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So long VHS, hello easy digital conversion
Have stacks of old VHS tapes collecting dust? The AVerDVD EZMaker converts analog video to digital in one step and in real-time. From AVerMedia Technologies Inc., Milpitas, Calif. (www.aver.com), the unit is compatible with all DV, miniDV camcorders, VHS/VCR, and analog camcorders.
Special software lets users personalize and edit DVDs by adding titles and background music. DV, AVI, QuickTime, and MPEG files can also be imported. The software makes it possible to add or delete clips on previously recorded DVDs and burn video onto the same disc.
The unit comes with a PCI card, software, an RCA-to-phono jack, and installation guide. System requirements include a CPU of 1 GHz or higher; Windows 98SE, ME, 2000, or XP; an audio line-in from a sound card; AGP graphics card with 8-Mbyte memory; Microsoft DirectX 8.0 or higher; and a CD or DVD burner. Price: $49.99.