Excerpt: My new monitor does not have a composite video input, so I had to find an alternative for displaying the cable TV in a small PIP window. The USB-Live2 allows me to do this, but there is a small catch: there's a 5-second delay in the digitizing process, which is very noticeable when I try to change channels with the cable box's remote.
Excerpt: I Use this product for recording Safety meetings and some youtube tutorial videos. This device works very good. The Win 7 software is a good idea but freezes the computer. The other software that (Arc Soft Showbiz) came with it works Very well. No Hiccups! I recorded a Live Safety presentation for a construction site and it came out beautiful! Im using a Toshiba dual core 1.6 GHZ with 2 gb of ram and Windows Vista to record, and had no problems.
Pros: Consistent Performance, Good Length, Versatile
Excerpt: WinTV 7 software (included) sometimes locks up when you try to close it after using for several minutes of recording. Ever since installing this device, my hardrive light blinks once every second continuously even with the software closed. Never did this before installing. Makes me wonder why and what it is doing. The digitized video is good quality, but smooth pans sometimes jitter a bit. TIPS: Download new software from Hauppauge's site as the included CD is older.
Excerpt: I have been looking for a simple method to convert my old VCR tape to digital. This device will do it. It takes no time to setup. Do note you need a cable to connect the VCR (or other device) to the UBS-Live 2. Using the ArcSoft software to converting a file to WMV reduces the size which make storing on mobile devices great.
Summary: I have two of these plugged in to two different camcorders that I have used for the last year to live broadcast our church services on UStream using their "producer pro" software. The cameras are 16x9 standard def, but still provide a "good enough" video. (We can't get enough outgoing bandwidth here to stream HD anyway.
Excerpt: This is a simple device with two included software programs. You only need the main one to capture and can safely forget about the Arcsoft app unless ou also need to edit. I ran into two problems: Vegas 12 refuses to recognize the capture facility which is a bit annoying but not a showstopper. The other issue was much more serious. I noodled around for hours trying to capture from my old Philips dual VCR/DVD unit.