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Review of ADS Tech DVD Xpress DX2 - USB Video Capture Device

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Review of ADS Tech DVD Xpress DX2 - USB Video Capture Device

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The Bottom Line

The DVDXpress DX2 is ADS Tech's latest Video Capture Device for capturing analog video from any source. The DX2 includes S-Video and composite RCA video inputs, and composite RCA audio inputs. It outputs the video signal to your computer via a fast USB 2.0 connection. Using the included video capture software, the video and audio is captured to your computer's hard drive, or direct to disc. A good product for what it is, a way to capture and edit old analog VHS or camcorder footage on your PC.
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Pros

  • Easy Analog Video Capture
  • Powered by USB connection
  • Capture to Computer Hard Drive or Direct to DVD or VCD
  • Capture in MPEG-2 (DVD), MPEG-4 or DivX
  • Includes Ulead VideoStudio 9 for Video Editing

Cons

  • Can only capture video using the included CapWiz software
  • Analog Video Capture only - no support for Digital Video
  • Picture Quality a tad pixelated when using RCA Video cable

Description

  • Capture audio and video via the USB port to your computer hard drive or Direct to Disc (CD or DVD).
  • Capture video directly to different video formats: DVD, SVCD, VCD, MPEG-4 and DivX.
  • Capture to MPEG-4 or DivX, and then transfer your videos to Video iPod or PSP.
  • Includes CapWiz Video Capture Software.
  • Includes Ulead VideoStudio 9 for Video Editing and DVD Authoring.
  • Hardware Encoding chip inside DVD Xpress does the video encoding work, not your CPU.
  • Customizable Video Compression in different video formats.
  • Adjust Brightness, Contrast, Saturation, Sharpness and Hue.

Guide Review - Review of ADS Tech DVD Xpress DX2 - USB Video Capture Device

The DVDXpress DX2 is a good device for those looking to easily capture analog video and audio to their computer hard drive or directly to DVD or Video CD. The device comes bundled with video capture software, dubbed CapWiz, and VideoStudio 9 video editing and DVD creation software. I liked the CapWiz software, as it is very easy to use. CapWiz lets users choose whether to record in PAL, SECAM or NTSC, to use RCA or S-Video cables for video capture, to record to the hard drive or direct to disc, and the format to record in (VCD, SVCD, DVD or MPEG-4/DivX). If recording Direct to Disc, a wizard pops up next taking you through the Direct to Disc steps. If recording to the computer's hard drive, the program starts and you can preview and then record your video footage. Once recorded to the hard drive, the video can then be edited or burned to DVD using the VideoStudio 9 software. The only issues I had with the DX2 were minor. You must use the CapWiz program to capture your video, but once it's on your hard drive it can be edited or burned to DVD with any other video editing or DVD burning software. I would like to see support for a digital transfer (MiniDV input) in a future version of this device. If you own a digital camcorder, you're better off using a DVD Recorder with a MiniDV input to record to DVD.
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