DVD Maker USB 2.0
Supplementary User Manual
for Use with ReplayerStudio
Please Note: This supplementary user manual
provides basic, abridged instructions for using DVD Maker USB 2.0. This guide
highlights only the features of DVD Maker USB 2.0 that are most relevant for
use with ReplayerStudio. For complete instructions on installing and using DVD
Maker USB 2.0, please refer to the pamphlet “DVD Maker USB 2.0 Capture Box:
User Manual,” which ships with the product.
Installation & Operation
- Insert the CD-ROM disc labeled “DVD Maker USB 2.0” into
your computer’s optical drive. Follow the instructions to install the
capture and encoding software onto your computer. (You won’t need to insert
the other CD that comes in the box.)
- Connect the DVD Maker USB 2.0 device to your computer as
Connect the DVD Maker USB 2.0 device to a video source,
such as a VCR, set-top DVD player, or camcorder, using the composite RCA
or S-video cables.
Launch the DVD Maker USB 2.0 software application by double-clicking
the following icon on your desktop:
- Connect the USB cable to an available USB port (for best
performance, make sure you have USB 2.0).
- Connect the Audio cable to the “Line In” plug of your
- Doing this will bring up the main user interface window,
- You are now ready to begin capturing or encoding video. The
two icons in the uppermost left-hand corner of the PVR-PLUS interface
window control these two important functions:
- The TV icon (boxed in red
above) opens the video capture application.
- The icon just below it (boxed in green above) opens the MPEG encoder (for
converting various kinds of video files to the MPEG format).
See below for more detailed
instructions on actually using the video capture and encoding applications.
The Video Capture Application
After you press the TV icon in the main user window, the
following control panel will appear. To begin capturing video, press the small
icon boxed in red below :
You will then be prompted to enter settings for your
captured video into the following Setup window:
To capture video for ReplayerStudio, use the settings shown
in the screenshot above. Specifically:
- Set “Capture format (profile):” to “MPEG 1”.
- Set “Capture size:” to “352x240” (for NTSC/American video).
- Set the “Bit rate (Kbps):” to the desired value. (Higher
values mean higher quality video, but bigger file sizes. We suggest using
a minimum bit rate of 1800; if you have a lot of free space on your hard
drive, try 3000.)
- Set the “Capture location:” and “Capture filename” fields
to whatever you want them to be.
- Enable and set a time limit so that capturing can stop
automatically (we recommend going a few minutes beyond the duration of the
video, just to make sure you capture it all).
- Set the Recording level to about “90%”.
When you’ve set all these fields, press the “Video”
tab at the top. You will now be prompted to enter video-related settings into
the following window:
At first, you might try the “Defalut” settings (misspelled
in the button), just to see how the video image looks. If it looks good, keep
it as is. If not, adjust the Brightness, Contrast, Hue, or Saturation settings until the video image appears as you want it to.
Then click “OK” to exit the Setup window. You will come back to the
main capture control screen:
You are now ready to actually start capturing. The first
time you capture from any source, you might want to try just capturing a minute
or so of video. This way, you can check the created file to make sure you like
the settings you chose. If you want to change something, you’ve only invested
a minute or so of your time.
To begin capturing, press the record button (boxed in red above). Then,
press the gray square (circled in blue above) to stop.
Once you’re done capturing, open your newly-created MPEG-1
file in ReplayerStudio. Make sure everything looks good. If not, go back and
adjust the Capture and Video settings, as described above. Once
you’re convinced it all looks good, re-start the capturing process, this time for
your whole video.
The MPEG Encoder Application
The MPEG encoder that comes with DVD Maker USB 2.0 can
convert just about any video file to MPEG-1 format, the ideal format for use
Below is a screenshot of the main command window for the
To add files to convert, press the “+” button
(circled in red above). After you select
a file to convert, you will be able to adjust conversion settings in the
following Option window:
Before converting your files, keep in mind the following:
- Make sure that “Profile management” is set to “MPEG-1
- Make sure that you’ve chosen an appropriate filename in
the “Output” field.
- Make sure that the “Video Bitrate” CBR field is set to
3000 for very good quality, or to 1800 for average quality. (Remember that
the quality of your MPEG-1 file cannot exceed the quality of the source
file, no matter how high you set the bit rate. We suggest using the
higher settings when converting MPEG-2 source files, and using the lower
settings when converting most other formats.)
- Make sure that you’ve set an appropriate video
resolution. (Unlike most other products, DVD Maker lets you set
resolution as high as you want. However, increasing the size beyond that
of the source file usually degrades video quality. As such, you should
probably keep the same resolution as the original video, unless you want a
smaller file size, in which case you can shrink the video resolution. However,
if you shrink the video, make sure to maintain the same horizontal and
vertical proportions, or your MPEG-1 video will appear warped. For example,
if the original video resolution was “720x480” we suggest halving the dimension
of the converted MPEG-1 video to “360x240”.)
- Make sure that you’ve set the “Audio Bitrate” to “224”.
Click “OK” to save your settings, and to get out of the Option
window. You are now ready to actually convert your video files.
- First, press the “>” button in the main command
window (boxed in blue in the second
screenshot above) to start the conversion process.
- While the conversion is in process, make sure that the Status
cell reads “Waiting.” (boxed in red
in the second screenshot above). When the conversion is finished, the
Status cell will automatically change to read “Done.”
- To convert again, make sure to first double-click on the Status
cell, so that it once again reads “Waiting.”
- Press the wrench icon (circled in blue in the screenshot above) to adjust the
output settings, if necessary (unfortunately, every time you enter this
window, the software forgets your settings, so you will have to adjust
This application includes the very convenient feature of
batch encoding. Thus, you can convert many files to MPEG-1 at the same time.
- First, press the “+” button, and then select
several files to convert.
- Then, set the output settings for each MPEG-1 file.
- All of the files to be converted will then be displayed in
the grid on the left:
- During conversion, make sure that all of the cells in the Status
column display “Waiting.”
- But, if you want the application to skip a particular file
in the conversion list, double click on the corresponding Status cell
until it reads “Skip.”
- Finally, press the “>” button to begin
converting all of your selected files. Of course, you can go away and
come back later if the conversion process is going to take a while.