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Turning Those Old Video Tapes Digital

Techstination feature for Wednesday, July 16, 2003

Turning those old family video tapes... into digital discs. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. A couple of new products are on the market that will let you rescue the video tapes of those old family vacations, holidays and birthdays... before they deteriorate. What they require is a fairly speedy PC... equipped with USB 2.0 ports and either a CD or DVD burner. The solution from AverMedia is called DVD EZMaker. The company's Warren Chang...

The product that we currently provide here is, one, it's a very high resolution video editing product. Normally what you see out there is about 320 by 480... what we have is about 720 by 480 here. And this product also does real time video editing... it has the plus VR function which means you can do real time video editing. While you capture... you can edit. And also you can take this product and you can really just take it anywhere, it's really portable."

The 90 dollar device ships with NeoDVDstandard and MovieShop software. For a little more than twice the price... Adaptec is selling what it calls the VideOh DVD Media Center. It not only lets you create DVDs or video CDs from those old movies... it also includes a TV tuner for recording programs onto hard drives or discs. The package... available in either internal or external versions... includes Sonic Solutions' MyDVD software. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin