VuPoint Digital Video Converter

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It says: “Convert analog composite videos such as VHS, Beta, DVD, DVR, Camcorder or LIVE TV Programs to digital files onto your SD Card or SDHC Card; then view files on your computer or digital device with ASF capability”

WHAT IS ASF capability ? Does your average computer running Windows 7 have this
capability ?

And once the “video” is on the SD card, can one edit it on one’s computer without any special software ?

Thanks for any info. I know nothing :wink:

Will this unlock my beloved content on my Dish Network DVR? I’ve got a ton of videos on my video camera tapes as well. is this the answer to my non-digital prayers?

The answers are yes and no but not necessarily in that order.

ASF is the type of video generally used in Windows Media files (but can also be found in other types of files, even mp4 sometimes). So, these video files will play just fine in Windows Media Player, and can be edited in Windows Movie Maker (the free video editor that comes with Windows 7). It sounds like it’ll work just fine for you!

After a little more research (namely the alternate product linked below), the device may capture in streaming xvid, which is also technically asf. If that’s the case, no worries; Win Movie Maker in Win 7 can open and edit those just fine as well.

wow…. creates a new file after one gig? that’s a bit odd…

and no Mac compatability? really? for media? This is blowing my mind right now. HUGE drawback….

Advanced Systems Format

NightGhost probably knows better than me, but per the website: by the word “ASF” is the MPEG-4 video format.

Edit: the ASF part answered above better.

I thought that you need software to edit any video. You may want to use other software to edit the video, but it’s like photos–I think you need software, free or otherwise. Anyone else willing to chime in?

Edit: answered above as well, i.e., Windows Movie Maker specifically.

My own questions (since I haven’t hunted for reviews yet and figure NightGhost is already doing that):

  1. How reliable are their machines?
  2. How good is the video when converted, since there are certainly more expensive/bigger machines for video conversion out there (like Sony)? Edit: I see the numbers on the website, but I’m not sure how it translates into real world viewing/comparing to other videos.
  3. How “trouble-free” is the conversion?
  4. Does it matter how “fast” the SD card is? I would guess that it has to be at least level 6, but I’ve never used an SD card for video.

Thanks in advance.

Thank you very much :slight_smile:

yea, i’m wondering about whether or not i should buy this too…
i have videos from old camcorders just lying around, and i want to digitize my entire home videos collection.
the output resolution looks weak as well. although i don’t expect much quality to come from a 8mm camcorder and mini dv camcorder

should i opt for and HD upconverting device that will do the same thing?
i’m very limited when it comes to this realm of tech. any help would be greatly appreciated.

Okay, no reviews, yet, so I’ll start it off:

Amazon has 3 reviews. One didn’t like having difficulty making the format work on their Mac. One said it was too much work converting from .asf to .mpeg (using the ArcSoft software) to an iPod format (using iTunes software). Review #3 liked it, said the video quality was a downgrade from the DVD but good enough, and needed AVS’s software to convert when needed to.

The machine here is white, but same model number.

Edit: link may have been difficult to see, changed formatting. Also, may have had extra bracket at the end of the link. Works now.

how big an sd card will this hold??

Next, prices since Amazon and don’t list a price (edit: see below, got Amazon):

Kmart/Sears $69.99 (as often happens, a bit more expensive before Woot gets it) had it for $45 in mid-November:

Edit: per older link, Amazon had it for $54.95 + $7.95 shipping
in white:

Edit: eBay $49.99

Per the website and product description, 32GB.


Edit: had wrong review, it was for the 100bz-vp machine, but I’m not sure how much different it is from this woot. I deleted the rest of the post until I can be sure it is the “same” thing. You can look at it yourself, but comments seem similar (good and bad) to the white model, only one duplicate comment?:

Does this work with copy protected VHS tapes? My cheap TV tuner/AV-in card does not.

Can it copy a VHS tape that has Macrovision copy protection?

I don’t have this unit, but I have copied Macrovision-protected VHS tapes to a DVD recorder. Most have copied okay, but others made for jittery copies or wouldn’t copy at all. Strangely, I had trouble copying some of my homemade tapes too.

However, I have an old Vidicraft guard stabilizer, and this corrected the problem.

There are other models (from different companies) that do the same thing.

Macrovision is a company that sells copy protection products. The VHS copy protection was their first product. It’s not the same as their DVD protection, which can sometimes be defeated simply by using component output. It renders the output signal too unstable to copy - i.e. the problem is not the fault of the recording device.

The only way to find out if you need a signal stabilizer for a particular tape is by trial and error.

BTW, it may still be technically illegal to make copies of Macrovision-protected tapes. I’m not sure about the laws, and I don’t know if anyone cares anymore - I just thought I should mention it.