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.