companies tout the recordable DVD as the digital format for consumers
to store their own videos, TeraOptix has created the Terapin CD Video
recorder that uses more conventional and lower cost recording
technology. For about 600 dollars, you are now able to record any
video source directly to CD-R media. Now it is quite inexpensive to
record a TV program you missed, since some generic CD-R media is only
thirty cents each. Considering a bulk pack of fifty CDs takes up far
less space than the equivalent VHS tape volume, finding that program
again should also be much faster.
While there are
plenty of ways to digitize video on your PC, the Terapin CD Video
recorder doesnt require any computer expertise or even a
computer to operate - its self contained. It behaves just like
a conventional VCR, except you insert round CD media instead of a
tape. Playback is accomplished through this device, as well as CD
video players, DVD players and a multimedia PC. It also comes with a
remote (see below).
Now that I look
over the product specs and features, I have to wonder why more
companies havent created one of these - a simple, easy to use,
digital video recorder, using inexpensive rigid media instead of tape.
The Terapin CD
Video recorder also:
records 74 minutes
of motion video with audio in CD-DA or VideoCD format on CD-R Audio
and CD-RW Audio media
This feature alone almost make this CD Video recorder worth it and
no more jammed or broken tapes either.
has Slow Motion
and Fast Forward/Rewind Playback at 3 different speeds each
shows full OSD (on
screen display) on PCs and TVs
can play directly
from a specific time location on the CD disk. You no longer have to
wait while you fast forward or rewind to arrive at the desired scene
- you can just skip directly to it. While DVD has this
feature, you now have this capability for your OWN content. Instead
of having to wait to access a particular scene in the video of your
son or daughters birthday, graduation or wedding, you can
simply skip to it. And unlike tape, you wont wear
out the CD media as you play it for friends and neighbors that drop by.
features a wild,
nine pane split screen mode that helps you more quickly
find the start of your desired scene
has video inputs
and outputs for S-Video and Composite video. Representative video
sources include camcorders, television broadcasts, VCRs, DVD players
and cable set top boxes.
has stereo inputs
for optical, coaxial and analog audio. Representative audio sources
include CD players, PCs, DAT devices, DVD players, tuners, tape decks
and phonographs. Audio outputs include coaxial and analog.
is available in 3
colors (Raven Grey, Lava Red and Ice Blue). My favorite color - Ice
Blue - is shown above and below.
is compatible with
both American NTSC and European PAL formats
has a 90dB signal
to noise ratio and 0.05% THD (Total Harmonic distortion)
includes a remote
control that matches the device.
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