ADS DVD Xpress: Trash VHS Cassettes, Burn DVDs

Test System

Notebook Averatec 5120HG
CPU Intel Pentium-M 1300 MHz
Memory 512 MB PC2100 DDR SDRAM CL2.5
Chipset Northbridge Intel 855GM/82855GM (GMCH)
Intel ICH4-M
Graphics 82852/82855 GM/GME
Hard Drive Hitachi Travelstar 80GN C25N040ATMR04 ATA-6
40 GB / 4200UPM / 2 MB, 2.5 Zoll, 9.5mm
Ethernet/WLAN Realtek RTL8139/810x Family
Intel PRO/WLAN 2100 802.11b
DVD-/CD-R/RW-Drive Panasonic UJ811 2x/1x/8x DVD-R/-RW and 16x10x24x CD-R/-RW (Multi-DVD)
Drivers & Software
OS Microsoft Windows XP 5.10.2600, Service Pack 1
DirectX 9.0b
Chipset Driver Intel INF
Graphics Driver Intel 13.6.1
Resolution 1024x768, 32 Bit, 60 Hz (15" TFT Display)
Video Source NorthQ 5000 DVD Player, S-Video
Video Material Star Wars DVD
DVD Express S-Video


In our view, the image quality we achieved capturing in "good quality" or 4 mbps should have surpassed that of a Super Video CD - but this was not the case. Only switching to "better" or "best" (6 and 9 mbps, respectively) delivers the desired results - without visible deficits from compressing the video data.

While we would have liked to have had an internal power supply during the tests in order to have only a single piece of equipment to lug around from place to place, that would hike the operating temp even further. Since the DVD XPress runs hot when in use, you shouldn't keep it under a pile of papers.

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