Capture Video from Any Video Source with USB Instant DVD
The USB Instant DVD 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
USB Instant DVD 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 USB Instant DVD 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 USB Instant DVD 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.
The software bundle included with
USB Instant DVD is, in a word, amazing. I've never seen a video conversion
device bundle such excellent video related software. Get this - within the
package you get Ulead Video Studio 7 SE, Ulead DVD MovieFactory SE DVD, as well
as the muvee autoProducer DVD SE. How's that for a
software bundle? Buying these titles separately would cost you a bomb.
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 USB
Instant DVD 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, USB Instant
DVD is the perfect product for you. It's reasonably priced and will save you a
lot of video conversion hassle in the long run.
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