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Pinnacle DV500 DVD

Video capture card: Pinnacle DV500 DVDPinnacle DV500 DVD has a proven track record in stability, reliability and compatibility. Direct import of MPEG-2 files to the timeline and hardware accelerated MPEG-2 rendering allow you to get video in and out of your system faster; with no need for format swapping.

Pinnacle DV500 DVD also includes unique Intelligent ReEditing, which allows you to revisit older projects and only render the edits when you've completed your revisions - no more long renders just because you wanted to change one title or shorten one clip!

Pinnacle DV500 DVD gives you the tools you need for instant creativity. Enhance your productions with a vast range of effects from simple dissolves to complex 3D transitions, color correction and slow or fast motion. Add broadcast quality titles, graphics and filters, and with the latest dual stream technology you'll see most of your changes instantly, without waiting to render!

Powerful Features

  • Digital and analog input/output
  • Real time keyframeable effects
  • Fast and slow motion effects
  • Optimized workflow for DVD authoring
  • Create CD / DVD / Videotapes and internet streaming formats
  • Pinnacle DV Tools
  • Analog and DV capture without file size limitation
  • Analog and DV cutlist playback
  • Automatic scene detection to Premiere Storyboard
  • Pinnacle Impression DVD SE with CD-R support and direct disc burning
  • MPEG2 import for re-editing of DVD projects with intelligent rendering
  • T-Rex universal multimedia file converter

Performance Tools

  • Real-time widescreen format support (16:9) for video,
    transitions and titles
  • Real-time video monitoring while creating titles
  • Real-time Image Correction filters for changing hue,
    contrast and brightness controls
  • Pinnacle Systems DV2 Speed Codec with Dual Processor
    support for ultra fast rendering output to DV
  • Real-time multi-track audio mixing with gain and pan adjustments

Bundled Software

Adobe® Premiere® 6.X

  • Professional, broadcast-quality, non-linear editing software
  • Video and audio processing
  • Drag-and-drop editing, with integrated special effects and filters
  • 99 video and audio tracks
  • Storyboard window assembly
  • Automate to timeline feature

Pinnacle Hollywood FX

  • Blazing fast 3D effects
  • 100 3D Transitions
  • Real-time Preview
  • Enhance effects with easy path rotation, shadows, shine and anti-aliasing Hollywood FX

Pinnacle Hollywood FX Alpha Magic

  • Complete collection of more than 400 unique transitions
  • Real time transition effects with adjustable width colour borders
  • Artistic design for great looking video transitions

Real-Time Pinnacle SceneCutter

  • Apply to any clip in timeline
  • Automatically detects scene changes
  • Generates unique picon for each scene

Pinnacle Impression DVD SE

  • Produce your own self-playing CDs and DVDs with interactive and titled menus
  • Comprehensive, fully featured multimedia authoring
  • Easy-to-understand GUI
  • Smart Adobe Photoshop® layer support
  • Dynamic asset linking
  • Supports full-motion video and still frame diagrams
  • Real-time simulation and emulation

Pinnacle TitleDeko™ RT

  • Broadcast-quality character generator
  • Easily create superb titles directly over video with new
    Compose In Context feature
  • See your graphics on the video monitor while composing
    with new "Take" feature
  • Professional effects include glows, neon, metallic looks,
    textures, backgrounds, shapes, shadows and edges
  • Drag and drop placement, rotation, kerning, leading and sizing

Pinnacle DV Tools™

  • Storyboard export to Adobe Premiere
  • Automate and simplify the complete capture process
  • TapeScan automatically creates a table of contents from DV tapes
  • Archive scanned tapes with picture frames for all scenes
  • Select scenes for capture with simple drag-and-drop
  • Frame accurate device control during capture
  • Supports miniDV and DVCAM timecodes
  • Snap Shot for still image capture

Minimum System Requirements

  • Pentium® III or Athlon® 500 MHz or faster
  • 1x32 bit PCI 2.1 slot
  • 128 MB RAM (256 MB RAM for Windows 2000 & XP)
  • 500 MB hard disk capacity
  • 4 GB video hard disk (SCSI 2/UDMA-IDE)
  • 16 bit display adapter with DirectDraw drivers
  • Sound card
  • External video monitor
  • Windows® 2000, Me, 98SE, 98, XP


  • 32 bit PCI bus mastering expansion card
  • Frame Rate: 30/25 frames per second (NTSC/PAL)
  • Video Format: In real-time. 720x480 (NTSC) or 720x576 (PAL/SECAM) in 4:1:1 YUV (NTSC) or 4:2:0 YUV (PAL), true color
  • Video In/out:
    • Via Break-Out box: 1x Composite video, RCA (cinch) jack, 1x S-Video (Y/C), 1x IEEE 1394 (FireWire/iLink) six pin connector
    • On bracket/board: 2x IEEE 1394 (FireWire/iLink) six pin connector, external (1 used by Break-Out box), 1x IEEE 1394 (FireWire/iLink) six pin connector, internal
  • Audio input: via Break-Out box, stereo, 2xRCA (cinch) jack
  • Audio output: 
    • Via Break-Out box: stereo, 2xRCA (cinch) jack. 
    • On bracket/board: stereo 3.5 mm jack
  • Real-time Effects
    • 2 channel video mixer with real-time bit manipulation of real-time multi-track audio mixer
    • Brightness, contrast, saturation, hue, image correction filter

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