USB 2.0 Video Capture Device Recommendations

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Paul, Oct 23, 2004.

  1. Paul

    Paul Guest

    I want to capture VHS videos and bring them to my Laptop to edit and
    write to a DVD. I have a Dazzle DVC 80 device that I could never get
    the audio to come across with the video. I want to upgrade to a
    better device.

    I have a P4 laprop with a DVD RW and USB 2.0 and S-Video output.
    I am considering the following devices:

    Plextor ConvertX Digital Video Converter (PX-M402U)

    PLEXTOR USB2.0 Digital Video Converter, Model "ConvertX PX-AV100U"

    Adaptec VideOh! DVD, Model "1980200"

    Can anybody recommend one of these?

    Paul, Oct 23, 2004
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    AnthonyR Guest

    A couple of things first, is your laptop powerful enough to capture and edit
    in dv format? If so then a device called a AD?DV converter, like the Canopus
    ADVC-100 which uses 1394 to the computer and converts the analog video and
    audio into pure DV-AVI into the computer can be used, then edited in
    software like Premiere etc and then as a final step when editing is
    complete, encoded to mpeg2 for burning to a dvd using a separate dvd
    authoring software, like encore.
    If the laptop can't really handle the dv compressed avi files, then a device
    like the PX-M402U which I believe can capture directly to mpeg2 files, as
    well as smaller mpeg4 files, can be used. It will put less strain on your
    laptop as the mpeg2 files are compressed about 200 to 1 over regular avi
    files. So it will be easier to handle on the hard drive etc..
    Editing was always more difficult on mpeg2 because of the compressed nature
    of the data stored in that format, but newer software uses different methods
    which seem to work well for home users and it might be a better option for
    you with the laptop.
    I suggest you buy the device from a dealer with a 30 day return policy, try
    it out and see if it works well for you and if so, enjoy and welcome to the
    world of digital editing. if not then return it and try again. :)

    Hope this helps, also read the tutorials on and for more ideas.
    AnthonyR, Oct 23, 2004
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  3. Paul

    Paul Guest

    Thanks for the great information Anthony! My laptop is a 3.0 ghz with
    512 mb ram. Do you know if the plextor comes with editing software?
    I have myDVD for creating a DVD and am happy with that. So will the
    plextor bring the video to my pc as either mpeg or avi?
    Paul, Oct 24, 2004
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    John Guest

    You can see a few more reviews (generally well written, but you never
    know the qualifications of the user/reviewer) by going to,, and the like. When I was shopping
    for a similar device, I noticed tha the Adaptec got screamingly bad
    reviews, but I don't recall how plextor fared.

    I agree with the comments suggesting that you capture to DV-AVI. It
    offers a good starting place for editing.

    Does your laptop not also have a firewire (1394) input? Although USB-2
    has plenty of bandwidth for video capture, firewire has the slight
    advantage in that it's the "native" digital interface for camcorders
    and such.

    I ended up with an ADS Pyro A/V link after my search. It read one very
    negative review from a user who sounded expert, but I took a chance
    that his situation was unique, or later firmware had resolved it, and
    I've run enough hours of video into the box to be very happy with it.
    Unfortunately as it relates to your question, it's just 1394 out,
    although ADS does offer USB also in other boxes in their lineup.

    Good luck in your search.
    John, Oct 24, 2004
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    AnthonyR Guest

    Not sure, but from what I read I think the Plextor can capture in avi also
    besides all the mpeg formats.
    So that is good, if it's true, I don't have the device myself so can say for
    It probably comes with some type of software, maybe neoDVD 4? not sure what
    I read.
    if so, it probably isn't that good but you can alsways change software after

    if you note on the bottom it shows dv-avi as one of the capture formats, so
    claims to do them all! Hmmm?

    Good Luck, on what you decide.

    Oh, if you want to try an external USB2 capture device with TV tuner for
    cheap, I just seen this in for only $29 after $40
    rebates. it might work well on a laptop to experiment with for starters.
    it only captures in mpeg from what I see and includes its own mpeg editor,
    can't be that great but you never know for the money?

    AnthonyR, Oct 24, 2004
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