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What is the device for?
Do I need a computer to use this?
What are the requirements for my computer to run this?
Can it record audio too?
Can it work with other cameras as well as Handykam cameras?
What comes with the device?
Why is it useful?
I have loads of ports on my computer, can’t I connect the camera directly.
How does it work?
How do I install it?
How easy is it to use?
How do I edit using the software?
Can I use my own editing software?
What formats, frame rate can the video record in?
What is the resolution for recording?
What is the highest speed for recording?
What are the formats for exporting video?
Can I make a DVD from my video?
Can I make YouTube clips from my video?
Can I use the device to record or convert VHS tapes?

What is the device for?

The USB device allows you to connect your camera to a PC, watch it live and allow you to edit and export your movies.

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Do I need a computer to use this?

Yes you will need a computer to be able to record, edit and covert your movies.

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What are the requirements for my computer to run this?

We have both PC and Mac versions of the device. Please ensure that you get the right one. The device uses a USB 2 port. Most computers upto 5 years ago have USB2 ports so this is fine. The device can be used on a PC, laptop or ebook.
PC - Pentium IV chip, 1.7GHz CPU and 518MB Ram, VGA card with 32MB of memory running Windows XP, Vista 32bit, Vista 64bit, Seven.
Mac – Power PC or G5 or above, 512 MB RAM, Mac OS X 10.4.7, USB 2.0 port.
Not sure about all this technical stuff? Don’t worry, it works on most PC’s, but just check with somebody who can verify these credentials.

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Can it record audio too?

Yes it records video and audio at full audio from most cameras.

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Can it work with other cameras as well as Handykam cameras?

Yes it can. Just as long as the camera has RCA/Phono plugs (Same AV plugs that fit into your TV) or S-Video plugs then it will be ok. The device can record PAL (European standard TV format) or NTSC formats (European standard TV format).

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What comes with the device?

What you get is a USB device and editing software, allowing you to record, edit and export your creations.

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Why is it useful?

The USB capture device is useful to be able to see the video live on your PC. It comes with software, allowing you to record, edit and export your footage to DVD or video files to the internet.

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I have loads of ports on my computer, can’t I connect the camera directly.

Most computers don’t have the ability to connect camera cables directly to the computer. The USB device is needed to convert the signal to a computer signal easily and quickly.

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How does it work?

All you have to do is find a USB socket on your PC that is free. Just install the software and plug in the device. The device should be recognised. All you then do is plug the end of the cable from your wired or wireless camera into the device. Use the software to record the live footage to your PC. You then can edit and save (export) your movies into many formats.

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How do I install it?

It is quite easy to install and does not require you to take your PC to bits. All you do is install the software, plug in the device, plug your camera into the device.

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How easy is it to use?

Capturing or recording video with the device is relatively easy. However, like with all technical devices, it may take a little bit to get use to. What we suggest is try to read as much information about the software. Write down key tasks and just experiment. This makes things a lot easy for you.

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How do I edit using the software?

Once you have recorded the clips onto your PC. All you have to do is use the tools in the software to trim the footage into clips. Once you have a series of clips all you have to do is drag the clips onto a time line. You can add fades and captions between clips. When you export the clips, the software glues all the clips, fades and captions together into one movie. You can then burn a CD, DVD, VCD with the software.

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Can I use my own editing software?

Yes you can. Once you have installed the other software with drivers, the device should be picked up by other software on your computer.

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What formats, frame rate can the video record in?

The device can record in AVI and MPEG1 and MPEG2 format with support for many compression technologies (Codecs).

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What is the resolution for recording?

NTSC 160x120 pixels to 720 x 480 pixels
PAL: 160 x 120 pixels to 720 x 576 pixels

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What is the highest speed for recording?

NTSC – 30 frames per second
PAL – 25 frames per second

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What are the formats for exporting video?

There are many formats including: AVI-MPEG4, AVI-DIVX, MP4 – MPEG4(IPOD), GP-MPEG4, PSP-MPEG4, MOV-MPEG-4. On the PC, the software includes BLAZE, a file converting software, allowing you to convert video easily to many formats.

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Can I make a DVD from my video?

Yes the software is perfect for this and is very easy to use.

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Can I make YouTube clips from my video?

Yes you can. All you have to do is save your file as an AVI or MPEG and then go to youtube.com and upload your video clips easily.

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Can I use the device to record or convert VHS tapes?

Yes you can. You can record live TV, video cameras, games machines etc. In fact many use the device to convert old VHS tapes to DVD. If you want to connect the device to a TV, you may need a scart to phono connector (With video out signal).

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