Phoenix Software has announced the local availability of Pinnacle Video
Transfer, an innovative device that records analogue video on to any USB 2.0
storage device without using a PC.

At the touch of a button, users with little or no technical expertise can
immediately begin recording from a TV, DVD player, PVR, camcorder or set-top
box directly to their Apple iPod Video, iPod nano (third generation), iPod
classic, Sony PSP, Sony PSP slim, USB flash drive or USB hard drive.
For each connected device, the user can select three different levels,
depending on their preferences for video quality or the actual size of the
video files.
"Today's more mobile consumers have created an insatiable demand for a
solution that lets them take their content with them wherever they go," says
Jon Peddie, president of Jon Peddie Research (JPR), a US-based market
research firm. "With the ability to transfer video without having to use a
PC, Pinnacle's new pocket-sized device takes video transfer to a whole new
Offering anytime, anywhere entertainment convenience, Pinnacle Video
Transfer hardware is ideal for people who want to enjoy TV shows and
personal videos on their iPod Video, PSP or just want to store them on a USB
drive to archive or watch later.
With PC-less recording, the compact device will also appeal to people who
want a simple way to offload footage from their camera to a portable USB
device when away from home.
For consumers with personal videos on VHS, Hi8 or VHS-C tape, Pinnacle Video
Transfer can be used to make a digital copy on a USB 2.0 hard drive for safe
keeping – without having to deal with complicated PC-based software.
Pinnacle Video Transfer also offers a very easy way for gamers to capture
their preferred session in digital format that can be edited on a PC at
later time.
"With Pinnacle Video Transfer, video capture and direct transfer has never
been easier," says Jason Phillips, sales director at Phoenix Software.
"Being able to transfer videos to an iPod, PSP or USB device without having
to copy the files to your PC is an added bonus because it saves both
valuable time and hard drive space. PC-less recording and the device's
small, compact size also makes it a convenient solution for people who are
on the go."
Videos are captured in the H.264 format, the high-compression multimedia
technology supported by iPods and PSPs. This eliminates the need for
time-consuming conversion. Also known as the Advanced Video Codec (AVC)
specification or MPEG 4-Part 10, Pinnacle's H.264 encoding delivers
high-quality videos with two to three times the compression efficiency of
solutions such as the MPEG-2 standard, which is used in DVD video.
With the press of a button, users can easily select the quality for each
recording (Good, Better or Best). When Best recording is selected, videos
can be captured at up to 720×480/576 (NTSC/PAL/SECAM) resolution.
Measuring only 12.3 cm x 6.7cm x 2.3cm the device supports multiple inputs
including S-Video, Composite video and stereo audio analogue. By purchasing
additional cables, Pinnacle Video Transfer can also be used to recharge an
iPod or PSP battery during video transfer.