A winner for h.264 encoding
I'm not a big fan of ADS (the last ADS product I bought was a $200 paperweight), but this little USB "encoding accelerator" is terrific. I use it to encode DV-AVI files (12-14 GB per hour) to high-quality mpeg4 files at 640x480 for my iPod (about 700MB/hour). I plug the iPod into my 37" HD-LCD tv and get a very good picture. I have tried numerous low-cost software only solutions and the ADS Instant-Video-To-Go (using the included ArcSoft software) produces WAY better quality than, for example, QuickTime Pro. It is also about 7-8 times faster than QuickTime Pro. The device is a little bit buggy, though -- even though I updated the drivers and software. Sometimes the ArcSoft software stops recognizing the device, so you have to unplug it then plug it back in. Also, during one batch-encoding process, the entire computer froze, and it took a while to get everything back up and working. In spite of this, I think it's a great product for the price ($65 with shipping).
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