Pinnacle offers pocket-sized video transfer device
With it you can record from a TV, DVD player, PVR, camcorder or set-top box directly to video-enabled iPod, Sony PlayStation Portable, USB flash drive or USB hard drive. For each connected device, you can select three different recording levels, depending on their preference for video quality or the actual size of the video files.
For consumers with personal videos on VHS, Hi8 or VHS-C tape, Pinnacle Video Transfer can be used to make a digital copy on a USB 2.0 hard drive. It also offers a way for gamers to capture their preferred session in digital format that can be edited on a computer at later time.
Videos are captured in the H.264 format, the high-compression multimedia technology supported by iPods and PSPs. Also known as the Advanced Video Codec (AVC) specification or MPEG 4-Part 10, Pinnacleâ€™s H.264 encoding delivers high-quality videos with two to three times the compression efficiency of solutions such as the MPEG-2 standard, which is used in DVD video, according to Tanguy Leborgne of Pinnacle Systems. With the press of a button, users can select the quality for each recording (Good, Better or Best). When Best recording is selected, videos can be captured at up to 720 x 480/576 (NTSC/PAL) resolution.
Measuring 4.843 x 2.638 x 0.906 inches the Pinnacle Video Transfer supports multiple inputs including S-Video, Composite video and stereo audio analog. By purchasing additional cables, Pinnacle Video Transfer can also be used to recharge an iPod or PSP battery during video transfer. It will be available Jan. 15 at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$129.99. In addition to the Pinnacle Video Transfer device, the complete package includes three RCA audio/video cables, an 110v-230v power supply and a Quick Start Guide.
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