Pros Easy set-up. Idiot proof copying.
Cons None so far.
Summary A few years ago I had tried a product to copy family VHS tapes to dvd. It ended up in the closet. Not so with the dc5000. I have over 50 tapes that need to be transferred to DVD.
I paid 188 (including shipping).
My Dell 8200 has only USB 1.1, so I added a Belkin board with 2 USB 2.0 ports. I hooked up all the cables but did not plug in the DVD until promped to do so by the installation CD. My only complaint with the software install... I had a previous version of PowerDVD, which I was told I would have to remove before the new one could be installed. However, you can't remove the old version with the PowerDVD installer running as some common file gets locked. I skipped PowerDVD and installed the rest of the software. Removed PowereDVD, re-ran the installation and selected only PowerDVD for install, which put me back on track.
Copying a VHS tape...
I didn't read the instructions except to press the button on the unit (#3). The transfer software told me everything else I needed to know.
1) Hook up VCR to dc5000.
2) Insert blank DVD
3) Press button on dc5000. Transfer software immediately appears on computer screen.
4) Select menu and chapter layout.
5) Set tape length to be copied.
6) Press PLAY on VCR
7) Click TRANSFER button on screen.
8) Go away for about 5.5 hours (2 hr VHS done on 1.6 gHz Dell).
9) It is done, including the burning of the DVD.
You can now choose to save the raw captured mpeg files for later editing.
I am 5 for 5 with this so far. The image quality is about as good as you can get. Some oy my tapes are 17 years old and have transferred with little difficulty.
My only nit:
I can not change the directory for where the captured mpeg files are kept. No big deal.
Highly recommended, especially based on the price.
Pros Couldn't be happier with this purchase. I'm heavy PC-saavy, but very novice when it comes to digital video. Having never burned a DVD, I found this a relief to use. I've successfully transferred & burned professional CDs from VCR, an analog cam cor
Pros Excellent usb DVD 16X dual layer burner
Cons Noisy and captures only in mpeg format
Summary The dc5000 does what it is designed for, but in a limited fashion. It's not a stand alone system. It requires a host computer to capture and burn.
The drive is an HP600 series 16X dual layer multi format unit and worth well more than half the price of the dc5000 alone. The capture unit is mpeg2 format only and the driver only supports the bundled Arcsoft software. Other programs such as Nero or Studio can't capture from the dc5000, but you can use them to edit the captured files afterwards.
The unit makes a constant noise when powered up (even when idle with no disc and the host computer off), so I unplug it when not in use.
Pros can edit vcr tapes to make home dvds
Cons not a stand alone must be hooked to computer with USB2 port