I've been looking for a USB video capture thingy for my laptop. The final component
for my mobile office!
I found that Maplins had a promising looking one called the Trust USB2 A/V Editor
at £49.99. Good reviews too.
Trouble is, the item had been out of stock for the last few weeks. Until yesterday,
when I discovered that the Regent Road branch of Maplins mysteriously had one
in stock. So, this morning, I set off to 'capture' it.
I've been along Regent Road dozens of times by car, but was slightly hazy about
how to get there on foot. So I glanced at the map and started walking...
I should have printed out that map... When I got close to Old Trafford and could
see Salford Quays I suspected that I had gone astray slightly. Anyway, a helpful
parking warden (imagine that) put me on the right path.
I got to Maplins, bought the item and then realised the shop was pretty much just
around the back of Granada Television. Ooops. Still, it was a nice sunny day and
I got a few interesting photos.
Oh and as expected that old shop has gone... Though
it survived for almost another year. I see some trees have conveniently disappeared
A few yards away, Manchester's tallest tower block is under construction. But
I wonder what will happen to all this city centre accommodation now the housing
boom is over and the economy could be taking a downward turn?
Very pleased with the Trust USB2 A/V Editor. I can capture 720x576 MPEG2 in real
time on my laptop. Good picture quality too. Though it's supposed to work with
Windows 98SE, it doesn't with my desktop PC. Could be a conflict with my ATI video
card I suppose and not a big problem for me. I'll try it on a fresh install of
Windows 98 sometime and post an update.
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