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Plustek OpticFilm8200iAi Film Scanner
Plustek OpticFilm8200iAi Film Scanner
Price: £332.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 6 Feb. 2013
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With some trepidation, I ordered the scanner. It arrived within 24 hours and I set about installing the Silverfast software - and it couldn't see the scanner! After several attempts, I contacted the Silverfast suport service and received a very speedy reply - only a single Imaging Device is allowable (simply fixed via Device Manager). Since then, the scanner has performed flawlessly. Others have criticised the Silverfast software but, with a little practice it is very easy to use (start with the automatic setting (Workflow Pilot) until you see how all the various tools work). And each tool has an associated video to assist too. The various sliders are a bit sluggish, though (on an i7 laptop), so I suspect that a fairly powerful computer is required to avoid frustration.
I have now scanned a couple of hundred negatives and slides and am delighted with the results. The infrared scan does an excellent job in erasing dust and other defects.
Highly recommended.


GMYLE® Express Card Expresscard 54 slot to USB 3.0 x 2 Port Adapter up to 5Gbps Compatible USB 1.1 / 2.0 Windows XP/Vista/7
GMYLE® Express Card Expresscard 54 slot to USB 3.0 x 2 Port Adapter up to 5Gbps Compatible USB 1.1 / 2.0 Windows XP/Vista/7
Offered by Clever Gadgets
Price: £12.98

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars It works - but at a cost!, 28 Jun. 2012
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No instructions are provided and I wasted more than 4 hours trying to get this to work. I tried most of the fixes posted by other reviewers but only one worked for me. The Driver Disk is a horrible mess but driver you need is the NEC driver which is installed via the 'setup.exe' contained in the zip file in the "Express to USB3.0NEC" folder. Once this is installed, every thing works.
Frankly, I'd pay a little more and buy an alternative (the Transcend device is easy to install and works well). Life is just too short to bother with this.


Panasonic SD800 Full HD 1920x1080p (50p) 3D Ready Camcorder - Black (3MOS sensor, SD Card Recording, x20 Intelligent Zoom, 35mm Wide Angle Leica Lens, iA + Face Recognition & New Hybrid OIS)
Panasonic SD800 Full HD 1920x1080p (50p) 3D Ready Camcorder - Black (3MOS sensor, SD Card Recording, x20 Intelligent Zoom, 35mm Wide Angle Leica Lens, iA + Face Recognition & New Hybrid OIS)

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great product with a minor niggle, 30 Dec. 2011
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Others have commented on the excellence of the video produced by this device and I have nothing more to say about this. Just one small feature spoils this for me - the battery.
Previous models in this range have used a single battery type and a separate charger. So batteries can be interchanged and charged while the devices are being used. In their wisdom (??) Panasonic has introduced a revised battery for the SD800 that cannot be fitted to the older machines and must be charged while fitted to the camera. For me, this is a huge retro-step that limits the usefulness of the machine. Consumers should really make a stand against this nonsense.
But otherwise, I love the machine. Received within 24 hours of order.


Samsung Story Station 1.5TB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive
Samsung Story Station 1.5TB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive

5.0 out of 5 stars Great for use with Sony PS3, 9 Mar. 2011
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The drive was delivered with Amazon's usual efficiency. It powered up immediately and was instantly recognised by my computer. I agree with others' comments on it's construction and near silence in operation.
Inexplicably (in 2011) it's formatted FAT32 (surely most users want NTFS). Not a big problem, though, because it's easy to convert to NTFS.
HOWEVER, it's ready to use with Sony's PS3 (converting from NTFS to FAT32 can be tricky). This drive is much cheaper than "PS3 ready" drives offered on ebay and elsewhere. So I'm delighted with it.


Papillon
Papillon
by Henri Charrière
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Papillon revisited, 8 May 2010
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This review is from: Papillon (Paperback)
I bought another copy of this book having first read it many years ago. A recent visit to the Iles du Salut (which include Devils Island) prompted my renewed interest. (Hard to believe that such a wonderful island was the scene of such brutality!)
I enjoyed the book (again) - well written/translated. Just one residual concern - the French Authorities maintain that the author was never sent to the islands, so its hard to determine whether the book is a true account or just a novel based on the existance of the penal colony.
Nevertheless, and excellent read.
Comment Comment (1) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Oct 17, 2010 5:29 PM BST


Canon LEGRIA HV40 High Definition Digital Camcorder - Black (10x Optical Zoom, 2.7 Inch Widescreen Colour LCD)
Canon LEGRIA HV40 High Definition Digital Camcorder - Black (10x Optical Zoom, 2.7 Inch Widescreen Colour LCD)

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just great, 31 Mar. 2010
It seems to me that most of the reviews of this device miss the point. The HV40 produces great output but in tape format. Some see this as a disadvantage (sure, it takes a full hour to transfer a single tape to a PC) but, in my opinion, the advantages of tape greatly outweigh this:

1 - Sooner or later your camera will malfunction, be stolen or simply be dropped. With a tape machine, up to an hour of footage is at risk (not 20-30 as would be the case when using a 240Gb Hard disk monster. SD cards are still much more expensive than tape, so I don't think they offer a reasonable alternative);

2 - DV tapes (don't bother with HDV equivalents - they're unnecessary) are cheap and last for at least 10 years so, as your competence increases, you can re-edit old footage and produce still better output; and

3 - The load on the editing PC is dramatically less than when processing AVCHD output from Hard disk or SD machines. You may well avoid a PC-upgrade if you stick with tape.

I have just two negative comments:

1 - the HV40 seems very expensive when compared with the older HV30 (essentially the same device); and

2 - a Firewire port is needed for editing (becoming increasinly rare on modern laptops).

Otherwise, the HV40 is just great! Buy one while they are still available. I fear that, despite my enthusiasm, the HDV format for "prosumers" is doomed. It'll remain for the professions, though.
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Sony HDR-SR10E High Definition 40GB Hard Disc Drive Handycam Digital Camcorder- 4MP
Sony HDR-SR10E High Definition 40GB Hard Disc Drive Handycam Digital Camcorder- 4MP

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good - but only if ...., 3 Mar. 2009
I have this device and it's great - up to a point.
If you merely want to take high quality footage, watch it on an HD television and then delete it, then it's wonderful and you won't be disappointed.
However if, like me, you want to preserve the footage on DVD and edit to remove unintended errors, people walking in front of the camera and excess footage, etc, then you'll find that the ACVHD format will make it very very difficult. Sure, editing is possible (Pinnacle 11 and 12 will handle it - others too I'm sure), but it's a frustratingly slow process and demands a very powerful PC (that will certainly crash or freeze several times during the process). It'll take you hours!
If you demand this flexibility to edit, then I think you'll be better served by a DV tape machine - either the old DV format (that is very good if you get a decent 3CCD machine) or the more modern (but soon to be discontinued, I fear) HDV format (where the quality is superb).
For me, I'll keep the SR10E but will continue to use DV/HDV for the forseeable future - it really is the better, more flexible, format.
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Acer Aspire One A150-Bb Netbook, Windows XP Home, 1GB DDR2 RAM, 120GB HD (Sapphire Blue)
Acer Aspire One A150-Bb Netbook, Windows XP Home, 1GB DDR2 RAM, 120GB HD (Sapphire Blue)

46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just great, 8 Sept. 2008
I bought the little machine to store and manage photographs (using PhotoShop album) when on holiday, so opted for the 120Gb XP version. Was immediately impressed by the small size, low weight and bright screen. Unsurprisingly, there is no CD/DVD drive, but XP contains the necessary drivers for external devices, so no problem (I use a Sony USB CD/DVD reader/writer). Software loads easily and runs surprisingly quickly. Not ideal for internet use because of the small screen size and lack of modem (but can use a USB modem for dial-up access), but otherwise, just great. PhotoShop Album works perfectly and files are readily exchangeable with bigger PCs.

PS - Since writing this review I've upgraded to Broadband (so the lack of an internal modem is now irrelevant). Absolutely no problems in doing this, works very well. (The screen's still small, though).
Overall, I just love it. Amazing!!
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Pinnacle Studio Ultimate 11 (PC)
Pinnacle Studio Ultimate 11 (PC)

16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good, 30 July 2007
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The software works really well on a 2Gb Vista machine - haven't had a crash yet. Renders well on Core-Duo and offers sensible options when it comes to buring DVDs. The "Progressive" option works really well. Ken Burns very good too.
Just one small gripe - the "premium" content looks like a simple device to extract even more money. Since many of the effects are naff - I wouldn't bother with the third DVD.
Otherwise - first class! Just as good as Apple's iMovie (and that's pretty good!)


Numark Ttusb Turntable
Numark Ttusb Turntable

27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor, 30 July 2007
I tried one of these and was very disappointed.
The software is fine - loaded easily onto an Apple laptop. But the turntable itself is just horrible - light weight plastic chassis with an exceptionally flimsy pick-up arm and cheap cartridge. Didn't help that the turntable also ran too fast.
Sounds dreadful. I really would look elsewhere.
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