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Capture Video from Any Video Source With DVD Xpress

DVD Xpress from ADS Technologies is a neat analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog conversion device that allows you to capture video from your TV to your PC or vice versa.


This means you can do all sorts of fancy video conversion work, including conversion of old dusty VHS tapes to digital format - ready to be burnt into VCD or DVD media.

You can also stream digital video out of your computer into a TV which would allow you to record that video into analog VHS tapes.

DVD Xpress has a USB interface to the computer, to ensure that you have no connection problems. Sounds cool? Well, I highly recommend this product as it has saved me hours upon hours of video conversion hassle.

The ADS Tech DVD Xpress device

Inside the DVD Xpress

The DVD Xpress package comes with everything you need to get started with your video conversion. Besides the main unit, there are a whole lot of cables included: a USB cable, audio cables, video cables, as well as a power cord.

The DVD Xpress manual is decent enough, with pretty clear instructions as to how to set the unit up. There's also a CD-ROM containing drivers and some great software.

You also get a very decent software bundle included with DVD Xpress to allow you to edit video (ArcSoft ShowBiz). Getting this software title separately would probably cost you quite a bit of money.


Installing the unit in Windows is a snap as it is plug and play via the USB port. Fixing up the cables tends to be more challenging. Just read the manual carefully and you will have no problems. The device has a pretty well-designed front panel which allows for easy connection to any video source - TV, camcorder, etc.


As you can imagine, the potential of DVD Xpress is only limited by your imagination. Anything you can view on your TV set or camcorder can be digitized and captured on the PC. This means you can:

  • Convert TV programs to DVD, VCD or SVCD (e.g your favourite music videos)
  • Convert VHS videotapes to DVD, VCD or SVCD
  • Convert DVD to DVD, VCD or SVCD
  • Convert any video recorded on your camcorder to DVD, VCD or SVCD

You can also send digital video from your PC to your TV to view or record onto VHS videotapes. For example: Watch AVI or MOV movies on the TV (this is really useful - imagine being able to watch downloaded Quicktime trailers on the TV!)

All in all, if you've always wanted a way to capture video from your TV to your PC or vice versa, DVD Xpress is the perfect product for you. It's reasonably priced and will save you a lot of video conversion hassle in the long run.

Edit Digital Videos With Ease

If you've been looking for a good video editing program, you may want to check out Corel VideoStudio Pro. This software allows you to quickly create and share a movie using built-in templates, special effects, titles and transitions. You can apply unique effects such as stop-motion animation, time-lapse and chroma key to create brilliant digital videos.

Related Articles

You may also wish to read the following related articles:

A guide to selecting and buying the best digital video equipment
How to choose Firewire cards for video capture
A guide to selecting a computer for digital video editing
A guide to selecting and buying VCD and DVD authoring software
Convert digital photos to VCD format


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