The entire database was acquired using a Sony VX1000E digital cam-corder and DHR1000UX digital VCR. This captures video at a colour sampling resolution of 4:2:0 and audio at frequency 32kHz and sampling rate of 16 bit. This hardware was chosen because it can be interfaced to a computer via a firewire port. At present the only supported architecture is a PC but SUN, SGI and DEC are all working on firewire solutions.
Software has been written for the PC that allows a user to capture video sequences, audio sequences and individual frames to the computer hard disk directly from the VCR.