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Hi Tom,

I've used this USB MPEG4 capture device with good results for about a year.   It comes with fairly intuitive software for creating DVD menus, etc.   The only trouble I had initially was with the USB connector on the box, but I returned it, and they put a more substantial connector and cable to go with it, free of charge.

http://www.cooldrives.com/usb20mpvigrs.html

Rod Stephens

--- On Mon, 9/29/08, Trey Bunn <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> From: Trey Bunn <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Composite video capture device
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Date: Monday, September 29, 2008, 7:43 AM
> Tom:
> 
> It's kind of lame and predictable to say it, but
> you'll get what you
> pay for.  For a year or so, I used the Pyro A/V Link
> converter for
> importing old home VHS tapes to my computer for transfer to
> DVD.  It
> costs around $150.
> http://www.adstech.com/products/API-557-EFS/intro/api557_intro.asp?pid=API-557-EFS
> The problem I had with it was that if the signal coming
> from the tape
> was the slightest bit weak, it would crap out and disappear
> briefly,
> causing the footage to have little gaps and jumps in it. 
> To avoid
> that, you'll have to spend a bit more.
> 
> I now use the Canopus ADVC110, which is near the low end
> (e.g.
> affordable) of their range.  These go for around $250. 
> I've been
> satisfied with mine so far.
> http://desktop.thomsongrassvalley.com/products/ADVC110/index.php
> The links on the left side of the page will take you to
> different
> higher and lower end models.  (Where I work, we have the
> ADVC300
> model.)  The more you're able to spend, the better
> transfer you'll
> get.
> 
> 
> ---------
> Trey Bunn
> Audiovisual Conservator
> Emory University Libraries
> Preservation Office
> Atlanta, GA
> 404-727-4894