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Pinnacle Video Transfer - Pinnacle Video Transfer

By Sam White

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Summary

Our Score:

8

I didn't have a Sony PSP to hand but for testing I used a 30GB iPod Video and a 4GB USB flash key. Throughout testing, the device generally worked without a hitch and I successfully recorded a variety of video clips from my satellite box and DVD player at all the different quality settings. However, it was when I tried to view the captured video on my iPod that I started to run into difficulties.

Video clips captured onto the iPod are supposed to be viewable immediately after recording, but I was disappointed to find that I couldn't locate and play back any of the saved video clips using the iPod's menu system. Updating the PVT with the latest firmware didn't fix the problem and, despite the best efforts from Pinnacle Support, I was unable to resolve the issue. In order to watch the clips on my iPod, my workaround was to hook it up to iTunes on my PC, then browse for the video files manually (in the hidden F99 directory) and finally add them to my iPod's Video library, but that of course defeats the whole purpose of PC-less video capture. It may well be the case that the latest-generation iPods will work as they should with the PVT, but with only my two-year old iPod Video to hand I have no way of knowing for sure. That's said, Pinnacle will hopefully address this issue.

Quality-wise, the captured video recordings were impressive. Even at the lowest capture setting the recordings looked smooth and clean with no visible jerkiness whatsoever. At the higher quality settings the video looked even better with fewer compression artefacts, and to be honest I had to look (and listen) quite hard to distinguish a difference between the original and the copy.

Verdict

At just under £100, the Pinnacle Video Transfer is a unique little gadget that will appeal to people who don't like the idea of messing around with computers and complicated capture software in order to digitise their movies. Despite the issue I encountered trying to view recordings directly on my iPod Video's display (which hopefully can be fixed in a future firmware update), I found the Pinnacle Video Transfer very easy to use and the results first rate.

Overall Score

8

Scores In Detail

  • Value 8

Leonard

August 19, 2008, 12:13 am

I have a pinnacle hub that takes in composite (analogue) usb and s video cable. It has in the past worked ok with my digital camcorder. Now when I try to send video into my pc via the hub the pictures are slurred and color is all over the place.Ita a canon l-2 and it makes great videos. I ran it direct to my big screen via the s video cable and it was great. My question is why wont it load through the pinnacle to pc that way? Careful if you buy for this purpose...

Harshad Sheth

January 1, 2010, 11:54 pm

I tried Pinnacle Video Transfer. When viewed the transferred movie oon Quick Time, the movie was full of artifacts and the sound was way out of sync from video. Tired every trick and tips I could find in their manual and website, but no luck.





Bottom line, it is a pice of junk. Do not recommend.

Ken Murdoch

October 28, 2010, 7:53 pm

I have a question if anyone can help?


I live in Canada (NTSC), and have a bunch of UK video cassettes (PAL).


Would this device (PVT)record straight from these from a North American VCR player, or would I need to acquire and use a UK VCR player? {Not sure how the VCR machine works}?


Many thanks to anyone who can answer this


Ken

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