January 7, 2008 Pinnacle Systems has announced the Pinnacle Video Transfer solution, a pocket-sized unit which can record analog video from a TV, DVD player, PVR, camcorder or set-top box directly onto any USB 2.0 storage device without the use of a PC. Video is captured in H.264 format, the same codec used by iPods and PSPs, and users can control the file size and resolution by selecting from three levels of recording quality – the best of which delivers 720x480/576 (NTSC/PAL) resolution.
Pinnacle Video Transfer delivers footage straight to iPods, PSPs and USB hard drives at a compression efficiency of up to three times the MPEG-2 standard. Measuring 4.843” x 2.638” x 0.906”, the device supports multiple inputs including S-Video, Composite video and stereo audio analog. By purchasing additional cables, Pinnacle Video Transfer can also be used to recharge an iPod or PSP battery during video transfer.
“Today’s more mobile consumers have created an insatiable demand for a solution that lets them take their content with them wherever they go,” said Jon Peddie, president of Jon Peddie Research. “With the ability to transfer video without having to use a PC, Pinnacle’s new pocket-sized device takes video transfer to a whole new level.”