Pinnacle Video Transfer

In short the compact and moderately attractive Pinnacle Video Transfer is a device that will allow you to copy any S-Video or Composite video source to any USB mass storage device in a breeze and without needing a PC to get it up and running or do the grunt work.

You can record from a variety of sources including games consoles, video cameras, PVRs, DVD players and other set-top boxes. Alas there’s no support for high definition but this isn’t an issue when recording to portable devices such as a PSP, iPod or other PMP.

The unit does realtime H.264 video encoding straight to your chosen target device and requires no software or setup, it’s quite literally just plug and play.

The Pinnacle Video Transfer package includes a power supply, the unit itself, a video cable and a quick start guide. To connect any device you simply hook it up with its supplied USB cable to the Pinnacle Video Transfer unit and away you go.

A cheap freeview box coupled with the Pinnacle Video Transfer unit and a fast external USB 2.0 hard drive essentially gives you a D.I.Y. PVR.

Input connectors

  • Composite Video: 1xRCA (PAL-SECAM-NTSC)
  • S-Video: 1xY/C (PAL-SECAM-NTSC)
  • Stereo Audio: 2xRCA
  • Capture format:

    • H.264 (MPEG-4)

    USB output support:

    • Sony PSP (firmware version 2.81 or higher)
    • Apple iPod Video, Nano and Classic (FAT32 only, firmware version 1.2.1 or higher) iPod Touch and iPhone are supported via iTunes
    • USB2.0 Hard Disk Drive (FAT16/32 only)
    • Flash Memory Stick USB 2.0, (FAT16/32 only). Video quality dependant on stick data rate.

    Capture quality:

    IPOD:

    • Good: Video 320×240 512 kbps video 96 kbps stereo audio 48 KHz
    • Better: Video 320×240 768 kbps video 128 kbps stereo audio 48 KHz
    • Best: Video 640×480 1.5 Mbps video 128 kbps stereo audio 48 KHz

    PSP:

    • Good: Video 320×240 512 kbps video 64 kbps stereo audio 48 KHz
    • Better: Video 320×240 768 kbps video 96 kbps stereo audio 48 KHz
    • Best: Video 320×240 1 Mbps video 128 kbps stereo audio 48 KHz

    HDD/Flash memory:

    • Good: Video 320×240 768 kbps video 64 kbps stereo audio 48 KHz
    • Better: Video 640×480 1.2 Mbps video 128 kbps stereo audio 48 KHz
    • Best: Video 720×576 (PAL, SECAM) / 480 (NTSC) 1.5 Mbps video 192 kbps stereo audio 48 KHz

    Package content:

    • Pinnacle Video Transfer Hardware
    • Audio/Video cable 3 x RCA
    • Power supply unit
    • Quick Start Guide

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