by November 17, 2001 0 comments

This comes with software to capture, edit and burn videos on CDs 

Price: Rs 9,550
Meant for: Mid-level video enthusiast
Features: Capture card, bundled capture, editing and CD-writing software (Nero)
Pros: Easy templates to capture directly to VCD format
Cons: None
Contact: Aditya Infotech. Tel: 011-816986/87/88/89/90 Fax: 6372438. B-254, Okhla Phase I, New Delhi.
www.adityagroup.com.
E-mail: amit_shukla@adityagroup.com  

This is a ready to use solution for creating your own VCDs. It includes a video capture card, and software to capture, edit, and burn the video on the CD. The card can take both S-video and composite video as input and hence can connect to video sources like a DVD player, camcorder or a standard VCR. It supports PAL, NTSC and SECAM standards. Audio is captured through your PC’s sound card.

The software driving the card is Ravisent Technologies’ CinePlayer DVR. This controls all parameters of the video, its source switching and capture settings, which include its resolution and a template. Three built-in templates set the duration of capture (1*CD, 2*CD or VideoCD). You can sort the video as MPEG-1 or as ASF (Microsoft’s streaming video format). This encoding is done in real time. We tried capturing video and could easily do so at a resolution of 320*240 (used for VCDs). There were no frame drops. However, in interface and ease of use, the Pinnacle Studio software is better.

For editing video, the bundle has CinePlayer Editor, a utility to cut, clip and assemble video clips. The video clips need not be decompressed from their captured MPEG or ASF format. Once edited, Nero burns your video to VideoCD, which is bundled with the package. So you don’t need anything (apart from a CD Writer, of course) to make
VideoCDs.

Given the convenience it offers, at Rs 9,550 Pinnacle Studio VCD is a fair buy.

Ashish Sharma

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