SmartCapture Pro: Frequently Asked Questions

Q1 - What is SmartCapture Pro?

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SmartCapture Pro is the world's smallest and first USB based Audio/Video capture and H.264/AAC Encoder device. It captures NTSC or PAL analog video (Camcorder, VCR, TV, Camera, etc.) and analog stereo (L/R), digitizes and encodes it to H.264 (Video) and AAC (audio) Providing high quality digital multimedia at low bit rates.

 

Q2 - What is H.264?

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H.264, MPEG-4 Part 10, or AVC (for Advanced Video Coding), is a digital video coding standard that is noted for very high data compression. It was jointly written by the ITU-T Video Coding Experts Group (VCEG) together with the ISO/IEC Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) as the product of a collective partnership effort known as the Joint Video Team (JVT). H.264/AVC/MPEG-4 Part 10 incorporated a number of new algorithm that allow it to compress video much more effectively than older standards and to provide more flexibility for application to a wide variety of network environments.
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Q3 - What is AAC?

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Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) is a standardized, compression and encoding scheme for digital audio. AAC usually achieves better sound quality than the more popular MP3 format when compared at the same bit rate, especially for bit rates below 100 Kbps
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Q4 - What file formats does SmartCapture Pro Device provide?

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  • Elementary streams of H.264 Video and/or AAC audio.

  • .mp4 or MPEG4 file format with H.264 Video and/or AAC audio. The files captured in this format can be played using FastVDO Player, Apple's QuickTime Player, Apple's iPod, VLC Player, Nero Showtime and many more on the PC. Also on Apple iPod, iPhone, Sony PSP and many other handheld devices and mobile phones.

  • MPEG2-TS file format

Q5 - What bit rates are supported?

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Audio bit rates: 24 kbps to 128 Kbps
Video bit rates: 32 kbps to 4 Mbps

 

Q6 - Can I encode only video or only audio?

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Yes, Device can be operated with various settings.

Encoding Type: Audio and/or Video
Input source: NTSC/PAL (Full D1 resolution, Interlaced)
Video Bit rate: 32 kbps up to 4 Mbps
Audio Bit rate: 24 kbps up to 128 kbps
Video frame rate: up to 30 fps
Video Resolution (Resizable): 160X120 up to 720X576

Q7 - What is unique about SmartCapture Pro Device?

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  • USB powered - no external power source required.

  • Input: Composite Video from any analog source (VHS, cassette player, TV out, camcorder, Camera, etc)

  • Output formats: H.264(video), AAC (audio) .mp4 (file format) (for playback using QuickTime, Apple iPod and Sony PSP).

  • Real-time audio/video capture and encoding

  • Capture and encoding is done in hardware for real time applications and minimal usage of processor resources.

 

Q8 - I have old VHS tapes, how can I use SmartCapture Pro Device to convert and save them in digital format on  my PC? 

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  • Connect the RCA cable provided with the package between the Analog Source (VCR, Audio Cassette Player) and SmartCapture Pro Device.

  • Plug in the SmartCapture Pro Device to your PC through USB port.

  • Launch the SmartPlayer and follow the simple steps listed in the User manual for capturing the Video/Audio (or both).

 

Q9 - I have old audio tapes, how can I use SmartCapture Pro Device to convert and save them in digital format on my PC ?

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See answer to Q8.

 

Q10 - I am a news gatherer, what can I use SmartCapture Pro Device for? 

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SmartCapture Pro Device provides an inexpensive method of converting analog input into most advanced compressed digital formats (H.264, AAC) in real time which makes it simpler to view, store and transmit data. SmartCapture Pro Device works with any common PC or a Laptop with a USB port with minimal processing load.

  • Connect the RCA cable provided with the package to the Video/Audio source and SmartCapture Pro.

  • Plug in the SmartCapture Pro Device to your PC through USB port.

  • Launch the SmartPlayer and follow the steps listed in the User manual for capturing the Video/Audio (or both).

The figure below gives a overview of how SmartCapture Pro Device can be used for above applications (Questions 8,9,10 and 11).

Using the SmartCapture Device

           Using the SmartCapture Pro Device

                                                                     

Q11 - I do celebrity interviews, what can I use SmartCapture Pro Device for?

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See answer to Q10.

 

Q12 - Can I stream live from SmartCapture Pro Device?

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We provide a solution for the process as described by the block diagram. Please contact us for more details and pricing information.

 Live Streaming with  the SmartCapture Pro Device

 

Q13 - We provide distance learning, how can I use SmartCapture Pro Device?

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SmartCapture Pro is ideal for Distance learning and field training applications. SmartCapture Pro Device provides an inexpensive method of converting analog input into most advanced compressed digital formats (H.264, AAC) in real time which makes it simpler to view, store and transmit data. SmartCapture Pro Device works with any common PC or a Laptop with a USB port with minimal processing load. File stored from the device are compatible to stream, store and view Laptops, PCs, iPod and other compatible handheld devices.

  • Connect the RCA cable to the Video/Audio source and Smart Capture.

  • Plug in the SmartCapture Pro Device to your PC through USB port.

  • Launch the SmartPlayer and follow the steps listed in the User manual for capturing the Video/Audio (or both).

 

Q14 - What is a H.264/AAC Decoder?

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H.264/AAC Decoder is a DirectShow based filter or player that allows you to play the encoded H.264 video and AAC audio from your PC or being streamed over a network . 

 

Q15 - What are the system requirements for SmartCapture Pro Device?

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Recommended System requirements:
1. Win XP (Service Pack 2).
2. Pentium IV 2 GHz or higher.
3. 512 MB RAM or higher.
4. High Speed USB. (USB 2.0 required for Higher bitrates)

 

Q16 - I have an old laptop, can I use SmartCapture Pro Device?

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Please check the system requirements. 

 

Q17 - I have a Linux machine, can I use SmartCapture Pro Device?

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Yes. SmartCapture Pro can be used on a Linux machine. You can download the drivers and terminal application from the downloads section.

 

Q18 - I have a Mac, can I use SmartCapture Pro Device?

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Yes. SmartCapture Pro can be used on a Mac machine. You can download the drivers and terminal application from the downloads section.

 

Q19 - Where do I buy SmartCapture Pro Device?

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http://www.fastvdo.com/SmartCapture/