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PCs Designed for Digital Editing

Techstination feature for Tuesday, February 23, 1999

Computers designed for digital editing. I'm Fred Fishkin with Bootcamp, a report on computers and technology. Sony is attempting to marry its digital technologies together with a line of consumer priced VAIO Digital Studio computers. With prices starting at under 14 hundred dollars, the Digital Studio models connect to and let you control CD changers, MiniDisc decks and new digital video camcorders. Sony's Matthew Smith...

"Well it's really great, there are so many more things that are enabled now with the VAIO Digital Studio. We've built in technology called i-link or ieee1394 that allows people to connect up their digital camcorders and transfer video into their PC and edit it, edit their home movies."

The line is packed with processing power, memory and hard drive space. One disappointment though has been the difficulty some early users have had when they buy all of the hardware getting a cable to connect the digital camera to the PC. The audio connections that let you create your own digital music collections are easier to find...

"What we've done on the audio side is focus between how we can have the PC control a 200 disc CD changer or your MiniDisc decks to create a database of all your music library on your PC. And then when you want to make your custom mix tapes, you just easily drag and drop the songs you want on your tape and the system will take over and totally make those recordings."

To make best use of the system you would have to find room for it near your audio and video equipment.