Pinnacle’s new Video Transfer box is a portable analog video (S-video/Y-c and composite) and stereo audio (RCA) h.264 encoder. The Video Transfer box has no built in storage – you supply it. Touting iPod video compatibility and USB Mass storage support, you can in theory hook up any USB 2.0 device to record video to.

With selectable quality (Good, Better, Best – sound familiar?), the Video Transfer supports iPod Video, Nano (third gen) and iPod Classic, as well as the PSP and PSP Slim, USB 2.0 flash drives and USB 2.0 hard drives. I’m guessing no Touch/iPhone support due to the lack of USB Disk Mode. ‘Tis a shame. Ed.: That likely knocks out Zune and a few other devices, as well — if you’re listening, oh device manufacturers, we really, really, really prefer to buy devices with this feature!

Grab a nice big, cheap, old USB 2.0 and route S-Video off of the back of your Edirol V4 mixer and have instant hour-long, high-quality web and PMP ready gig recordings. Sounds perfect.

The best news? It’s coming January 15th for only US$129.99. Awesome.

Via Engadget, and

Now, what to do about the other end? How about a 500GB – 1TB LaCie external hard drive with composite / S-Video / component video output? You’ll never need a DVD player hooked up to your mixer again.

LaCie’s LaCinema Premier external HDD surfaces [Engadget]

LaCie video hard drive

  • I've got it:

    1. Pinnacle Video Transfer
    2. Archos 605:

    Now you've got the ability to encode and play back (with a preview display) … anything.

    Anyone know why this setup wouldn't work? You *might* need the docking adapter for the Archos, that's one thing I'm unsure of.

  • Actually, wait, you could just drop both of these and stick with the Archos 605 for recording, huh? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • wow, a realtime h.264 encoder with such a low price tag!
    happy footage grabbing..

  • I've been recording gigs on my archos 404 Camcorder in s-video, 640×480 divx avi, ACPM audio for 3000 kbps for some time now, and it has never failed. I went for this one as it was the smallest, cheapest, and had 4/3 display.
    Add 100 € for s-video capability, as it is required to have the DVR adapter (looping in/outs + component, pcm out)
    It has around 20f delay. Tough if you like strobes and the like in your mix when used as a monitor.
    Camcorder function is like a top notch cell-phone: useless.
    But I'm happy to have one, so go for it !

    Plus, it's french !!!

    I'm sick of hearing of ipod video shit when these babies have been around for 5 years… >)

    The big advantage of the pinnacle, is it supports full def, and will hook up to your existing USB storage.

    But if you want an archos-like use, you need:
    -pinncale transfer
    -LCD with loop-through, if not, a plitter
    -a multimedia hard-drive like the lacie
    -a video switch to switch the LCD from source, to HD playback.

    Snap it all in a box, and you have a better archos, 20x bigger, 10x heavier, 10x space storage 2x bigger screen
    2x more expensive.
    But full def SD and no frame delay on display.
    You can even add neon tubes to the box, and integrate power supplies.

    Conclusion :
    Get an archos for 300$.
    Or hook your pinncale transfer shit (i hate these guys) to your old usb storage (or multimedia drive ?) for 130$

    As for the LACIE…
    I didn't read the specs of the lacie drive, but i've bought one similar 3 years ago, a "rhapsody" corean thingy.
    VOB support, quality etc.. are there.
    But :
    – no clean way to sync to anything.
    – no smooth looping as in dvd players, so exit players…
    Probably the same issues on the lacie. The rhapsody had no loop function though ๐Ÿ™

    There's only a few uses i see i see for these
    -hook like 12 of these to various displays, and press [play] on one remote to rule them all, and start a 3h long video on multiple screens, for example…
    -backup source in mixer, diplaying a pre-made mix
    -hour long loop of animated logos

    Hope this was helpful ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Very helpful, Francois! Thanks!

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