I love when I can recommend a gadget to you that is incredibly easy to use and performs an incredibly useful task. Tech shouldn't be intimidating or complicated. It should get the job done, quick and easy. Which brings me to the Pinnacle Video Transfer.
The Pinnacle Video Transfer is an amazing product. It lets you transfer video without a computer. Most important, it works. Now you can save your home videos, your TiVo recordings, your gaming sessions -- any video -- onto, say, an iPod, and it's literally this easy:
1. You plug your video source in one end.
2. You plug your USB hard drive, thumb drive, or portable video player -- including a PSP or an iPod -- into the other.
3. Start the video and press the big REC button.
Your video is captured in H.264 MPEG-4 in real time. Once it's on your player you're good to go. Or, if you've put it on a drive, you can drag it into your computer for editing, burning, or whatever you wish. You can select from three quality level settings if you want by pressing the big MODE button.
When I recently had to put some old Sony Micro videos on my not-Sony-friendly Mac, this was a real lifesaver. Anyone who doesn't want to mess with codecs or complicated software should get one of these.