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decent quality conversion
on January 6, 2010
I recently purchased this item in order to convert a massive collection of old video tapes into digital files and to record analogue input from my PlayStation 2. All in all the device is very easy to set up. Just be sure you have a TV with composite A/V inputs to plug the device into. You will also need an SD or SDHC card (not included with the product) onto which to save your digital files, as well as a way for your computer to read said card.
Note that the cords which lead input and output to and from the converter have all male ends, so whatever your source and destination devices are you will need them to have female connectors. In my case, My PS2 outputs through a cable with male connectors. To make the connection between the PS2 and the converter, I ran the PS2 output through my VCR and then ran the VCR output into the converter. The converter output then plugs into the TV.
As another review has stated, this product converts analogue input into MPEG-4 encoded .asf video files (a Microsoft format which should be readable in Windows Media Player). The quality of these files is decent--certainly not spectacular--but far superior to some cheaper analogue to USB converters on the market. There was some noticeable artifacting and blurring in the image after converting, but it is the sound quality that I think suffers more. The sound compression removes much of the highs from the input and "muddies" up the sound. I did not, however, notice any noise in either the audio or video after conversion.
I was able to import and edit the .asf files on my PC (running Windows Vista 64 Ultimate) using Adobe Premiere Pro without any problem.
As a final note, the construction quality of the device is not the greatest. The plastic feels light and flimsy, and I wouldn't be surprised if the buttons on the top of the device eventually stopped working. All this aside, however, I am generally happy with the product for the price (I purchased it on clearance at a local store). Just don't expect exact duplication in the conversion.