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This review is from: Canopus TwinPact100 Video Converter
Pros: Analogue-to-digital-to-analogue conversion a strong point
Cons: The screen-capture feature which is at the heart of this product's target market is seriously flawed. The quality of the screen capture produces distorted, low-resolution output that is essentially unreadable.
I am experienced building computers, so I read the manual and talked to Canopus (now Grass Valley) customer service about features and product comparison before buying the TwinPACT100. For a product that costs between $400-$500 - by a company that develops professional A/V devices - the TwinPACT100 is extremely disappointing at best and seriously misleading at worst. The company's product manual for the device touts that the TwinPACT100 will capture in high-resolution (not HD) Digital Video (720 x 480) it captures on the screen.
Another issue is that the software is dated from 2003 (version 1.0) and works only with Win XP or Win2000. There is no updated software on their website. I tried installing on a Win7 (64-bit) system - received an error message: OS not supported
Other Thoughts: I was successful at installing to software on my other desktop (a Win XP machine) to test the TwinPACT100. There is no elegant GUI interface - Only a taskbar icon that you click to choose a screen area to capture and to stop and start the capture. There is also a 'remote control' to access functions. However, the point is that the software is 2003-vintage and the company has not put resources into making it functional for Vista/Win7 or updating the software controls interface.
I own a Canopus ADVC300 which is a great product for converting analog to digital or vice-versa and they have great customer service that responds promptly. This is what led me to believe (along with the specs) that the TwinPACT100 would perform as advertised with regard to screen capture. If you need only an analog-to-digital convertor then purchase their ADVC110 or ADVC300.
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