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Honestech VIDBOX for Mac

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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews) 72 answered questions

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Platform: Mac solution
  • What's in the box: VIDBOX (USB video capture device), USB Cable, RCA AV Cable, Quick Start Guide, Installation Software CD.
  • Capture old VHS, Beta, 8mm or camcorder tapes and convert them to DVD and other digital formats.
  • Watch recorded video on your Mac with QuickTime.
  • Smooth integration with iMovie allows you to easily edit the captured video.
  • Burn your movies to DVD with iDVD and watch on your TV. Watch and share your captured video on iOS devices.
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Product Details

Platform: Mac solution
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 2.3 x 7.5 inches
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Release Date: August 19, 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Platform: Mac solution

Product Description

Videotapes can deteriorate over time. Your old videos will have color bleed, white specks, and other distortions. Don"t risk this happening to your home video collection. Honestech VIDBOX for Mac Provides everything you need to easily convert your videos to digital formats. All you need is a VCR and a Mac, and you can transfer your video easily with the step by Step pictorial instructions. 2013 Honestech Technology, Honestech, VIDBOX and other trademarks are trademarks of Honest Technology or Honestech Inc. in the United States and/or in other countries. All other names of actual companies and marks mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

From the Manufacturer

Analog to Digital Video Conversion Solution for Mac

Your old videos will have color bleed, white specks, and other distortions. Honestech VIDBOX for Mac can help save those precious memories from your old VHS, Betamax and camcorder tapes. Any Mac user can easily convert old tapes to digital formats and preserve your priceless home videos forever using this product. If you have a Windows PC, please check out Honestech VHStoDVD 7.0 Deluxe.

All-in-one solution that is easy enough for novice users.
All-in-one solution that is easy enough for novice users.
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Seamless integration with iTunes, iMovie and iDVD.
Seamless integration with iTunes, iMovie and iDVD.
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All-in-one Solution for Mac

honestech VIDBOX for Mac comes complete with a VIDBOX (USB Video Capture device), USB cable and RCA AV cables. It works with any video player with RCA/S-Video outputs or Firewire (IEEE 1394) port. The VIDBOX requires no external power adaptor, making it especially suitable for laptop users.

Easy Conversion Process for Mac

Convert your video to digital format with one click. Step-by-step pictorial instructions guide you through the process. Great for novice users! If you need help with using the product, please contact our customer care team (see below right)

How It Works
  • CAPTURE: Record video from compatible analog video players, such as VCR, camcorder, DVD player, game console, and any device with RCA video/audio-out ports.
  • EDIT: Seamless integration with iMovie allows you to easily edit the recorded video.
  • SYNC: Add recordings to your iTunes library and sync them with your iPad, iPhone or Apple TV
  • WATCH: View recorded video on your Mac using QuickTime or iTunes.
  • Burn DVD - Archive and burn your memories to DVD using iDVD or other video DVD creation software on your Mac (if available).
System Requirements
  • Operating System: Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard or higher
  • Available USB 2.0 or 3.0 Port
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo processor or higher
  • Memory: 1GB of RAM
  • Free Hard Disk Space: 15GB recommended
  • Compatible Video Players: VCR (VHS, Betamax, S-VHS), camcorder (8mm, DV, mini DV, HDV, AVCHD), TV, DVD player, game console, TiVo, DVR and cable set-top box.
  • Other: CD-ROM drive (for software installation), QuickTime player for MOV, iMovie for editing, iDVD (or other video DVD creation software), DVD writer for DVD burning, Firewire (IEEE 1394) port for camcorder with Firewire.
Step-by-step pictorial instructions.
Step-by-step pictorial instructions.
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What’s in the Box
  • VIDBOX (USB video capture device)
  • USB cable
  • RCA cable
  • Software installation CD
  • Quick Start Guide
Free Technical Support
  • Registered users can receive free phone and email support.
  • Toll Free: 1-877-484-6246
  • Local/International: 1-512-346-3700

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
99 of 104 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good and affordable video capture device September 29, 2013
Platform for Display:Mac solution|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Length: 5:52 Mins
I am very impressed with this little box. I haven't heard of Honestech before but they've put together a very affordable and very easy to use capture device that will convert your old video tapes to a standard digital format.

Set up is simple: plug one end of the included composite cables to the outputs on the VCR and the other into the Vidbox. Then just connect the Vidbox to the Mac via the included USB cable, install the software, and you're off and running. There really isn't much to configure: the software will guide you through a step-by-step process and at the end will present a file that you can have transferred to iTunes, iMovie, or iDVD. The recorded file will also remain in a directory off your home directory so you can copy it off to an external hard drive or some other device.

My only gripe is that it may not offer enough flexibility for more advanced users. I couldn't find any options for changing the default storage directory nor could I adjust the brightness or contrast of the video signal prior to recording.

Those issues aside this is a simple and inexpensive way to preserve some of those old videotapes before it's too late.
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to Install and Easy to Use October 11, 2013
Platform for Display:Mac solution|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
First off, I am using a MacBook Pro with Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion). I put the included CD into the computer, however, if you have a Mac and it does not have a disk drive you can download the software and driver package from the manufacture's website (DMG). The install was easy, you run the Package file that installs the drivers and than you drag the actual Application to the Application folder. That was it, it was installed.

To copy video from any device (SVIDEO or Composite) you plug the little white box into the computer using Mini USB (cable included) and than plug in the video source to either composite (included) or SVIDEO (will need to use Composite for audio). The software is easy to use and is a simple interview like type where you just answer and follow each step. I do not see the point of the choose input type, since it seems that it will record the same no matter what. The white box is powered from the computer, so you will not need to plug it in, but you will have to plug into a powered hub or direct to computer.

The recording is easy, you can see a preview of what is being seen on the computer screen, you choose record and hit play or whatever on the device that you are recording. Once you are done you hit Stop and it saves the video file as a MOV file. Since it uses Composite the quality is only 480p (640x480), so this is not the best choice if you wish to copy movies to watch in full HD later. This is more for copying home movies or other items that do not need to be HD (although it would be easy to watch on a mobile device even at 480p). The audio is good and is in stereo. I recorded some test items and found that audio sync and video were both very good. There was no jumping or loss of frames that I could see.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Tapes They are A-wasting November 11, 2013
Platform for Display:Mac solution|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
VHS tapes, like most things, deteriorate over time, just faster because they are essentially magnetized chemicals stuck to tape. They degrade and wear. Besides, the technology, as you know, is defunct. Pretty soon we will not be able to even find a working player for them easily. However, I have noticed some good films that were never transferred to DVD, mostly because of legal squabbling. So collectors take note: Buy them up while you can and save them with this device.

Honestech has a simple way to keep your videos and your options by transferring the video and audio out from your tape player to your Mac. Then you can store those files where you please. That also means making back-up copies if you are a technology pessimist like me. I have cheap cloud accounts from both Apple and Amazon, so I can just use cheap storage to slap an extra copy safe in a place I can access from any machine.

The set up is easy. Put in the disk and install & register. Then use the USB 2.0 included to your Mac. The RCA cables go to the VHS output jacks. Yellow for video, red and white for right and left audio. If you care about stereo playback, it is handy just to remember "Red to the Right", or if you prefer Elmer Fudd, "White to the Weft". That is it.

Although it is not possible to restore what was lost (or never there to begin with) you files are now digitized. If you play your files through a device such as the high end Oppo 105, their powerful Digital Analog Converter seems to clean up some of the noise. Thank you for stopping by.
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36 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect! September 17, 2013
Platform for Display:Mac solution|Verified Purchase
I had initially given this one star, because after trying just about everything and finally being convinced that there was nothing else left to do, I gave up and thought it was all too good to be true. I contacted customer service and left my name and number. They contacted me a couple of minutes after my call, and was able to resolve the issue (I was set to return the Vidbox in the morning). Apparently RCA cables aren't 'two way' (like USB), and so I was not using the 'out' jacks. As soon as I got the cables rearranged, the image previewed perfectly, and I was completely satisfied (and extremely embarrassed!). Hands down, one of the best customer service interactions I've ever had (completely off the topic, but two other unbelievably great interactions I've had have been with Amazon, and Host Monster).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Great Customer Service with the Honestech company but so far nothing has worked to get the program to work.
Published 2 days ago by Kaytlin
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible. Does not work -- blue screen shows on saved files and DVD's
Terrible product. Every time I play a video, this product has a blue screen every 10-15 seconds. It shows up in the saved files and even when I create a DVD. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Kelsey
3.0 out of 5 stars Works OK but no DVD burning software included
It works OK but it relies on other software to do the job. This is problematic when burning DVDs because iDVD is no longer supported. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Kevin
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Used to transfer old VHS and VHS-C tapes to digital files and the kit exceeded expectations
Published 12 days ago by Mark Greathouse
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very easy to use. I am so happy to be able to save decades of memories.
Published 13 days ago by Melony LaRue
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm very satisfied with this product
I'm very satisfied with this product, VIDBOX for Mac. It's very easy to set up, works quickly, & efficient. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Rudy C.
4.0 out of 5 stars It works great. It would be nice if the software provided ...
It works great. It would be nice if the software provided a few more options for recording but its nothing that can't be remedied with a little time in iMovie (in my case) or... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Brian Kennedy
4.0 out of 5 stars Very easy to set up and get started
Very easy to set up and get started. However one cannot "edit" , nor stop & restart within the same movie. Each time you stop/pause it creates a new movie. Read more
Published 17 days ago by James Rush
5.0 out of 5 stars Vidbox worked as advertised !
Vidbox was easy to use and did an excellent job converting my Hi8 to apple format.
(i was trying to burn my tapes to DVD to watch on TV with a standard DVD player- Just know... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Charles E Marsh
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Product works great! Very easy to install and use. Highly recommend!
Published 1 month ago by Rich
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