Mediafour and Avid Technology have announced they will bundle Mediafour's MacDrive 2000 software with the Windows-based Avid Symphony and Media Composer systems.

This will eliminate many of the compatibility problems that exist between Mac and Windows based Avid editing systems, according to the companies. MacDrive will let Windows-based Avid video-editors access video and audio data on Mac disks directly from their systems.

It uses a technology called CrossStripe, which lets Windows users recognize sets of striped, Mac-formatted hard drives. Striping means that several relatively small, slow hard drives are combined in order to appear as one very large and fast hard drive. This has been a standard technique for Avid-wielding professionals, who use large amounts of hard-drive storage space to archive film, sound and video.