Pinnacle Systems has a pretty cool little device debuting at the Consumer Electronics Show this year called the Pinnacle Video Transfer. The Video Transfer allows users to connect analog video input and record it straight to different USB 2.0 compatible media players such as an iPod, PSP or just to a regular USB flash drive. It takes connections from a number of video inputs such as S-Video, Composite video and stereo audio analog from devices like a television, DVD player or camcorder. From there it converts it up to 720×480 H.264 MPEG-4 files on the USB device, ready for playing. Different recording qualities can be set depending on the quality desired and the size of the display needed so you can save some space by recording small for a small screen. It can even be used to charge up some devices while connected.
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What if the idea of bringing HD television to your computer was as easy as plugging in a USB drive? That’s the idea behind the new Pinnacle PCTV HD Ultimate Stick, priced at around $130.
The Pinnacle PCTV HD Ultimate Stick takes the form of a USB drive which plugs into a computer’s USB 2.0 port. It is described as providing “plug-and-watch TV viewing on a PC without any installation”. The stick delivers HDTV broadcasts via ATSC and can also support analog (NTSC) TV signals. It is also hardware-ready for ClearQAM (unencrypted digital cable) reception.