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Q: Review/comparison of USB2.0-based Digital Video Editing devices. ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Review/comparison of USB2.0-based Digital Video Editing devices.
Category: Computers > Graphics
Asked by: atr-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 08 Jun 2005 21:35 PDT
Expires: 08 Jul 2005 21:35 PDT
Question ID: 531212
How good is this product and are there any better alternatives?

I'm primarily interested in input from 2 sources - DV and VHS,
with output to DVD. With some editing. As efficiently as possible.


Clarification of Question by atr-ga on 08 Jun 2005 21:39 PDT
Here's another one. Which one is better?

Clarification of Question by atr-ga on 08 Jun 2005 21:41 PDT
Both get very horrible customer reviews on amazon. There must be
something better out there!
Subject: Re: Review/comparison of USB2.0-based Digital Video Editing devices.
Answered By: djbaker-ga on 08 Jun 2005 22:24 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Good Evening Atr!
The product you mentioned first, the Turtle Beach Video Advantage
looks to be a very good choice.  In addition to getting high scores
overall from various review sites it also got notable mention for its
ability to convert analog to digital.

"You'd think that every video capture device could convert analog
video to digital with perfect audio/video synchronization, but you'd
be wrong. We've tested plenty of A-to-D converters that dropped frames
or produced out-of-sync results. So the Turtle Beach Video Advantage
USB proved a breath of fresh air."

"We ran multiple tests with both DV and MPEG-2 captures of up to 90
minutes in duration. Even in our least powerful configuration, we
experienced no dropped frames or loss of synchronization. Captured
quality in both formats was good, with sharp edges and minimal analog
noise. All files imported successfully into Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe
Encore, and Pinnacle Studio, indicating a very high degree of file

The Pinnacle system you mention did not however fair nearly as well. 
It received a 3.4/10 average user review on CNet.  The complaints seem
to focus mostly around the software saying that it is pretty unstable
and difficult to use.  Here are some of the more telling comments:

"For all the poor software and hardware I have bought over the years
this one wins the prize for its unique combination of time consumption
and poor performance. It is right up there with its cousin at

"I used to own a DVC 80 and bought this because the 80 crashed my
system every time I attempted to use it. This apparatus did no better
- I have not been able to convert my VHS library - it has refused to
work on all five of my computers. I will never make the mistake of
buying dazzle producets again!"

"MPEG video editing with Pinnacle Studio simply does not work. No
drivers for 3rd party software. Check Google and user forums - seems
that nobody ever managed to make this product work. No response from
product support."

If the DV system you are using has USB 2.0 outputs then you may be
interested in the Plextor Convertx Px-M402U.  The product received 4/5
stars from PC Magazine Editors and 5/5 from their readers.

"There's plenty of reason to like the Plextor ConvertX PX-M402U
video-capture module. This flexible USB 2.0 device can capture almost
any flavor of analog video and store it as MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, or
even DivX AVI files. It handled our most challenging test footage with
aplomb, and its picture quality was excellent for a mid-priced

From what I can tell for straight up analog video inputing this is one
of the better products on the market.  The major disadvantage it has
though is that there are no built in DV plugs meaning it is incapable
of importing DV.  If your camera or other DV devise has built in USB
2.0 like a lot of the newer ones do these days then this is probably
not a problem.  If not however you will need to go another way.

From what I can tell you can't go wrong with the Turtle Beach.  it is
a solid product and quite possibly the best for this level of video
importing.  If you have any questions or need anything cleared up,
please request a clarification before rating my answer and I will be
more then happy to help.


Clarification of Answer by djbaker-ga on 08 Jun 2005 22:35 PDT
Hello again,
I saw your last clarification after I submitted my answer, for some
reason it did not show up when I locked the question originally.

Anyway, the only amazon listing I was able to find for the product you
mentioned was this one:

which has no customer reviews at all.  I think you might be looking at
the Video Advantage PCI which recieved a 2 1/2 star customer rating.

The rating on that product is deceptive though because it is based on
the feedback of only two customers, one who hated it because it did
not work with their motherboard and another who gave it 4/5 stars and
was fond of the program.

Hope this helps.  

atr-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Thanks! I just put in an order for the Plextor device. It seems to be
the better choice as I already have DV inputs.

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