Video Advantage PCI is an all-in-one video capture system for video enthusiasts and amateur videographers who want high-performance at an affordable price.
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Manufacturer Part #: TBS-1500-01
Video Advantage® PCI - Capture, Edit and Share Videos
Video Advantage PCI is an all-in-one video capture system for video enthusiasts and amateur videographers who want high-performance at an affordable price. Loaded with features and functionality, Video Advantage PCI supports both digital and analog video capture in a wide variety of standards and formats, making it easy to capture, edit and deliver video with professional results.
Capture, Edit and Share Video End-to-end video production solution Frame-accurate DV format video capture Convert VHS to DVD Music and sound effects library with editor Convenient front or rear panel access 10-bit uncompressed video capture for stunning color accuracy High-speed PCI bus for perfect high-resolution video capture
An affordable, High-quality Video Studio for your PC! Video Advantage PCI is an all-in-one video capture system for video enthusiasts and amateur videographers who want high-performance at an affordable price. Loaded with features and functionality, Video Advantage PCI supports both digital and analog video capture in a wide variety of standards and formats, making it easy to capture, edit and deliver video with professional results.
Preserve your analog tape in digital format The image quality of analog tape won't last forever. Converting your VHS, S-VHS, Hi-8 and other analog video tapes to digital format preserves the video and lets you edit, copy, enhance and transfer to DVD, CD or the web.
Transfer and edit videos from your digital camcorder Transfer video from your camcorder tape to your PC hard drive as DV files or directly into MPEG format to save time and hard disk space. Or use Right-to-Disc™ Recording to transfer DV files directly from camcorder to DVD in one simple step.
Turn your videos into professional-looking movies PowerDirector makes it easy to capture, edit and share your videos, yet doesn't leave out the powerful features you want. Produce your movie using an intuitive TimeLine or Storyboard mode. Select your favorite clips, then edit, add sound, titles and special effects to create a Hollywood-style movie.
Transfer movies and photo slideshows to disc and watch them on a home DVD player. Or transfer to streaming video format to send via email or post on the Internet for friends and family to enjoy.
How Does It Work?
Video Advantage PCI is an affordable, full-featured video production systemfor serious amateurs or semi-professionals. It includes everything you need for capturing videos from digital or analog camcorders and creating movies in a wide variety of formats, including streaming video for the Web, DV tapes, VCDs, SVCDs or DVDs.
Analog Video Capture Process In the analog video capture process, the signal from an analog video source is connected to the analog video and audio connectors on the Video Advantage back panel bracket. The analog video signal is converted into digital format by the Video Advantage PCI card and transferred to the hard drive as a digital video file. The analog audio signal is converted into digital format by the sound card and merged with the digital video signal in the digital video file. This process is controlled by either the AD FullCap or PowerDirector software applications, depending on the type of video compression desired.
Digital Video Capture Process AD FullCap lets you transfer digital video from your camcorder to the PC hard drive in either DV compressed or AVI uncompressed formats. PowerDirector lets you transfer digital video from your camcorder in AVI, MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 formats. If your digital camcorder to the OHCI standard, then AD FullCap and PowerDirector can both be used to control the camera from the software's on-screen controls so you can stop, pause, fast-forward, rewind, play and record without having to touch the camera controls.
What can I do with Video Advantage PCI? Whether youre archiving home movies, creating DVDs from your digital camcorder tapes, making videos for the web or capturing high-quality video for use with professional editing software, Video Advantage PCI handles it all. Here are some of the things you can do with this versatile video editing system:
Preserve your Analog Video Tapes The image quality of analog tape will not last forever. Over time it will gradually degrade and the colors will start to fade, blend together, blur, etc. Converting your analog tapes to digital format gives you video that will last a lot longer than tape, can be easily duplicated with no quality loss, and delivered in a number of different ways.
Create a DVD Movie Once you have a library of digital videos, either from capturing analog video or transferring digital video from a DV camcorder, you can incorporate the clips into a movie. PowerDirector lets you edit, produce and burn movies to DVD, VCD and SVCD for viewing in your DVD player. If you do not want to make an elaborate movie production with PowerDirector, you can use PowerProducer Express to make quick DVDs of your video clips with simple menus.
Create Photo Slide Shows PowerDirector and PowerProducer Express let you create slide shows of your digital photos for viewing on CD or DVD. You can also take snapshots from your video clips using PowerDirector and incorporate them into your slide shows along with your other pictures.
Create Videos for the Web or E-Mail Movies created in PowerDirector can be saved in Windows Media® and RealMedia® formats for streaming video on the web. Use this feature to create compact videos for web sites, or for sending videos via e-mail.
Transfer video from your PC to Digital Camcorder Tape PowerProducer Express lets you transfer video clips and movies to the DV tape in your digital camcorder via the 1394 connection. This is a quick way to archive the video and save hard disk space for editing.
Burn a DVD directly from Digital Camcorder Tape To make a quick copy or backup of movies on DV tape, use PowerProducer Express to transfer the DV video directly to DVD in one step, without having to transfer the DV file to the hard drive. It's a great way to make copies for your family and friends without having to take the time to product a movie or slideshow.
Capture a Long Video and Split it into Smaller Clips PowerDirector's batch capture and scene detect features let you split long videos into smaller that are more manageable and easier to incorporate into movie timelines
Create Animated Videos The photo slideshow concept can be used to create animation movies. Connecting your DV or analog camera to AD FullCap allows you to use the snapshot feature to take photos that are saved directly to the hard drive. This makes a great animation interface for creating sequential shots that can be place in the PowerDirector timeline to create an animated movie.
Enhance Movies with Music and Sound Effects The sound clip library included on the Video Advantage CD can be used to enhance your videos with sound effects. With AudioSurgeon, you can also record and edit sounds that can be dropped into your video using PowerDirector's timeline interface.
What do I get with Video Advantage PCI?
Hardware Video Advantage Capture Card A high-speed PCI video capture card with 10-bit video digitizing resolution and an array of connectors for capturing analog and digital video.
Video Advantage Drive Bay connector panel Users who want the ease and convenience of connecting their video sources to the front of their PC rather than constantly reaching for the back of their PC can use the included Drive Bay connector panel (not required for use). This panel fits in a standard 5.25" drive bay right next to your CD or DVD player.
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