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    1. Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-USB 2.0 (Model
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    2. Asus A8NSLIDELUXE NFORCE4 Sli
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    4. Intel BOXED PENTIUM 4 3.2GHZ-32BIT
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    1. 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


    2. Asus A8NSLIDELUXE NFORCE4 Sli 939 Dual Channel
    by Asus
    list price: $174.97
    our price: $180.99
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    Asin: B0007COBH4
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Asus
    Sales Rank: 5077
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    A8N-SLI Deluxe Socket 939 Motherboard, for AMD Athlon 64 Processors ... Read more

    Reviews (2)

    3-0 out of 5 stars nice mb
    the best one for dual pci-x video... but this amazon/egghead sucks... you click on motherboard and you get so many unrelated products on the list. bring back the old egghead! I think the prices had gone up and most arent good deals anymore, I doubt I'd be shopping for computer components at egghead anymore... good thing there's still a local fry's store near me :P

    5-0 out of 5 stars latest greatest
    you can go above and beyond with this MOBO.If you want SLI which of course you do, otherwise why would you be lookign at this mobo, then you should get it!is it expensive? sure, but it is worth it if you have a big monitor, say 19+ inches, and you wnat your games to look superb.big monitor needs high resolution, which sli will provide.warning: I suspect only 5% of all users out there should spend the money for this.don't forget you need to buy two video cards, that will cost alot.still better than $3000 for a game rig from say alienware. try WhoSave.com, see if there is a deal. ... Read more


    3. Avermedia MDVDEZUSB DVD EZMaker USB 2.0 External Video Capture Device
    by AVERMEDIA
    list price: $49.99
    our price: $41.79
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    Asin: B00009PGTC
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: AVERMEDIA
    Sales Rank: 2593
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Avermedia Tech (MDVDEZUSB) AVerMedia DVD EZMaker USB2.0 ... Read more

    Features

    • Supports Different Languages
    • Cut, slice and stretch your movie clips for the perfect combination of scenes
    • Capture Video From your Analog Camcorder, or VCR/VHS onto a CD, DVD, or PC
    • Direct to Disc Recording
    • Play Captured Video on DVD Players

    Reviews (21)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good Value but Confusing
    The hardware is great value, easy to install and has excellent capture quality. On the downside, the software has a rather complex user interface with little or no documentation. The Broderbund video editing software, as you might expect, is kid-level and clunky, but the neoDVD capture software is both powerful and solid, and there lies the problem if you are not already familiar with video terminology. It includes Help and an online Tutorial, but both are skimpy, and have huge gaps in explaining the video technology. However, if you are willing to make the effort to learn, and waste a few CD-Rs in trial-and-error experimentation, then this is definitely the best buy - it only loses a star for lack of good documentation. If you want an idiot-proof, out-of-the-box system then deduct another star and plan on the extra cost of buying better documented software.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This USB Device is super
    This USB device is value for money, it really works well. Soon after easy install the device was working great. I do not use the software which came with the device instead I use Inter Media Win DVD Creator 2.00 which came my Compaq AMD 3400+ (2.2gh) 512 memory 200 GB harddrive. The end result is very good indead. The Amazon,s service is super, I got it FEDEX ground (Free) (Ordered Friday recevived it on Monday). When you get the Amazon Credit Card ($30) off so it just coat me $11.00) can be bad at this price

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great value - easy to use
    This device was a breeze to install and works well in capturing video from my DVR as well as my camcorder.The only problem I have encountered is with the included MovieShop 6.5 software.I am running Windows XP and my system meets all the requirements.However, even with a clean install, the Movieshop program simply does not run on my computer.Luckily, I have another video editing and DVD burning program that easily integrates with the files I capture with this device.I suspect there is some conflict between the included MovieShop program and a pre-existing one on my computer.However, I have neither the time nor the patience to troubleshoot this problem.

    The video quality is good, although I find the sound to be a bit distorted.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Stay Away
    First, the quality of the image is horrible. It does support the S-Video, but the quality of output is even worse than the 8mm, not even close to Hi8. I don't think my computer limits the performance. I am using P4 2.8G,with 512 MB ram.
    Second, the software provided has very limited function. It doesn't even has the split and combine function. Record audio track is impossible. With only a few effects to add on.
    Finally, the price is ok. DON'T EXPECT MUCH.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I have a Pentium 1.5 and it still works
    Yep thats right, my PC does not meet the requirements and it still does work. I have a 1.5 Pentium and 256 RAM. I connected my analog camera and it did record perfectly! I dont have the proper adapters to try my VCR with tis yet, but Im sure it would work. But be sure to have at least a pentium 2.0! I happen to have a good ASUS motherboard.

    Be sure to have a 2.0 USB Card too! I like this product! Great price and works goog despite the fact that my PC does not have the proper CPU! ... Read more


    4. Intel BOXED PENTIUM 4 3.2GHZ-32BIT 1MB MP ( BX80546PG3200E )
    by Intel

    our price: $227.42
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    Asin: B000184B1U
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Intel
    Sales Rank: 25106
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    Product Description

    Pentium 4 , 3.20 GHz, 800 MHz FSB, Socket FC-PGA4 478-pin Boxed Processor with HT Technology ... Read more


    5. Micro-Star ATX MBD NFORCE3 250GB SA-ATHLON 64 IEEE SATA GETH ( K8N NEO PLATINUM )
    by Micro-Star International

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    Asin: B0002D6Q1C
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Micro-Star International
    Sales Rank: 14817
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    Product Description

    MSI COMPUTER (K8N NEO PLATINUM) nVIDIA 250Gb,3 184-pin DDR ,AGP 8x ... Read more

    Features

    • 3 DIMMs w/ DDR 400 upto 3 GB
    • 1 AGP 8X; 5 PCI; 8 USB
    • 8 Ch. Audio; Gb LAN; IEEE 1394; RAID; SATA; ATA133
    • Live Update; Fuzzy Logic; PC Alert; MSI CoreCell; MSI CoreCenter; DOT , DigiCell; nVidia Firewall

    6. Hauppauge MediaMVP Digital Media Receiver (Model 1000)
    by HAUPPAUGE

    our price: $81.22
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    Asin: B0000C4DX1
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: HAUPPAUGE
    Sales Rank: 3800
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Hauppauge MediaMVP Digital Multimedia Receiver - Video Capture - NTSC, PAL - TV/Video Input AdapterMediaMVP-A Digital Media Player For Your Home Network:Watch and listen to PC based music, videos and pictures on your TV set. Play slide shows with music, too!Connects to Ethernet networks with standard RJ-45 connectorsPlay MP3 music and music playlistsPlay MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 videosPlay JPEG and GIF digital picturesIncludes remote control for easy navigation from your TV set MediaMVP is a Linux based digital media receiver based on a powerful IBM PowerPC processor. It includes a hardware MPEG decoder to process digital video movies, while music and digital pictures are software decoded by MediaMVP's processor. It receives the digital media from a PC via an Ethernet LAN, decodes the media and outputs video through composite and S-Video connections, and audio through stereo audio output connectors. MediaMVP and the PC operate in a 'client-server' system, where the MediaMVP requests menus and media from the PC, and the PC satisfies those requests. MediaMVP receives user commands from the infrared remote control and sends these commands to the PC server. Menus seen on the TV set are created via HTML on the PC and sent over the network to the MediaMVP for display on the TV set. Custom user interfaces for the TV set can be created by making new HTML screens on the PC. Nice electronics is your source for everyday low prices on theHauppauge 1000 - MEDIAMVP DIGITAL MEDIA RECEIVER BRIDGE HOME PCS/TVS REMOTE CTRL and all other Hauppauge Video Cards ... Read more

    Features

    • Includes remote control for easy navigation from your TV set
    • Watch PC based music, videos and pictures on your TV set. Play slide shows with music, too
    • Connects to Ethernet networks with standard RJ-45 connectors
    • Plays MP3 music and music playlists. Set up a music playlist for a party, and let MediaMVP be your DJ
    • Plays MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 videos; Plays JPEG and GIF digital pictures

    Reviews (17)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great as a client for a PVR
    This is a great little unit as a client for a PVR such as BeyondTV or Sage - I use SageTV in my house and have 3 of these clients running a free plug in specific for Sage.They work great, the picture is super, and since there's no moving parts or excessive heat they're completely silent - they work perfectly.

    I don't think I'd get one to run just stand alone and have it fetching media and pictures and such off remote computers - the application that comes with it is not the greatest.But since I'm using the Sage interface, no problems.

    The only downside, although it's a small one, is the response to the remote is just a little sluggish - not bad, but be aware when you hit the "skip ahead" button when watching a recorded TV program it'll lag by, perhaps, half a second.I've gotten used to it and don't mind at all.And since I have automatic commercial skip with Sage, I rarely have to use it anyway.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Great concept, software is horrible.
    What a great concept: Play the media that resides on my pc (music, videos, digital pictures, webcast radio) from anywhere and as many locations as I have wired network access.

    The MediaMVP hardware appears very well conceived and implemented (see the Hauppauge site for specifications).Sound and video quality of streamed content are entirely satisfactory (providing your recordings are of good quality).Yep.Hardware appears to be Hauppauge's forte.

    Their software, however, which manifests itself most noticeably as the user interface, is unforgiveably crude.File system navigation and remote control key mapping are noticeably misprogrammed.Even the most rudimentary MP3 playing capabilities are missing or broken.I would compare the display with the old Commodore 64 but that would be an insult to my C64.Sad to say, Hauppauge does not appear to be interested in fixing any of these deficiencies as they have persisted for at least the last 3 software releases and are still present in the current Beta release.

    Service is a mixed bag.If you call them, they will replace defective hardware well enough.But don't expect much more support than what you can do for yourself by reading the FAQ on their website.And don't bother emailing a question to support.With the exception of the automated reply, they never answer email.The good news is that there is a large, vocal user forum for this and other Hauppauge products (hey, I said their hardware is pretty good) and, if you don't mind wading through web forums, you can get a lot of answers there.

    I want to love this product but I can't.I purchased it primarily to play MP3 music throughout my house and this is certainly the thing it does worst of all (did I mention the LOUD inter-track popping?).So my dissatisfaction should be taken in that context.Certainly its webcast radio (which I use often and enjoy), picture slideshow, and video playback capabilities suffer much less from the UI's lack of sophistication.And people who use the MediaMVP as a front-end for their Hauppauge based PVR systems (personal video recorder - think Tivo only no service charge) love these things.

    One hope I hold out for my MediaMVP is the global community of private software developers that are hacking away, rewriting its software.I have no doubt they will eventually do what Hauppauge won't.But until they do this is a seriously crippled product.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Great idea but needs work
    This product is in what I would call beta stage but will hopefully get better as Hauppauge releases new firmware and software for it.

    It is missing vital features:
    1) It does not have the ability to fast forward and rewind MP3s.
    2) It will play an entire folder of MP3s or one MP3 at a time but it is missing is the ability to pick and choose MP3s you want to play. You have to go to the computer and create play lists, then the MVP will play those playlists.

    Bugs I have found:
    1) The MVP server software that runs on the computer and allows access to shared media has to be restarted once a week or more before the MVP will find the server.
    2) When playing videos (mpg, avi, etc) you can fast forward and rewind but often after doing so the audio gets out of sync with the video.

    Conclusion: Good, fair-priced device (under a hundred dollars) but it definitely needs some improvement. Also, be wary of wireless "Media Receivers." I have done some research on them and their biggest complaint is that they only work well when wired. That is why I bought the MVP, it is wired (only) so you are not paying for the wireless feature.

    5-0 out of 5 stars It was a breeze to set-up and performs marvelously.
    We were skeptical about this product before we purchased and tried it. It is a great concept but we did not think that something that costs a mere $90.00 would be able to do all that it claimed. We were wrong!
    The product works wonderfully. We now have a way to tie our computer to our home entertainment system.
    We use this product for
    (i) listening to MP3s on our home entertainment system;
    (ii) watching the still pictures and AVIs stored on our PC that we take using our digital camera; and
    (iii) watching TV shows that we record on our PC using WinDVR.
    The product works perfectly for all three functions.

    It was a breeze to setup and continues to perform marvelously. If you are considering buying it, do it. You will not regret it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I LOVE IT
    This product is perfect for watching TV and uses almost No Network Bandwidth!!!! IT CANT GET ANY BETTER THAN THAT!!!! I RECCOMENDED IT TO ALL MY FRIENDS, THEY ALL GOT ONE AND AN ATI HDTV WONDER AND IT KICKS BOOTIE!! YAY!!!!! ... Read more


    7. Intel BX80546PG3000E P4 3.0E Ghz 1MB Cache 800 Fsb
    by Intel

    our price: $191.32
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    Asin: B000184BLU
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Intel
    Sales Rank: 4546
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Pentium 4 , 3.00 GHz, 800 MHz FSB, Socket FC-PGA4 478-pin Boxed Processor with HT Technology ... Read more

    Reviews (1)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Zero complaints about the Prescott here
    Lots of people complain about the prescott's heat output, but frankly it's no where near the worst processor I've had.I'm running with two standard fans - not special high output fans mind you - running the stock intel heatsink (not special heatsinks mind you), and the machine stays up with no problem.Can't say the same about amd MPs - special sinks, special fans (far more than 2), and still has problems if you don't do it right.Use the standard intel fan/sink, take comfort in the intel warranty, and stop whining. ... Read more


    8. SmartDisk PowerPlay Pro Wireless Remote for Microsoft PowerPoint with 32 MB Flash Drive
    by VST Technologies

    Asin: B00008POK8
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: VST Technologies
    Sales Rank: 10564
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    SmartDisk (WP32) WP 32MB-powerplay remote USB f ... Read more

    Features

    • PC and Mac compatible
    • Operating distance up to 33 feet
    • ISM radio band, line of sight not required
    • 32 MB flash memory
    • Built-in laser pointer

    Reviews (3)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very user friendly device
    As everyone else has indicated, this thing works flawlessly.Just plug it in and go to it.I was unaware of the battery drain, but it stands to reason that it probably does use a fair amount of power.And, yes, it would be good to have 256M or 512M versions.But for what it does, it's very sharp.Besides, you can put larger presentations on CDs or another thumbdrive.

    Haven't found a way for it to toggle animation, video, or audio yet so might not work very well for some types of presentations.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is exactly the thing I was looking for. Great experienc
    This is it. I like it so much that I want to share some experience with my understanding of a good remote.
    1. What a cool idea! A USB receiver is also a memory! This is my first impression when I saw it on the webpage. I was looking for a remote for a long time. This idea really makes me feel I should give it a try. It is totally worth it. I mean, with this two little thing, you are ready to present anywhere with a computer.
    2. The design of the buttons is definitely a pro. I have tried some other remote. Some have the back, forward and laser buttons in a row. I always need to look down the remote to figure out what I want. That's so distracting. Now I don't need to do that. It seems like just it just there. I move my hand forward, the slides go forward. I move it back, the slides go back. It's just so natural.
    3. The remote is just the right size in the hand. Not to big too distract your gesture. Not so small that you have to make a fist to hold it. Just the right size.
    4. The silver front color is cool too.
    5. The black screen button is definitely a plus. I never knew there was such function in powerpoint before. hehe.

    Some cons if I have to mention:
    1. Some says the battery runs out fast. Anyhow, I didn't notice that because I was warned by the previous review and pop it out everytime I finished.
    2. The front color is a very cool silver, but the back color is dark blue, which I am not fond of.
    3. It would be better if there is a bag or box to carry out these two separate things.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Gadget!
    If you give a lot of PowerPoint presentations this is a must have.Maybe the best investment in computer gadget I have ever made.Having the laser pointer and slide controller on one device is really convenient.Being able to easily go forward and backwards with the push of one button is fantastic.The remote control works extremely well and is very easy to use.It has five buttons.One controls the laser pointer.Two others advance or reverse the slides.One button changes powerpoint in and out of slide show and the other blanks and unblanks the screen.You can give really slick presentations with a single small device in your hands.Because it has RF it has great range and does not need to be pointed in any particular direction.Most members of your audience will not even know you have the device in your hand!I have not found a room it does not work in, the range seems much greater than the advertised 33 feet, but may depend on battery strength too.I own two (one for me and one for my wife) and we have had no problems whatsoever with them.In addition to being a presentation remote, this device is also a flashdrive with 32 Mb of memory.If you are using someone else's computer and projector, the only thing you need to bring is the powerplay with your presentation stored on it!You plug it in a USB port, it takes a minute to self install on a new computer, the directory of the flashdrive pops up automatically, double-click your presenation, take the remote and go!Amazing.

    My only small complaints are:
    1) There is no way to turn the remote off.I worry that the buttons will be pushed in my briefcase, wearing out the battery.Fortuntately, it is very easy to pop the battery cover and turn the battery over to prevent it wearing down.
    2) Because there are two small devices you have to carry, it would be really nice if a small carrying case had been included.
    3) You can never have too much memory.While 32 Mb is big enough for most presenations, I actually have some larger ones.More memory would have been nice.

    These are minor quibbles with what otherwise is a great device.I am really glad I found this and highly recommend it to anyone who routinely gives PowerPoint presentations. ... Read more


    9. Belkin F5U501-APL Internal FireWire PCI Card for PC
    by Belkin Components

    our price: $37.04
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    Asin: B00009WPOM
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Belkin Components
    Sales Rank: 1545
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    The FireWire 3-Port PCI Card from Belkin brings the revolutionary speed of FireWire to your desktop computer, quickly and easily.

    The best solution for adding FireWire capability to desktop computers, the Card enhances peripheral connections with speed, accuracy, and ease.

    The FireWire 3-Port PCI Card from Belkin maximizes your use of ultrafast disk, Zip®, and optical drives, scanners, printers, I-Pod, and other peripherals.

    Advantages

    • Adds 3 FireWire ports to your computer
    • Easy Plug-and-Play setup-connect FireWire devices without restarting your computer
    • Ultrafast data transfer rates of up to 400Mbps, ideal for transmitting large multimedia files
    • Instant connection for FireWire devices such as digital camcorders, hard drives, CD-RWs, and others-with support for a total of up to 62
    • Three additional FireWire ports installed directly onto your Mac computer
    ... Read more

    Features

    • Fully compliant with current IEEE 1394 specifications
    • Provides 3 additional 400Mbps FireWire ports
    • Simply slides into an empty PCI slot, tranforming the slot into a DV-editing bay
    • Supports up to 63 hot-swappable devices
    • Compatible with Windows 98SE, 2000, ME & XP

    Reviews (3)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent card and cable!
    No muss, no fuss! The card installed without a hitch in my Windows XP machine. It was immediately recognized by the system and I was transferring video from my camcorder within minutes. Even the cable is very high quality.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Effortless installation
    My Dell is getting a bit old, 5 yrs, 700 mhz, and I wondered how well a firewire card & ipod software would install, and would ipod transfers work well with this computer.I had upgraded from win 98 to win 2000 pro ~ 4 years ago, and love windows 2000's stability.

    This belkin card went in EFFORTLESSLY!No software, no menus, nothing.Put card in, restart computer, and it WORKS PERFECTLY with nothing else to do. (The apple ipod software was a breeze also, and very robust, but did have to install web software updates from Apple).

    I've had my 20GB 4G ipod about a week, and it is doing fantastic with this older computer!!I've filled 8gb so far, moving my musicmatchlibrary, etc. and the longest sync. was maybe 5-8 minutes for 5gb?, and I suspect the firewire is not the bottleneck.

    Thanks Belkin!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Easy to install in Windows XP
    I recieved the card yesterday. Today I got up early and installed the card in 10 minutes. As soon as I turned the computer on, Windows XP recognized the card and the digital camcorder it was attached to it. The transfer of video was smooth an easy just using Microsoft Windows Movie Maker 2. I still have to get and install a more powerfull video production software, but I believe it will work great. ... Read more


    10. 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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    Product Description

    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

    11. Asus Computer ATX MBD 875P S478 800FSB-ETH SATA RAID 8X 6CH AUD ( P4C800-E DELUXE )
    by Asus Computer International
    list price: $259.99
    our price: $186.19
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000AI0N5
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Asus Computer International
    Sales Rank: 23779
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Wickedly fast, dead quiet and incredibly flexible! The MusicXPC Professional S2 is one of the most powerful media production computers on the market. The MusicXPC S2 introduces new innovations as standard fare like:3 hard drives ; a peace-of-mindrecovery utilitythat reverts the computer to yesterday's state, last week's or factory merely with a few keystrokes; acutting edge coolingsystems that results in virtually noiseless operation, and of course it's gorgeous. Very Quiet OperationMusicXPC S2 uses the latest quiet cooling technology to achieve record breaking levels of operational silence. You will hear the drives turning or the DVD spinning before you will hear the deafening roar of fans that are a fact of life on so many other computers. The S2 case ensures that there is constant and sufficient airflow without the noise. When standing directly in front of the S2, inches from the chassis, don't be surprised if you hear other computers 7-8 feet away instead. It's truly amazing. PerformanceThe MusicXPC S2 is screaming fast. For us musicians, composers, producers and media creators, speed and stability are top of the list of what we need from our computers. Processing bars that creep across the screen, slow redraws and CPU meters that go into overload before we complete our creative task waste our time - and as the old saying goes, time is money. The S2 features a Pentium 4 HT Processor on an 800MHz bus that is fed by Serial ATA hard drives. This c... ... Read more

    Reviews (4)

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great MOTHER*&*&*& MOTHER BOARD
    I have had this mother board for quite some time, using the raid capabilities and I have had quite a great experience with it.This is the second time that I have built a computer, and my first computer that I built gave me so much trouble that I ended up buying a Dell... but after the Dell experience, I decided to go back and retry building another computer...

    I read in one of the PC magazines that reviewed the different motherboards that this one was the far and away best board on the market, so.. trust me, your computers future stability depends on which motherboard you choose.. so I chose this one..

    stable as a horse.And powerful.I have a 3.0 Gig Intel chip in, and a gig of ram... but will boost the ram more when needed... the computer runs like a champ.

    I also have a hugh case that I got from www.xoxide.com -the all aluminum UFO case with 15 fans) and it keeps the board and chip at a temp around 88 - 93 degrees.Makes the board happy and the chip happy.Get lots of fans and a great board and your machine will fly.

    ASUS rules.

    Have fun

    5-0 out of 5 stars The very best place to buy the very best product
    I am so very happy to see that Amazon has added the very best products required to build the very best computer possable, all by yourself, if you have not built one yet, you must try it is so very easy to do, these great products come with easy to follow step by step instructions. Regarding the one person that had a problem recognizing his super fast 32 MGHz P4 is that he needed to erase his BIOS by simply moving a little jumper, [(J-3) I believe], from the 1-2 position to the 2-3 position for 20 seconds, then move it back to 1-2 position. Then hold down the DELETE key while rebooting and select OPTIMIZE from the list of settings, click enter to save and save again and reboot.

    It seems no matter where you get your mother board 1 out of 1000 need this done and only if your new home built computer doesn't recognize the very newest CPU that is made after the BIOS was created. This Mother Board is known by all to be the best available and the easist to set up. Did you see their neat case and power supply for a perfect fit.

    Harold

    5-0 out of 5 stars Benchmark (of sorts...)
    For those who run SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) data units, here is a statistic that will make this MB's performance crystal clear. With a 3.2-Gig Hyperthreading CPU and 235 data units processed, my average run time per data unit (running in BACKground) is 3-hours 20-minutes. Of significance is the fact that I am often rendering video files in foreground, which is a CPU intensive task. So to say I'm happy with the performance of this MB is a serious understatement!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best socket 478 motherboard on the market
    The other review posted here by:An electronics fan (NY Queens)is a complete fabrication and the individual obviously has zero knowledge of computers at all or is at best completely inept regarding motherboards. Or is purposefully attempting to discredit Asus for reason unknown.

    The P4C800-e deluxe motherboard is the most feature rich and user friendly motherboard out there on the market for socket 478 intel cpu's.I should know and I have one. Further, my CPU is a 3.2Ghz running just fine, unlike what the other reviewer posted about the motherboard not supporting cpus at 3.2 or above. Setting up the jumpers and setting the board for whatever intel p4 you palce on it is a snap and requires no fiddling whatsoever. This motherbaord is also one the BEST for overclocking as well and is used by many, many review sites when using a P4 as a test bed. Maybe the other reviewer simply didnt have the correct bios installed, but for the review to be dated june of 2004 for his, its highly unlikely as I bought mine in feb 04 and have had a 3.2Ghz cpu in it from the start. Asus has also updated the bios for this board to also support 3.4Ghz northwood and also 3.4Ghz prescott cores with version 1014 or later of the bios, although it is recommended by Asus to have at least version 1016 for complete support of the 3.4 northwood or prescott which has a multipler(x17). The most current bios for this board is 1017 released in august 04.

    I must say its sad to see someone post a review of a product for which they really dont have the knowledge to use it to begin with.
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    12. Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-250 (Model 975)
    by HAUPPAUGE

    our price: $121.83
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    Asin: B0001A06F8
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: HAUPPAUGE
    Sales Rank: 14662
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-250MCE Perso - FM Tuner, TV Tuner, Video Capture - PCI - PAL, NTSC - TV/Video/Radio Input AdapterWinTV-PVR-250MCE brings live TV, FM radio and TV recording to Windows XP Media Center EditionAdd TV and FM radio to your Windows XP Media Center Edition PC with the Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-250MCE. The WinTV-PVR-250MCE has excellent TV video quality, plus adds FM radio. ... 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 (2)

    2-0 out of 5 stars Be careful - this is the MCE version
    If you are looking for a reasonably priced Hauppauge PVR 250 for use with MythTV, this *isn't* it. This is the MCE version, a fact which Amazon cleverly left out of the product title (although it is present in the fine print), and it is 50-50 whether this will work with MythTV.Look for the Model 980 instead.I bought this one by mistake...learn from my misfortune.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great Card!
    I ordered this from Amazon and it came the next day, even though I checked standard shipping.That was kinda cool. :)

    I havent found anything really wrong with this card other than the fact that there is about a 1-2 second lag time when watching video.This really is no big deal unless you planned on say plugging in your XBOX to it and try to play video games through your PC.

    The recording quality is excellent, I recorded a couple of fights I had saved on my TIVO and burned them to DVD for my fight collection and when I played it back on the DVD player, there was absolutely no loss in the quality.It looked identical to what I had saved on TIVO.

    I really cannot use the channel changer features as I use satellite, but it seems to tune into channel 3 ok. :)

    Supposedly you can set it up to record stuff automatically etc., I just do not need it for that so I cannot really comment on it.

    I would have given this 5 stars if there was no lag time.

    Great product, I highly recommend it. ... Read more


    13. Intel BOXED PENTIUM 4 2.8GHZ-32BIT 1MB MP ( BX80546PG2800E )
    by Intel

    our price: $205.99
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    Asin: B000184BSS
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Intel
    Sales Rank: 31351
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    Product Description

    Intel Pentium 4 (Extreme Edition) 2.8E GHz Processor - 2.8GHz - 800MHz FSB - 16KB L1 - 1MB L2 - 478-pin PPGA Socket 478This Intel® Pentium® 4 processor supports Hyper-Threading Technology (HT Technology) delivers Intel's most advanced, most powerful processors for desktop PCs and entry-level workstations, which are based on the Intel NetBurst®microarchitecture. The Pentium 4 processor is designed to deliver performance across applications and usages where end-users can truly appreciate and experience the performance. These applications include Internet audio and streaming video, image processing, video content creation, speech, 3D, CAD, games, multimedia, and multitasking user environments Nice electronics is your source for everyday low prices on theIntel BX80546PG2800E - P4-2.8E GHZ 1MB PGA478 90NM 800MHZ HT PRESCOTT and all other Intel CPU s ... Read more


    14. Intel BOXD925XCVLK 925X LGA775 MAX-4GB DDR2 Atx PCIE16 2PCIE 4PCI Snd Gbe Sata
    by Intel
    list price: $199.99
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    Asin: B0002XXZG6
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Intel
    Sales Rank: 37683
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    Product Description

    The Intel® Desktop Board D925XCV supports Intel® Pentium 4 processors (LGA775) and features PCI Express* x16 and DDR2 memory. ... Read more

    Features

    • Form Factor: ATX
    • Processor Interface: Socket 775
    • Processors Supported: Intel Pentium 4
    • Additional Technologies: Hyper-Threading Technology
    • Channels: 8 Channels

    15. Micro-Star MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum - mainboard - ATX - nForce4 Ultra ( K8NNEO4PLATINUM )
    by Micro-Star International
    list price: $149.99
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    Asin: B0007PH826
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Micro-Star International
    Sales Rank: 34341
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    Product Description

    Price Break!Powerhouse AMD Athlon 64/FX MotherboardIndustry insiders are raving about MSI's powerhouse K8N Neo4 Platinum Edition motherboard! That's because this Socket 939 mainboard can transform AMD 64/FX-based systems into the most electrifying gaming machines ever created. Based on the new nVidia nforce4 chipset, the Neo4 supports PCI Express, SATA2, 8-channel audio, 1394 FireWire and an incredible array of MSI's unique innovations (see complete list of features and specifications below) all designed to maximize performance and reliability. The K8N Neo4 Platinum Edition motherboard includes MSI's Corecell Chip with D.O.T. (Dynamic Overclocking Technology) to offer extreme PC enthusiasts the promise of reaching greater performance levels than they have ever attained. This incredible motherboard also supports Dual DDR400, Dual Gb LAN, 7.1 Channel Audio and nVidia Active Armor software, which will protect your PC from malicious spyware and hacker attacks. MSI's K8N Neo4 Platinum Edition - find out why it's the critical darling among today's extreme motherboards. MSI's Pursuit of Perfection has paid off big time with this great board. Available now at our lowest-in-the-industry pricing! ... Read more


    16. Micro-Star NFORCE4 SOCKET 939 ATHLON64FX ( K8N NEO4-F )
    by Micro-Star International
    list price: $89.99
    our price: $92.14
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0007XXHLE
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Micro-Star International
    Sales Rank: 6533
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    Product Description

    Seismic Power! Low Price. MSI’s K8N Neo-4 Platform for Socket 939 CPUs. What’s new with MSI’s fabled Neo platforms? The K8N Neo-4!! We just struck the deal for this phenomenal motherboard, and we’re awfully glad we did. Because MSI’s relentless pursuit of perfection has led to the creation of one crackerjack mobo, tailor-made for AMD’s amazing 64-bit Athlon 64FX/64 processors with HyperTransport technology and supports up to 4000 + (beginning at 3000+) s well as FX53 and FX55. With a colossal menu of fabulous innovations, it’s the perfect motherboard to inspire maximum performance in your extreme systems. Based on nVidia’s famed nForce 4 chipset, the K8N Neo-4 supports 4 DIMMs with DDR 400 up to 4GB, PCI-E 16X, 10 USB ports, 7.1 channel audio, Gb LAN, RAID (0,1,0+1), SATA and ATA133. The K8N Neo-4 boasts a complete suite of MSI’s unique performance enhancing software including Live Update, Fuzzy Logic, PC Alert, MSI CoreCell, MSI CoreCenter, D.O.T. (Dynamic Overclocking Technology), DigiCell and nVidia Firewall. Ideal for the system builder crafting a high-performance, game-crunching PC! It’s the critical darling of industry insiders in the know. MSI’s K8N Neo-4– a great motherboard available now at extreme savings! ... Read more


    17. Griffin Technology ADC to VGA Video Adapter
    by Griffin Technology

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    Asin: B00009MF7Z
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Griffin Technology
    Sales Rank: 20522
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    Product Description

    The ADC to VGA Video Adapter lets you connect any VGA monitor to any available ADC connector on your Macintosh computer. ... Read more

    Features

    • High-quality video adapter for connecting VGA monitors to Mac's ADC connector
    • Gives user greater flexibility when matching components
    • Durable shielding protects cable from interference and video ghosting
    • 1-year warranty against defects

    18. PNY R2X128M168 PC800 256MB RDRAM Memory Upgrade
    by PNY
    list price: $149.99
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    Asin: B00006B6KP
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: PNY
    Sales Rank: 23805
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Requires RDRAM compatible motherboard
    • For Pentium 4 500/800MHz systems
    • PNY RDRAM modules meet RAMBUS engineering and test specifications
    • They are available with PNY free technical support, and backed by a lifetime warranty
    • Package includes two chips of equal capacity--both must be installed!

    Reviews (2)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Don't pay attention to the guy above me
    It doesn't make much sense to me that the in the guy's review above me, he gives this RAM a *bad* review because of *his* mistake. That's not what reviews are all about. This RAM works fine.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Buyer beware - understand what you're getting
    There should be a description for this product.Let me clue you in on what you'll get if you buy this.This is a 256MB upgrade, but it contains 2 128MB RIMMs.I should have tried to decode the part number.

    RIMMs need to go in as pairs.Order one of these and you'll get 1 pair of 128MB RIMMsfor a total of 256MB.If you want 2 256MB RIMMs (as I did, for a 512MB upgrade) this product is not what you want. ... Read more


    19. Pinnacle Systems Studio 9 - Video Editing
    by Pinnacle Systems
    list price: $99.99
    our price: $71.24
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    Asin: B0001AU6I0
    Catlog: Software
    Manufacturer: Pinnacle Systems
    Sales Rank: 720
    Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Pinnacle Studio 9, the next generation of family home movie-making hardware and software targeted at camcorder owners who want to quickly and easily create and share entertaining home movies. This latest version of one of the best-selling home movie making family of solutions redefines and simplifies the movie making experience.New advanced features for Studio 9 solutions include automatic editing capabilities and powerful one touch controls for improving oldor damaged video. Studio 9 debuts new powerful, creative options including audiotools for producing home cinema-quality movies and support for third party developers to incorporate their audio and video plug-ins.With the power of the Intel Pentium 4 processor with HT Technology and Studio 9's ability to add surround-sound and format for wide-screen, consumers are empowered to create engaging, entertaining home movies for today's home theatre systems.Video editing is faster and easier than ever with SmartMovie, Studio 9's automatic movie creator. Users simply select raw video footage, add a favorite song for a soundtrack, and choose an editing style for their finished movie. With one click, Studio will create a professional looking movie--complete with titles, transitions, and special effects--all synchronized to the beat and duration of the music.Studio 9 gives users a powerful suite of new audio and video enhancement features that restore and enhance video and audio in a number of ... Read more

    Features

    • PC-based, consumer video editing system--make more dynamic home movies
    • SmartMovie automated video editing and integrated Video CD and DVD creation
    • Experience a stunning array of video editing features
    • Add titles, transitions, sound effects, and background music
    • Add powerful one-touch video and audio restoration tools

    Reviews (66)

    1-0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware with this software
    The reviews below explain at length many of the the problems I have also encountered, so I will be more brief.I do not usually write reviews, but I have never had a software program fail at such a fundamental level.On my system it will not render full length videos and therefore it also will not burn them.I have a Pentium 2.5 processor, 1 gig of ram and an 80 gig hard drive, which according to their information should easily be enough. I did upgrade to the most current version, 9.4.2, though even that was difficult - their web link instructions did not match the actual web page once you got there.I did not run any other programs while trying to make Studio 9 work.It does capture video sucessfully, but locked up my machine every time I tried to render more than a few minutes, which is a preliminary requirement for subsequently burning a DVD.I could not reach Pinnalce's "one free call" support in three tries of about one half hour each, on three different days.After that it is $30 per call and I think there is a fair chance you will be making some additional calls.

    The store salesman told me that this is the best program in its price range, and unfortunatley I believed him, even though I had read the reviews and been adequately warned! (stupid, stupid, stupid!)I am now out $100, which the store will not refund, as the software has been opened!Therefore they are losing my not-insubstantial business.Not exactly a best buy on my part!BEWARE on your part!

    My computer tech at work is sucessfully using Adobe Premiere Elements and that is my next stop, after my wallet recovers.Another guy at work, who uses the expensive version of Premier and does a lot of video has also heard of several people with problems with Pinnacle Studio 9.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Read these reviews before you don't buy!
    Wow, looks like I'm not alone in my pissedoffedness of Pinnacle Studio 9. The board is easy enough to install, and I got no complaints about the 1.2Gig of software you have to load before you fire this tool up, but I do have a HUGE problem with the 69Mb "patch" you have to download from Pinnacle's website in order to make this product semi-functional. Yes, sixty-nine meg, and it WILL NOT WORK without it!

    I have been able to successfully render short clips of 5 minutes or less in decent quality, but as another reviewer wrote this product is useless for creating DVDs in any length. Maybe if you're running a Cray or something you might be able to make this work, but as it is Studio 9 is way too unstable, and the DVD authoring process is just too damn slow, even on a 3.2G P4 with 2Gig of memory.

    Sorry, I cant tell you what to buy instead, I can only tell you that you wont be happy with Studio 9. At under $80 it's cheap for a reason.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Possibly the worst software I have ever purchased!
    Do not, under any circumstances, buy this software! It has been a source of frustration from day one! First, this software has serious memory problems. It cannot run smoothly and froze my computer on a regular basis. The fact that I have a new Sony VIAO with all the bells and whistles, and the fact that subsequent video editing software run perfectly, has to point to an inefficient memory use by this software. Also, the videos that I tried to edit were your plain vanilla family trip clips, nothing extraordinary. Still this software couldn't handle them.

    To add insult to injury, this software is full of locked features, yes even at that price! For example, if you want MPEG-4 computability, you need to purchase additional drivers ($10). If you want to use MP3 files, you need to get additional drivers. MP3? Isn't that an industry standard? Anyway, the list of "premium" locked features goes on and on, even downloading the latest patch (9.4 at the time of this writing) doesn't help.

    There are other serious flaws with this software, primarily around burning the DVD's. I can't fully report on these since unfortunately I only got to briefly sample the DVD burnning process. Why you might ask? Because my computer kept on freezing before I ever got to finish editing the movie...

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Great Way to Make a Masterpiece
    I have been using Pinnacle software for the past 9 months without a hitch!I don't know what or why other reviewers are having such a problem.I do not have a blazing fast machine as some of the other reviewers do, yet I have no problems whatsoever with Studio 9.My computer is an AMD Athlon XP 3200+, 160 GB & 80 GB hard drive, 1 GB RAM, Nvidia GeForce 5200 128 MB.As with all software, patches are published for fixes as needed.Making movies is a snap and a joy to do.Studio 9 is able to import, edit, and export your new masterpiece!Editing my family movies make me feel like a Hollywood director and editor since I am able to animate titles, transition clips, and adjust audio levels.The SmartSound option can quickly add background music to your movie.Motion or still menus complete your movie and give it that "Hollywood" DVD feel!Even though Studio 9 comes with plenty of transitions and menus, to get ALL of them, you must purchase them in packs (hence 4 stars instead of 5).Regardless, after trying Sonic DVD, Easy Media Creator Videowave, and a couple others, I am confident to say Studio 9 is the best and top of the line!Visit http://www.romskye.co.uk/English/home.htm for movies by users of the program and tips and see for yourself how amazing your movies can look!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Many good features, but to many bugs....
    Easy to use, and many good features, but a lot of trouble because of bugs and bugs and bugs ...
    You can add patches, in my case from 9.0 to 9.1 to 9.3 to 9.4, but still many bugs.
    My biggest problem right now is that I can't add transitions to the 2nd of my project. ... Read more


    20. Pinnacle Studio 9 AV/DV
    by Pinnacle Systems
    list price: $99.99
    our price: $85.49
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0001AU6IK
    Catlog: Software
    Manufacturer: Pinnacle Systems
    Sales Rank: 1095
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Studio AV/DV Version 9 Video Editor ... Read more

    Features

    • Add powerful one-touch video and audio restoration tools
    • Includes both Pinnacle Studio and PCI analog and digital video capture card
    • SmartMovie automated video editing and integrated Video CD and DVD creation
    • Experience a stunning array of video editing features
    • Add titles, transitions, sound effects, and background music

    Reviews (21)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Makes great home movies.
    Pinnacle Studio 9 makes video editing such as scene arrangement and transitions from one clip to the next quick and smooth.Not having done any video editing before, I was still able to pull together my first "movie" in a few hours - from loading the software to burning my first disc.I found it easy to use, but like all software there's a learning curve and you will have to read instructions.Although you can figure out most of the basics by messing around with it, if you don't like referring to a manual you won't get all the great features this program has to offer.I keep a few short clips in a separate project on the go all the time to practice editing techniques with before I use them in my real movie.As I learn, each new project gets a few more enhancements and a little more refined than the last.I gave it 5 stars because this program does more than I expected and enables me to produce a good quality, interesting to watch home movie for a reasonable price.
    Beware: It takes alot of processor resources to edit video, so the faster your computer is, the better.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware
    This product is NOT COMPATIBLE with PAL Video Standard.It will NOT capture or edit video recorded in this format.Installation of software is a long and complicated process. Software is difficult to use. Works OK with NTSC Video Standard ONLY. Many of the features must be purchased separately. Support is almost all automated unless you pay on a per incident basis.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Non-stop Crashes and Freezes
    You would think Pinnacle never wrote a piece of software before, or maybe this was written by a 5th grader and never tested. There is just no excuse for a program that crashes almost every time it is used. I use the term loosely because the software is just unusable.

    The program frequently freezes when creating videos, crashes to the desktop when viewing videos that were made. I got into the habit of saving my project every 30 seconds because the program crashed and had to be restarted so often.

    This frustration culminated in the creation of more coasters than DVDs.

    AVOID AT ALL COSTS.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Better than some of the reviews
    Recently purchased a Dell Dimension 3000 with a Celeron "D" 2.4 MHZ processor, 512M...ill advised, I know, but I didn't realize the mistake until the product had been delivered.Rather than scrap it and send it back to reorder, I thought at least give it a shot....I ordered a new computer specifically for video and editing.Then I ordered this product, Pinnacle Studio 9 AV/DV (from Servemart for $74 bucks + shipping), and was concerned with whether or not my system would be able to handle it.

    After receiving the product, I had the PCI card and software installed within an hour...and later that evening, I had successfully transferred my video to DVD without any trouble...and I didn't even open the manual.

    My primary purpose for buying this product was to create DVD versions of my home movies...all those tapes cause quite a clutter, and some of the older ones are slowly degrading.I did try some of the transitions, and other effects, and though I might use them in the future, I have yet to render a project using them.Rendering didn't take any longer than I expected...without the effects, I burned a high quality DVD in just under an hour.

    My only complaint at this time is having to constantly "unlock" features by visiting the website...different features require a "key" to use..some are free, others are not. So, occasionally, you'll encounter a feature that's free, and you'll have to visit the website to get the key, which slows down your work, until you get the feature unlocked..seems that the original product key should've done that, but I suppose Pinnacle wanted you to visit their website, just to let you know it's there...

    Overall, though, I'm very satisfied with the product...

    ****Update:Today I burned my first DVD using some of the additional features and transitions, and I experienced NO additional burn time for making DVD's...an 80 minute home movie, complete with transistions, titles and menus took approximately 50 minutes to burn with my system...though, I do recommend deleting all finished projects and defragmenting the harddrive before beginning a new project.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Lots of Trouble with this One
    After using this for a short time, the Dazzle capture device quit working.Customer service sent me a three page e-mail of things to do, including removing all USB software, registry editing, etc.Until they get the bugs out, I would avoid this like the plague. ... Read more


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