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1. Canopus 77010150100 ADVC110 Converter
$127.29 list()
2. Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-250 (Model
$140.59 list()
3. ATI Technologies 100-714127 HD-TV
$179.99 $169.88
4. Pinnacle Studio MovieBox Deluxe
$159.88 list($199.99)
5. ADS Technologies API-555 Pyro
$128.24 list()
6. Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-USB 2.0 (Model
$86.44 list()
7. Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-150 Personal
$81.64 list($84.99)
8. AVerMedia AVerTVHD MCE A180 Hi-Def
$71.24 $67.99 list($89.99)
9. Dazzle Digital Video Creator DVC-90
$199.44 list($229.99)
10. Plextor ConvertX DVR for Macintosh
$151.04 $123.25 list($179.99)
11. Tv BOX9 1280X1024 Res Pipfeatures
$140.59 list($144.99)
12. Plextor ConvertX Digital Video
$87.39 list($89.99)
13. TURTLE BEACH Video Advantage USB
$67.44 list($79.75)
14. Avertv Cardbus PCMCIA Tv Tuner
$154.84 $153.95 list($159.99)
15. Pyro AV Link API-550
$140.59 list()
16. ATI Technologies 100-703205 Tv
$186.99 list($189.99)
17. Plextor ConvertX PX-M402U - TV
$82.12 list()
18. HAUPPAUGE 1020 WINTV-USB2
$170.99 $139.99 list($179.99)
19. Pinnacle Systems 210100350 Pinnaclestudio
$83.92 $74.99 list()
20. ATI TECH TV WONDER USB 2.0 ( 100-703156

1. Canopus 77010150100 ADVC110 Converter
by Canopus
list price: $299.99
our price: $252.69
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Asin: B00030ATTO
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Canopus
Sales Rank: 4764
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Product Description

High-quality Bidirectional Analog / Digital Video Conversion ADVC110 is the ideal device for capturing and outputting analog video from any FireWire-equipped notebook and desktop computer. There are no drivers to install and ADVC110 does not require a power supply when used with a 6-pin FireWire cable. Use ADVC110 to connect all analog and digital video cameras, decks and editing systems. ADVC110 is a portable and easy-to-use digital video converter compatible with Windows and Mac OS computers. ... Read more

Features

  • No need to install drivers or any software applications
  • Connects to all widely used DV and analog video equipment
  • Compatible with Windows and Mac OS DV editing systems
  • Compatible with leading editing and DVD authoring applications includingÊCanopus EDIUS, Canopus Let's EDIT, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, Vegas, iLife,ÊUlead MediaStudio Pro, and Windows Movie Maker
  • Audio-only conversion

2. Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-250 (Model 980)
by HAUPPAUGE

our price: $127.29
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Asin: B00006HWX4
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: HAUPPAUGE
Sales Rank: 1534
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

WinTV-PVR-250 with Remote ... Read more

Reviews (30)

5-0 out of 5 stars Compared to ATI... WOW!
I gave up after having an ATI product for about 1 week, and seeing all the negative reviews for their product, abandoned ship and went for the Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-250 (Model 980).Flawless install, flawless operation.The software is much better than ATI's MMC software, but I've had a TIVO for the last five years and the Hauppauge interface was clunky in comparison.So I checked out SnapStream's Beyond TV and am very impressed.Surpasses the elegance of TIVO.I had the DirectTV TIVO and have now cancelled that subscription because, just using the PVR to catch broadcast signals provides me with enough news and entertainment to basically have a customizable 24 hour network.Moreover, I can watch / stream and transfer te standard MPEG files over a network.Simply amazing.I gave the ATI TV Wonder USB 2.0 a 2/5 stars.The WinTV-PVR-250 gets 5/5.To get the full experience, you should get Beyond TV (google it, there's a free trial available from the developer site.)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Card - No Questions About It!!
I have been doing a lot of research of what to buy and what not to buy and came across HAUPPAUGE. I started to look up there cards and their customer reviews (which are much better than ATI's). So I started looking for the card. Which apparently is not very easy. I wanted a good price!! So just before I bought it from Amazon which has the best brice I went to Micro Center and I got an awesome deal. Only because it was on the clearance reack b/c someone had trouble installing it. Just a word to all those wanna be computer people please don't. These cards are can be very difficult to install. IT took me an hour to get everthing working awesome. But the ones who talk bad about this card is probably thinking its going to be easy. ITS NOT!! Installing hardware or software can be tricky. Don't always assume its just going to magically install itself and start to work.

5-0 out of 5 stars Worth the wait
I'm on my second PVR-250.I spent a few hours trying to get the first one to work, but it never did.I sent it back, but unfortunately because of a lack of supply, it was almost two months before I got my replacement through Amazon.However, it was worth the wait.The second card installed easily and immediately started working.Turns out the first one was just defective.I should not, I'm not running MCE, and I have heard that you'll need to do driver updates to resolve compatiability problems, but, on the other hand, you should be doing driving updates anyway.

As other reviewers have noted, the bundled software isn't the greatest.If you're planning on using this as a Tivo replacement, you're probably going to want to look at some aftermarket software like Beyond TV or Sage (or, if you're running Linux, the free MythTV).The bundled WinTV2000 is serviceable, but it does feel somewhat clunky, has an archaic interface, and generally seems out of place considering the higher-end nature of the hardware you're paying for.If you're planning on using this card primarily for capturing VHS to DVD, then the bundled software is more than sufficient (but you are missing out on a whole world of PVR experiences).

The hardware, however, is great.Picture quality is quite good for a computer based capture card, and there's virtually no impact on your CPU because of the onboard encoder.There is no comparison between this product and, say, ATi's TV Wonder card.My experiences with ATi's line have left me thinking that ATi should stick with making graphics cards, because their capture cards are terrible.Also, if you're on an nVidia graphics chipset, you should definitely stay away from ATi cards.Either way, it is definitely worth the extra money for a Hauppauge.This card does everything you would probably ever need a capture card to do (well, other than let you watch two things at once or record something while watching something else, for that you'll need another card, just like with any capture card).

After you record something, you should experiment with your playback options (if you're playing directly from the computer and not burning to disc).I noticed, for example, that playback in Winamp tends to be a fuzzy, and there is noticeable artifacting, whereas play back in Windows Media Player is much smoother on my system.

The remote control is servicable.It sometimes feels sluggish in its response time, but it gets the job done.The functionality of the remote will depend a lot on what you're using it in.For example, if you're using it in the bundled WinTV2000 application you will find that it's nice to be able to use the red button on the bottom row to "force focus" back to WinTV2000 if you're in another application.So, for example, if you walk away from the computer and the highlighted window is Internet Explorer, you can hit the red button and WinTV2000 will become the highlighted window (allowing you to use the remote again).

On the other hand, if you're using a program like Beyond TV, you will unlock a lot of the potential of the remote by being able to navigate and make use of other buttons.However, you'll lose (as far as I can tell) the ability to force focus via the remote (which means you have to come back and use the mouse to click on Beyond before you can use the remote).

This seems like a design flaw that they should address in the software.Who knows, maybe they'll make a patch for it.

I would like to mention that Hauppauge has *great* customer service.They respond to emails (usually within a day or two), and not with some of prepackaged garbage that you see from other places.You can tell that someone at Hauppauge is actually sitting down and reading your email and writing an intelligent response to it.Also, when I talked to them on the phone (trying to get my first card to work), they were very patient and knowledgeable.I think that kind of service is a hallmark of a great company.

So, my conclusion is; Customer Service is Great, Hardware is Great, Software is outdated but servicable, Remote Control works but could work better, Playback and Functionality are Great, and compared to the competition, this card is everything you'll ever need (well, other than another one, so you can record and watch at the same time!).

If you're going to buy a tuner/capture, this is the one to get.Yes, it's a lot more expensive than a lot of the other cards on the market, but it's worth it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for an average computer.
As this device capture and encode video with a hardware encoder, it is not necesary to have a powerful computer to capture DVD quality video, mine is just a Celeron 1.2 Ghz. Very Good TV picture, software included is ok. Very good product for the price.
Need to get last motherboard drivers from internet and last Hauppauge drivers to prevent incompatibility problems, just like any other capture device.

5-0 out of 5 stars PVR250 running under Linux
I have been running the PVR-250 under Red Hat Linux for a while now, and using the Open Source MythTV application I have been able to record television shows, scheduling and watching them while at home, or on the road via MythTV's web interfaces.

The quality is quite amazing for the price, there are occasional minor artifacts in the resulting movies, but they are minor and hardly noticable when recording at the highest quality.

I have not used this card in Windows, but I would assume the quality is just as good under that operating system. I recommend this card to anyone who is interested in building their own PVR (Personal Video Recorder) system under Linux. ... Read more


3. ATI Technologies 100-714127 HD-TV All-in-Wonder
by ATI Technologies

our price: $140.59
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Asin: B0002K6VWE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: ATI Technologies
Sales Rank: 5847
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

HDTV Wonder Remote Control Edition ... Read more

Features

  • Product does not receive satellite or cable HDTV transmissions
  • PCI card for analog TV, free-to-air digital TV, and full quality free-to-air HDTV reception
  • Includes NTSC (analog) and ATSC (digital) TV tuners
  • Offers personal video recorder capabilities, with the controls to watch, pause, and record all forms of TV to hard disk or to CDs and DVDs
  • Includes DTV antenna, ATI's Multimedia Center software, and a Remote Wonder remote control

Reviews (16)

2-0 out of 5 stars Product "ok", support awful
I purchased several of these boards at once in order to watch HDTV from my PC.However, I've had some problems in using the boards and the company seems designed to make customer support difficult; the support web site does not work, with my having waste 1.5 hours in trying to type up a support incident ni several different "interfaces".

4-0 out of 5 stars Works For Me Which Makes It OK In My Book
I took a chance and purchased the HDTV Wonder.Many of the reviews talk about installation problems and what not.I think it may have been buggy when introduced in the summer of 2004 but if my experience is anything to measure by they've ironed out most of the bugs.

As with any new hardware product early adopters can face problems with rough drivers.I got mine in March 2005, went to ati.com and downloaded the latest drivers, ATI multimedia center, etc... This should be done when installing any new hardware.Installation required installing the card and several reboots as the software & dirvers was being installed.It all went fairly smooth.The card does as promised.No problems recording over the air HDTV.I set one program to record at 9PM on Mondays and it automatically records every Monday at 9PM.ATI uses their own 'library' software to catalogue what's recorded.The library is also used to export the HDTV to other formats such as DVD or VCD mpeg files.DVD's require authoring (ie, menus and chapters) and burning in programs (as far as I can tell ATI hasn't included DVD authoring or burning software).... I use TMPGend DVD author since it's so easy and Nero to burn.Discs look great on my Infocus X1 projected to 100".

The card does have some rough edges (hence only 4, not 5 stars).It doesn't work with the Guide+ for HDTV programming (you have to manually program day and time to record HDTV).My PC also is sluggish during and after recording (I'm using an Athlon 2400XP w/1 gig of RAM) so it is a resources hog.Still, it does what I got it for...records pristine HDTV off the air.

4-0 out of 5 stars Works great with XP SP1
Worked right out of the box the first time with Windows MCE 2002 SP1. After 2 days of trying different configurations, I could never get the machine upgraded to SP2 and still have the card work - just got a "No Signal" message.

So stick with SP1, install the drivers off the CD that comes with the card, upgrade with Catalyst 5.2 and the new ATI MMC from ATI and turn off automatic updates so you can skip SP2 incompatibility.

1-0 out of 5 stars It worked once...
But then I ran into a snaffu (and this might show an example of when you start from the ground floor with all current software). I lost my original Windows XP installer CD (the pre-SP1 one). So basically when my computer went to pot I had to buy a new copy of Windows XP. This time it had SP2 streamlined into the CD. Woohoo! Anyway, with the first install it was great. I got HDTV and TV working without a hitch. I install everything as directed this time and I'm running into problems similar to what people are having here. DX, sound, drivers, etc. And it keeps insisting that my USB hard drive isn't DMA enabled. I haven't found out how you enable DMA on a USB hard drive since it's not on the IDE bus of the motherboard.

Bottom line: ATI software sucks the big one. I give it one star as a warning for others to stay away from all ATI products. I have no hope ATI will get their act together since thier bottom line is profits and competing in profits with nVidia.

Stay away from ATI.

This is an honest review from a guy who's fed up with ATI's BS.

1-0 out of 5 stars HDTV WONDER NIGHTMARE
I spent days and nights trying to install this card on my computer even when my computer over pass all the hardware and software requirements.The image quality was not that good after all and the image also keeps flitting and freezing.I rather keeps watching my regular home TV and save the money and the frustration. ... Read more


4. Pinnacle Studio MovieBox Deluxe 9.0 [USB 2.0]
by Pinnacle Systems
list price: $179.99
our price: $179.99
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Asin: B00032Q3XS
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Pinnacle Systems
Sales Rank: 300
Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Studio MovieBox Deluxe is the best-of-class external solution from Pinnacle which makes the most of a Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port to connect almost any digital or analog video source, such as camcorder, VCR, web cam, or TV, to your PC. Includes the full version of Studio Plus v.9, the advanced version of Studio v.9 that offers more powerful and creative capabilities while retaining the award-winning interface and workflow, complemented by Hollywood FX Plus which provides a collection of additional filters and transitions.

Connect Any Camcorder Or VCR To Your PC
DV, D8, VHS, Hi-8 Video can be captured from both analog and digital tapes, and mixed into your production. Once your project is complete, you can then output it to either digital or analog tape.

Digitise And Compress All Your Videos
MovieBox Deluxe is a plug-and-play solution: just connect it to a USB 2.0 port, available on most recent PCs, then capture video from any source. No need to install a FireWire controller to capture from DV camcorders.

Industrial Design By F.A. Porsche
The MovieBox Deluxe device has been designed to be both elegant and ergonomic.

Product Highlights:
  • Includes full version of Studio Plus version 9 video editing software
  • Includes full version of Studio Plus Pinnacle Hollywood FX Plus
  • F.A. Porsche industrial design, both sleek and rugged
  • Captures video in MPEG-1, MPEG-23 or AVI format
  • Connects to your computer's Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port
  • S-Video/composite input and output
  • Create Video CDs2 and DVDs2 that can play in your living room's DVD player

Features

  • Advanced Video Editing
    • PLUS : Multi-track video editing
    • PLUS : Chroma Key (Blue screen) effects
    • PLUS : Picture-in-Picture (PIP) effects ... Read more

      Features

      • Image Filters - Create exciting video effects, such as Old Time Movie, Ripples, Lens Flares and more
      • Home Cinema support - Capture, edit and output 16 x 9 widescreen video, and create surround sound soundtracks
      • Automated editing - Let SmartMovie edit your movie for you
      • Fix poorly shot footage using Studio's new cleaning and restoration tools
      • Audio Filters - Apply professional-level effects such as Reverb, Graphic EQ and normalize

      Reviews (7)

      5-0 out of 5 stars Quite Satisfied
      I have some VCR tapes that I wanted to copy, edit and burn to DVD.I contacted Dell Computers to seek their advice on what I should purchase to accomplish this task.They recommended the Pinnacle MovieBox 9.0-USB. I naturally went to Amazon to read reviews.Needless to say, the reviews were pretty bad.But, the one thing that I kept reading was that people with machine configurations slightly better than minimum requirements were having problems.Since I just purchased a new computer from Dell (Dimension 8400, 3.4GHz, 1GB RAM, 160 GB HD), I assumed that I my configurations were more than adequate to accomplish the task.I purchased the Pinnacle MovieBox Deluxe 9.0-USB.

      After receiving the moviebox and software, I couldn't be more pleased.This hardware/software performs exactly as described and I couldn't be happier.I was able to capture my VCR tapes flawlessly, edit like a professional and burn to DVD without any problems.

      1-0 out of 5 stars review of reviews
      I was seriously thinking of getting this product, but there are so many bad reviews about Pinnacle products, and especially their customer tech service I have second thoughts. Here I see several bad reviews from all over the country, suddenly followed by a "great" professionally sounding review from CA from "A Reader". Pinnacle is located in Mountain View CA. Who do you believe??

      5-0 out of 5 stars It worked great for me!
      I was hesitant to buy this based on the other reviews but then Maximum PC Magazine said it was just fine. I got a $70 rebate for it so I thought I'd give it a shot.

      I'm happy to report Pinnacle Studio MovieBox Deluxe 9.0 [USB 2.0] works just as advertised. I have never done any video conversion or editing before nor have I ever burned a video DVD before. This product made it easy.

      I hooked up my VCR to the device and the film copied right in without a hitch on my first try. I did some minor editing in Studio and created a somewhat complex menu for the video. I then exported to a low-res mpeg that ran just great on Windows Media Player and then burned a high-res image to DVD. The DVD plays in both of my home DVD players and even works on a Mac. Quality of the DVD was as good as the VHS tape.

      Overall I have not had any hiccups, crashes, or other problems over a half dozen conversions. Well one issue: on one video import that I edited the sound on the first chapter is very choppy when you preview it. Once I exported it out to an actual movie the sound was fine. But other than that I have had no trouble making VHS to DVD conversions with light editing.

      I do have a very solid PC setup with lots of RAM and disk space. RAM seems less important as I haven't seen the program use more than a few hundred megabytes. If you have at least 768MB of RAM you should be fine (can't say what the requirements would be if you did lots of sound editing or transitions). Free disk space is crucial. Plan on having at least 5GB of disk space free for every hour of video you want to convert. Multiple disks also help where you can have the program on one disk and the video files writing to another. I also updated all of the drivers and firmware for the various devices before starting.

      Previous reviewers mentioned choppy video. I have not had the problem but one thing to remember is that you can't record Hollywood movies that are copy protected. This will result in all kinds of lousy import issues. If you are trying to convert home movies or unprotected movies it should work fine. I'd also guess at least a 3Ghz P4 as the minimum processor for DVD quality video. I think the box says 2.2Ghz as the MINIMUM needed for DVD quality.

      If you have a good PC I'd say give this product a try. It worked for me.

      1-0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this product
      Don't buy this product - it just doesn't work. I hoped that the other reviewers who had problems were using underpowered computers, but I couldn't get it to work on my 3 year old Dell, with 2.4GHz P4, and 1MB RAM, which are far beyond the requirements Pinnacle specifies. The captured video was so jerky, it was unwatchable. I emailed Pinnacle's tech support and got an automatic response that said I would hear from them in 24 hours. I think they meant 24 years, because 4 days later I haven't heard a work. I don't know what works better - maybe a firewire capture would work.

      1-0 out of 5 stars Useless Product
      Terrible product from a truly awful company. Do yourself a favor and just don't enter the world of frustration that is Pinnacle Systems. I hope this company goes out of business soon. ... Read more


5. ADS Technologies API-555 Pyro Av Link with adobe Premier E
by ADS Technologies
list price: $199.99
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Asin: B0007KI7SU
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: ADS Technologies
Sales Rank: 4822
Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The Ultimate Dv Capture And Editing Solution

A complete, fully integrated hardware/software solution, PYRO A/V Link Professional provides the best value and the best components for capturing, editing and exporting both analog and digital video in real time. PYRO AV Link with Premiere Elements includes PYRO AV Link, an external box that connects to your computer via FireWire. With Composite, S-VHS and Component connectors, capture video from any source

For video editing, it includes Adobe® Premiere® Elements software offers the perfect combination of creative control and reliability for home video editing. It automates tedious tasks so you're free to create cool effects and transitions and easily burn DVDs (* Adobe Premiere Elements is for PC WINDOWS XP ONLY).

Features:
  • Capture any analog video source to high quality DV video format
  • Component IN/OUT: Exclusive component video connectors!
  • Includes Adobe® Premiere® Elements software
  • Compatible with FireWire/1394 enabled PC's and Mac's
  • Convert analog video to DV or DV to analog
  • Export digital video files to VCR's
  • Convert between devices (from DV to Analog or Analog to DV) without using a computer
  • Capture Resolution:
    • NTSC: 720 x 480 @ 30 frames per second
    • PAL:720 x 576 @ 25 frame per second
  • Capture in DV video format
  • Audio capture in 48, 44.1 and 32 kHz (12 and 16 bit)
  • Power On/Off button
  • Mode Selector switch
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Reviews (1)

1-0 out of 5 stars Lack of support from ADS
While the product worked relatively well with composite and S-video inouts it never worked with component inputs which was the sole reason I purchased this vs. any of the other products available (such as Dazzle 150).

I tried the e-mail support and never got a response in two weeks - even after submitting multiple forms and following up with e-mails and phone calls.

This product has since been returned for a full refund. ... Read more


6. Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-USB 2.0 (Model 941)
by HAUPPAUGE

our price: $128.24
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Asin: B0000AL8XX
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: HAUPPAUGE
Sales Rank: 1746
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

WinTV PVR2 USB Personal Video Recorder ... Read more

Features

  • Capture high quality still video images in many formats
  • Digital video recorder and player
  • Live TV-in-a-window (any window size up to full screen)
  • Record TV shows or home videos to hard disk
  • Pause live TV with instant replay.

Reviews (11)

5-0 out of 5 stars Easy and reliable
After having some significant issues with an Avermedia PCI card, I went with an external box thinking it would be easier to troubleshoot. So far, however, I haven't needed to do any troubleshooting.

Prior to installing, I downloaded the latest drivers and apps from the Hauppauge website. The device took roughly 10 minutes to install and then fired right up - no problems. I didn't even bother installing the drivers from the included CD, I just used the ones from the website.

Video quality is good, even thought I am connected to a older USB 1 port. There is some graininess to the picture, though I am not sure yet whether that is the device or my cable feed to it (I suspect the latter).The included TV app is pretty good, though a bit unintuitive. At least it has a 'stay on top' function, something the Avermedia app lacked.

I have not tried the PVR functions yet, as I have two connected to my satellite dish already.

Oh, and the radio comes in load and clear with the included FM antenna.

4-0 out of 5 stars Happy so far
I've had my Hauppage WinTV-PVR-USB2 for about three weeks now, and have been quite happy so far.I installed the software on my Fujitsu laptop (P4 2Ghz, 512MB RAM, 60GB 4200rpm HD, Windows XP Home) without any problems.The CD-ROM I received in the package already had the latest versions (which I checked against Hauppage's website).My only gripe: the installers install over a dozen start-up programs which make your PC's start-up time a little longer and also consume some memory.

Operationally, the product is pretty easy to use and works well.The PVR program is not all intuitive, and the printed user's manual (a thin booklet) is poorly written, but it doesn't take too long to figure out.(One thing I still don't get is the one-touch-pause [OTP] feature, which doesn't seem different from the regular pause button.)You can resize the TV window however you want, and you can pick where you want your videos saved and the quality you want.The default quality works pretty well.

One thing that does bother me a little, and hence the 4 stars instead of 5, is when you hit the pause button, the recording seems to take a second to get going.I cannot tell if that means one second of the full program gets dropped.It would have been nice if the pause starts instantaneously.

Overall, the package feels it could be polished more.But so far it's been totally stable and I recorded a TV film for 2.5 hours without problems.I then downloaded the movie to my new Sony PSP and watched the widescreen film on the subway ride.Sweet!

2-0 out of 5 stars Disappoint product for the hype
Was hoping that this would be a great product from a very well know company in the industry of tv tuners as well as for the mpeg 2 compression in the box but was extremely disapointed in the results.The audio video sync was off as well as the video was glitchy.I dont recomend this for the laptop user nor the desktop seeing as it wouldnt even work on it, in fact it wouldnt boot with it attached.

5-0 out of 5 stars Solid product & easy to install
I initally bought the Avermedia MDVDEZUSB External Video Capture Device.That thoroughly depressed me with the concept of USB video capture since I couldn't really do anything with it.

I returned that, and then decided to spend a little more money to get this product.This thing took all of 10 mins for me to install, and in no time I was watching TV on my computer.The quality of the pictures was really good, even in full screen.I also transferred some footage from a VCR tape to the computer without trouble and then proceeded to burn a DVD - all of this was smooth and easy.I have USB 2.0 connections, which may have helped (the box says USB 1.1 will limit the ability of this device slightly).

The product is a little pricey, but you get what you pay for I guess.The previous product I got was just $50 or so, but since it didn't work at all, the extra expenditure in this case seemed well worth it.

I would definitely recommend this product.

UPDATE: Well, after 3 months of use the thing stopped working!The computer wouldn't recognize it anymore, and even trying to install it on my office laptop didn't work, pointing to a problem with the unit itself.I called tech support, and they asked my to mail it in.5 days later, they called to tell me they are mailing me a new one.Despite the problems I had, I would give this product 6 out of 5 stars if I could, simply because of the excellent customer service.

5-0 out of 5 stars New User
After looking for a PVR/Video Capture device, I found most of the reviews rather unhelpful. I hope to update this in the future as I learn more. Day One: Very Easy to Set Up. Connect cable to device. Takes a few minutes to recognize all the channels. Tested the software. Viewing and recording very easy. Used Titan TV for advanced recording, very easy. Quality looks good so far on small window. Some lost of quality in larger size windows on computer.A slight delay (a couple of seconds) from live tv.FM Radio software sounds/works ok. Haven't yet burn to disc or imported from VCR. So far I am pleasently surprised considering reviews I have read on the web.
Day 2: Problems (1) It appears that you need to use the same usb 2.0 port you install on, otherwise a failure occur. (2) When rebooting computer make sure you don't plug it in until reboot iscomplete. -- Update: Seems to reboot ok now, maybe because I am using the same port. (3) Ulead software has aborted 2 of 3 times. Update: Burned a copy of a tv program using SVCD, looked real nice on tv. Still working on efficient editing with Ulead (4) Tried two other programs (Nero/showbiz) to import, but they do not work with device. This is not a big problem since wintv2000 produces mpg files that these programs can use. Otherwise, so far so good. ... Read more


7. Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-150 Personal Video Recorder (1045)
by HAUPPAUGE

our price: $86.44
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Asin: B0006FS2IQ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: HAUPPAUGE
Sales Rank: 2603
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

WinTV-PVR 150 Personal Video Recorder, PCI ... Read more

Features

  • dbx-TV stereo decoder, for great TV sound. (Nicam stereo on PAL models)
  • Watch TV on your PC screen using a 125 channel cable ready TV tuner.
  • Record your TV shows to disk using the built-in hardware MPEG-2 encoder.
  • Pause your live TV shows with instant replay, fast forward and rewind.
  • Composite/S-Video and audio inputs, to connect to VCR or camcorders.

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Product - does what it says
I wanted to put a TV in my child's play room, which also had a computer.This device enables me to use the computer as a TV.It works great, my 4 year old has no problem using it.

I installed the device in my only PCI slot, hooked my cable coax into it, started my PC, and the drivers automatically loaded.I have XP SP2.The whole process took about 10 minutes.The software then starts and after about 5 minutes, goes through the cable channels to store the channels.Then, you are ready to go.

The unit is equipped with a remote.The remote points to an "eye".The eye is attached to a medium-sized small cord that is attached to the PCI card (under the coax cable).You are able to position the eye where you want it, although the cord the eye is on is not long.If you have a desktop sitting on the floor, it will barely reach the top of a computer desk.I taped the cord just under my keyboard shelf, so the remote needs to be pointed low.

The functionality of the software is great.You can change the channel with the computer or remote.There is a button to enable "full screen" on the computer, but not on the remote.The picture is excellent.The ability to pause live TV, or record ad-hoc or timed works extremely well.

This is a great product.

5-0 out of 5 stars 30 sec Skip on Remote ?
Is there a 30 Second skip button on remote control? Does it work with other pvr projects? ... Read more


8. AVerMedia AVerTVHD MCE A180 Hi-Def TV Tuner Card (White Box)
by AVERMEDIA
list price: $84.99
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Asin: B00094OWEM
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: AVERMEDIA
Sales Rank: 4309
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Product Description

Bringing High DefinitionTelevision Programs To Your Media Center PCAVerMedia AVerTVHD MCE A180 is a full height PCI ATSC HDTV card for free over-the-air digital TV and full quality free over-the-air HDTV reception. It allows OEM/System Integrator to add value to their Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005 PC. Enjoy free over-the-air Digital TV on your Media Center PC, watch, pause and record Digital TV programs, especially 1080i HDTV broadcast programs like NFL Football or the Oscar. AVerTVHD MCE A180 designs for Microsoft Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005 Operating System, it completes your Home Entertainment Center capabilities with High Definition TV viewing. Watch TV, or use the PVR and Time Shift features to Pause, Rewind and Replay Live HDTV so that you will never miss a moment of your favorite TV programs again. ... Read more

Features

  • Supports free over-the-air ATSC signal 480p, 720p and 1080i, with wide screen support
  • Watch over-the-air digital TV and full quality over-the-air HDTV on your Media Center PC
  • Watch, record and save your favorite Digital TV programs to your hard drive for later viewing
  • Use the PVR and Time Shift features to pause, rewind and replay live HDTV
  • Connect your analog VCR or camcorder to capture uncompressed video data for editing on your PC

9. Dazzle Digital Video Creator DVC-90 Video Capture Device and Movie Maker
by Pinnacle Systems
list price: $89.99
our price: $71.24
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Asin: B00028CAL2
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Pinnacle Systems
Sales Rank: 1629
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Digital Video Creator 90 ... Read more

Features

  • High quality video capture: get the most out of your PC's Hi-Speed USB controller!
  • Works with any video device equipped with analogue video outputs
  • Store hours of videos on your hard disk
  • Restore damaged videos or edit them automatically in a few minutes with Pinnacle Studio¿ QuickStart
  • Preserve and share your movies on CDs and DVDs*

Reviews (13)

1-0 out of 5 stars Frustrating waste of time...
Installed as directed, hooked up equipment. Studio program opens but fails to detect equipment. Sometimes even opening the program freezes my computer. Consumer support was no help. Does NOT WORK. It seems many other reviewers were happy with their purchase so I guess I'm in the minority who was disappointed by this product. I'm planning on returning this and purchasing another product.

2-0 out of 5 stars FRUSTRATING!!!
EEE-GAD! I wanted a device to capture 8mm video.The man at the store showed me this.Yes, it captured the video, but I just want to make a simple disc menu to break up the two hour disc and I cannot figure out how to do it.I am not great with computers, and am not familiar with the software scam that goes on every day.The things that these products claim to do, they just don't do!I have already shelled out $80 for this product, but if I want it to do what it SAYS it will do, I need to spend $90 more!!! What's with the upgrade scams?
The help topics are very confusing and even when they spell out what the screen will say, it doesn't say that once you get there.Well, maybe it WOULD say the right thing if I buy the upgrade.This Pinnacle program is just maddening.How can you figure it out?I am afraid to try other products because they sound even more confusing.The box needs to say what these things actually do, because they can't be returned opened.Oh yeah, when I opened the box, I was shocked to find absolutely no literature.The only reason I gave it two stars is for the capture device. Too big of a learning curve on this one.

5-0 out of 5 stars Ease of Use Makes it a Joy!
I was looking for a means to convert some of my VHS collection (namely Centennial) to DVD. I had looked in to several systems, and am no complete amateur, as I have done video conversions since my Amiga days over a decade ago. I recently bought a new computer system with a USB2 port and a DVD burner, so I figured now was the time. I read bad things about the other Dazzle systems, but this one had good reviews. They were right. Within minutes of receiving and opening the box I was feeding the video into my computer and ready to burn the DVDs. I have since burned quite a few. It's almost idiot proof. The quality is not exceptional, but it is quite good for home movie conversions for those that are not perfectionists. You must have a USB2 port, and that seems to be adequate speed. You also should specify and remember where you want the output to go, or it tends to hide files on your drive, taking up quite a bit of space. Very simple to use, and fun to play around with. One thing. I use Nero to do the actual DVD burn. The burn function in Pinnacle take forever. No big deal to me, but might be to others. Also, maybe I've had no problems because I have an up-to-date system, with XP SP2, 3.4GB P4 CPU, etc. One more thing...I am stationed in Germany and Amazon would not ship to me! I had to order through J&R, but got it way quicker than I ever have through Amazon, and at a better price. Wonder why they won't ship item to an APO? Okay, maybe should only be 4 stars, but I really do like its ease of use.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Nice
I knew nothing about digital video, but in one day I was able to take content from 3 different VHS tapes and turn it into a DVD that could play on my 5 year old DVD player. Wonderful.

The only problem I really had was that I had to use another program on my computer (Nero) to actually burn the DVD. Why I don't know, but that was a small inconvenience to me.

4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty much as advertised
I purchased the Dazzle 90 product to convert my 8mm cassettes from an older Sony Camcorder to DVD. I have made about 6 DVDs now, and I am pretty happy with my purchase. The software is fairly simple to use, and the end product looks good. I do not notice any drop in quality. If you simply want to covert your tapes to DVD, with no frills, then I would highly recommend this product. A few notes after using the product...
- It takes alot of disk space. Just installing the software that comes with it took 7 gig (you could probably get by with less by not installing all features?). You can get about 60 minutes of high quality film onto a DVD, and this takes up about 7 gig. Also, the software requires space on your harddriver to burn the movie to the dvd. I kept getting a message that I did not have enough space. It was annoying that it would not tell me exactly how much space it required. So I cleared off space, and did not get the message to go away until I had about 12-14 gig of free space. For this reason, I would suggest doing a defrag before starting.
- One thing to be aware of, there is a mention option to remove a captured video and free up space. But if you have burned the movie(s) to dvd, you can also build up a great deal of space in My Documents/Pinnacle Studios/Auxillary Files. I was running out of space again, after burning numerous movies, until I found this directory and how much space it was eating up. I then found there is a menu option for deleting these too (when you are in the edit option)
- You can create the movies in mpeg rather than avi, and this takes about half as much space. But I did this once, and thought the quality wasn't quite as good as the avi. It was very close, but I am going to go with the avi.
- The software comes with the basic features and some extras. If you want to do more fancy things with the movie you create you need to upgrade your software. If you pick certain features that are not available with the base software, you will get a popup box asking if you want to upgrade.
- This is not a fast process. The movie converts to your PC in real time. So a 60 minute tape will take 60 minutes. Editing the movie does not take any time at all (if you are doing the basics and once you get the hang of it) Then the burning it to DVD takes awhile. I have not checked exactly because I let it run and come back later, but I would guess it takes at least 4 hours for 60 minutes of tape. This time is much shorter when burning mpegs rather than avi.
- I have not had any crashes or major problems. But I have had a couple problems with getting the menu screen to work when editing. But I just start over, and can get it to work the next time. Note. If you don't see images in each of the menu chapters, do not proceed. I made this mistake and waited forever for a movie to burn, before realizing it was stuck trying to make the menu.
- Overall it has proven to be a good product. I have had wanted to get my precious memories off of the tape and onto DVD for a long time. This is MUCH cheaper than having it professionally done,and I did not need anything fancy, just the tape onto dvd. ... Read more


10. Plextor ConvertX DVR for Macintosh Computers (Model PX-TV402U-NA/MAC)
by Plextor
list price: $229.99
our price: $199.44
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Asin: B0006JMJ2W
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Plextor
Sales Rank: 4445
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Amazon.com Product Description

Plextor's ConvertX PX-TV402U-NA/MAC is a hardware-based, real-time digital video converter and editing device for Macintosh personal computers. Easy to hook up and use, the ConvertX lets you capture video and audio from a range of sources, including antenna and cable TV, camcorders, VCRs, DVD players, and satellite receivers.

The compact unit automatically converts an analog video source to your choice of digital format, then sends it on to your hard drive via high-speed USB 2.0 for your subsequent storage, editing, authoring, and recording to CD or DVD, as your associated equipment allows. ConvertX offers support for a variety of MPEG video/audio compression standards--including MPEG-1, MPEG-2, and the latest MPEG-4 technology. Your only limitation is your available hard drive space (a higher bit rate means higher quality but larger file sizes; a lower bit rate means smaller file sizes but lower quality).

Use your choice of formats to scale your media for different types of archiving. For example, you could use MPEG-1 to record 1 hour of video to a VCD (playable on computers and many home DVD players), while you can use MPEG-2 (the DVD-Video standard) to store up to 2 hours of high-quality video on a single recordable DVD. Then use MPEG-4 to create highly compressed video archives to save space on a hard disk drive, as for TV shows you like (but don't love).

Award-Winning Elgato EyeTV software lets you watch, pause, or record your video. EyeTV has a built-in electronic programming guide so you can see what's on and schedule recordings. EyeTV has a built-in video editor that lets you trim unwanted scenes from your recorded video. EyeTV also has the ability to export videos to popular Mac software like Apple iMovie, iDVD, DVD Studio Pro, and Roxio Toast.

For schools, businesses or homes housing both PC and Mac computers, being able to share peripherals between the two systems is important. ConvertX hardware will work on either platform. The ConvertX for the Mac comes bundled with Macintosh software, but the PC software is available for purchase as well. Plextor offers a PC upgrade disc containing InterVideo WinDVR and WinDVD Creator software.

The ConvertX is backed by Plextor's service and support program. Plextor offers a full 1-year full warranty (parts, labor or replacement).

What's in the Box
DVR hardware, Elgato EyeTV software on CD-ROM, a quick-start guide, 1 USB cable, 1 S-video cable, 1 composite-video cable, 1 stereo analog (left/right) RCA cable, 1 AC power cord, and warranty information. ... Read more

Features

  • Measures 7.2 x 1.3 x 6.1 inches (W x H x D)
  • Watch, pause, and record live TV right from your Macintosh computer
  • Converts analog video and audio to a range of formats, including MPEG-1, MPEG-2, and MPEG-4
  • Edit video files on your computer, then archive to VCD or DVD (recording requires a CD or DVD burner, sold separately)
  • High-speed USB 2.0 interface, includes all necessary hookup cables

11. Tv BOX9 1280X1024 Res Pipfeatures External Tv Tuner
by AVERMEDIA
list price: $179.99
our price: $151.04
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Asin: B00017X2KM
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: AVERMEDIA
Sales Rank: 4228
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

TVBox 9 turns any LCD or other VGA-compatible monitor into a TV/multimedia center with plug-and-play convenience without having to connect it to a PC. ... Read more

Features

  • One year linited parts & labor warranty
  • Use PC as multifunction TV set
  • Supports Resolution up to 1280 x 1024 (SXGA)
  • Multiple Channel Preview (Up to 13 Channels)
  • Picture-in-Picture (PIP) Function

Reviews (4)

5-0 out of 5 stars Works perfectly.
I am using this with a Sony 19" LCD monitor connected to the s-video output from my Directv cable box -- and the TV pictures is as clear as any LCD TV I have ever seen, especially in full screen mode at 1280x1024.All modes work perfectly.With PC on or off the picture is great.Sound is good too.PIP and translucent mode are crystal clear too.Clear as a bell.The first (positive) reviewer here gave tons of info and he is right on all counts so I will not repeat the specs and features.
The only (very small) bad thing is that the cables attach to the same side as the remote control sensor on the unit so you have to point them toward you.
I had previously tried an ATI all in wonder pro but I returned it because window mode was fine but the full screen mode was blurry.This avermedia tvbox9 is always crystal clear, even at full screen mode.
This was a perfect solution for the extra room in my house that we use as the combination computer/guest room.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great product that delivers what it promises
I got this for my 92-year-old dad who, perhaps surprising, still uses his laptop a lot. Last year we got him a great monitor and then followed with the TV Box 9. He's not technically savy in the least, yet there was no problem installing it and he has had no problems whatsoever using this product. I was blown away with the quality of the image it produced.

1-0 out of 5 stars bad product, bad company
1) this product sucks, do not buy it.
a) screen quality was horrible
b) this thing is full of bugs
c) the flicker makes it totally unusable
d) the actual product performs SIGNIFICANTLY differently then the images on the box
2) the company sucks, do not buy anything from them, ever
a) all my technical support requests go unanswered

5-0 out of 5 stars The Avermedia TVBox 9 With A Full-Function Remote Control
The Avermedia TVBox 9 does everything as advertised! This unit fits the bill for the 3 indispensable features I had in mind for a TV Tuner:

1) includes a remote control
2) lets you work on your computer while you watch TV in a little window
3) Full screen mode

Additional features that were a welcome bonus for me:

1) PNP - or Picture-in-Picture with See-Through Translucent Mode -- pretty nifty!
At first I thought the PNP feature refers to the ability to view other channels in a little window overlaid on the current channel I'm on. Actually, to my disappointment, this feature refers to the ability to view TV in a little window over the computer desktop, so you can work on your computer while you watch TV. The PNP terminology was a little misleading! What's nice though is the little TV window can be made translucent, so you can see through it to view what's on your computer. There is no way, however, to adjust the level of transparency. I use the translucency feature mostly on news channels, where visuals aren't that important. You can also position the TV window anywhere on the screen with the remote.

2) This unit is pretty much a full-feature TV. It includes your usual TV features such as Closed Caption/Parental Control, Supports Multiple Input Sources (Video, DVD, Game Console, etc.), OSD (On-Sreen Display), Sleep Timer (30 - 150 min, in 30 min increments), Favorite Channel Programming (haven't figured out how to work it yet), Full-Function remote (in other words you can control or set everything with the remote along with the OSD).

3) Multiple Channel Preview.
View 13 channels simultaneously. Well, actually, each channel is set in motion for about half a second and becomes a still. Regardless, you're still able to get an idea of what's on each channel, select what you want to watch, and watch it in full screen. I do find this feature very useful to quickly find the channel I wish to watch.

Pros
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In addition to the above features, this unit also has the following pros:

- Easy setup. Within minutes, I was up and running. No need to install any software. Just plug in your video and sound cables to the correct in/out outlets and you're ready to go. I didn't even need the manual! The only hitch I ran into was the PNP function. Whenever I was in the PNP mode, the screen would flicker on and off. Adjusting the TV screen resolution didn't help. However, when I messed with the color setting by changing from 32 bits to 16 bits, then back to 32 bits, the glitch stopped -- much to my relief! I suppose resetting of the screen color setting somehow helped the TVBox recognize the video settings on my monitor/computer.

- Watch TV without turning on your computer.

- Good picture quality. Allows you to fine-tune the picture and has Brightness/Contrast/Tint/Color/Sharpness adjustments. I'm using it on a CRT monitor and I'm pleased with the picture quality (I still prefer CRT's over LCD's. Plasma's great, but gosh, they're still so pricey!) If you have it hooked up to a LCD, I reckon the picture quality will rival that on the Sharp Aquos line of LCD TV's.

- Console is really slim, space-saving, and cool-looking.
The silver color will match most computer systems. It can be laid down or set upright.

- Remote control buttons are conveniently laid out and intuitive (A big plus for me.)

Cons
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- PNP TV picture not resizable. Regardless, the size is big enough to allow me to comfortably watch TV while I work on my computer. On my 17 inch monitor at a 1024 x 768 resolution, the box is roughly 1/9th the size of my screen. Also, when you turn off the unit and turn it back on again, it doesn't remember the last mode you were in (PNP or full screen.)

- HDTV not supported. Not a biggie for me. The picture quality is very good as it is!

- Surround sound not supported -- only stereo sound is supported.

- A little pricier than other comparable units. The TVBox 5, the predecessor to the TVBox 9, is significantly cheaper than the TVBox 9. However, TVBox 9 is an improvement over TVBox 5 with the addition of Closed Caption/Parental Control , Channel Preview, and image enhancement capabilities.

Features Not Supported
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- Video capture/recording.
Consider the Avermedia MDVDEZUSB External Video Capture Device that lets you do just that. Other companies such as Hauppauge and Startech also incorporate this feature in their tuners. The Avermedia version even lets you record your TV shows onto your DVD or CD.

Conclusion
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The cons and the lack of some additional features have not deterred me from buying this unit. Make no mistake -- I love this unit! I only wish it had a true PNP function. I have looked at Startech, Viewsonic, Hauppauge, Samsung and I find the Avermedia to be the best TV tuner unit for a basic TV tuner. In my opinion, if you're looking for a TV Tuner for your home or office that has a remote control and lets you work on your computer while you watch TV and supports full screen mode, the Avermedia TVBox 9 is THE unit to get! ... Read more


12. Plextor ConvertX Digital Video Converter (PX-M402U)
by Plextor
list price: $144.99
our price: $140.59
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Asin: B0001CJF3A
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Plextor
Sales Rank: 2334
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The PX-M402U captures video from TVs, VCRs, DVD players & camcorders; automatically converting video. ... Read more

Features

  • Save hard disk space with DivX and MPEG-4
  • Real-time hardware and MPEG-1/2/4 digital video converter
  • Fast digital video conversion and lower CPU usage with hardware encoder
  • Easy-to-use personal or VCD video creation software
  • Official DivX Certified product

Reviews (22)

5-0 out of 5 stars one of the best options available
This unit works great for me (using WinXP).I use it to capture and record a real-time video feed directly from the camera to my hard drive.The quality is fine and the set-up is fast and straighforward.The unit does the conversion internally which saves your computer from having to do all the labor.The software that comes with the unit is also pretty easy to use for capturing video.It allows you a number of options for file quality, etc.If you want to do some slick video editing with effects, etc., you will likely want to use a separate video editing program.This program only has some basic editing features.But for just capturing and archiving, this works just fine.

Overall this seems to be one of the best options (if not the best) on the market for low-cost digital video conversion using external hardware.The other products available seem to have a lot more problems than the Plextor unit.

Note:After you install the software, I recommend downloading the most up-to-date drivers from the company's website.Also, you may want to avoid having your computer hooked up to a generic docking station (e.g., the Targus unit sold at BestBuy) and the Plextor unit at the same time.My computer will only run one or the other, not both simultaneously.(When I disconnect the docking station, the Plextor works like a charm.)

1-0 out of 5 stars Promising...but no go
I was amazed when I took this unit out of the box and saw that it was made in Japan, not in China.I was expecting a smooth ride with a quality piece of hardware.I installed the drivers, then plugged in the unit.Everything came right up, except for sound.I checked all my connections, played with volume, and then noticed that my laptop's sound was completely non-functional, not just the sound from the Plextor. Rebooting didn't solve the problem.I had to roll back to a restore point to get my sound back.I tried once again, this time using the drivers downloaded from Plextor's web site, which were newer than those on the included CD.Everything came up perfectly, including sound.I played for about 15 minutes, and then my notebook's sound was gone again.

I emailed tech support; their response (after four days) was to reinstall the drivers.Gee, thanks.I was very disappointed to have to pack it up and return it to Amazon.

5-0 out of 5 stars great product
I have had this devise for about a yr now and it is working fine, i converted all my family vhs to dvd and put menus and the whole nine yards.
there is however two things i have problems w/:
1. the picture/sound dellay is inconvenient (if you have a slow pc.
2. if your not converting to DivX format and just use regular mpeg (high quility) there will be a sure sound delay and sene skipping.
3. rendering time is a bit too long.
*** always rip as DivX, that way the chance for you to get a sound dellay is min.

4-0 out of 5 stars Works Great
After researching on the internet for a video capture device, I finally decided on the Plextor ConvertX (PX-M402U).I've only had it a couple of days and am happy with the results.

Setup was very easy and within a couple of hours I captured 2 hours of video from my analog camcorder and had made a DVD with transition effects and titles.Quality of playback was as good if not better than the original( I captured in standard play - wondering if I captured in high quality if it would look even better).

The only complaint I have is that my computer froze once while editing.I believe that was due to such a large file and I keep hitting buttons thinking the system wasn't responding.

Overall I am pleased with the product but make sure your computer meets all the requirements.My CPU runs at about 95% usage while editing.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very good, simple converter
I've had this for several months and am pleased with it. It's simple to setup and use and has caused no problems on my system. The output of the software (titles, buttons, transitions, etc.) is a bit amatuerish in appearance. I don't have any complaints about it. ... Read more


13. TURTLE BEACH Video Advantage USB
by Turtle Beach
list price: $89.99
our price: $87.39
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Asin: B0007PO3II
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Turtle Beach
Sales Rank: 9200
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Product Description

Video Advantage® USB Video Advantage USB is a complete hardware/software solution for converting video from analog camcorders and VCRs into digital format - allowing you to easily share you memories on DVD, CD-RW and over the internet.The convenient USB interface makes installation a breeze. Its compact low-power design eliminates the bulky, inconvenient power adapters required with most other units while making it easy to carry in your laptop bag or to use with multiple PCs. ... Read more

Features

  • Sound clip library enhances your videos with music and sound effects
  • Transfer and edit videos to your PC hard drive as DV files, or directly into MPEG format to save time and hard disk space
  • Right-to-Disc Recording transfers DV files directly from camcorder to DVD in one simple step
  • Full library of slideshow tools for creating, editing and burning onto a CD
  • Batch capture and scene detect features let you split long videos into smaller, more manageable movie timelines

14. Avertv Cardbus PCMCIA Tv Tuner for Window Xp
by AVERMEDIA
list price: $79.75
our price: $67.44
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Asin: B00094OWG0
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: AVERMEDIA
Sales Rank: 6605
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Pause, Rewind and Instant Replay Live TVAVerMedia AVerTV CardBus is a PCMCIA TV tuner card. It converts your laptop computer into a TV/PVR. It is equipped with the AVerTV PVR application so that you can watch, pause and record live TV. The convenient time shifting feature also lets you replay your favorite television moments over and over again. ... Read more

Features

  • TV Recording Scheduler
  • Record and Playback TV Programs and Video Directly From the PC
  • 16-Channel Preview
  • Pause, Rewind and Instant Replay Live TV
  • Time Shift Function

Reviews (2)

3-0 out of 5 stars Problems
I attempted to install this card into my Dell 600m. The computer crashed everytime the card was plugged in, but the computer was fine when it was started without the card. I was never able to properly install. Just a heads up, I am unsure about the quality of this product, I just know about hte compatability.

5-0 out of 5 stars Avermedia- We have systems go!Great Job!!
Anyone who purchases this should feel really darn good as the reception is better than most VCR players, etc.PVR recording is not perfect but then How true is HD for those HDnet viewers?Recording quality is degraded slightly in both video and sound but think about...no VHS tapes and you can burn the video on CD or DVD.The files save as mpeg1/2/4, so they are no problem playing on standard media players.

I was very impressed and highly satisfied in the recording quality and reception is excellent.Installation was well written and easy to do on WinXP. ... Read more


15. Pyro AV Link API-550
by ADS Technologies
list price: $159.99
our price: $154.84
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Asin: B00008KJ1Z
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: ADS Technologies
Sales Rank: 16423
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Convert Any Analog Source into DV! Capturing DV from a Digital camcorder is fantastic, but what about all of the video content you have in other formats (8mm, beta, VHS, DVD), how do you get that content into the DV format? PYRO A/V link solves the problem by converting any analog video source into DV.DV video looks great but when you want to send it to tape your options are limited. You can export back to your miniDV camcorder, but it’s hard to share a miniDV tape with Grandma. PYRO A/V link bridges the gap by allowing you to export DV video to any analog video recorder. Capture and edit your video, then output to VHS and share tapes that anyone can watch! Capture Edit and Export With PYRO A/V link you can capture from any video source, including DV camcorders. Mix and match your video content to create a truly unique video production. Edit the video with Video Studio 6 SE DVD and add video filters, transition effects, video overlays, narration, background music and more. When your video production is a wrap, export to any VCR or VTR, save as MPEG-2 and burn a DVD or publish to the Internet. ... Read more

Reviews (10)

5-0 out of 5 stars Works for me
I got this convertor for one purpose which is to convert a DV out from my windows XP computer to a composite NTSC signal and for that purpose it is flawless.Installation was completely plug and play .. no software to install no need to read the manual.. it simple works.

1-0 out of 5 stars **Incompatible** with new Macs!!
I agree with the other reviewer who had to return this device.It does not work with new Macs running Panther (OS X 10.3).

This is terrible.There is no warning for this - the box says compatible.I would also give them negative stars if I could.

2-0 out of 5 stars Just short of average
SVHS, RCA, and 4pin DV in
SVHS, RCA, Component, and Firewire Out.
Sounds good on the surface, but this product just doesn't deliver.The manual states that this will work with both iMovie and Final Cut Pro.iMovie does successfully import video, but Final Cut just crashes.Weird that a 'consumer' product will work, while a 'pro' product doesn't.
I've found that this drops frames frequently.While trying to import video to a DV camera, it only *kept* a few frames.Importing to iMovie finds a few seconds of video missing every once in a while.At times it seems quite random, but there are things that it will skip every time.When there's, what i call a 'glitch' in the vhs tape (where you get the funny line running down the middle), Pyro AV Link just drops that completely.Since the whole point of me getting this product was to *save* video from these decaying tapes, this does not sit well with me.I'd rather have the funny line, than nothing.

Now that I'm done trashing the product, I should say that I have gotten a lot of *good* video out of this.If all you need is, a quick conversion, and you dont' care about lost frames, then this product will do the job nicely.It also has more port options than some of the other products out there.This doesn't match my needs, so I'm in the market for something else.

4-0 out of 5 stars Okay, not amazing...
I haven't had any of the Mac problems other reviewers described. iMovie 4 works fine, analog video is fair, price is right. Totally reasonable ability to price ratio. Would recommend to non-pros, but they already know that.

1-0 out of 5 stars WARNING!ADS IS NOT COMPATIBLE WITH NEW APPLE SOFTWARE!
This review is simple to write because all I was able to do with this cheap analog-digital converter was take it out of the box (which is very cheap packaging by the way!) and plug it in to my PowerBook G4.In Apple iMovie 4, it could not recognize the device.So, I called ADS and they told me "We're sorry, but currently ADS cannot support iMovie 4, Final Cut Pro 4, or Final Cut Express 2... Please return it and buy another brand."I wish I had known that before this!...I rate the ADS with negative stars, to be honest!So, if you own a new Mac with 10.3 or iLife '04, Final Cut Pro 4, and/or Final Cut Express 2...DON'T BUY ADS TECHNOLOGY EQUIPMENT!!!!!And if you are using a Windows machine, why are you using Windows-based PCs when you all know Apple is the best for video editing?!!!!!All movies produced, or at least the best movies are using Final Cut Pro...Cold Mountain, Lord of The Rings, to name a few of the many!!!!!!!DO NOT BUY THIS, YOU WILL SAVE YOURSELF THE EXTRA SHIPPING TO SEND IT BACK... ... ... Read more


16. ATI Technologies 100-703205 Tv Wonder Elite Rce Pci
by ATI Technologies

our price: $140.59
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Asin: B0007IG234
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: ATI Technologies
Sales Rank: 18842
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Product Description

TV Wonder Elite TV Turner Card, PCI ... Read more


17. Plextor ConvertX PX-M402U - TV / video input adapter - Hi-Speed USB ( PX-TV402U-NA )
by Plextor
list price: $189.99
our price: $186.99
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Asin: B0002WYKAW
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Plextor
Sales Rank: 13051
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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The Ultimate PVR for the PC The Plextor ConvertX PVR model PX-TV402U is the ultimate personal video recorder for the PC. The PX-TV402U allows you to connect to a satellite TV, cable TV or broadcast TV signal and record programs to your PC. You can then watch the video from the PC or burn it to DVD for playback on a DVD player. You can also connect a camcorder, VCR or DVD player to record home videos to the PC. The heart of the PX-TV402U is its multi-format encoder chip which converts video to the DivX®, MPEG-4, MPEG-2 and MPEG-1 formats as it is being recorded to the PC. The PX-TV402U is the world’s first DivX Certified PVR. Recording video in the DivX format gives users the ability to record 3 times as much video as normal without sacrificing quality. It also gives you the ability to record video into resolutions perfectly suited for playback on portable and handheld devices. The PX-TV402U contains an integrated high quality TV tuner to assure the highest quality video. The Easy and Powerful Software Has Everything You Need The PX-TV402U has the worlds most powerful and easiest to use suite of software. Intervideo WinDVR™ software is included to watch live TV, pause live TV and record programs. WinDVR’s integrated electronic programming guide(EPG) allows you to schedule recording of programs so they will record even if you are not there. The PX-TV402U also comes with Intervideo WinDVD Creator™ software for capturing, editing and sharing home ... Read more

Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars Great hardware unit; mediocre software included
Still embarking on spooling off all the Hi-8 tapes I have, but I've been VERY satisfied with the Plextor unit so far.First thing I did was to spool one Hi-8 tape and then make a DVD, using the functionality of the bundled WinDVD Creator software.Good news: it worked, and a few hours after I started, I was watching the DVD I created, on my bedroom DVD player.Bad news: the software is full of minor and sometimes more than minor annoyances.It may be that I'm still climbing the learning curve with it, but I think it's just not very good.I'm looking into other solutions, such as Pinnacle, Adobe Premiere Elements, etc.Meanwhile, I keep spooling.

I haven't yet tried the TV capture in any depth.It looked like it worked, but again, with some annoyances on the software side.Plextor could improve this offering vastly with the addition of some better bundled software. ... Read more


18. HAUPPAUGE 1020 WINTV-USB2
by HAUPPAUGE

our price: $82.12
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Asin: B0006FS2HM
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: HAUPPAUGE
Sales Rank: 12114
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WinTV USB2 External TV Tuner ... Read more


19. Pinnacle Systems 210100350 Pinnaclestudio Moviebox USB V9
by Pinnacle Systems
list price: $179.99
our price: $170.99
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Asin: B0001AU7Q6
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Pinnacle Systems
Sales Rank: 25746
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Studio MovieBox USB Version 9 Video Capture ... Read more

Features

  • Automated editing:Let SmartMovie edit your movie for you!
  • Audio and video restoration tools
  • Support for RTFx video plug-ins and VST audio plug-ins
  • Advanced Video Editing, Transitions and Effects

20. ATI TECH TV WONDER USB 2.0 ( 100-703156 )
by ATI Technologies Inc.

our price: $83.92
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Asin: B0002ZQFS4
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: ATI Technologies Inc.
Sales Rank: 8050
Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

TV Wonder USB 2.0 NTSC External TV Tuner ... Read more

Reviews (7)

1-0 out of 5 stars Horrible Software, worse customer support
This is my first experience with ATI.I'm not a computer neophyte.The multimedia center always crashes.I tried everything, including updating all audio and video drivers, disabling background processes, and doing a clean Win XP install... same crappy problems "Atisched.exe" crashing on 2 different computers.ATI customer support was the worst, only telling my I did not have my machine configured correctly.Why the heck does everything else on my computer work?This is like trying to install stuff back in the Windows 3.x days.Just got a Hauppage! wintv 250 and what a difference.Avoid this product if you value your sanity.

1-0 out of 5 stars Installation and driver nightmare
I tried installing the ATI TV WONDER software - exactly as described in the instructions.The TV Tuner failed to initialize.I then downloaded the latest drivers and it made no difference.Over many years of using ATI products, I have always found the drivers to be of poor quality.Stay away from ATI until they get their quality act together.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't buy
I tried this device with 3 of my computers.It only worked with my laptop.One of the desktops the software won't install and the other, which is brand new, the application won't open after install.There are some major problems with hardware compatibility and the multimedia center software.ATI support is of no help.I am returning mine.Look for a different TV Tuner.

1-0 out of 5 stars Worked great, but not for long
When I first installed this product, it worked great for about two hours. However, when I tried to use it again, I encountered serious problems- it would work for a minute, then a box would pop up saying that it is not plugged in (even though it is), and then my laptop crashed to the blue screen of death. Called ATI tech support, which put me on hold for an hour, and I recieved no help, only a bill for an hour long long distance call to canada (where the ATI support center is based). Later I called dell, who informed me that other customers had had the same problem: a confilct between the tv tuner and ATI mobility video cards. ATI won't do anything to fix it, so I'm returning it for arefund. Buy a Win-TV product instead.

1-0 out of 5 stars Doesnt install at all - avoid the headache altogether
After spending several hours trying to get this to install, I'm returning it.

The problem is installing the Multimedia Center (MMC 9.0) - there is an unrecoverable error:

Error Number: 0x80040705
Description: String accessed out of bounds

Their support is a call to Canada, the support on their website points to an irrelevant topic.All in all, dont bother with this one.You may get it to work, but why take the risk? ... Read more


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