Life is tough for analog camcorder owners. There are very few decent hardware devices that allow us to capture top-quality footage directly from Hi8, Video8, S-VHS and VHS sources to our hard disks.
Adaptec has noticed that recent increases in hard disk speeds and data transfer rates can be harnessed to make life easier for analog video buffs. The VideOh DVD is a neat idea that makes use of USB 2.0’s speed benefits to capture quality MPEG-2 video from your old analog tapes in real time. You can then convert your old home movies or VHS recordings into VideoCDs or even DVDs if you own a DVD burner. VideOh will work with a standard USB socket, although the quality of your footage will suffer dramatically.
An entirely external solution, installing the VideOh DVD breakout box is as easy as plugging it in and installing some drivers. Front panel access to all the sockets (phono audio, composite video and, for better quality, S-video) makes practical use of the device a breeze — there’s none of that scrambling around the back of your system to plug something in. On the software side, Adaptec has opted to rely almost solely on Sonic MyDVD to capture, make rudimentary edits and author discs. MyDVD is a fantastically simple program and perfect for beginners, although those seeking to create Hollywood-style mini epics will have to consider investing in a separate, dedicated editing application to really get to work on their footage.
In brief: Adaptec VideOh DVD
Simple to install and easy to use, the VideOh DVD is an analog video user’s dream come true. It’s great for turning old tapes into DVDs and CDs, but there is no analog video output. To get the most out of it, you’ll also need a USB 2.0 port, a recordable DVD drive and some extra editing software.
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