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Diamond VC500 One Touch Video Capture Device

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  • Easy to Use Capture by the Touch of One Button
  • Capture Video from Almost Any Video Source
  • Preserve Your VHS tapes with One Touch
  • Arcsoft Show Biz video capture, editor and DVD creator
  • Software included to burn Videos to DVD/VCD

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Product Details

Style: PC
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2.8 x 8.5 inches ; 12 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000VM60I8
  • Item model number: VC500
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,482 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 7, 2004

Product Description

Style: PC

From the Manufacturer

Capture videos with the touch of a button with the One Touch video Capture VC500. The VC500 can capture video and audio from almost any video device, such as VCR, Camcorder, DVD player, or any device supporting video output through an S-Video or composite RCA connection.

Features at a Glance
  • Easy to Use Capture by the Touch of One Button
  • Capture Video from Almost Any Video Source
  • Preserve Your VHS tapes with One Touch
  • Arcsoft Show Biz video capture, editor and DVD creator
  • Software included to burn Videos to DVD/VCD
  • Optimized for Windows Vista with comprehensive DirectX 10 and DirectX 9 support

Specifications
  • Interface: USB 2.0
  • Video Standards: NTSC/PAL
  • Push Button: Pres to start/stop video capturing
  • Video capturing formats: MPEG 4/2/1 formats
  • Video Inputs: Composite RCA or S-Video
  • Still image capturing: JPG or BMP formats
  • NTSC Video Capture:720 x 480 at 30FPS
  • PAL Video Capture: 720 x 576 at 25FPS
  • Burn support files to DVD/VCD
  • Arcsoft Show Biz video capture, editor and DVD creator

System Requirements
  • Intel or AMD CPU 1.4Ghz or faster
  • 256 Mb System RAM
  • Available USB 2.0 port
  • Video Card Supporting Direct X 10 9.0
  • CD-ROM Drive
  • 300MB Hard Disk Space
  • 600MB to 3GB per 1 Hour of Recording
  • OS: Microsoft Windows 10 XP SP2, Windows Vista, Microsoft MCE

Package Includes:
  • DIAMOND VC500 ONE TOUCH VIDEO CAPTURE USB 2.0
  • VIDEO CAPTURE DONGLE
  • INSTALL CD
  • QUICK START GUIDE

Product Description

Diamond VC 500 Video Recorder PERP. VC500 works with Windows 8.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

The video records OK, but the audio sounds terrible.
M. D Wilson
RETURNING the product, BAD investment, BAD product, save your money and buy something that works with instructions on how to use the software.
wizardofAZ
Reinstalled software, following directions on installing the drivers.
dickl42

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

277 of 292 people found the following review helpful By MASA on May 21, 2008
Style Name: PC Verified Purchase
Luckily, I didn't listen to the other reviewers here and actually checked the reviews on Newegg. Glad I did, this product is awesome! The quality is great (however, you must change the the output settings to something other than default of VCD [read the manual on how to do so]). It doesn't have Vista support (but being a gamer, I am staying on Windows XP).

The VC500 is great for recording gameplay on videogame consoles.

It's best if you do install the Software that comes with it. Movie Maker has a hard time capturing from this device, but the software that comes with this works a lot better.

If you are trying to decide whether to buy the Pinnacle Dazzle or this, I would suggest you buy this because:

1. It's cheaper
2. The quality is the same, if not better than the Dazzle
3. The Live Preview allows you to play console games in full screen
4. The software is high quality
5. Comes with a RCA Audio/Video Cable (which is one less purchase to make)
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319 of 341 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 16, 2008
Style Name: PC
The Diamond VC500 capture device is awesome!

Load the driver program, open the program, plug in the device in the USB, connect to A/V outputs on a VCR or a DVD player, start to play your source (VHS or DVD) and you will see it on your computer screen and hear it through your audio card. Then, when you see the scenes you want, press the record button on the device or on the program and you are capturing.

The tool command on the program allows you to adjust picture capture quality and output mode (and quality).

After years of handling videos by direct transfer from VCR to VCR in order to make a composite, now I can do the editing on my computer. The files created can be used and edited directly in Windows Movie Maker (the device comes with another editing program, but I find WMM to be easier to use with a wider range of output files).

As a person using clips from many movies in an educational setting to illustrate my topics, this device has made my life much easier -- and the quality of what I get is much, much better!!!!!

And all of this for a price much less than the usual video-capture internal card.

(and a hint - you can use this device with sources such as phonographs or tape decks to capture and edit the sound through your USB port without having to delve into the audio input ports on the back of your PC.)
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178 of 188 people found the following review helpful By TJS on February 28, 2011
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My system: Toshiba L505 laptop with AMD dual core processor & Win 7
My person: Middle-aged guy who has been swapping out guts of computers and dealing with software issues for 2 decades.

I had been waiting for a gadget like this for a long time. A few years ago, you would have had to buy a box to do this job, so I was pleased to see an inexpensive way to get this done. I really read the reviews thoroughly before buying this item, so I wanted to address some of the issues that worried me when I read them.

First, if you used a tape that cost you $2.98 for 17 of them, don't be foolish enough to think that turning the video digital is going to perform magic tricks. My old camcorder tapes were expensive master tapes, used with a high-end [for the time] Panasonic PV330 camcorder. When I captured video from tapes of lesser quality, it was immediately evident.

I read people saying that they experienced out-of-sync conditions. With my Win 7 system, I saw no such thing. Then there are installation and documentation issues. The documentation is quite lacking, especially when you consider the problems that some users mentioned. Primary among these was - the first time I installed the software, I had already plugged in the device. When you do this, Windows automatically searches for a driver - and will find one! When you start the software installation, the first step is to load a driver from the disk. Don't do it! If windows has already loaded a driver, SKIP this step, otherwise it will really mess you up! After I had to go back and restore my computer back to an earlier date, I let the win driver load, loaded up the CD and skipped the driver on it and everything was fine.
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375 of 410 people found the following review helpful By Mark A. Gleason on December 5, 2007
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I couldn't be happier with this. I'm not a professional video person, but someone who just wants to transfer VHS tapes onto disk. A professional might find some objections to this device, but it works and does exactly what I needed it to do. Plug it into the VCR, plug the other end into the USB port, start up the VCR - hit the record button and Bingo! My VHS movie is now a MPEG movie. No problems with the software or hardware. Well worth the price.
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102 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Happy customer on June 12, 2008
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I have a 15 yr old analog camcorder, and wanted to transfer the original tapes to my computer. I'm an old (mid 80s) guy. not really skilled with computers. But, I had no trouble installing the Diamond capture device. Connected it to the camcorder, plugged it into the USB port, started playing back the video, pushed the button on the capture device, and without further ado a 2 hour, analog video was in my computer as a *.avi file. All I could ask for. I heartily recommend it.
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59 of 63 people found the following review helpful By F. Choy on March 20, 2008
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Citing that my old valuable VHS tapes are fading away with time, I bought this device to covert them into digital format from which I could store away, edit, or do other enhancements with them later. As mentioned by the other reviewer, "I couldn't be happier with this". Setting up and installing the software is a breeze and after bridging up my (stilling working) VCR and my PC with this device, I'm already capturing and converting the first night.
The only drawbacks I cited are:
1) You need to play each and every VHS tape which takes at least 5+hrs each. I start the capture & conversion before I go to bed and the next morning I'll start the process with a different VHS tape. A time consuming and low throughput process.
2) Each hour of VHS approximates to 5+ Gigabytes of video file in mpg format. A 6hr tape recorded with Extended mode would take up approx 30Gi. So be sure you have plenty of free disk spaces.
3) The Ulead VideoStudio that comes with the device is an old version 9 from 2005. It freezes up occasionally when you are just doing basic editing. Of course you can upgrade to the latest version for a fee.
Other than the above I am happy with the device and would recommend it.
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