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Amazon: Diamond VC500 USB 2.0 One Touch VHS to DVD Video Capture Device

A Diamond VC500 USB 2.0 One Touch VHS to DVD Video Capture Device is a video capture device. Connects to the computer through a USB port 2.0 or greater and accepts as input composite video and S-Video, plus stereo audio, via RCA inputs. It was acquired in Amazon, directly from the U.S..

Why Diamond VC500?

As I said in the article on the DVD recorder Panasonic DMR-ES10 table, a few weeks ago I decided to see how were the DVDs that I recorded from my VHS tapes for a little over a decade. At the time I did the tests with a CRT TV (I still didn't have high definition TV) and I thought the result great. I had done the scan with a PCI capture card, a Pixelview PlayTV Pro Ultra, connecting the VCR GSV-gradient 860HF directly to the Board. I recorded the sound PCM 48 kHz, without compression, and video with MJPEG compression, using VirtualDub. With the aid of the TMPEGEnc did the MPEG-2 compression and recorded the results in single-layer DVDs (4,7 GB). In some cases the resolution 352 × 480 and was used in other 720 × 480, Depending on the duration of the video.

The result sounded great on CRT TVs of time testing. But today, in the high-definition LCD TVs, You can see some macro-blocos and compression artifacts. Furthermore, There have been few tapes that captured in time: just my graduations and a few TV recordings. Many VHS tapes were stored without ever having been scanned.

So it was time to redo the old catch and also capture the VHS tapes that had not yet been captured, some more than 20 years and we don't know how long it will last and how long do I have equipment able to reproduce them.

I tried to get the VHS and VCR GSV-gradient 860HF, they were still stored at my parents ' House. I checked all the VHS tapes and, happily, No mofou. All look in perfect condition.

I don't know what has my Pixelview PlayTV Pro Ultra. Maybe it's still lost in some corner, I may have sold, but the fact is that my current PC or has more PCI slots. To capture video I currently had only Elgato Game Capture HD60, but she only has HDMI input, getting restricted to capturing digital signals. I even did a test passing video through Frame Master, but he is very sensitive to the quality of the signal and loses sync easily with VHS failures. Even the blue screen that the VCR shows with menus or when there is no transmission on channel selected does Frame Master If you lose. Anyway this would not be a good way to capture analog signals to VHS, because Frame Master is more optimized for even games.

I decided then that would acquire new equipment to capture. Formerly it was essential to choose an internal PCI card because the USB interface did not offer enough bandwidth to stream video in 720×480 without compression. But today there is no reason not to buy a USB equipment, because the USB 2.0 has enough bandwidth for SD resolution.

Currently there are still some more guys who do hardware compression, What is unnecessary and undesirable, Once the current software do a better job. Furthermore, with editing and treatment, It would be necessary to redo the compression anyway. After researching quite, I decided to purchase the Diamond VC500, one of the most recommended in specialized forums, Besides being cheap, because it cost only $ 36,99.

Diamond also brings me good memories. In the past I had a video card Diamond Viper V550, He used the chipset Nvidia Riva TNT, which fought toe-to-toe with the Voodoo 2 of 3DFX, in games using DirectX or OpenGL (It was 3DFX's proprietary glide), com a vantagem de também processar gráfico 2D, enquanto a Voodoo fazia exclusivamente processamento de gráficos 3D, necessitando de uma placa adicional para ser usada como placa de vídeo principal.

Características da Diamond VC500

A Diamond VC500 is compatible with Windows 7, 8 and 10. Usa atualmente o chipset da Conexant, mas há alguns anos usava outro chipset, o que causou alguma confusão. Por que a Diamond não mudou o modelo para evitar a confusão? Eu também gostaria de saber. Mas o fato é que a minha placa já usa o chipset novo da Conexant e a menos que ainda exista um estoque muito antigo, todas as VC500 à venda também devem usar.

Os requisito de hardware são baixos, tanto que ela funciona até com um Pentium IV e pede apenas 2GB de RAM. Na embalagem vem o dispositivo de captura, com os cabos USB, RCA e S-Video já embutidos, a triple RCA cable, manual e CD de instalação. No CD temos os drivers, o software EZ Grabber and the Power Director 12, os quais também podem ser baixados no site da Diamond.

No manual de instruções, curiosamente também vem um folheto vermelho pedindo para não retornar o produto para a loja, e com as informações de contato do suporte. Aparentemente muita gente se decepciona com as dificuldades envolvidas em capturar vídeo e acaba devolvendo o produto. Capturar vídeo sempre foi uma tarefa complicada por demandar muito do hardware. Os drivers desses dispositivos nem sempre são lá muito polidos. Até mesmo esse da Diamond parece ter vindo diretamente da Conexant, pois o nome do dispositivo aparece apenas como “USB 2.0 Video Capture” and “USB 2.0 Audio Capturee o provedor do driver é a Conexant. O signatário digital éShenzhen Geniatech Technology LTD.

A Diamond VC500 captura vídeo S-Video e Vídeo Composto nas diversas variações dos sistemas NTSC, PAL e SECAM, incluindo o PAL-M utilizado no Brasil.

Os vários padrões de vídeo aceitos pela Diamond VC500

Os vários padrões de vídeo aceitos pela Diamond VC500

Instalação e uso da Diamond VC500

Instalei apenas o driver do Windows 10 e dispensei os softwares que acompanham. Prefiro capturar com o bom e velho Virtualdub. De início estava perdendo uma grande quantidade de quadros, mas descobri que precisava desligar a opçãoForce audio clock when audio playback is enabled” no Virtualdub, que causa um certo conflito. Daí em diante passei a fazer capturas excelentes, sem perder nenhum quadro.

Diamond VC500: Captura de quase 6 horas e nenhum quadro perdido

Diamond VC500: Captura de quase 6 horas e nenhum quadro perdido

I am using DVD recorder Panasonic DMR-ES10 table as TBC, entre o videocassete GSV-gradient 860HF and to Diamond VC500. Já capturei uma série de fitas VHS para o PC, no major problems. Para garantir tenho desligado qualquer tarefa pesada que possa rodar em segundo plano (no meu caso particularmente Syncthing, Crashplan, qBittorrent, Chrome, Thunderbird, etc.) e tenho ajustado a prioridade do Virtualdub para alta, mas isso tudo nem parece tão necessário com os processadores atuais. Capturo o áudio PCM sem compressão e o vídeo é comprimido com o codec Lagarith em tempo real, compressão sem perdas, com as cores em YUY2, apenas para economizar um pouco de espaço em disco com os arquivos intermediários. Mas com os HDs atuais dá até para capturar sem compressão alguma sem maiores problemas.

Feita a captura, passo os filtros necessários com o VirtualDub, trato o áudio separadamente, por fim faço a compressão com o Handbrake para guardar os arquivos no formato MP4 (vídeo h.264 e áudio AAC) no meu NAS (Synology DS214play). Também penso em deixar alguns conteúdos em AVCHD ou Blu-ray e pra isso tenho usado o Tmpgenc Authoring Works 5. Posso falar mais detalhadamente de todo o processo em artigos futuros caso haja demanda dos leitores (leave a comment).

Confira este vídeo de uma captura em andamento com a Diamond VC500:

E algumas imagens de alguns dos vídeos que já capturei:

Ayrton Senna no programa Roda Viva em 1986

Ayrton Senna no programa Roda Viva em 1986

São Paulo vencendo o Milan e se tornando bi-campeão do mundo em 1993

São Paulo vencendo o Milan e se tornando bi-campeão do mundo em 1993

São Paulo vencendo o Barcelona e se tornando campeão do mundo em 1992

São Paulo vencendo o Barcelona e se tornando campeão do mundo em 1992

Seleção Brasileira vencendo a Alemanha e ganhando o penta na Copa de 2002

Seleção Brasileira vencendo a Alemanha e ganhando o penta na Copa de 2002

GP do Japão de Formula 1 from 1993, penúltima vitória de Ayrton Senna

GP do Japão de Formula 1 from 1993, penúltima vitória de Ayrton Senna

GP do Japão de Formula 1 from 1993, penúltima vitória de Ayrton Senna

GP do Japão de Formula 1 from 1993, penúltima vitória de Ayrton Senna

Seleção Brasileira vencendo a Itália nos penaltis e ganhando o tetra na Copa de 1994

Seleção Brasileira vencendo a Itália nos penaltis e ganhando o tetra na Copa de 1994

Photos

Confira também algumas fotos da Diamond VC500:

Pacote da Amazon com a Diamond VC500 USB 2.0 One Touch VHS to DVD Video Capture Device

Pacote da Amazon com a Diamond VC500 USB 2.0 One Touch VHS to DVD Video Capture Device

Pacote da Amazon com a Diamond VC500 USB 2.0 One Touch VHS to DVD Video Capture Device

Pacote da Amazon com a Diamond VC500 USB 2.0 One Touch VHS to DVD Video Capture Device

Impostos pagos pela Diamond VC500 USB 2.0 One Touch VHS to DVD Video Capture Device

Impostos pagos pela Diamond VC500 USB 2.0 One Touch VHS to DVD Video Capture Device

Nota da Amazon com a Diamond VC500 USB 2.0 One Touch VHS to DVD Video Capture Device

Nota da Amazon com a Diamond VC500 USB 2.0 One Touch VHS to DVD Video Capture Device

Diamond VC500 USB 2.0 One Touch VHS to DVD Video Capture Device, on its packaging

Diamond VC500 USB 2.0 One Touch VHS to DVD Video Capture Device, on its packaging

Diamond VC500 USB 2.0 One Touch VHS to DVD Video Capture Device, on its packaging

Diamond VC500 USB 2.0 One Touch VHS to DVD Video Capture Device, on its packaging

Diamond VC500 USB 2.0 One Touch VHS to DVD Video Capture Device, on its packaging

Diamond VC500 USB 2.0 One Touch VHS to DVD Video Capture Device, on its packaging

Diamond VC500 USB 2.0 One Touch VHS to DVD Video Capture Device, on its packaging

Diamond VC500 USB 2.0 One Touch VHS to DVD Video Capture Device, on its packaging

Diamond VC500 USB 2.0 One Touch VHS to DVD Video Capture Device, on its packaging

Diamond VC500 USB 2.0 One Touch VHS to DVD Video Capture Device, on its packaging

Diamond VC500 USB 2.0 One Touch VHS to DVD Video Capture Device, on its packaging

Diamond VC500 USB 2.0 One Touch VHS to DVD Video Capture Device, on its packaging

Diamond VC500 USB 2.0 One Touch VHS to DVD Video Capture Device e acessórios

Diamond VC500 USB 2.0 One Touch VHS to DVD Video Capture Device e acessórios

CD que acompanha a Diamond VC500 USB 2.0 One Touch VHS to DVD Video Capture Device com drivers e softwares

CD que acompanha a Diamond VC500 USB 2.0 One Touch VHS to DVD Video Capture Device com drivers e softwares

Manual que acompanha a Diamond VC500 USB 2.0 One Touch VHS to DVD Video Capture Device

Manual que acompanha a Diamond VC500 USB 2.0 One Touch VHS to DVD Video Capture Device

Manual que acompanha a Diamond VC500 USB 2.0 One Touch VHS to DVD Video Capture Device

Manual que acompanha a Diamond VC500 USB 2.0 One Touch VHS to DVD Video Capture Device

Diamond VC500 USB 2.0 One Touch VHS to DVD Video Capture Device

Diamond VC500 USB 2.0 One Touch VHS to DVD Video Capture Device

Diamond VC500 USB 2.0 One Touch VHS to DVD Video Capture Device

Diamond VC500 USB 2.0 One Touch VHS to DVD Video Capture Device

Diamond VC500 USB 2.0 One Touch VHS to DVD Video Capture Device

Diamond VC500 USB 2.0 One Touch VHS to DVD Video Capture Device

Diamond VC500 USB 2.0 One Touch VHS to DVD Video Capture Device

Diamond VC500 USB 2.0 One Touch VHS to DVD Video Capture Device

Diamond VC500 USB 2.0 One Touch VHS to DVD Video Capture Device

Diamond VC500 USB 2.0 One Touch VHS to DVD Video Capture Device

Frete e Rastreamento

As to Diamond VC500 é barata, não compensa usar os serviços da Shipito, cujos fretes são mais caros que os da Amazon. Optei pelo frete mais barato da própria Amazon, pagando também os impostos adiantados. Apesar de ser o frete mais barato, o envio foi feito pelo DHL Express, chegando em apenas 6 calendar days.

Here is the tracking information package:

Air waybill: [REMOVED] Recebido by: [REMOVED] Thursday, July 07, 2016 in 15:42
Source Area of ​​Service:ERLANGER, KY – Breinigsville – USA
Destination area of ​​the Service:CAMPINAS – Rio Claro – BRAZIL

1 Peça

Thursday, July 07, 2016 Locality Time Peça
21 Shipping delivered – Recebido by : [REMOVED] [REMOVED] 15:42 1 Peça
20 Shipping route for delivery with DHL courier. CAMPINAS – BRAZIL 09:28 1 Peça
19 Arrival of the shipment to DHL facility in Campinas – BRAZIL CAMPINAS – BRAZIL 07:32 1 Peça
18 It came from the DHL facility in SAO PAULO NORTH – BRAZIL SAO PAULO NORTH – BRAZIL 04:04 1 Peça
17 Processed in SAO PAULO NORTH – BRAZIL SAO PAULO NORTH – BRAZIL 00:14 1 Peça
Wednesday, July 06, 2016 Locality Time Peça
16 Arrival sending a DHL transit facility in SAO PAULO NORTH – BRAZIL SAO PAULO NORTH – BRAZIL 21:03 1 Peça
15 Saiu das instalações da DHL em VIRACOPOS – BRAZIL VIRACOPOS – BRAZIL 17:43 1 Peça
14 Processado em VIRACOPOS – BRAZIL VIRACOPOS – BRAZIL 17:43 1 Peça
13 Liberação alfandegária finalizada em VIRACOPOS – BRAZIL VIRACOPOS – BRAZIL 10:24 1 Peça
12 Chegada do envio a uma instalação de trânsito da DHL em VIRACOPOS – BRAZIL VIRACOPOS – BRAZIL 08:46 1 Peça
Tuesday, July 05, 2016 Locality Time Peça
11 Updated customs status VIRACOPOS – BRAZIL 17:47
10 It came from the DHL facility in MIAMI GATEWAY – USA MIAMI GATEWAY, FL – USA 11:36 1 Peça
9 Processed in MIAMI GATEWAY – USA MIAMI GATEWAY, FL – USA 10:54 1 Peça
8 Arrival sending a DHL transit facility in MIAMI GATEWAY – USA MIAMI GATEWAY, FL – USA 09:11 1 Peça
7 It came from the DHL facility in CINCINNATI HUB – USA CINCINNATI HUB, OH – USA 04:59 1 Peça
6 Processed in CINCINNATI HUB – USA CINCINNATI HUB, OH – USA 04:01 1 Peça
Monday, July 04, 2016 Locality Time Peça
5 It came from the DHL facility in ERLANGER – USA ERLANGER, KY – USA 13:00 1 Peça
4 Processed in ERLANGER – USA ERLANGER, KY – USA 13:00 1 Peça
Saturday, July 02, 2016 Locality Time Peça
3 Processed in ERLANGER – USA ERLANGER, KY – USA 20:22 1 Peça
Sunday, August 16, 2015 Locality Time Peça
2 Processado em VIRACOPOS – BRAZIL VIRACOPOS – BRAZIL 10:19 1 Peça
Friday, July 01, 2016 Locality Time Peça
1 Recebida informação sobre o envio ERLANGER, KY – USA 18:11

Summary

Confira também a tabela resumo da compra:

Product Name: Diamond VC500 USB 2.0 One Touch VHS to DVD Video Capture Device
Name Original: USB Video Capture
Store: Amazon
Value: US$ 36,99 (R$ 126,79)
Current value: US$ 36,99
Payment Method: Credit Card Visa International
Shipping Type: AmazonGlobal Standard Shipping
Shipping Fee: US$ 10,58 (R$ 36,27)
Package Home Country: USA
Purchase Data: 30/06/2016
Submission Date: 01/07/2016
Data Delivery: 07/07/2016
Time in Transit: 6 days
Declared content: Computer Accessories – New (count 1)
Type Marked Content:
Declared Value: US$ 47,57
Taxed: Yes
Taxable Value: R$ 153,64
Tax Value: R$ 147,16

E vou encerrando por aqui com uma avaliação positiva da Diamond VC500 USB 2.0 One Touch VHS to DVD Video Capture Device and another positive review for Amazon. Do not forget to share the article with your friends if you like. Good fun and good shopping. 🙂

About the author

Skooter

Skooter is a computer scientist and the founder of Skooter Blog. He is interested in everything related to technology and he likes to save money by making his purchases directly from abroad.

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3 comments

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  1. 1
    Maia

    Cool. Very good rating.

  2. 2
    Sivirino Vincent

    But, Amazon sells this product for Brazil?

    1. 2.1
      Skooter

      Yes.

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