KWorld Xpert DVD Maker USB 2.0 Video Capture Device - Security Camera User Rating
Manufacturer: Kworld
Model: VSUSB2800
Average User RatingAverage User RatingAverage User Rating: Number of User Reviews: 18

Reviewed by: pawelski from IL on Dec 28, 2004

Experience: 15 Days

Strengths: Hardware MPEG2 encoding, No external power needed

Weaknesses: Poor Software, can not watch image in capture screen if it is coming form a video player on visible fast forward, can not control hardware directly from Nero, no MAC drivers

Summary: I purchased a KWorld Xpert DVD Maker as a replacement/upgrade to the Dazzle Digital Video Creator that I had for three years. My primary use for both devices is encoding from video tape.

The Hardware for the KWorld product is better - not only for the obvious reason that it can encode MPEG2 instead of just MPEG1, but also because it does not need any external power supply. There are only two negative things that might be hardware related. One is the inability of the KWorld product to show video in fast forward. If a VCR connected to the product is put into play and then fast forward, the image on the screen freezes. This makes it difficult to find specific scenes that you want to capture. The other is being unable to control the hardware directly from Nero (the image does not come in correct). This forces you to use the bundled software at least for video capture.

You also can not use the hardware with a MAC. I have seen this with a lot of USB 2.0 devices. The interface is the same on the PC & the MAC, why not make the second driver so that the 10% of the wired world who don't use a PC (like my wife) could also use the product?

Unfortunately, the software that comes with the KWorld product, PVR-Plus, is nowhere near as good as the software that came with the Dazzle product.

The first problem is with the settings tab in the capture mode. Once you find the tab, (it is not obvious), you discover that you have to convert your recording time into SECONDS. Can you convert 1 hour 20 minutes into seconds in your head? There was no reason not to make the input HH:MM:SS or MM:SS.

The next problem is naming the file. You enter the file name halfway down the options list. If you don't change the name, it will record over the previous file you made - no warning.

If you are planning to make a DVD, you now encounter the next problem. Where the Dazzle software had a drop down that let you choose what your final output form was going to be and then set all the necessary values (such as frame rate & audio frequency), there is no such option in the KWorld software. This would not be so bad if the options for each setting included a note about what standard they match, but they do not. In fact, I have been unable to find an audio setting that correctly matches the DVD standard in the options.

The reason that I know there is not an audio option that matches the DVD standard leads us to the next problem: You can not use the built in DVD burner to burn the file you just captured because it bawks at the audio not being at the DVD standard rate - no matter what audio setting you use when you capture the video!

Trying to avoid the bother of timing and calculating the number of seconds in a video clip, I discovered the next problem: If you manually stop a recording before the timer has expired, a valid MPG file is not made - only an MPG stream file. This is important since DVD authoring programs such as Nero or DVDAuthor will not accept MPG stream files.

The way around this last problem is to use the bundled video editor that comes with the KWorld product. Unlike the Dazzle editing software which used the hardware encoder to recompile the edited video, the KWorld software uses a very inefficient software encoder. The result is a slow process and a larger final file size. The editor is also difficult to use. The Dazzle editor used colored bands to show where a video was cut, the KWorld editor does not. You have to write down where you make breaks or you will end up deleting the wrong portions of the film.

I like the KWorld hardware and I am satisfied with the price. However, I am severely disappointed with the bundled software. If you need low cost, portable hardware, this product is for you. Just accept that you will need to put a little extra effort into producing your final product.

Reviewed by: 14nra2 from OK on May 23, 2004

Experience: 6 Days

Strengths: Very easy to use and provides quality output. Although I do not have a DVD burner (yet) I use it to make VCD's. Provides one button capture from VCR and editing is easy.

Weaknesses: Would not recognize media in my cd burner until I upgraded the software at the web site. After upgrade it worked flawlessly

Summary: I had an older unit that would not work with WinXP and needed an upgrade. This unit is compact, easy to use and delivers good quality output. I burn VCD's on my cd-rom for play in my DVD player and this unit is just the ticket for easy transfer of VCR tapes. With its direct burn to DVD it makes me want to purchase a DVD burner! I had to use the USB update provided with the software and had no trouble with it at all. My CD-R/RW would not recognize media at first, but the company had an upgraded version on their web site that solved the problem. All in all, for ease of use and quality of output, I would have to say they have a winner here.

Reviewed by: samantkapil from IL on May 24, 2004

Experience: 5 Days

Strengths: Compact, easy to use

Weaknesses: None

Summary: This is an excellent, easy to use and compact product. Creates MPEG 1,2 and 4 in real time. Easy to carry anywhere. Works with USB 1.1 and USB 2.0.Overall very good buy.

Reviewed by: erick_ortiz from CA on Apr 8, 2004

Experience: 1 Months

Strengths: good picture

Weaknesses: NA

Summary: This product is great now I can recored my VHS tapes into a dvd without saving it to the hard drive frist. Its easy to work with the PVR PLUS program and its easy to install. The picture is good as well as the sound I like this product very much i recommend this to you.

Reviewed by: fssoares from FL on May 7, 2004


Strengths: This product is really worth the money. It is easy to install and the software that came together make easy to record any image/audio source (TV, VCR, Digital or Analogical video camera.)

Weaknesses: When installing on Windows XP, you will probably get a message that the software "has no digital signature", however you should choose the option "install anyway"

Summary: I would recommend anyone to buy this product for four reasons: First, it easy to connect on the computer and on the video source. Second, the quality of the image it is really good (DVD quality). Third, the price is three times cheaper than the same type of device from other companies.And finally, it is small and light enough for you carry together with a laptop and use your laptop as a portable TV.

Reviewed by: chlalitsrinivas from NY on Jul 16, 2004

Experience: 10 Days

Strengths: Very convenient to store Home Videos.

Weaknesses: Not any.

Summary: Very good product to store the home videos. Burning software received with the product was very good. Only thing is S-video cable supplied has female interface, ideally it should have been a male interface as most of the devices have female S-video connections.

Reviewed by: shaybrat from SD on Jun 7, 2004

Experience: 6 Weeks

Strengths: Easy to hook up, price is great. Pretty easy install over all. I didn't need to update anything.

Weaknesses: I got the same "digital" error message and installed anyway without a problem. Note added 8-13-4: You HAVE to have USB 2.0 for the picture quality to be good.

Summary: (Edited August 13th by shaybrat) Also instructions seem translated from a language other than English but if you know a little about computers, you'll be ok. A great product for the price.

Note added 8-13-4: I discovered my picture quality problem to be because my computer has generic USB 1.1, not 2.0. I just purchased a 2.0 card so hope that fixes it. But the K-worlds' V-stream card insert comes with the same cables and transfers at 2.0 so would eliminate the need to upgrade your USB, and it's only around 20 bucks complete! I was trying to avoid installing an internal card in the first place. Oh well.

Reviewed by: msfaraldo from NY on May 14, 2004

Experience: 4 Weeks

Strengths: NA

Weaknesses: NA

Summary: Make sure when purhasing any product you completely read all of the information in the decription of the product. But in this case it did not inform you that you must have a pentium 4 or better for the product to work. I have been unable to use the product since my computer does not have a pentium 4 or better. It is very disappointing. It does have this information on the box in small letters. I think is should be the first thing you read about the product.

Reviewed by: righteousman from NY on Jul 23, 2004

Experience: 2 Weeks

Strengths: Easy setup, intuitive software bundle

Weaknesses: none yet

Summary: This is a very good piece of hardware. For its price, I am surprised how good it is. The setup was quick: only needed to upgrade the USB driver and install the PVR software it came with. If you want better quality of svaed file, use ATI theater200 or other capture ware. But all said, I am very very impressed with this little gadget. I was a little apprehensive when buying it, but now I feel quite satisfied. Make sure you have a powerful pentium 4 system; I hooked this to Toshiba P25-S509 notebook. With setellite TV, I am enthralled at the quality of captured files!

Reviewed by: greatlyblessed from TN on Jul 30, 2004


Strengths: fully compatible

Weaknesses: none

Summary: Once you own this device, never be afraid of the bad quality of video image will happen in your home video once again. A smart and advanced device for your computer to transfer analog signal video to degital signal. and edit their own home video on PC.

Reviewed by: bankers55 from NY on Mar 29, 2005

Experience: 10 Days

Strengths: Very fast and reliable

Weaknesses: None

Summary: Xpert DVD Maker USB2.0--Was very easy to use, made clear and fast movies to burn onto my DVD burner. I really recomend this product to other. Hope everyone will have the same experince as I did.

Reviewed by: fy8h from CA on Dec 14, 2004

Experience: 5 Days

Strengths: portable, easy to use, usb interface

Weaknesses: needs to upgrade USB driver

Summary: I am new to video capture. This one does the work I want - convert the old VHS to VCD. I haven't tried DVD format yet. It works well with my laptop - capture, burning. The USB interface and portable small piece makes it easy to use on different PCs, but I had a minor issue with my desktop. I was not able to upgrade the USB driver. It is a XP with P4. Got the warning message mentioned in previous comments. Overall, I am satisified with it.

Reviewed by: oops7000 from CA on Jan 3, 2005


Strengths: It works great and is easy to use

Weaknesses: Can't think of any

Summary: It does all I wanted it to do, I think it's a great product, add to that that it also allows me to use my computer as a DVR and you have a super deal

Reviewed by: markpinkston from NV on May 3, 2005

Experience: 5 Days

Strengths: easy to set up, price, don't have to crack open your computer to insert a pci card

Weaknesses: software is really bad, instructions are non existant

Summary: Got it home and hooked it up and it didn't work, software keeps wanting me to upgrade my usb port but mine are 2.0 and my system is brand new. I finally got sick of it and deleted all of the software it came with. I hope you have windows xp went in to windows movie maker and was able to upload from my antiquated vhs c camcorder. I would highly recommend you have 2.0 usb ports before you start, and have some kind of software that will let you capture the video and manipulate it. Don't depend on the software it comes with it was more of a headache than a help. But the product itself seems to do the job, I would recommend for somebody like me who has a old camcorder without a usb or fire wire port.

Reviewed by: frekles83 from TX on Apr 27, 2005

Experience: 2 Weeks

Strengths: Easy to use

Weaknesses: Really messes up my XP system

Summary: While the product is easy to use, my computer (XP) has trouble running it and running other USB devices. Overall I like it though, for transferring vhs to dvds quickly.

Reviewed by: cjnbmw_1088176563 from CO on Mar 29, 2005

Experience: 45 Days

Strengths: Easy to use, easy hook up.

Weaknesses: PVR Plus software is pretty weak. Doesn't really work that well an doesn't have many features for editing. Makes editing cumbersome.

Summary: I really like this product. Was a little skeptical at first but found this product to be easy to use and worked out great transferring my old Hi8 video onto my computer and onto DVD disk. I have gone through practically my entire library of Hi8 tapes and converted them and the quality was pretty good too. The PVR Plus software that comes with it didn't worked well for me. It was very cumbersome to use and didn't have many features. However, the Power Producer Gold2 software did the trick. And, you can buy a better software off the shelf if you like. All in all a great product. I would buy again.

Reviewed by: rgpai from NY on Jan 21, 2005


Strengths: good picture quality...

Weaknesses: none

Summary: I would recommend anyone to buy this product for four reasons: First, it easy to connect on the computer and on the video source. Second, the quality of the image it is really good (DVD quality). Third, the price is three times cheaper than the same type of device from other companies.And finally, it is small and light enough for you carry together with a laptop and use your laptop as a portable TV.

Reviewed by: blazt04 from MI on Dec 27, 2004

Experience: 5 Days

Strengths: easy to hook up

Weaknesses: na

Summary: The hook up was easy. I was able to hook up the product to my desktop with very little problems. This product had a very clear picture that transfered to the dvd. Overall I would recommend this product to anyone who wants to transfer movies taken by thier family or friends.

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