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VHS to DVD™ 5.0
User Guide
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End User License Agreement
IMPORTANT: READ THE FOLLOWING TERMS AND CONDITIONS CAREFULLY BEFORE CONTINUING
THIS INSTALLATION.
IF YOU DO NOT AGREE WITH THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS, PROMPTLY REMOVE THE
SOFTWARE FROM YOUR COMPUTER AND RETURN THE SOFTWARE, INCLUDING THE
DOCUMENTATION, TO YOUR SUPPLIER AND YOUR MONEY WILL BE REFUNDED. IF YOU
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In this license agreement (the “License Agreement”), you (either individual or an entity), the purchaser of
the license rights granted by this License Agreement, are referred to as “licensee” or “You”. Honest
Technology is referred to as the “Licensor”. The current version of the accompanying software
(“Software”) and documentation (“Documentation”) are collectively referred to as the “Licensed Product”.
Licensor may furnish hardware with the Licensed Product (“Hardware”)
1. License
In accordance with the terms and conditions of this License Agreement, the Software is the property of
the Licensor and is protected by Copyright Law. While the Licensor continues to own the Software,
the Licensor grants the Licensee, after Licensee‟s acceptance of this License Agreement, the Limited,
non-exclusive license to use on copy of the current version of Licensed Product as described below.
The Software is “used” on a computer when it is loaded into the temporary memory (i.e., RAM) or
installed into the permanent memory (e.g., hard disk, CD-ROM, or other storage device) of that
computer, except that a copy installed on a network server for the sole purpose of distribution to
another computer is not considered “in use”. Except as may be modified by a license addendum which
accompanies this License Agreement, the Licensee‟s rights and obligations with respect to the use of
this Software are as follows:
You May,
I. Use the Software for commercial or business purposes in the manner described in the
Documentation.
II. Use the Software to share Internet connection, transfer data, files and images among the
computer in the manner described in the Documentation.
You May Not,
I. Copy the documentation that accompanies Software.
II. Sublicense or lease any portion of the Software.
III. Make illegal duplication of the software.
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copyrights and trade secrets rights, belong to Licensor, and Licensor holds title to each copy of the
Software. The licensed Product is protected by United States Copyright Laws and international treaty
Provisions.
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License Agreement for any reason, Licensee shall return to Licensor or otherwise destroy the Licensed
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writing that all copies of the Software have been destroyed or returned to Licensor. All provisions of
this Agreement relating to disclaimers of warranties, limitation of liability, remedies, or damages, and
Licensor‟s proprietary rights shall survive termination.
4. Executable Code. The Software is delivered in executable code only. Licensee shall not reverse
engineer, compile or otherwise disassemble the Software.
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5. Limited Warranty
a. Licensor does not warrant that the functions contained in the Licensed Product and Hardware
will meet Licensee‟s requirements or that the operation of the Software and Hardware will be
uninterrupted or error-free. Licensor does warrant that the media on which the Software is
furnished and the hardware will be free from defects in materials and workmanship under normal
use for a period of thirty (30) days from the date of delivery (“Warranty Period”). This Limited
Warranty is void of failure of the media on which the Software is furnished has resulted from
accident, abuse, or misapplications.
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WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED INCLUDING, BUT
NOT LIMITED TO, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A
PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND THE ENTIRE RISK AS TO THE QUALITY AND
PERFORMANCE OF THE LICNESED PRODUCT AND HARDWARE IS WITH LICENSE.
6. Limitation of Liability
a. Licensor‟s sole obligation or liability and licensee‟s exclusive remedy under this agreement shall
be the replacement of the defective media on which the software is furnished and/or the
hardware according to the limited warranty above.
b. In no event will licensor be liable for any consequential, incidental or indirect damages including,
without limitation, any loss of data or information, loss of profits, loss savings, business
interruption or other pecuniary loss, arising out of use of or liability to use the software or
documentation or any hardware, even if licensor has been advised of the possibility of such
damages, or for any claim by any third party.
7. General
a. Any Software and Hardware provided to Licensee by Licensor shall not be exported or reexported in violation of any export provisions of the United States or any other applicable
jurisdiction. Any attempt to sublicense, assign or transfer any of the rights, duties or obligations
hereunder is void. This Agreement shall be governed by and interpreted under the laws of the
State of New Jersey, United States of America, without regard to its conflicts of law provisions.
Licensor and Licensee agree that the U.N. Convention on Contracts for the International Sales of
Goods shall not apply to this License Agreement.
b. This License Agreement may only be modified or amended by a written license addendum that
accompanies this License Agreement or by written document that has been signed by both you
and Licensor. Site licenses and other types of enterprise licenses are available upon request.
Pleas contact Licensor or your supplier for further information.
c. Any controversy or claim arising out of or relating to this Agreement, or the breach of this
Agreement, shall be settled by arbitration administered by the American Arbitration Association in
accordance with its Commercial Arbitration Rules and Judgment upon the award rendered by the
arbitrator may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof. The arbitration shall be held in
New Jersey, United States of America.
If you have any other questions concerning this License Agreement, or if you desire to contact Licensor for
any reason, please contact Honest Technology.
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All Rights reserved.
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Table of Contents
End User License Agreement .................................................................................2
Table of Contents .....................................................................................................4
1. Introduction ..................................................................................................6
1.1. System Requirements .........................................................................7
1.2. Input / Output Formats ........................................................................7
2. Overview .......................................................................................................8
3. honestech™ VHS to DVD™ 5.0 Installation ...............................................9
3.1. Installing honestech™ VHS to DVD™ 5.0 ..........................................9
4. Product Registration .................................................................................13
5. Starting honestech™ VHS to DVD™ 5.0 ..................................................14
6. Easy Wizard Mode .....................................................................................16
Step 1. Select Disc ...................................................................................16
Step 2. Insert a blank DVD disc ...............................................................17
Step 3. Select Your Capture Device .........................................................18
Step 4. Record Settings ...........................................................................19
Step 5. Record and Burn DVD .................................................................21
7. Advanced Mode .........................................................................................22
7.1. Capture .............................................................................................23
Step One – Connections ..................................................................25
Step Two – Record Settings .............................................................26
Step Three – Optional Settings ........................................................28
Step Four – Preview.........................................................................28
Step Five – Recording......................................................................29
7.2. Edit....................................................................................................30
Step One – Preview Clips ................................................................31
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Step Two – Split Clip ........................................................................32
Step Three – Arrange Clips ..............................................................33
Step Four – Adding Effects & Video Adjustments (optional) .............35
Step Five – Adding/Disabling Audio (optional)..................................38
Step Six – Merge & Save (optional) .................................................40
7.3. Burn ..................................................................................................42
Step One – Insert Disc .....................................................................43
Step Two – Disc Settings .................................................................44
Step Three – Add Clips ....................................................................45
Step Four – Customize Menu (optional)...........................................46
Step Five – Burn ..............................................................................50
8. Audio Recorder ..........................................................................................52
Step One – Connections ..........................................................................53
Step Two – Setup .....................................................................................54
Step Three – Record ................................................................................55
Step Four – Preview.................................................................................55
Step Five – Burn ......................................................................................56
9. Uninstall honestech™ VHS to DVD™ 5.0.................................................58
10. Appendix (Advanced Mode) ....................................................................60
11. Troubleshooting .......................................................................................63
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1. Introduction
Video tapes can deteriorate over time. Deteriorated videos will exhibit color bleed, white
specks, and other distortions. Don‟t let this happen to your precious memories by archiving
your videotape collection onto DVD/CD. honestech™ VHS to DVD™ 5.0 offers the fastest and
easiest way to do just that.
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Capture video from VCR, Digital Camcorder, PC camera, TV, or DVD players and
convert them into home DVD movies.
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All-in-one solution: provides everything you need to easily transfer and convert your
video into VCD, SVCD, DVD, or Blu-ray movies.
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Advanced scene editing tools: trim out unwanted scenes, combine multiple tapes,
and add transitions, titles or special effects.
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Effects: many different screen effects and filters to create professional looking videos.
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Watch video on new gadgets: convert captured video into PSP or iPod formats.
Video input: Capture Device (VCR, Digital Camcorder, TV, DVD Player, etc)
Video output: VCD, SVCD, Blu-ray, DVD, Long DVD, WMV, MPEG-4 (PSP and iPod)
honestech™ VHS to DVD™ 5.0 is revolutionary software that provides users with a complete
and fully featured program for easy and simple conversion of their videos into VCD, SVCD,
DVD, or Blu-ray movies. Now you can save all your old home videos and burn them to disc to
keep your precious memories alive forever. You can also convert captured video into MPEG-4
or WMV format and watch them on your PSP, iPod, or Windows-based PDA device.
honestech™ VHS to DVD™ 5.0 has three modes: 1) Easy Wizard Mode, 2) Advanced Mode,
and 3) Audio Recorder. The Easy Wizard mode provides step-by-step pictorial instructions
which assist the user through the conversion process. The Advanced Mode simplifies
capturing, editing and burning movies into a simple three-step process.
1. Capture: Capture your video from camcorder, VCR, DVD player etc...
2. Edit: Trim unwanted scenes, combine clips, and add transitions and other effects.
3. Burn: Burn your movie onto a Blu-ray, DVD, VCD, or SVCD disc, or convert the video
into MPEG-4 or WMV format that you can watch on your PSP, iPod, or Windows-based
PDA device.
The Audio Recorder records audio from your cassettes, LP records, and video tapes to WMV
files. Using the recorded WMV files, you can create audio CDs, Data CDs or Data DVDs.
Whether you‟re a novice or professional, honestech™ VHS to DVD™ 5.0 is your best choice
for editing and producing home movies on VCD, SVCD, DVD or Blu-ray. honestech™ VHS to
DVD™ 5.0 provides everything you need to easily create DVD movies. honestech™ VHS to
DVD™ 5.0 auto-detects capture devices on your PC and captures video from a wide variety of
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devices: VCR, Digital Camcorder, DVD player, TV, etc…
Which ever discs you create, VCD, SVCD, DVD or Blu-ray discs, all of your home movies will
play in superb digital quality. Simply load the disc you have created and play it on your home
DVD player or PC. Sit back, relax and enjoy the show!
1.1. System Requirements
• Operating System:
Windows XP® Service Pack 2/3
Windows Vista®
Windows® 7
• USB 2.0 Host Controller/Port
• Processor:
Intel® Pentium® IV 2.4 GHz, Pentium® D, Pentium® M 1.3 GHz, Pentium Core™ Duo,
or AMD® Athlon® 64 processor
(Intel® Pentium® IV 3 GHz with hyperthreading or dual core 1.3 GHz for HD editing)
• Memory:
1GB of RAM
• Free Hard Disk Space:
700MB for program installation and 10GB for DVD creation (25GB for Blu-ray Disc creation)
• Other:
Composite (RCA) cable
Audio cable (3.5mm to composite)
Audio cable (3.5mm to 3.5mm)
DirectX 9.0 or higher
Windows Media Player 6.4 (or higher)
Quicktime Player for MOV files
CD Writer for VCD, SVCD
DVD Writer for DVD
Blu-ray Writer for Blu-ray Disc
IEEE1394 cable for DV/HDV camcorder (optional)
1.2. Input / Output Formats
• Video Input:
AVI, WMV, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MOV
• Image Input:
JPG, GIF, BMP, PNG
• Video Output:
MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, VCD, SVCD, DVD, Long DVD, Blu-ray Disc, WMV
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2. Overview
honestech™ VHS to DVD™ 5.0 allows you to convert analog videotapes to Blu-ray, DVD, or
CD. You can create Blu-ray, DVD or VCD discs of TV programs, movies or videos from your
camcorder or VCR in real time. The Edit function enables you to combine clips with transitions,
add titles and/or special effects, and remove unwanted scenes. The Burning function enables
you to save your video clips onto Blu-ray, DVD or VCD so that you can play them later using a
compatible disc player. Now you can make your own Blu-ray, DVD or VCD discs using
honestech™ VHS to DVD™ 5.0 .
honestech™ VHS to DVD™ 5.0 has three modes: 1) Easy Wizard Mode, 2) Advanced Mode
and 3) Audio Recorder.
- Easy Wizard Mode
This is a guided mode that is very easy to use. Follow the step-by-step guide to get
started.
- Advanced Mode
This mode provides additional features but keeps the process of producing videos
easy by splitting it into three simple steps.
1.
Capture
Capture video from your VCR, camcorder, or DVD player. Select the
appropriate format including Blu-ray, DVD, LongDVD, VCD, SVCD, or
WMV.
2.
Edit
Trim out unwanted scenes from your videos, combine clips, and add
transitions, titles or special effects to create professional quality videos.
3.
Burn
Create Blu-ray, DVD, VCD, or SVCD discs with the videos that you
capture and edit. You can also convert your video into MPEG-4 or WMV
format to watch it on your PSP, iPod, or Windows-based PDA device.
- Audio Recorder
Record audio from cassettes, LP records, and other sound sources to create digital
audio files and audio CDs.
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3. honestech™ VHS to DVD™ 5.0 Installation
3.1. Installing honestech™ VHS to DVD™ 5.0
3.1.1. Insert the installation CD into the CD/DVD drive on your computer.
Do Not connect the Vidbox – if you have connected the device, unplug it now.
Disable any Anti-Virus or Anti-Spyware.
3.1.2. The installation process will start automatically.
Note: If the installation does NOT start automatically, double-click the “Setup.exe”
file on the installation CD to begin the installation process.
3.1.3. Click [Next >] to continue the installation.
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3.1.4. Read the License Agreement. Click [Next >] after accepting the License Agreement to
continue with the installation.
3.1.5. Click [Change… ] if you want to install the software in a different folder. Click [Next >] to
continue with the installation.
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3.1.6. Accept the default program folder or create your own program folder by entering a new
folder name. Then click [Next >] to continue with the installation.
3.1.7. Click [Install] to start installing the software with the current settings. If you want to
change the settings, click on [< Back] to go back to the previous screen.
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3.1.8. The setup status screen will display the installation progress. Please wait for completion.
3.1.9. Click [Finish] to complete the installation.
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4. Product Registration
Complete the registration form to receive exclusive information via email, regarding product
updates, patches, and discount coupons.
To temporarily turn off the registration reminder, use the „Do not display this message for…
days‟ option at the bottom of the window. Select the Cancel button to bypass registration and
proceed into the program. The registration reminder will be permanently deactivated upon
completion of registration.
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5. Starting honestech™ VHS to DVD™ 5.0
You can start honestech™ VHS to DVD™ 5.0 by simply double-clicking on
this icon typically found on your desktop.
Or you can start the program through the Start menu button by clicking
Start  All Programs  honestech VHS to DVD 5.0  honestech VHS to DVD 5.0
The following main menu screen will be displayed when the program starts.
The Easy Wizard Mode is recommended for those who wish to get started quickly, have
limited knowledge of video conversions or do not require the use of any editing or menu tools.
This mode will make a single recording from one tape and does not save your recording for
any future use.
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The Advanced Mode is recommended for users who need to make multiple recordings, edit
recordings, and/or create menus. This mode can also be used to record to dual layer discs and
will save your recordings for future use.
The Audio Recorder is recommended for recording sound only. It can be used to record
sound from various audio devices including LP turntables, cassette tapes, and any other
device that can be connected to an RCA/Composite audio jack.
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6. Easy Wizard Mode
The Easy Wizard Mode assists you with the conversion of your video tapes to DVD or Blu-ray
disc. From disc selection and cable connections to recording and burning, the Wizard walks
you through the entire process. The steps are kept simple to minimize confusion, however, if
any problems are encountered, the Wizard will alert you.
To open the Easy Wizard Mode, select “Easy Wizard Mode” from the main menu screen.
Step 1. Select Disc
Select your disc type: DVD (single or dual layer) or Blu-ray, and click the arrow pointing to the
right to proceed.
*These are the types of discs the Wizard can record your video onto. The most common type
used is DVD, however Blu-ray provides higher quality picture when played in a Blu-ray player.
The Blu-ray option also requires a video signal from a HDV/DV (high definition video)
camcorder.
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Step 2. Insert a blank DVD disc
Insert either a blank DVD or Blu-ray disc into your disc drive, and click the arrow pointing to the
right to proceed.
*Make sure your disc drive is capable of writing to a DVD or Blu-ray disc. Most DVD ROM
drives are able to play DVDs but are unable to write to them. DVD RW drives on the other
hand, are capable of both reading and writing DVD discs.
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Step 3. Select Your Capture Device
Video/Audio Device – these fields should reflect the capture device/card that connects
between your video player and your computer.
 Video Device 'Settings' – use this button to specify your video cable connection
(Composite or S-Video), and to access video controls for brightness, contrast etc...
 Audio Device 'Settings' – use this button to adjust the recording volume of the device.
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Step 4. Record Settings
Set your Record settings by adjusting the Recording Time slider to match the length of your
video. Due to the size limitation of DVD discs, recording over 2 hours to a single layer DVD
(over 4 hours to a dual layer DVD) will result in lower quality video.
The Widescreen option will change the look of your recording to resemble a letterbox format
with black bars placed above and below the video.
The Lower recording resolution option should be enabled if you experience choppy
video/audio. This option will reduce the amount of pixels recorded, providing better handling of
the video by your computer.
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Use the
Burn Options button to access the disc burning settings.
Temp Folder – this is used by the Wizard to temporarily store your video as it records it. Once
recording is complete, the video will be written to your blank disc and the contents of the
Folder deleted. You can change the Temp Folder location by clicking the folder icon and
selecting a new folder.
*Changing your Temp Folder is not recommended unless the Required Hard Drive Space
exceeds the Available Hard Drive Space.
Disc Name – use this option to create a name for your disc. The name will be visible when
played on a computer or from the display interface on supported DVD players.
Burn Speed – use this option to specify the speed at which your disc drive will burn your disc.
Tip: Slower burn speeds will typically yield better disc results. If you encounter
burning problems, try lowering the burn speed.
When you are finished making your recording settings, click the arrow pointing to the right to
proceed.
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Step 5. Record and Burn DVD
Position your video tape/source to the point where you wish to begin recording and start
playback.
Use the Recording Volume slider to adjust the recording volume, visible in the Volume Meters
to the left. *For best recording volume, set the volume slider so the meters spike in the yellow
but not in the red.
Tip: It is always a good idea to preview the loudest sections of your video source
while adjusting your recording volume. This will help you to avoid distortion when the
signal peaks in the red during actual recording.
Once your video appears in the Video preview screen on the left, click the Start button to start
recording. Click the Stop button to manually stop the recording at any time.
After the recording time selected in step 4 has elapsed, the program will automatically begin
the disc burning process. The disc will eject automatically upon completion.
*Warning: Manually ejecting your disc before completion can cause the disc to
malfunction.
Click the
open door button to exit the program.
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7. Advanced Mode
To open the Advanced Mode, select “Advanced Mode” from the main menu screen.
The Advanced Mode combines the same recording functionality of the Easy Wizard Mode with
the ability to manage your video conversions from recording, to editing and finally to burning.
You can use the Advanced Mode to perform many functions including:
 Record from multiple tapes and/or video sources
 Convert to DVD, MPEG, WMV, Long DVD, iPod, PSP
 Convert overseas tapes to your local standard
 Import existing videos from your computer
 Edit and/or combine recordings from one or multiple sources
 Add transitions, special effects and text to video
 Preview recording before burning to ensure it plays as desired
 Create custom disc menus
 Burn your recordings to DVD, Blu-Ray, VCD & SVCD or save as an image to burn later
If you are looking for complete control of your video recordings, the Advanced Mode will
provide that and more.
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7.1. Capture
The Advanced Mode opens to the Capture screen upon selection from
the Main Menu. You can choose to move to any of the three Advanced
Mode sections, Capture, Edit or Burn at any time, by selecting them
from the top of the screen.
Screen Selecton
Help Menu
Preview Pane
Clip
Panel
Import
video to
Clip Panel
Volume Meters
Remove
video from
Clip Panel
Recording Status Display
Video Perspective
Export
Clip optons
The Capture screen is used to record video from any external video source such as a
camcorder, VCR, etc... It povides several functions and task areas designed to make the
recording process as easy as possible. Below are descriptions for some of the functions and
areas found within the Capture screen.
Screen Selection – select the section you wish to use Capture, Edit, or Burn, and the
Advanced Mode will switch to that screen.
Preview Pane – used as a substitute for a TV/monitor, it is used to preview your video before
and during recording.
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Recording Status Display – displays the format selected for recording (DVD, MPEG, WMV or
LongDVD), the recording timer, the file size of the recording in megabytes, and the Maximum
Recording Time.
Recording Volume – use this slider to adjust your recording volume and manipulate the
Volume Meters.
Volume Meters – displays the volume of your audio signal detected by the program. The
meters will rise as the signal volume increases. They will display yellow warning bars if your
volume becomes dangerously close to distorting (too loud), and Red bars when audio
distortion is eminent.
Record and Burn – automates the Advanced Mode similar to the Easy Wizard. It will
automatically burn your video to disc after the recording timer has finished, or the Stop button
is clicked.
Video Perspective – provides 4:3 option for standard, non-HD video and 16:9 for HDV/DV
video.
Options – manage the recording format, video type, recording quality/time, output folder,
device settings and video adjustments.
Clip Panel – all recorded, edited, and imported video clips will appear here as thumbnail
images.
Help Menu – from this menu you can access the User Guide, Product Registration information,
Product Updates, and Product Key information.
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Getting Started: Capture
There are five steps to capturing in the Advanced Mode:
Step 1 – Connections
Step 2 – Record Settings
Step 3 – Optional Settings
Step 4 – Preview
Step 5 – Recording
These steps are described in more detail below.
Step One – Connections
You will first need to connect your video player to your capture device or capture card.
Connections via the Deluxe “VIDBOX” capture device are shown below.
Connections from your video player can be made via RCA (Composite) cables (above),
or with a combination of S-Video and RCA (Composite) audio cables (below).
Tip: It is important to connect the capture device to your computer before opening the
VHS to DVD™ program to ensure proper device detection.
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Step Two – Record Settings
Before making any settings, you will need to determine the requirements for your finished
product.
To help determine those requirements, you may want to ask yourself the following questions:
 How long is my video or how long do I want it to be?
 Will I be recording to disc or saving as a file?
 What type of disc or file will I be recording to?
 Am I going to do any editing?
Once you have decided on the requirements for your recording, access the record settings
control panel using the
Record Settings button at the bottom of the Capture screen.
Video/Audio Device – these fields should reflect the capture device/card that connects
between your video player and your computer.
 Video Device 'Settings' – use this button to specify your video cable connection
(Composite or S-Video), and to access video controls for brightness, contrast etc...
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 Audio Device 'Settings' – use this button to adjust the recording volume of the device.
Format – specify the disc or video format your want your video to be recorded in.
See the Appendix for information regarding each format option.
 Format Settings – use this button to change your video resolution in the event that you
experience unstable or choppy video.
Quality – specify the quality setting that your video will be recorded in.
*This option, in combination with the Format option, will determine how much video can be
recorded to disc. Does not apply to VCD or SVCD Formats.
Result – this line indicates the amount of video that can be burned to the type of disc or
video format you have selected in the Format option. This line will change based upon the
settings made for the Format and Quality options. Typically, after deciding on your format,
you can adjust the quality setting to best match the length of video you will be recording.
*If you will be recording multiple videos, choose the setting that best matches the total
amount of video you plan to burn on one disc.
Video Recording Type – specify the video standard you want your video recorded in,
NTSC or PAL. NTSC is the common video standard for North America. PAL is typically
used in Europe and British Commonwealths.
TIP: This option can also be used to convert a PAL videotape to the NTSC standard
and vice versa. See the Appendix for information on converting video types.
Output Folder – this is the location on your computers hard drive, where all video
recordings will be saved permanently. Click the Folder icon on the right to change the
output folder location. *Changing the Output Folder location is not recommended unless
space is low on the current drive.
Make your settings based on the requirements for your recording and click the OK button when
finished to close the Record Settings control panel.
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Step Three – Optional Settings
 Set Recording Time – Setting a Recording Time enables the Advanced Mode to stop
recording once the time entered has elapsed. The timer will not start until the Record
button is clicked. Upon completion, any video captured will appear in the Clip Panel as a
thumbnail image. This option is located at the bottom of the Capture Screen.
 Record and Burn – Selecting this option will further automate the process and prompt the
Advanced Mode to burn your video to disc when the recording is complete. This option
does require a recording time to be set. *Make sure to insert a blank disc into your disc
writer before you start recording.
 Video Perspective – Select the option based on the type of video you will be recording.
For standard, non-HD video, you should select the 4:3 option. For HDV/DV video you
should select the 16:9 option. *Unless you specifically recorded your video in HDV or DV
video, you would typically select the 4:3 option.
 Recording Volume – use the slider to adjust the recording volume, visible in the volume
meters to the left. *For best recording volume, set the volume slider so the meters spike in
the yellow but not in the red.
Tip: It is always a good idea to preview the loudest sections of your video source
while adjusting your recording volume. This will help you to avoid distortion when
the signal peaks in the red during actual recording.
Step Four – Preview
 Connect your video player to the computer via your capture device/card if you have not
already done so (see Step One).
 Insert your tape if necessary and press play on the device.
 Your video should appear in the Preview Pane, and the audio heard through your
computer speakers. *If you do not see/hear your video or it appears faulty please see the
Video/Audio Troubleshooting sections on pages 68-70.
 Rewind or fast forward your video to the point you wish to record from.
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Step Five – Recording
Recording Status Display – use this display to check the status of your recording, verify the
recording format (DVD, SVCD, WMV etc...), or monitor the size of your file.
The Maximum Recording Time (MRT) indicates how many hours of video recording are
available on your computers hard drive. See the Appendix for more MRT information.
Record – click the
record button at the bottom of the Capture screen when you are
ready to capture your video. *The record button will change to a stop button when clicked.
Stop – click the
stop button when you are ready to halt or cancel the capture process.
Any video that has been captured will appear in the Clip Panel on the right as a thumbnail
image.
*If you wish to remove any video clips from the Clip Panel, first select the clip and then click
the remove button at the bottom of the panel.
Save – When you are finished recording, it is always a good idea to save
your project, especially if you plan to edit or burn your video at a later time.
To save your project, click the Menu button in the top right corner of the
Capture screen and select Save Project.
When prompted, provide a descriptive project name that matches your recording(s) and save
to a familiar location on your hard drive.
*Your project will be saved as a VHS to DVD™ Project File, see the Appendix for more
information regarding project files.
Now you can repeat the process to record more tapes, move on to the Edit screen if you need
to edit, or go directly to the Burn screen to burn your recording(s) to disc.
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7.2. Edit
In the edit screen, you can split your video clips into smaller segments,
arrange segments within the storyboard, add background music and
transitions, apply effects and overlay text.
Titles
Video
Adjustments
Visual
Effects
Transitions
Video
Clipboard
Playhead
Transition Box
Preview Pane
Merge
&
Save
Split
Transport
Controls
Clip
Panel
Import
video from
Clip Panel
Remove
video from
Clip Panel
Storyboard
Export
Clip optons
When you are finished editing, your movie be immediately ready for burning to DVD.
*Editing is an optional process and is not a required step in the conversion process. If you do
not need to perform any editing, you should select the Burn button from the top of the screen.
Below are descriptions for some of the functions and areas found within the Edit screen.
Video Clipboard – displays any video clips you have edited/split in the Preview Panel. Clips
are displayed in thumbnail format.
Effects Tabs – choose from a wide array of transitions, special effects, and title screens.
Storyboard Panel – drag and drop your edited clips from the Clip Board here. Organize, add
transitions and text titles, apply special effects, and create intro and ending credits.
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Clip Panel – all recorded, edited, and imported video clips will appear here as thumbnail
images.
Preview Panel – used to preview and edit your video clips. Start here to begin the edit process.
Merge and Save – used to merge the clips in the Storyboard Panel together and save a new,
finished video clip.
Getting Started: Edit
There are three necessary steps to editing in the Advanced Mode, and three optional ones:
Step 1 – Preview Clip
Step 2 – Split Clip
Step 3 – Arrange Clips
Step 4 – Adding Effects & Video Adjustments (optional)
Step 5 – Adding/Disabling Audio (optional)
Step 6 – Merge & Save (optional)
These steps are described in more detail below.
Step One – Preview Clips
To begin editing, double-click a video clip in the Clip Panel to play it in the Preview Panel. You
can also drag and drop the video clip onto the Preview Panel to begin the editing process.
Once loaded, you can use the transport controls at the bottom of the Preview Panel to preview
your clips and locate your edits points.
Play: click to begin video playback.
Pause: click to pause video playback.
Previous Frame: click to rewind the video.
Next Frame: click to advance the video.
Jump Frame Rate: click to change the speed at which the Previous and Next Frame
buttons rewind or advance the video. *Useful for making precise edits.
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Playhead: indicates the preview location within a video clip. The playhead marker can be
dragged left or right to adjust the preview position of your video in the Preview Panel.
*The Playhead also indicates where the split will occur if the split button is clicked.
Step Two – Split Clip
Once you have located a section in your video that requires an edit, whether it is a cut, a
transition, or a special effect, you will want to split your clip as a way to isolate the section that
requires editing. Splitting a clip divides it in two, leaving you with two clips that are
automatically placed in the Video Clipboard. By repeating this procedure you can further
isolate sections of your video that require editing, leaving you with smaller clips that can be
rearranged or paired with other clips. by selecting a clip in the Clipboard and splitting it again.
Split – Use the
Split button to split your video clip at its current play position. The video
will be divided into two segments, and the segments will then be automatically placed in the
Video Clipboard to the left. To split a segment again, select the clip in the Clipboard, locate
your split point in the Preview Panel and click the Split button.
Tip: The Preview Panel allows you to split video clips at the Playhead, or at the
video frame appearing in the panel. The split process works by dividing a video in
two, precisely at the video frame currently being displayed in the preview panel.
This process is made easy with the use of the Pause, Previous Frame, and Next
Frame controls.
For help in identifying scenes, a green bar is displayed below each clip, indicating the original
location for that clip within the recorded video.
You will also find the time duration listed underneath each clip along with the name of the
original recorded file that the clip is split from.
For organizational purposes, you may find it necessary to remove clips from the Video
Clipboard. To do this, right click on a clip and select „Delete‟ from the pop-up menu.
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Step Three – Arrange Clips
After splitting your video into smaller segments, you can begin to arrange them in the
Storyboard Panel.
You may have noticed that the Storyboard already contains three frames with text.
The first and last frames are reserved for creating custom Intro and Ending Titles for your
video. *They can be removed by right clicking on one or both and selecting „Delete‟ from the
pop-up menu. The deleted title frame(s) will remain but in a grayed out form. To add a Title
frame back, right click anywhere in the Storyboard and select „Add intro title or ending credits‟.
The middle frame is where you can add your first clip into the Storyboard. To move your clips
to the Storyboard, select a segment from the Video Clipboard and drag it to the Storyboard
Panel at the bottom of the edit screen.
As you drop the segment onto the middle frame, you may also notice a white bar that appears
indicating where your clip will be placed. Additional clips can be added around the middle
frame, but not before or after the Intro and Ending Title frames. As clips are added, the Ending
Title frame will automatically move to the right making room for each new clip.
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You can also move clips within the Storyboard Panel by dragging and dropping frames.
Dragging a frame to the right or left will change its position. A vertical white bar will appear to
indicate where the frame will be placed within the storyboard sequence.
Tip: To move multiple frames, hold the shift or Ctrl key while selecting, then drag
and drop to the desired location. Each selected frame will move as a group to the
new location and place them selves in order of original sequence.
Frames can also be cut or copied, and pasted to another location within the Storyboard Panel
by right clicking on a particular frame and selecting the appropriate command from the pop-up
menu.
When pasting a frame in the Storyboard, right click between any two frames and select the
paste command to place the clip in-between.
To completely remove a clip from the Storyboard Panel, right click on the frame and select
'Delete‟' or „Cut‟ from the pop-up menu. The frame will disappear from the Storyboard but your
video clip will remain above in the Video Clipboard.
You can preview your arrangement within the Storyboard Panel at any time. Simply select the
frame you wish to preview from and click the Play button in the Preview Panel. A vertical red
bar will scroll across the Storyboard as the arrangement plays, indicating the playheads
position.
When you are finished editing, you can merge and save your Storyboard contents using the
Merge & Save feature (page 45) or add optional effects and background music using the
following instructions.
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Step Four – Adding Effects & Video Adjustments (optional)
The Edit screen includes a wide variety of optional effects that can be used to visually enhance
your video.
To access the visual effects, select one of the three effect tabs above the Video Clipboard:
Transitions, Effects, or Titles.
Transitions: used to provide a specific look or feel to the change from one frame to another.
To add, select a transition from the Transitions tab and drag and drop it on any transition box
between two frames in the Storyboard Panel.
To remove a transition, right click on the transition box and select 'Delete transition' from the
pop-up menu.
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Effects: add unique and interesting effects to your video.
To add a visual effect, select one from the Effects tab and drag and drop it on any frame within
the Storyboard panel.
The effects icon
will light up directly below the frame indicating a visual effect has been
applied.
To remove an effect, right click on the effected frame and select 'Delete effect' from the pop-up
menu.
Titles: add text titles your video.
To add a title, select one from the Titles tab and drag and drop it on any frame within the
Storyboard panel.
The Title icon
will appear directly below that frame indicating a title has been applied.
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Title icon to access the Text Editor.
The Text Editor allows you to change the location of the
title within the screen, or resize it by dragging one of the
white corner boxes diagonally.
Use the slider to adjust the amount of time the title will
remain on screen.
Click the
Text Input button below, to open the Text
Input toolbox and personalize your title with shadows,
outlines, different fonts, colors and sizes.
When you are finished editing a title, click the
Apply button to commit your changes and close the
Text Editor.
To remove a title, right click on the titled frame and select 'Delete text' from the pop-up menu.
Video Adjustments: make Brightness, Contrast and Saturation adjustments to your video.
To make video adjustments, select the
the Storyboard panel.
Video Adjustment button below any frame within
The Video Adjustments tab above the Video Clipboard will activate giving access to the video
adjustment panel and the Brightness, Contrast and Saturation sliders.
Move the slider bars right or left to make adjustments.
Adjustments can be made in real time by playing your
video in the Preview Panel, and moving the individual
sliders during playback.
Reset Button: click this button to set adjustments
back to their default values.
Ok Button: click this button to confirm and save
any adjustments.
Cancel Button: click this button to undo any
adjustments and exit the panel.
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The
Video Adjustment button will light up directly below any video clip or Intro/Ending
frame to indicate which segments have been adjusted.
Step Five – Adding/Disabling Audio (optional)
The Edit screen allows you to import audio files and add them to any frame within the
Storyboard Panel.
To add an audio file, first select the frame you wish to add audio to within the Storyboard Panel,
then click the
Add background audio button at the top left of the Storyboard.
A windows navigation window will open for you to select an audio file from your computer or
external storage device. Select your file and click the Open button.
The added audio file will appear below the selected frame in the Audio track
colored bar.
as a
If the background audio file exceeds the time length of the selected video frame, the audio file
will also appear play under subsequent frames, until it‟s time limit is reached. See the example
above where the audio file was added to the first frame but extends into the second.
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You can shorten the background audio to specific frames by right clicking frames with
unwanted audio and selecting „Delete background audio‟ from the pop-up menu.
The colored bar and audio file will then shorten to the frame(s) preceding.
When shortening an audio file, as in the previous example, you are essentially cutting your
audio file. In this situation you may find the audio is cut short and ends with the video frame it
is connected to.
To help alleviate any abrupt endings of your audio, right click the colored bar representing your
audio file and select the „Fade out‟ option from the pop-up menu.
You can also use the „Fade in‟ option from the pop-up menu to slowly increase the volume of
the audio during the first few seconds. This can help provide smoother transitions from one
audio file to the next or create a more interesting introduction.
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The Delete background audio option, as seen in the picture above, can also be selected from
the pop-up menu if you need to completely remove the audio file from the Audio track.
*Note: Colored bars will always fill the entire space beneath a frame, even if the audio
playtime ends before the video frame does. It is not possible to add more than one
audio file to one frame or adjust a colored bar to less than the entire frame.
To add additional audio files to the Storyboard Panel, simply repeat the steps;
1. Select a frame in the Storyboard.
2. Click the
Add background audio button, and select your file.
3. Shorten and Fade if necessary.
It is also possible to mute or disable the recorded audio portion of your frames within the
Storyboard Panel. This can be helpful for hearing background audio better or when trying to
create music video montages.
To mute recorded audio, click the
Storyboard panel.
The
Mute button directly below any frame within the
Mute button will light up to indicate which segments have been muted.
Step Six – Merge & Save (optional)
When you are finished editing and customizing your video project, you can select the first
segment or frame in the Storyboard Panel and click „Play‟ in the Preview Panel to review the
entire contents of the Storyboard.
If you are satisfied with your editing click the
Merge and Save button at the bottom of
the Preview Panel to apply changes, combine all clips and transitions in the Storyboard, and
save as a new video clip.
Clicking the Merge and Save button opens a screen prompting you to choose an output file
type that matches the disc type you will be burning to, or that meets the file requirements for
watching on your computer or uploading to the internet.
*It is recommended you select the same disc format you chose in the Capture screen prior to
recording. Typically you would select DVD or Blu-Ray HD/SD, however, for more advanced
needs, you can select the User-defined Settings option to customize your own output file.
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Tip: For faster rendering times when Merging & Saving to DVD, select 'DVD/VCD
(MPEG)' from the User-defined Settings option and select the Fast MPEG or Smart
Rendering option from the following settings screen. Leave all other options alone.
When prompted, provide a descriptive project name that matches your movie and save to a
familiar location on your hard drive.
The storyboard contents will be saved as a new video file to your hard drive and will
also appear as a new video thumbnail in the Clip panel for burning to disc using the
Burn screen.
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7.3. Burn
The Burn screen is used to create menus and write your video clips to
disc.
Chapters
Menu Settings
Menu Navigation
Buttons
Themes
Background Music
s
Background
Images
Clip
Panel
Import
video to
Clip Panel
Disc Menu Screen
Remove
video from
Clip Panel
Disc Status
Erase
Disc
Disc
Settings
Burn
Disc
Export
Clip optons
Disc
Info
You can choose from a list of default themes, or customize your own menu to include chapters,
personal background images, and background music. You can also burn to multiple disc types
including DVD, Blu-ray, SVCD, and VCD. *Disc type availability will depend on the file format
of your video clips.
Below are descriptions for some of the functions and areas found within the Burn screen.
Menu Editors – select from an assortment of ready-made themes and backgrounds or
customize your menu with chapters, personal images and background music.
Burning Status Display – displays the burning status of your disc, type of disc being burned,
the burning timer, and the required /available disc space.
Export Clip options – choose to export your recorded, edited and/or imported video clips to
PSP or iPod file format. Or, export directly to the YouTube website.
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Clip Panel – all recorded, edited, and imported video clips will appear here as thumbnail
images.
Disc Menu Screen – add video clips from the Clip Panel here to create and preview your disc
menu.
Getting Started: Burn
There are five steps to burning in the Advanced Mode:
Step 1 – Insert Disc
Step 2 – Disc Settings
Step 3 – Add Clips
Step 4 – Customize Menu (optional)
Step 5 – Burn
These steps are described in more detail below.
Step One – Insert Disc
Before burning, you will need to select the type of disc you will be burning your video files to
and insert that disc into your computer. Typically you would have determined this prior to
recording your video in the Capture screen or when merging and saving in the Edit screen.
If you are importing video clips into the program, see the About Video/Disc Format options in
the Appendix for the best disc options based on the type of video file(s) you will be importing.
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Step Two – Disc Settings
Click the
Disc Settings button at the bottom of the Burn screen to access the disc and
menu settings.
Select disc type – specify the disc format you want to burn your video clips to.
When selecting DVD, be sure to select the size of your DVD from the drop down menu to the
right.
Tip: Use the same option you selected for the format prior to recording in the
Capture screen.
Video standard – specify the video standard or region you want your disc burned in, NTSC or
PAL. *You will want to choose the standard based on your geographical region. NTSC is the
common video standard for North America. PAL is typically used in Europe and British
Commonwealths.
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Encoding Settings
Video Properties – specify your encoding settings. Unless you prefer to make advanced
encoding settings, it is recommended that you choose „Preset‟. Otherwise, select „Custom‟ and
adjust the remaining encoding selections based on your needs. The 'Fit to disc' option is best
when burning non-MPEG2 files to a DVD disc.
Menu Settings
Create Menu – select this option if you would like to create a main disc menu made for your
disc. The disc menu is made from the different video clips you add to the disc, and displays
them as image thumbnails with the background image of your choice. The disc menu will
appear when playing your disc, allowing you to play specific clips based on the selection of
videos you added to the disc.
Motion Menu – select this option if you want to add motion to the clips in your home menu.
Your clips will play within the menu screen providing a preview of that clip.
Chapter Menu – select this option if you want to include a chapter menu for your clips. The
chapter menu will allow you to select from individual chapters made for each clip.
Set duration of motion menu and background music – use this option to adjust the length
of time (in seconds) your motion menus and/or menu background music will play before
looping again.
Menu screen format – select the screen aspect ratio for your menu: 4:3 option for standard,
non-HD video and 16:9 for HDV/DV video. *Typically you will want to select the same setting
you chose for your video perspective prior to capturing in the Capture screen.
Step Three – Add Clips
Drag the video clips you want to burn from the Clip Panel and drop them into the Disc Menu
Screen. A sample disc menu will appear after adding a clip, providing a preview to your disc
menu. *Make sure the clips you add do not exceed the available disc space listed in the top
right corner of the Burning Status Display.
**To remove a clip from the Disc Menu Screen, select a clip to highlight it, then right click and
select delete from the pop-up menu.
Tip: To turn off the disc menu, click the Disc Settings button at the bottom of the
Burn screen and uncheck the „Create Menu‟ option.
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Step Four – Customize Menu (optional)
A disc menu functions as a visual table of contents, providing the option for selective viewing.
Use the following features from the Disc Menu Toolbar (pictured below) at the top of the Burn
screen to create and customize menus for your DVD and Blu-ray discs.
Chapters – Use the
Chapter button to add chapter points to the clips in the Disc Menu
Screen.
*Chapter Points are invisible markers imbedded within the video that allow you to skip forward
or back using the skip or jump buttons on your DVD player.
Chapter Points are automatically added every 5 minutes when you burn your vidoe to disc,
unless you change the chapter point settings within the Chapters screen or by making them
visible.
To add chapter points manually, first select a clip in the Disc Menu Screen and click the
Chapter button. A chapter screen will open, allowing you to add chapter points for your clip, or
auto space them based on the number or chapters you require.
Tip: You can make the chapter points visible for selection (like traditional DVD
chapter menus), by enabling the option for Chapter menu in the Disc Settings or
Menu Settings windows.
Remove
Chapter
Preview
Panel
Playhead
Transport
Controls
Add
Chapter
Save
Exit
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To manually add chapter points;
A) Select the 'Manual chapter insertion' option.
B) Play your video clip in the preview panel.
C) Click the
Add Chapter(s) button during
playback or when paused.
Chapter points will be added to the video at the exact point visible in the preview panel, and
will appear as a thumbnail image in the Chapter Pool on the left.
To remove a chapter point, select the chapter in the Chapter Pool and then click the
Remove Chapter button in the top right corner.
When you are finished creating your chapters, click the
Save button to save your
chapters and exit the Chapter screen.
Themes – Use the
Themes button to change the Theme (background picture, buttons
and clip frames) of your Disc Menu.
Tip: Some Themes display more video clips on one menu screen than others. If
your clips exceed the amount displayed on one screen, another menu screen will
automatically be created. Use the Menu Navigation buttons, listed in this section, to
view and customize each menu screen.
Background Image – Use the
Background Image button to change the background
picture only, for your Disc Menu. *You can also use a personal image from your own collection,
by clicking the „Add photo(s)‟ button and adding your own images to the list.
Background Music – Use the
Background Music button to add a short music loop to
your Disc Menu. By default, the program will extract the first 20 seconds from the music file
you choose and loop it. To adjust the amount of seconds extracted and the length of your loop,
access the „Set duration of motion menu and background music’ option from the Menu
Settings button listed below.
Menu Settings – Use the
page 50.
Menu Settings button to access the Menu options listed on
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Menu Navigation
Listed below are the Menu Navigation buttons located on the right side of the Disc Menu
Toolbar (pictured above). Use the buttons to navigate through your disc menu screens and
view any changes you have made.
Chapter Menu: Click this button to view and make changes to your Chapter Menu.
(Only available when a Chapter Menu has been created)
Previous Menu Screen: Click this button to view the previous menu screen.
(Only available with multiple menu screens)
Next Menu Screen: Click this button to view the next menu screen.
(Only available with multiple menu screens)
Home Menu: Click this button to view the main disc menu screen.
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Titles
Change menu and chapter titles by scrolling your mouse cursor over a title and double clicking
it. *The mouse pointer will change to a hand cursor indicating title editing is available with a
double click of the mouse button.
Double clicking a title will activate a text input window(below), allowing you to change the text,
font style, size, color etc..
Click the Close button when you are finished adjusting your text title.
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Step Five – Burn
Before burning your video clips to disc, you will want to verify that the total, required size of
your clip(s) does not exceed the total available size of your disc. To verify your clip(s) do not
exceed the disc size, check the Disc Status in the bottom left corner of the Burn Screen.
Type of
Disc to be
burned
Video length
(in time)
Added to disc
Required disc
space to
burn video
Total
Available
disc space
Disc space used (green)
Disc capacity (gray)
When you are ready to burn your video clip(s) to disc, click the Burn Disc button
bottom of the Burn Screen.
at the
A Burn Options window will appear providing some additional disc burning choices before you
begin the actual burning process.
*Unless there is a specific need, the burn options can be left at their default
settings, and you can start burning by clicking the red & black Burn button.
See the next page for descriptions of the available burn options.
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Burn Options:
Record to media – this option is selected by default indicating you will be recording to a disc.
Uncheck this option if you do not plan on burning anything to disc and/or when using the
„Create Video_TS folder‟ option.
Disc Name – use this option to create a name for your disc. The name will be visible when
played on a computer or from the display interface on supported DVD players.
Drive – use this option to select the disc drive that will burn your disc.
Burn Speed – use this option to specify the speed at which your disc drive will burn your disc.
Tip: Slower burn speeds will typically yield better disc results. If you encounter
burning problems, try lowering the burn speed. Speeds can then be raised
incrementally with each successful burn.
Create Video_TS folder – use this option to create a Video_TS folder on your hard drive in
the location specified. A Video_TS folder is the file structure or directory typically burned to
DVD discs that contains the DVD movie. *Additional software will be required to burn the
Video_TS folder to a DVD disc should you choose to do so at a later time.
Temp Folder – use this option to select the temporary folder used during the burning process.
The Advanced mode uses the temporary folder to convert your video to disc format. Once
burned to disc, the converted video is purged from the temporary folder.
Burn Process:
Burn – click the
Burn button to begin the burning process. The burn process is
made up of four automated steps which convert your audio and video to disc format, and burns
the converted information to disc.
A finish message will appear when the burning is complete.
*Warning: Manually ejecting your disc before completion can cause the disc to
malfunction.
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8. Audio Recorder
To open the Audio Recorder, select “Audio Recorder” from the main menu screen.
Left Volume Meter
Right Volume Meter
Signal
Frequency
Bars
Recording
Volume
Record
Play
Remove
Burn
You can use the Audio Recorder to perform several audio recording functions including:
 Record from LP records, cassette tapes, and other audio sources.
 Convert to WMA (Windows Media Audio) digital file format.
 Create Audio CDs, WMA CDs, and WMA DVDs.
Below are descriptions for some of the functions and areas found within the Audio Recorder.
Signal Frequency Bars – displays the audio signal detected by the program from both Left
and Right channels.
Left/Right Volume Meter – displays the volume of your audio signal detected by the program.
The meters will rise as the signal volume increases. They will display yellow warning bars if
your volume becomes dangerously close to distorting (too loud), and Red bars when audio
distortion is eminent.
Recording Volume – use this bar to adjust your recording volume and manipulate the Volume
Meters.
Track List – displays each recording in list form with size (megabytes) and duration
information.
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Getting Started:
There are five steps to recording in the Audio Recorder:
Step 1 – Connections
Step 2 – Setup
Step 3 – Record
Step 4 – Preview
Step 5 – Burn
These steps are described in more detail below.
Step One – Connections
You will first need to connect your audio player to your capture device or audio card.
Connections via the Deluxe capture device, “VIDBOX” are shown below.
Connections from your audio player can be made via RCA (Composite) cables or with a
Headphone-to-RCA (Composite) adapter cable.
Tip: It is important to connect the capture device to your computer before opening
the VHS to DVD™ program to ensure proper device detection.
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Step Two – Setup
Once your connections are complete;
 Open the Audio Recorder and check your device setting.
Audio Device – this field should reflect the capture device/card that connects between
your audio player and your computer. *Some capture devices/cards may be automatically
detected by the software, and listed as your audio device by default.
If your device setting is correct;
 Press play on your audio player to verify your connections and settings match up. If your
setup is good, you should hear the audio play through your computer and see the Signal
Frequency Bars moving in unison.
Signal Frequency Bars
(Left channel)
Signal Frequency Bars
(Right channel)
Recording
Volume
Volume Meter
(Left channel)
Volume Meter
(Right channel)
While previewing your audio signal;
 Use the Recording Volume slider to adjust the recording volume, visible in the Left & Right
Volume Meters. *For best recording volume, set the volume slider so that the meters spike
in the yellow but not in the red.
Tip: It is always a good idea to preview the loudest sections of your audio source
while adjusting your recording volume. This will help you to avoid distortion if the
signal peaks in the red during actual recording.
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Step Three – Record
Before clicking record, you will want to check your recording settings listed below and make
any necessary adjustments.
Recording Timer – setting a recording time enables the Audio Recorder to stop recording
once the time entered has elapsed. The timer will not start until the Record button is
clicked. *This is an optional setting and is not necessary for recording.
Output Folder – this is the location on your computers hard drive where all audio
recordings will be saved permanently. Click the Folder icon on the right to change the
output folder location. *Changing the Output Folder location is not recommended unless
space is low on the current drive.
Record – click the
record button when you are ready to capture your video.
(This button will change to a Stop button when clicked)
Stop – click the
stop button when you are ready to halt or cancel the recording process.
Any audio that has been recorded will appear in the Track List at the bottom of the recording
screen.
Step Four – Preview
Play – click the
play button to playback any recorded audio file from the Track List.
*Click and highlight a specific audio file in the track list to play it.
Remove – Use the
remove button to the right of the Play button to remove any audio
files from the Track List.
*Click and highlight a specific audio file in the track list to remove it.
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Step Five – Burn
Burn – click the
burn button when you are ready to burn your audio tracks to disc.
The burn button will present you with 3 burning options:
 Audio CD – creates a traditional Audio CD that will play in most standard
CD players. This option converts the WMA digital audio files to audio CD
format.
 WMA CD – creates a data CD with your WMA audio files. Provides
portability and storage for your audio files. *Files are not converted and CD
will not play as an audio CD.
 WMA DVD - creates a data DVD with your WMA audio files. Provides portability and storage
for your audio files. *Files are not converted and DVD will not play as an audio DVD.
After selecting the desired burning option, the corresponding Burn window will open providing
some additional disc burning choices before you begin the actual burning process.
Disc writer menu selection
Remove Files
Add Files
Burning Status
Burn
See the next page for descriptions of the available burn options.
Erase
Disc
Exit
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Burn Options:
Drive – use this option to select the disc drive that will burn your disc.
Add/Remove File(s) – use this option to add or remove digital audio files to/from the Burn List.
Burn List – displays each audio file to be burned, in list form with size (megabytes) and
duration information. *Use the Total Size listed at the bottom of the Burn List to avoid adding
more than your disc will allow.
Tip: The Audio CD burn window will automatically convert the size of your digital
audio files and display them in Audio CD format (approx. 10 MB per minute).
Finalize Disc (Close Session) – use this option to finalize or close a data disc after burning.
This will prevent further writing to the disc in the event that there is space left over.
*This option is only available for the WMA CD and WMA DVD options.
Burn Process:
Burn – click the
Burn button to begin the burning process. The Burning Status
bar will display the burn progress and a finish message will appear when the burning is
complete.
*Warning: Manually ejecting your disc before completion can cause the disc to
malfunction.
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9. Uninstall honestech™ VHS to DVD™ 5.0
1. Find its program group
Start  All Programs  honestech VHS to DVD 5.0
2. Select Uninstall honestech VHS to DVD 5.0
Please click [Yes] to uninstall.
3. Uninstalling progress.
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4. Uninstall Completed
You will see a screen confirming a successful completion.
Please click OK to finish the process.
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10. Appendix (Advanced Mode)
About Video/Disc Format Options
 VCD (700MB)* – select this option if you plan to burn up to 1 hour & 6 minutes of video
to a video CD. (CD must be at least 700MB in size)
 SVCD (700MB)** – select this option if you plan to burn up to 33 minutes of video to a
super video CD. (CD must be at least 700MB in size)
 DVD (Single Layer) – select this option if you plan to burn your recording to a single
layer DVD disc (4.7GB in size).
 DVD (Dual Layer) – select this option if you plan to burn your recording to a dual layer
DVD disc (8.5GB in size).
 Long DVD (Single Layer)*** – select this option if you plan to burn more than 2 hours
& 13 minutes of video to a single layer 4.7GB DVD.
 Long DVD (Dual Layer)*** – select this option if you plan to burn more than 4 hours &
1 minute of video to a dual layer 8.5GB DVD.
 WMV (700MB) – select this option if you plan to record your video in the Windows
Media Video file format and burn as a data file to a CD.
(CD must be at least 700MB in size)
 WMV (4GB) – select this option if you plan to record your video in the Windows Media
Video file format and burn as a data file to a DVD.
(DVD must be at least 4.7GB in size)
*VCD (Video CD) is typically comparable to a VHS tape in terms of quality.
**SVCD (Super Video CD) has the capacity to hold about 33 minutes of good quality video on
a 700MB CD. Quality is better than VCD but still less than DVD.
***Long DVD has the capacity to record up to 6 hours and 51 minutes on a 4.7GB single layer
DVD and up to 12 hours & 21 minutes on an 8.5GB dual layer DVD. This will typically result in
lower than DVD quality video however, because it is compressing more video onto a disc than
it is normally designed to hold.
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About Maximum Recording Time (MRT)
The MRT displays how many hours of video recording are available on your computers hard
drive. If the MRT indicates less than 1 hour of recording time available, it may be time to
backup or remove some files from your hard drive.
Tip: Because video files can consume large quantities of hard drive space, it is
recommended that you check your Output Folder (see page 31 – Record Settings)
from time to time for any previous video recordings that can be permanently
deleted.
About Project Files
The VHS to DVD program can save your current progress as a project file. The file can be
identified by the .ilj extension at the end of the file name. The “.ilj” project file does not contain
any actual video, but instead, serves as a reference file for the VHS to DVD program. When
opened, it tells the program where to find and load all the necessary video clips and edits
associated with that specific project.
Converting PAL /NTSC (and other video standards)
The VHS to DVD software is capable of recording NTSC, PAL, and many other video tape
standards from around the world. It is possible, however, that your computer system may not
correctly recognize the video signal from a tape made in a foreign country. In this case you
would typically experience black and white video.
There are two video standard adjustments that may need to be made to enable your computer
and the program to recognize the foreign video tape in color:
First Adjustment:
Change Video Standard (VHS to DVD) – select the Options control panel button from the
Capture screen and click the „Settings‟ button next to the Video Device listing.
Select the „Control‟ button from the Video Settings „Window.
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A Video Properties window should appear (shown below).
In the Video Decoder tab, you will find an option for
Video Standard. Use the drop down menu to select
the Video Standard setting for the tape you are
attempting to record. Click Ok when finished and
close all other optional windows. Preview your video
tape using the preview pane. If the video still does
not appear in color or changes back to black and
white after clicking Record, proceed with the next
adjustment.
Second Adjustment:
Change Video Standard (stand-alone) – You may or may not have already noticed that the
VHS to DVD software included an additional utility program called Change Video Standard.
Before accessing the utility, please be sure to first close the VHS to DVD program.
To access the Change Video Standard utility, click the Start icon in the bottom left corner of
your screen and select „All Programs‟ from the Start Menu.
From the list, locate and highlight honestech™ VHS to DVD™ 5.0 , among the four items that
will appear, should be Change Video Standard. If the VHS to DVD program is closed, select
the Change Video Standard utility to open it.
From the Video Standard drop
down menu, select the Video
Standard setting for the tape you
are attempting to record. Click Ok
when finished and then re-start the
VHS to DVD™ 5.0 software.
Preview your video tape using the
preview pane in the Capture Screen.
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11. Troubleshooting
This information is provided to assist you in resolving video or audio problems within the VHS
to DVD program. The solutions given are common answers to the problems listed and are not
comprehensive. Some problems may require further technical troubleshooting to fully resolve.
Installation Problems
It is recommended that you disable any Anti-Virus or other background software you may have
running while installing this software. Failure to do so can cause the software to exhibit
unexpected or unpredictable behavior
Access Denied error:
 Verify you are logged in as an Admin user for the computer.
No Product Key:
 Check the back of the envelope or jewel case that the Install CD was packaged in.
Invalid Product Key error:
 Enter the key manually, 5 characters per box (avoid copying and pasting).
Disc Problems
Media non-applicable error:
 For Easy Wizard Mode: Verify you are inserting a blank DVD or Blu-ray disc. The Easy
mode will not accept blank CD discs.
 For Advanced Mode: Verify you are inserting the correct type of blank media to match
the format of your video clips (see the About Video/Disc Format Options section in the
Appendix).
No DVD writer detected error:
 Verify your optical disc drive will write to DVD -/+R discs. Many drives labeled DVD-ROM
will only read DVD discs but not write to them.
No Blu-ray writer detected error:
 Verify your optical disc drive will write to Blu-ray BD-R discs.
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Video Problems
No video:
 Check your cable connections to make sure they are secure.
 Verify you are connecting your cables to the ports labeled „Output‟ on your video player.
 Verify you are only connecting one type of video cable, RCA (yellow) or S-Video.
 Verify the output ports of your video player work by testing them with your television.
 Verify the USB 2.0 VIDBOX II capture device is plugged into your computer directly and
not through a USB hub.
 Check your video & audio device settings from the Record Settings control panel (see
Step Two of the Advanced Mode – Capture section).
 Verify your video cable connections setting by clicking the „Settings‟ button next to the
Video Device listing (see Step Two of the Advanced Mode – Capture section).
 Disconnect additional monitors
Black & White video:
 Verify your video tape was recorded in the same video standard format for your region. If
it was not, see the Converting PAL/NTSC (and other video standards) section in the
appendix.
Pink/Green video:
 Verify you are plugging your capture device into a USB 2.0 port attached to your
computer (avoid using external USB hubs).
Choppy video:
 Verify your computer meets the programs minimum system requirements.
 Avoid the following actions while recording and burning:
- Locking the workstation.
- Running other applications in full screen mode.
- Running CPU intensive programs.
Distorted lines at top or bottom of screen:
 Clean VCR/camcorder tape heads.
 Adjust VCR/camcorder video tracking.
(These lines are not usually visible on a regular television because a TV typically presents in
overscan mode – causing the edges of the video to be out of view)
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Audio Problems
No Audio:
 Check your cable connections to make sure they are secure.
 Verify you are connecting your cables to the ports labeled „Output‟ on your video/audio
player. *If there are no „Output‟ ports available, try using a Headphone output by way of a
headphone-to-RCA (Composite) adapter cable.
 If using a Headphone output, adjust the volume for your audio player.
 Verify the audio output ports of your video player work by testing them with your
television.
 Verify the USB 2.0 VIDBOX II capture device is plugged into your computer directly and
not through a USB hub.
 Check your video & audio device settings from the Record Settings control panel (see
Step Two of the Advanced Mode – Capture section).
Choppy audio:
 Verify your computer meets the programs minimum system requirements.
 Avoid the following actions while recording and burning:
- Locking the workstation.
- Running other applications in full screen mode.
- Running CPU intensive programs.
Audio Recorder (specific)
Distorted audio:
 Lower the computer volume using volume buttons on keyboard or slider from system tray.
(this will not effect the recording volume)
 Lower the audio player volume to avoid overdriving the computer sound card.
 Lower the recording volume using the Recording Volume slider.
Low audio:
 If recording from a turntable, connect it to an amplifier or stereo receiver first, then
connect the amplifier or receiver to the capture device.
 Adjust the recording volume level using the Recording Volume slider.
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honestech™
Audio Recorder 2.0
Deluxe
With just a few clicks,
convert your analog music into digital formats
including MP3s and audio CDs.
Convert all of your analog music,
including LP, 8-track, and cassette tapes into WAV
file, MP3, audio CDs and MP3 CDs, and listen to
them on your portable music players.
Features
1. Noise Reduction
Improve audio quality by reducing unwanted
noise or static.
2. Built-in Normalizer
Controls irregular volume by increasing or
decreasing as needed
3. Digital Amplifier
Increase audio volume for the music players
with low audio output.
4. Auto Track Split
Easily split your audio clip into multiple tracks
automatically by detecting the muted sections.
5. Audio Editing
Remove unwanted audio segments or split
audio clips.
6. Supported Output
Turn your analog music into WAV, MP3, MP3
CDs and audio CDs.
System Requirements
• Operating System:
Windows XP Service Pack 2
Windows Vista
• USB 2.0 Host Controller/Port
• Processor:
Intel® Pentium® 3 800 MHz or higher
• Memory:
256MB of RAM
• Free Hard Disk Space:
70MB for program installation and 4GB for Audio
Editing
• Other:
DirectX 9.0 or higher CD Writer for Audio CD,
MP3 CD
* USB 2.0 Audio Conversion Device Included.
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Claymation Studio 2.0
With honestech™ Claymation Studio,
you can easily create stop motion video.
Capture images using a digital camera, webcam
or DV camcorder and
add background images, audio, and music to
create your own stop-motion movies.
Features
• Adjustable Capture Resolution
(320x240~720x576)
• Chroma Key Effect
• Partial Chroma Key Effect
• Rotoscope
• Onionskin
• Audio dubbing
• DV camcorder compatibility
• Auto Capture
• Grid/Key drawing
• Copy, Cut & Paste
• Intro & Ending Title
• Import Images
• Audio Recording
• Background Music
• Text on Screen
• Chroma key on imported images
• Supports WMV, AVI & MPEG format
System Requirements
• Operating System:
Windows XP
Windows Vista
• Processor:
Pentium IV 1.8GHz or equivalent
• Memory:
128MB of RAM
(256MB or higher recommended)
• Free Hard Disk Space:
50MB for program installation
• Other:
Microsoft DirectX 9.0(or higher)
Windows Media Format SDK 9 (or higher)
Windows Media Player 7 (or higher)
Optional Devices
• Video Capture Device:
Web Camera , DV-Camcorder
• Audio Capture Device:
microphone
Input/Output Formats
• Image input:
JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF
• Audio input:
MP3, WAV
• Video Output:
AVI, WMV and MPEG
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Fireman CD/DVD Burner 3.0
honestech™ Fireman CD/DVD Burner 3.0 allows
you to create data, audio, or video discs. You can
also import audio from music CDs and create
system backup/recovery discs and
bootableCD/DVD.
With DVD Authoring Studio, you can create your
own stylish video DVD with ease. Create photo
slideshow DVD of using your digital photos that
you can also play on your home DVD player.
Using LightScribe discs, you can create custom
laser-etched CD/DVD labels with your own photos,
artwork, and text.
You can make and burn ISO images which provide
a way to store all files on a disc as a single file.
Erase CD/DVD RW discs and create CD/DVD
labels and covers.
Features
1. Data Burnning
- Data CD
- Data DVD
- Audio and data CD
- Bootable CD
- Bootable DVD
2. Audio Burning
- Audio CD
- MP3 CD/DVD
- WMA CD/DVD
- Audio and data CD
- Import audio from music CD
3. Video Burning
- DVD
- Video CD
- Super Video CD
- DVD-video files
4. Backup
- Create backup files
- Restore from backup files
5. Utilities
- Erase CD/DVD
- View disc information
- Create disc Label/Cover
- Supports LightScribe
- Can view/slideshow photo
- Create/burn ISO image
BONUS SOFTWARE
- honestech™ DVD Authoring Studio 2.0
System Requirements
• Operating System:
Windows XP
Windows Vista
(http://www.honestech.com/vista)
• Processor:
Pentium III 800 MHz or equivalent
• Memory: 256MB of RAM
• HDD:
Minimum 10GB of free space
• Writer:
DVD-ROM, DVD-R/RW, DVD-RAM,
DVD+R/RW, DVD-Dual, DVD-Multi,
or DVD-ROM/CD-RW drive with 1394,
USB2.0, ATAPI, or SCSI interface
• LightScribe:
requires optical drive with
LighScribe feature
• Audio device:
PCI sound card, USB audio box,
or integrated sound card
• AGP or PCI graphics card that
supports DirectDraw overlay.
• Resolution:
minimum of 1024 x 768 or
1280 x 1024 recommended.
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Video Patrol 5.0
honestech™ Video Patrol 5.0 provides a
comprehensive personal video monitoring
surveillance solution. You can monitor your
home or office from anywhere with broadband
internet access. You can control up to three
cameras at a time, send e-mail notices to specified
email accounts, and schedule monitoring time
slots. You can record surveillance videos in
MPEG format when a motion is detected.
Features
1. Basic Surveillance
Record video (in mpeg format) continuously or
only when a motion is detected. You can also
specify motion from certain area within viewing
area of PC camera to trigger the surveillance
system.
2. Email Notification
Send email notices to specified e-mail adresses
3. Scheduled Monitoring
Specify desired monitoring time slots for
surveillance system to be active. (e.g…: one,
daily, or weekly)
4. Multiple PC Cameras
Supports up to three PC cameras, and you
select individual detection mode and response
action for each PC camera. In order to avoid
conflict in device recognition by your PC, we
recommend that you use different brand or
model for multiple PC camera operation.
5. Data Backup/Burning
You can create backup video files on CD or
DVD
6. File List Management
Easily manage the recorded video files with
browsing and selection feature for watching or
burning.
7. FTP Server Option
Back up your videos by uploading them to your
FTP server or burn DVD (if available)
8. Free Online membership (www.my-iptv.com)
View surveillance video from PDA, Sony PSP
and PDA mobile phone
System Requirements
• Capture Device:
USB Camera
• Operating System:
Windows XP
Windows Vista
(http://www.honestech.com/vista)
• Processor:
Pentium IV 2.0 GHz or
equivalent
• Memory:
256MB of RAM
• Other:
DirectX 8.1 or higher
Windows Media Player 6.4
(or higher)
CD Writer for Data-CD
DVD Writer for Data-DVD
• Video Output:
MPEG-1, MPEG-1 VBR
Honestech, Inc.
North and Latin America
P.O. Box 26365 Austin, TX 78755
Toll Free Number: 1-877-484-6246
Local/International: 512-346-3700
Fax: 512-248-2215
Email: support@honestech.com
http: www.honestech.com
Honest Technology Europe
United Kingdom: support.uk@honestech.com
France: support@honestech-fr.com
Germany: support@honestech.com
Spain: support@honestech-es.com
Honest Technology Taiwan
Address: Room 6E08, No. 5, Sec. 5, Hsin-Yi Road., Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C
< Taipei World Trade Center >
Tel: +886 2 8780 8023
Fax: +886 2 8780 4582
Email: Taiwan@honestech.com
Honest Technology Japan
Address: MS Bldg 6F, 2-25-4, Taitou, Taitou-Ku, Tokyo, 110-0016 JAPAN
Email: japan@honestech.com
Honest Technology Korea
Address: Kyung-Dong Bldg, 5F, 906-5 Jijok-Dong, Yuseong-Gu, Daejeon, Korea 305-330
Tel: +82-42-477-0717~8
Fax: +82-42-477-0719
Email: support@honestech.co.kr
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WEEE Directive & Product Disposal
At the end of its serviceable life, this product should not be treated as household or general
waste. It should be handed over to the applicable collection point for the recycling of electrical
and electronic equipment, or returned to the supplier for disposal.
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