HP introduces its DVD Movie Writer dc3000 that lets consumers better preserve their family memories by easily transferring outdated VHS and other analog videotapes to DVD. HP created the DVD Movie Writer dc3000 as a simple tool to convert videotapes by combining the analog-to-digital conversion and video compression function with a full-fledged DVD writer.
“The HP DVD Movie Writer makes video conversion and editing simple and fun,” said Dean Sanderson, director of product marketing, HP’s DVD Writer Group. “This is a fully integrated product that not only allows for the preservation of family memories, but its ease of use lets consumers really enjoy editing and sharing their home videos.”
Yankee Group Senior Analyst Ryan Jones commented on the flexibility of the dc3000: “In order for DVD-recording to become a true mass-market phenomenon, recorders must blend ease-of-use and expandability – HP’s solution does this and will likely suit a wide range of consumers.”
Connected to a desktop or notebook PC through either the USB 1.1 or USB 2.0 port, the HP DVD Movie Writer transfers VHS or other analog tapes and creates digital negatives on long-lasting DVD+R/+RW discs. It can convert video from a variety of formats including VHS, Hi8, Digital 8, Mini DVD and BetaMax, as long as the appropriate format player connects to the Movie Writer. The DVD Movie Writer also functions as a standard DVD/CD writer to burn music, photos and data to CD and DVD backup program files.
After the analog tapes are converted by the Movie Writer to the digital MPEG-2 format – the same format all commercially available DVDs are written to – consumers can edit and share their DVD masterpieces with friends and family. And, users can get as detailed as they want in editing their DVDs. The DVD Movie Writer comes with a number of video-editing software packages, including a full-suite editing package, ArcSoft ShowBiz 2, and MuVee autoProducer, a quick and easy video editing software.
ArcSoft ShowBiz 2 lets consumers add or delete scenes, add music or special effects, or create slideshows set to music. Easy-to-use screens allow users to drag and drop video clips, digital photos and music files in either storyboard or simple timeline editing formats. MuVee autoProducer is a fun and easy editing software that quickly turns digital movies into music videos with a few clicks of a mouse.
The HP DVD Movie Writer also comes with software to help save data, video or music on DVDs and CDs, including Veritas RecordNow and Simple Backup. SimpleBackup reliably backs up, protects and restores individual files or folders or helps restore an entire PC hard drive. Additionally, Cyberlink PowerDVD software makes it easy to play DVD movies on a PC.
“The Movie Writer is an easy way to relive and revive home videos,” added Sanderson. “This is a great device that gives family members the opportunity to function as actors, producers, directors and editors to produce home movies they will enjoy for years to come.”
The HP DVD Movie Writer dc3000 is expected to be available at major retail outlets in the United States in mid-September at an estimated U.S. street price of $399.
Features & Specifications
• Transfer and edit home videos (and even print DVD case covers) with one easy-to-use device
• Preserve your video memories on long-lasting DVDs
• Bring photos and home movies to life with special effects, music, and more
• Transform home movies with digital magic; enjoy them in a whole new way
• Make original DVDs and CDs
• External drive with USB interface
• Write speed: CD-R: 4x, 8x, 16x DVD+R: 2.4x, 4x
• Rewrite speed: CD-RW: 4x, 10x DVD+RW: 2.4x
• Read speed: CD-ROM: up to 40x DVD-ROM: up to 8x
• Read: DVD-ROM, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD video, CD-R, CD-RW, CD-DA, CD Extra, CD-ROM, CD-ROM XA & CD-I, CD -Bridge & Photo-CD, CD-Video
• Software: HP Video Transfer Wizard, ArcSoft® ShowBiz, muvee autoProducer DVD edition, Veritas RecordNow, Simple Backup, CyberLink PowerDVD