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.
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.
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:
Also check out some pictures of the Diamond VC500:
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
|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|
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|
|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|
|Time in Transit:||6 days|
|Declared content:||Computer Accessories – New (count 1)|
|Type Marked Content:||–|
|Declared Value:||US$ 47,57|
|Taxable Value:||R$ 153,64|
|Tax Value:||R$ 147,16|
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