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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Far from perfect7/11/2010 2:53:49 PM

Pros: Allows for good video quality. I use MPEG2 20mbps. Uncompressed is fine too. No problems with audio.

Cons: I have tried numerous video capture programs but none has given me perfect results. Let me note that perfect for me means: smooth 29.97 fps, no frame glitching, a/v in sync. I used the latest drivers from KWorld's site with Windows 7 on a Sony Vaio with a Core i3 and 4GB RAM. Corel VideoStudio Pro: Recognizes device but cannot use. VirtualDub: Horrible audio (garbled), horrible video (inconsistent framerate). Debut Video Capture: Good audio, good video, but audio slightly out of sync with video (cannot be fixed with simple time stretch). Cyberlink PowerProducer & PowerDirector: Good audio, good video, and perfect sync! But random frame glitching... For short videos, there's not much of a problem, but for 2-hr-long Hi8 tapes, there is significant correction work to be done.

Overall Review: Out of the box, the colors and such were off compared to what was playing in my camcorder. Here are the settings I used in the proc amp (accessible in device settings): Brightness: 150 Contrast: 44 Hue: 56-59 Saturation: 55 Sharpness: 1-2 Bottom line: This device is good for the price if all you have to do is record short videos from a game console or something. For huge conversion projects involving dozens of Hi8 tapes with hours upon hours of video, I HIGHLY suggest you use something of more worth, like an Analog-to-DV converter. Typical DV uses FireWire, which is much faster than USB2.0. Also, newer video editing suites like Vegas only support capture from DV devices. There are no "killer devices" for USB video capture but I thought this would be the closest thing. Sadly this device is proving a disappointment as no software can utilize it perfectly. If you have used anything with it successfully that isn't listed above, please let me know!

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