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Honestech VHS to DVD 7.0 Deluxe
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481 of 489 people found the following review helpful
on August 19, 2013
Format: CD-ROMVerified Purchase
Caution: This hardware is powered only through the USB-2 port. USB-2 ports are notorious for being underpowered, especially on laptops or if not attached directly and closely to the computer motherboard, without a bridge, not a shared port, and not with an excessively long cable, etc. This may explain some of the problems reported by others. If your hardware and operating sysem match the manufacturers requirements, you may have no problems at all. Some users report a seamless and sucessful insatllion. Not the case with me, even with a good port and adequate power.

I had a frusrating time installing, but it eventually works OK and as as advertised.
I have a powerful desktop system, far exceeding manufacturer's stated requirements, operating under Windows 7 Professional, 64 bit version. After multiple attempts to install and connect with the device, I share the following.

The driver on the installation CD was out of date. After a failed installation, uninstall, multiple attempts to reinstall,I found it necessary to uninstall totally, do use a registry clean utility to delete many registry entries not removed and not deregistered by uninstall, and start fresh with an updated driver downloaded from the manufacturer's website.

The following procedure eventually worked. DO NOT connect the VIDBOX to the USB cable until step 4 below.
1) download manufacturer's latest driver from online and install this first, before an anything else. Then reboot.
2) Check "Device Manager" to insure that "HT VIDBOX" is installed and working normally under "Sound, Video, Game Controllers."
3) Install software from CD that came with the product. Then reboot again.
4) Only after the above do you connect the USB-2 to the VIDBOX.

Hopefully, that will sucessfujlly get the VIDBOX connected to your computer video/audio input

The sound card or system sound settings may require adjustments to record the sound properly, without clicks, squeals, whirring sounds, etc., depending on your setup.

Do not open or use any other application on the computer while capturing and recording video or video may get jumpy.

Once sucessfully installed and connected, this product worked for me as advertised. In the "Advanced Editing" mode I found that the merge/render function was quite slow, even on a powerful system, and I could not find a way to save a DV-AVI file for editing with other software. The editor provided was not very intuitive and quite limited.

Despite that above comments, I do not know of another capture product that will perform as well, especially not at this price, so it may be worth any potential frustrations. And you may have no problems at all!
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230 of 243 people found the following review helpful
on May 6, 2013
Format: CD-ROMVerified Purchase
I received this product May 3rd. I had it working in about 5 minutes. It comes with all the necessary wires, one to connect to the vcr (rca cable) and one to connect via usb to your computer.

No need for a tv in the mix, just a pc, a vcr and the device in the middle.

The software installed easily and is simple to use.

I have already saved several old VHS tapes of family gatherings and such.

This is a good product.
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187 of 200 people found the following review helpful
on September 4, 2013
Format: CD-ROMVerified Purchase
I have a ton of old VCR tapess that go back into the early 1990's and need to convert them to digital format for burning to DVD. My choices were to outsource this at $10 per tape, purchase a VCR to DVd recorder (about $210.00), or take a chance on software. For the cost of the program, I figured there was not much risk in trying the software first. The beginning of the installation process was ok, but the program did not work after registration. It appeared that another option was going to be necessary. However; I kept digging around, and determined that the driver for the interface (a little white box which comes with the software) between my VCR machine and the laptop did not come with the installation disk. Worse, this problem was not disclosed in the installation instructions, so luckily I was tech savy enough to eventually figure it out myself. Go to the product website, sift thru the various drivers available, and find the one that matches (Windows 7, 64 bit). After that drama for several days, the next thing was to learn to work the program. The simple burn to DVD option worked like a charm, but the Advanced, which gives you a lot of options on content, etc. took some more time to use.

Anyway, now I am very pleased with this product, and I enthusiastically endorse it, if you are willing to get in there and get your hands a little dirty figuring it out. By the way, I have already more than "paid" for the software, and have over 20 tapes that I have already converted over to my hard drive, and some to DVD. Also, you can work with them once on the computer, because it creates Windows Movie Maker file formats as one of the options.
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149 of 169 people found the following review helpful
on May 25, 2013
Format: CD-ROMVerified Purchase
First of all let me say why I gave Honestech VHS to DVD 7.0 Deluxe 5 stars. I picked up version 2.0 several years ago at Costco and it worked great, but had issues. With a recent upgrade of my XP machine, I had to make a choice. I could buy the latest that would run on Windows 8 or change products.

After reading the many reviews here on Amazon on other products that were cheaper, I spent the extra money and went with what I already knew. Coming from 2.0 to 7.0, the changes are huge. I love the interactive menu and being able to change the aspect ratio. I am going to have to re-digitalize my movies again with the new larger ratio as home movies are priceless.

So it does convert the VHS or other media types (Camcorders, etc.) that have RCA inputs/S-Video in MP4/AVC format that work great for iPad, PC, etc., but as far as digitalizing my old movies MPEG is fine for me. I then use Nero 12 to edit and recode my movies to MP4 format. I have tried some of the other features and love the new everything. I hope this review helps and couldn't be more happy.

I would definitely recommend this product to anyone interested in easy video converting/editing.

Dell Inspiron One
Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2600S CPU @ 2.80GHz
Installed memory (RAM): 8.00 GB
Windows 8 Pro with Media Center
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112 of 129 people found the following review helpful
Format: CD-ROMVerified Purchase
So I bought this based on the reviews--should be pretty plug and play, but it isn't. Let me preface this with the fact that I work on various types of software all day long, so I'm an advanced user. Hugely unimpressed with the vidbox and software.

OK--followed the instructions--installed the software-rebooted. Then hooked up the Vid Box. Driver wouldn't install so I installed new drivers--rebooted. Fired up the software and it wouldn't recognize my VCR--OK went to support--reinstalled unit on different usb port. Then tried to fire up the software. Software hung up and had to reboot the computer. Tried again--hung up again. Tried various things to fix but always the same problem.

Uninstalled, reinstalled, found an update--same problem.

After about 3 hours I gave up and am going to return.

My son had a dazzle--used that and some free software we found and I could record--that took about 20 minutes total.
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45 of 54 people found the following review helpful
on May 8, 2013
Format: CD-ROMVerified Purchase
tried several and were not great. recorded off JVC super hi-fi VHS top of line at the time. DVD playback of tapes was near same quality of VHS play. easy to use. has a neat feature, you tell it how long you want to record, up to three hrs.
recommend for beginners, have not tried audio yet.
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64 of 81 people found the following review helpful
on June 5, 2013
Format: CD-ROM
Advance mode does not work. Have exchanged the item for a second set and still the same - the ADVANCED MODE WILL NOT WORK.
Have been calling the manufacturer's customer service for the past month and there is no response. Have left many messages without any call back. Have tried their 800 and regular phone numbers and always with automated response. Have left my name and phone numbers and there is never any call back.
Have tried e-mailing the customer service Dept. and same thing - NO RESPONSE.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2013
Format: CD-ROMVerified Purchase
I was able to use this device rather quickly and easily and have now converted many old VHS movies to DVD's. I have not used it on some VHS home movies yet that I want to convert to DVD, and haven't explored audio at all. The default automatic settings (Easy Wizard Mode) seem to work fine frankly, the User Guide is OK, but will take more study, but since the basics work well I am encouraged that the more sophisticated features will also. There were some issues with the installation. It automatically installed Adobe Reader 9.2, which, if it were the most current edition, would be fine, but it's not, and I had to uninstall it. Also, the installation does not pause for you to "Allow" your security software permission to proceed, leading to repetitious installation steps. The automatic registration failed completely and I had to go to the website separately. Strangely the Adobe Reader 9.2 version it installed would not load the User Guide. (The current version of Adobe Reader would). Finally the install did not load the software in the location, (D:\ drive) I directed it to but just installed it in the C:\ drive default location. None of these are show stoppers, but that's why no 5 stars. Oh, one last thing, and this may sound stupid but I'm too old to care, I didn't realize it would take as long to copy the VHS to the computer as it takes to watch the VHS. Burning the DVD is additional time spent in the conversion process. If you've a 1 1/2 hour VHS movie you want to convert, you are going to spend 1 1/2 hours watching the movie on your computer as it writes it to your computers hard drive, then another 5 to 10 minutes writing the DVD. I don't know, I thought it would be faster, but I guess that's as fast as the tape flies through the VHS player. So be prepared to spend some time, a lot of time really, watching over the process. PS., I'm using a PC with a Core I7 Intel processor, 8GB RAM, nvidia GEFORCE GT 2GB RAM, and Win7.
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53 of 67 people found the following review helpful
on August 5, 2013
Format: CD-ROMVerified Purchase
My husband is a photographer who has been transferring VHS to DVD for years. We looked everywhere and read all the reviews for DVD recorders. We were looking at prices ranging in the $600-$1200 and the reviews still were disappointing. Most of them only worked for 3 months to a year and then broke. We were discouraged.

We took a chance at ordering this. In his professional capacity, my husband wasn't convinced that this would do the same job that he was used to producing for his clients. Well, he was extremely surprised. The volume and image from VHS to DVD was awesome. We watched the first test DVD on a 42" LED flat screen and there was absolutely no pixalation. The conversion went smoothly and it was extremely easy to use.

We've read some reviews suggesting that when making chapters the sync on the volume and picture fall out of sync. We haven't come across that yet. Maybe we will encounter it in the future, but for now, all seems to be working well for us.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on August 22, 2013
Format: CD-ROMVerified Purchase
It did not work with my VCR. It would not recognize that it was connected. I returned the first one for an exchange. The second one did not work either. Their was no phone to call for assistance, only a web site. Poor product, poor support.
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