "

Posting this in a rush here - but if any readers have used this card, let me know.
For EyeTV owner comments on that USB device, see our EyeTV reports page. More info on EyeTV is available at El Gato's website.)

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New Canon N670U Scanner Drivers for OS X
(from a reader email)

" Hello Mike
for the people waiting for the scanner drive for OS X, there is good news, you no longer have to wait......I have the canoscan N670U, just about everyday I check versiontracker for the new drive, for the heck of it I downloaded the toolbox & driver for the LiDE30/20 and guess what my scanner wooks beautifully, all buttons, in office, everywhere just wanted to pass that on so at least while they fine toon the driver you can get one that works
steven m. "

I've also been waiting a long time for OS X drivers for my N656U (USB bus powered scanner) - but it appears that they still have not released OS X drivers for that model (and many others) after I searched on the Canon driver downloads page.
(Vuescan works with it and many other scanners in OS X.)

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BBEdit 7.0 Update
(clip from their email press release)

" Bare Bones Software today announced the release and immediate availability of version 7.0 of BBEdit (tm), the professional's construction tool for text editing and web development.
BBEdit 7.0 introduces a host of new features, including integrated support for CVS, the ability to easily configure multiple web sites, powerful new Sort Lines and Process Duplicate plug-ins, rectangular selection support, ASP/VBScript syntax coloring support, and more.
For more information on BBEdit 7.0, or to download a fully functional demo version, visit the company's web site:
http://www.barebones.com/products/bbedit.html "
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Reader Report on new Pioneer DVR-105 in G4 Tower
(from one of today's drive compat. database updates)

Reviewer's Name: Mark Fukami
Date Submitted: 11/12/2002
Drive Type: DVD-R DVD Recorder
Drive Interface: IDE
Drive Brand: Pioneer
Drive Model Number: DVR-105 (4x dvd-r, 16x cdr)
Drive Size: 4.7GB (unformatted )
Driver Used: Apple Standard
Mac Model: Apple G4 Dual CPU
Mac OS Version: OS X
Reader Comments: haven't tried to boot from it but since everything else seems fine so far I expect no problems. This is a preliminary report since I just installed it. will try booting after I submit. (It only takes a minute to test booting and it saves time by doing it first - no updated report to post-Mike).

Install in my dual 450 was no problem at all, the drive is about 1/2" longer that the dvd reader it replaced. followed the illustrated instructions and it was in in 15 minutes tops.

fired up the g-4 and checked ASP, it showed up and showed complete burn capability. loaded a commercial title and it played from the dvd player with no problem, did not play it long.

used imovie to export some small movies (maybe 30 minutes total) opened idvd 2 and set up a dvd and burned it first time. took 45+ minutes maybe to encode and maybe 10-12 to actually burn. since this is my first ever dvd burn i have no way to compare it to anything else.

burned dvd played no problem in my sony player but did not load in my toshiba sd 2109, played fine through the mac dvd player.

I'm pleased, now that the initial rush is over I will test it more thoroughly, I don't yet have a dvd-rw so that will have to wait but i will be trying out itunes, toast and mp3 conversion.
so far this was a snap

I asked what OS X version are he was using (10.2.2 reportedly adds native itunes, etc. support for the DVR-105).

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Rate Your CPU Upgrade Reports Database Updated
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated today with 3 new reports this morning. Total to date: 7,738. (Entries made today are posted the next newsday morning.)
Here's a summary of the updates added today :

  • Other World Computing G4/533 in Beige G3 (rated 10)
  • Powerlogix G4 800 Dual in G4 Cube (rated 10)
    (Noted 10.2.2 solved wake his wake from sleep problem - but after at least 4 failures of dual 800s in Cubes due to the P.S. board - I'd not suggest using it until PL has their revised DC/DC board available.)
  • Sonnet G4 1GHz in G4/AGP (rated 10)

(Warning - Overclocking may not be reliable and could lead to hardware failure or corrupted data.) You can find the full reports by searching the database selecting the indicated Mac model and upgrade card brand/type. If you've upgraded the CPU on your Mac, please post an entry in the database. Search the database for entries from most every upgradable Mac model *before* you buy. (Searchable by mac model/upgrade brand). For detailed reviews with performance tests and install tips, see the CPU Upgrades page.)

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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive/Cardreader Compatibility Database Update Listing
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 11 new reports added this morning. The database includes reports on Combo DVD-CDRW, CDROMs, DVD-ROM, DVD-RAM, DVD-R, CDRW, Hard Drives and Removables (tape drive, ORB, ZIP, MO drives, CF/Smartmedia readers, etc.) in all interface types (IDE, IDE RAID cards, Firewire, SCSI, adapters). Current total 8,995 reports. Here's a summary listing of today's new reports. (Does not include updates to previous entries. Entries with missing info, etc. are deleted.)

    DVD-R DVD Recorder Drive Reports:
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-105 in Dual G4 (OS X)
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-104 in Beige G3 using IDE PCI card (OS X)
    (problems noted)
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-104 in B&W G3 (OS X)
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-104 in G4/AGP (OS X)

    Combo DVD+CDR Drive Reports:
  • IDE LG GCC-4320B (32x10x40x +16x DVD-ROM) in B&W G3 (OS X)
  • IDE Toshiba SD-R2212 (16x10x24x + 8x DVD-ROM) in iBook 2001 (OS X)
    (noted 10.2.2 has native support for the drive)

    IDE CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Lite-On LTR-48246S (48x12x48x) in Dual G4 DDR (OS X)
  • Teac CD-W540E (40x12x48x) in G4/AGP (OS X)
    (FYI - Illustrated CD drive install guide here covers G4 towers up to the Digital Audio Model, Beige G3 MT, B&W G3 and 8600/9600 Macs.)

    Firewire CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Lite-On LTR-52246S (52x24x52) i n FW case used w/G4 AGP (OS X)

    IDE Hard Drive Reports:
  • IBM Travelstar 40GNX 20GB in PowerBook G3 wallstreet1 (OS X)
    (FYI - illustrated HD install guide here)

    Firewire Hard Drive Reports:
  • Toshiba MK4019GAX 40GB (in Firewire case) used w/Dual G4 (OS X)

You can find full owner reports (latest shown first) by searching the database by drive/brand/interface/mac models (the latest reports are shown first in searches). For guides to installing CD/CDRW/DVD drives or Hard drives in many mac models, see the IDE Articles page. The Firewire articles page also has guides on case kits, installing drives, etc.
If you've added a IDE, SCSI, Firewire or USB hard drive, CDRW, tape drive, etc. make sure you add a report to the database. [If you post an updated entry - make sure you use the same name, etc. as you did before so I can find your past entry. Thanks.]
(Entries today will be added the following newsday. Incomplete entries are deleted. Do not post questions in the database, it's for drive reports not questions on what drive to buy - for that try searching the database for reports from owners of your mac model on the drive type/brand/interface, etc. you're interested in.)

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News pages from 1, 2 and 3 years ago:
(Sometimes these old pages are a bit embarrassing - and in many cases the offsite links may not work and comments there were accurate only on the date posted regarding upgrade availability, etc.)

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