Terratec Grabster AV 400 review
If you’ve got stacks of unloved DV or VHS tapes taking up valuable space, this analogue-to-digital video converter could well be the best space-saving device you buy this year. Everything you need is in the box: S-Video, A/V and USB cables (the latter powers the Grabster from your PC), as well as a scart adapter. The supplied Ulead VideoStudio 7 software delivers simple video editing, while DVD MovieFactory 3 lets you burn your footage straight to DVD, VCD and SVCD; although the software is a little dated, and can’t match Adobe’s line of video-editing products, the job at hand gets done. Setup is as straightforward as you’d want, with most conversions requiring just a single mouse click. As ever, the quality of the resultant DVD depends on the quality of the original source, but this is still a great way to convert your collection.