Buffalo's PC-SDVD/U2G dongle, easiest VHS to DVD converter yet

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If you’ve got any VHS, Beta or 8mm tapes that still need digitized, your list of hardware choices has increased by one. Buffalo Technology of Japan has introduced the PC-SDVD/U2G USB dongle , which allows easy hook-up and transfer of all your old-school video.

It’s a simple little thing , really. It offers RCA jacks for video and audio and an S-Video jack, which are connected to your PC via a USB port. In this respect it’s not all that much different from other products now on the market, such as the Dazzle DVD Recorder, the Sabrent TV-USB20, or theStarTech.com S-Video to USB 2.0 Video Capture Cable.

The PC-SDVD/U2G also comes with software, compatible with Windows 7, that performs the capture and outputs to MPEG1, MPEG2, PSP, or iPod. The software also has some rudimentary editing capability, has a noise reduction feature, and appears to burn straight to DVD.

The PC-SDVD/U2G is capable of relaying real-time video. You can hook up your Sony Betamax to your PC and watch all your prized episodes of Kolchack: The Night Stalker , or, as Buffalo suggests, plug-in your video game console.

The PC-SDVD/U2G is a bit pricey, listed at about $59 (¥5,300), and it’s currently available only in Japan so Kolchack will have to wait a little longer.

Image Credit: Buffalo Technology

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