The Catapult was developed during 2005 and 2006, with an early prototype being shown at the NAB show in Las Vegas in April of 2006. Shortly after NAB, we learned that the engineering firm that had been contracted to produce Catapult grossly overstated their experience in developing this type of device: it became clear that they would never be able to deliver a working product. After dedicating significant resources towards this project, we had to make a difficult decision to cut our losses and end development on this exciting product.

 

We have no plans at this time to re-start the development or release this product. We greatly appreciate all the interest that Catapult generated, but look forward to developing more exciting products in the future.

 

As we continue to receive inquires regarding Catapult, we've provided the original information below that  we posted in 2006.

 


 
Catapult is the world's first device to allow capture of video footage from DV or HDV video cameras directly to iPods or virtually any USB drive, and begin editing immediately.  A battery powered device not much larger than a Blackberry, the Catapult eliminates the time consuming and tedious task of digitizing video footage.

 

 

Advanced Features Expand Functionality

 

Bella Catapult Advanced Features Expand Functionality

Bella Catapult adds exciting features to capturing digital video including time lapse and trigger-based events, as well as pre and post record functionality – all of which are impossible to achieve with standard tape-based recording methods.

 

Unlimited Storage

 

By offering a standard USB 2.0 connection, the Catapult has been designed to take advantage of many popular storage devices. Bella Catapult & drivesWith this in mind, the Catapult has a convenient piggy-back neoprene pouch designed to hold an iPod or even a 2 ½" USB drive. For those with greater storage needs, virtually any USB 2.0 drive system can be connected, including multiple terabyte systems.

     

Time Lapse Recording

 

The completely configurable Time Lapse feature allows the recording of frames of video at specific intervals. For example, recording only a few frames per minute would show a flower blooming, while a longer duration could be used to document building at a construction site.

 

Remote Trigger Allows More Freedom

 

The Catapult offers Remote Trigger Recording, which allows either a remote switch or a motion detector to trigger recording on the Catapult. This can be particularly useful in recording nature and wildlife events, and also for surveillance operations.

 

Pre & Post Record

 

Pre-record and Post-record settings are two of the most exciting features of Catapult. With the Pre-record setting, users can set Catapult to begin recording for a preset amount of time prior to actually hitting the “record” button on the camera. This is feature is great for use with live action, such as sporting events allowing you to capture that winning point every time.

 

The Post-record setting is useful when used in conjunction with a remote trigger, such as a motion detector. For example, to record hummingbirds visiting a feeder, the motion sensor would prompt the Catapult to begin recording, and the Post-record feature would allow recording to continue for a pre-determined amount of time.

 

Extended Recording Time

 

 

Bella Catapult circuit boardUtilizing built-in rechargeable batteries, the Catapult is capable of continuous recording in excess of three hours. The Catapult can also be powered with the included AC adaptor.

 

 

Easily Set Up With Presets Included

 

The Catapult can be configured using either a Windows or Macintosh computer. The Catapult "Configurator" allows you to save settings for up to four presets that can easily be accessed "in the field" on the Catapult.

 

 

Broad Compatibility

 

The Catapult is designed to work with DV and HDV format cameras that include a FireWire connection, such as those from Sony, Canon, JVC, and Panasonic.

 

 

Pricing and Availability

 

Development of the Catapult has been halted. There are no plans to further development or release this product.