Creative will announce tomorrow the USB Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Video Editor, its first Sound Blaster product with video editing capabilities. The unit, which connects to the PC via USB 2.0 will allow users to input and edit video on the fly with the accompanying software.
Where Creative hope that it will have the edge over just software solutions is the hardware encoding included in the box. Additionally the THX Certified device delivers 24-bit ADVANCED HD(TM)TM music playback in 5.1, 6.1 and 7.1 surround sound, with Dolby Digital EX and DTS-ES. In addition, EAX support will appeal to gamers.
The device also comes with a number of input options (see images below) allowing you to connect camcorders, TVs, VCRs and more via the DV, S-Video, and composite video ins and outs, analogue and digital audio in and out, plus a built-in 4-port USB hub, allowing users to record from any audio or video source including a camcorder, TV or VCR. Any edited content can be converted back to its original source and/or played back on a TV or VCR for viewing and recording.
The model should be available later in the year with an estimated price of £200.