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
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
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.
Digital Videos With Ease
If you've been looking for a good video editing program, you may want to check out
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.
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