Summary: Only reason we bought this product was that is was the closest item Hauppauge made that we could find that would replace our 4 year old Hauppauge composite video input that would work with Windows Encoder ver 9. Still can not find what product will work and who sales it.
Pros: After having a couple of bad experiences with analog to digital capture devices, I was skeptical about trying another, but I held my breath and ordered it. That feeling of trepidation remained throughout the entire loading procedure, until--viola! I was actually capturing a very high quality analog video AND audio in one device. As others have voiced, the loading disk doing the job until I downloaded it directly from the Hauppage! website. It is imperative to load the...
Cons: The principle fault is the same familiar tune to most any software/hardware these days; the instructions are vague and presume knowledge of software design.
Summary: The software was installed on my notebook and stop displaying the video. Once WinTV 7 stopped working I decided to move onto other choices for recording.
Pros: Small, good USB cable length and well built. Driver's installed without issue and had it up and running in no time. Had no problem using 3rd party software for recording. Able to show video over skype!
Cons: The included software, WinTV 7, is very lacking in compression options with your only codec choice being MPEG2 (ancient!) with good/better/best quality choice settings versus manual bit/rate options. My previous capture device was from LeadTek and it's included software let me use almost every codec and even uncompressed video, so there's no real good reason why WinTV 7 only offers MPEG2.