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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 Framemeister, 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 Framemeister If you lose. Anyway this would not be a good way to capture analog signals to VHS, because Framemeister 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), with the advantage of also render 2D graph, While the Voodoo was exclusively 3D graphics processing, requiring an additional card to be used as main video card.

Characteristics of Diamond VC500

A Diamond VC500 is compatible with Windows 7, 8 and 10. Currently uses the Conexant chipset, but a few years ago wore another chipset, what caused some confusion. Why the Diamond has not changed the template to avoid confusion? I would also like to know. But the fact is that my board already uses the new chipset Conexant and unless there is still a very old stock, all VC500 for sale must also use.

The hardware requirement are low, so much so that she even works with a Pentium IV and asks only 2 GB of RAM. In the package comes the capture device, with USB cables, RCA and S-Video already embedded, a triple RCA cable, Manual and installation CD. On the CD we have the drivers, o software EZ Grabber and the Power Director 12, which can also be downloaded on the website of Diamond.

In the instruction manual, Interestingly also comes a red booklet asking not to return the product to the store, and with the support contact information. Apparently a lot of people disappointed with the difficulties involved in capturing video and ends up returning the product. Capture video has always been a complicated by demand much of the hardware. The drivers of these devices aren't always very polished. Even the Diamond seems to have come directly from Conexant, because the device name appears just as “USB 2.0 Video Capture” and “USB 2.0 Audio Capture” and the provider's driver Conexant. The digital signer is “Shenzhen Geniatech Technology LTD.”

A Diamond VC500 capture video S-Video and composite video in several variations of NTSC, PAL and SECAM, including the PAL-M used in Brazil.

The various video standards supported by Diamond VC500

The various video standards supported by Diamond VC500

Installation and use of Diamond VC500

Just installed the Windows driver 10 and dismiss the software accompanying. I'd rather capture with good old Virtualdub. At first I was losing a lot of frames, but I found that I needed to turn off the option “Force audio clock when audio playback is enabled” no Virtualdub, that causes some conflict. Thereafter I catch great, without losing any picture.

Diamond VC500: Capture of almost 6 hours and no frame lost

Diamond VC500: Capture of almost 6 hours and no frame lost

I am using DVD recorder Panasonic DMR-ES10 table as TBC, between the VCR GSV-gradient 860HF and to Diamond VC500. Have captured a series of VHS tapes to PC, no major problems. To ensure I have turned off any heavy task that can run in the background (in my case particularly Syncthing, Crashplan, qbittorrent, Chrome, Thunderbird, etc.) and I have adjusted the priority of Virtualdub for high, but all this doesn't even seem so necessary with current processors. Capturing uncompressed PCM audio and video is compressed with the real-time Lagarith codec, lossless compression, with the colors in YUY2, just to save some disk space with the intermediate files. But with the current HDs can capture without any compression without major problems.

Made the capture, step filters necessary with the VirtualDub, handle the audio separately, Finally do the compression with the Handbrake to save the files in MP4 format (264 video and AAC audio) in my on (Synology DS214play). I also think letting some content in AVCHD or Blu-ray and for this I have used the Tmpgenc Authoring Works 5. I can talk more in detail of the whole process in future articles if there is demand from readers (leave a comment).

Check out this video from a capture in progress with the Diamond VC500:

And a few images of some of the videos I've ever captured:

Ayrton Senna in the Roda Viva program in 1986

Ayrton Senna in the Roda Viva program in 1986

São Paulo won the Milan and becoming world champion in 1993

São Paulo won the Milan and becoming world champion in 1993

São Paulo won the Barcelona and becoming world champion in 1992

São Paulo won the Barcelona and becoming world champion in 1992

Brazilian national team winning the Germany and winning the cup of penta 2002

Brazilian national team winning the Germany and winning the cup of penta 2002

Japan GP of Formula 1 from 1993, penultimate win of Ayrton Senna

Japan GP of Formula 1 from 1993, penultimate win of Ayrton Senna

Japan GP of Formula 1 from 1993, penultimate win of Ayrton Senna

Japan GP of Formula 1 from 1993, penultimate win of Ayrton Senna

Brazilian national team winning the Italy on penalties and win the cup of tetra 1994

Brazilian national team winning the Italy on penalties and win the cup of tetra 1994

Photos

Also check out some pictures of the Diamond VC500:

Package from Amazon with the Diamond VC500 USB 2.0 One Touch VHS to DVD Video Capture Device

Package from Amazon with the Diamond VC500 USB 2.0 One Touch VHS to DVD Video Capture Device

Package from Amazon with the Diamond VC500 USB 2.0 One Touch VHS to DVD Video Capture Device

Package from Amazon with the Diamond VC500 USB 2.0 One Touch VHS to DVD Video Capture Device

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

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

Note from Amazon with the Diamond VC500 USB 2.0 One Touch VHS to DVD Video Capture Device

Note from Amazon with the 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 and accessories

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

CD that came with the Diamond VC500 USB 2.0 One Touch VHS to DVD Video Capture Device with drivers and software

CD that came with the Diamond VC500 USB 2.0 One Touch VHS to DVD Video Capture Device with drivers and software

Manual that accompanies the Diamond VC500 USB 2.0 One Touch VHS to DVD Video Capture Device

Manual that accompanies the Diamond VC500 USB 2.0 One Touch VHS to DVD Video Capture Device

Manual that accompanies the Diamond VC500 USB 2.0 One Touch VHS to DVD Video Capture Device

Manual that accompanies the 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

Shipping and tracking

As to Diamond VC500 is cheap, does not pay to use the services of Shipito, whose freight is more expensive than the Amazon. Opted for the cheapest shipping own Amazon, paying taxes in advance. Despite being the cheapest shipping, the shipment was made by DHL Express, coming in just 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 Play

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

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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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Maia
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Maia

Cool. Very good rating.

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Sivirino Vincent
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Sivirino Vincent

But, Amazon sells this product for Brazil?

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