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ADSTech Instant DVD+DV Review

by April 24, 2005
ADS Tech Instant DVD+DV

ADS Tech Instant DVD+DV

  • Product Name: Instant DVD+DV
  • Manufacturer: ADSTech
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarhalf-star
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarhalf-star
  • Review Date: April 24, 2005 20:00
  • MSRP: $ 289
  • Capture from a Digital Camcorder via the DV port on Instant DVD + DV with full device control.
  • USB 2.0 connection to the PC, backward compatible to USB 1.1
  • Capture audio and video via the USB port with "Audio-Lock" technology for perfect lip sync
  • Use temporal and spatial video pre-processing filters to remove noise from old VHS tapes or TV signals.
  • Supports MPEG 1 Layer 2 compressed Audio VCD, SVCD and DVD formats via RCA (Composite) or S-VHS video inputs.
  • Supports LPCM or MPEG audio
  • Capture DVD (MPEG-2) at video bit rates from 1 Mb/sec. up to 15 Mb/sec. (up to 6 Mb/sec.for USB 1.1 connections)
  • Capture using Constant or Variable bit rates and other custom settings.
  • Features a 9 bit video digitizer with 2x oversampling and 4 line comb filter
  • Brightness, Contrast, Chroma, Saturation and Hue controls
  • "Direct to Disk" feature to capture and burn to disk in one simple step.
  • Preview edited movies on TV before burning to disk
  • Export edited video to VCR for recording to tape.

Front: RCA Video In, Right and Left Audio In
Rear: RCA Video In, S-VHS Video In, RCA-Video Out, S-VHS Video Out
USB connector
3.5 mm stereo In
3.5 mm stereo Out
Power Connector
1394/FireWire connector


Instant DVD + DV Device
Audio/Video and USB cables
CD Containing: Capture Wizard 3.0, Video Studio 7 SE, DVD Movie Factory SE DVD, Muvee autoProducer DVD SE
Power Supply
User Manual

UPC: 7-57887-70300-4
Part #: USBAV-703


  • Undemanding hardware compatibility
  • Full suite of inputs and outputs
  • Record Direct to DVD+R in real-time
  • Easy DVD authoring and video editing for novices


  • Cannot record (print) to DV
  • Software is very limited and cumbersome


ADS Tech is a worldwide company specializing in USB and IEEE-1394/FireWire solutions for the personal computer. Since the company's inception in 1992, the cornerstone of the company's success has been to introduce niche or high-end technologies to the consumer marketplace with quality devices sold at a reasonable cost. Over the years, ADS Technologies, Inc. has brought a wide range of products to market including VGA-to-TV scan converters, video capture and TV Tuner cards, which enabled ADS Technologies to sustain steady growth and sales during the mid-1990's. They have only continued in growth and now manufacture higher end products marketed under the “PYRO” brand in addition to their more consumer-oriented products.
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