Pinnacle Micro has announced the local availability of D-Link's high-speed digital audio/video (AV) grabber - the DUB-AV300 - a device that allows users to connect analogue cameras, camcorders and VCRs to their PCs.
The DUB-AV300 allows users to attach analogue cameras to carry out video conferencing, video mails, surveillance and periodic or long-time recording from the PC.
Tiens Lange, networking brand manager at Pinnacle Micro, says the AV300 uses built-in hardware MEPG 1/2/4 encoder/decoder IC capable of processing video stream data, providing very high-speed analogue-to-digital conversion from an analogue camera/camcorder/VCR interface to the PC through USB 2.0 connectivity.
"The USB port can also connect to a downstream USB hub, if the PC is connected to such a device," says Lange. "For connection to VHS camcorders and VCRs, the DUB-AV300 provides an S-jack and RCA AV input, allowing the PCs USB bus to take AV streams from the analogue device."
The DUB-AV300 allows users to capture 30 frames per second at a resolution of 720 x 480 directly to the PCs hard disk via the USB bus. It captures CD quality stereo audio at 16 bits, 24KHz sampling rates with AV synchronising feature. This snapshot function lets users catch these images directly from the video source.
Lange says that with the user-friendly DVD Plus program that comes standard with the package, users can easily transfer the capture bit stream into other standard formats, including AV1, MPEG4, VCD, DVD and so on.
"Video editing software for family movies is bundled with this device to allow users to edit and save digital video on the hard drive or CD and users can easily attach the recorded digital video to emails, capture still frames and set up motion-sensing video recording," he concludes.