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Ion Video2PC -- Performs as Advertised after Software Substitution
on January 22, 2012
I ordered this video capture device from Amazon, and it arrived a few days later. Rather than immediately install the drivers and software on the enclosed CD, I went to the product's web site to download and install the latest software. Inadvertently, I downloaded software for an older device, which was actually older than the software on the CD. An email request to Ion for tech support was quickly answered, clarifying that I had the MKII model, not the older MKI, and pointing me to the correct software. (There is no mention of different models of this device in the enclosed documentation.)
The newest drivers installed easily, and Windows immediately recognized the device when connected.
The next hurdle was the software to operate the device -- Cyberlink Power Director. This software package, featuring a massive array of fancy video features -- transitions, titles, etc. -- was breathtaking in size: in excess of 627 MB installed! Complete overkill for what I want, simply to digitize a few old video tapes of TV shows. Again my request for tech support was quickly answered, suggesting that I uninstall the Cyberlink software and use the company's EZ VHS converter software.
True to its name, this second software package was simple and EZ to operate. However, although it previewed both audio and video before capturing, it managed to capture and save only audio -- no video at all. After a fair amount of tinkering and mounting frustration, I next searched out and tried three other freeware video capture software titles, but all failed to capture successfully for one reason or another. I finally found, downloaded and installed a freeware video capture software package that worked, and that is what I am now using with the device. (The software also captures streaming video and TV as well [through an installed TV tuner]).
It took some work, but I am now using the ION Video2PC without further incident.
If you have at least intermediate knowledge and skills and are not afraid to tinker, the ION Video2PC will work. If you are a neophyte, this device may not be for you.