Your rating(Clear)Rate this item


There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.

54 of 54 people found the following review helpful
on January 6, 2010
I recently purchased this item in order to convert a massive collection of old video tapes into digital files and to record analogue input from my PlayStation 2. All in all the device is very easy to set up. Just be sure you have a TV with composite A/V inputs to plug the device into. You will also need an SD or SDHC card (not included with the product) onto which to save your digital files, as well as a way for your computer to read said card.

Note that the cords which lead input and output to and from the converter have all male ends, so whatever your source and destination devices are you will need them to have female connectors. In my case, My PS2 outputs through a cable with male connectors. To make the connection between the PS2 and the converter, I ran the PS2 output through my VCR and then ran the VCR output into the converter. The converter output then plugs into the TV.

As another review has stated, this product converts analogue input into MPEG-4 encoded .asf video files (a Microsoft format which should be readable in Windows Media Player). The quality of these files is decent--certainly not spectacular--but far superior to some cheaper analogue to USB converters on the market. There was some noticeable artifacting and blurring in the image after converting, but it is the sound quality that I think suffers more. The sound compression removes much of the highs from the input and "muddies" up the sound. I did not, however, notice any noise in either the audio or video after conversion.

I was able to import and edit the .asf files on my PC (running Windows Vista 64 Ultimate) using Adobe Premiere Pro without any problem.

As a final note, the construction quality of the device is not the greatest. The plastic feels light and flimsy, and I wouldn't be surprised if the buttons on the top of the device eventually stopped working. All this aside, however, I am generally happy with the product for the price (I purchased it on clearance at a local store). Just don't expect exact duplication in the conversion.
22 commentsWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on January 1, 2011
If you want to convert VHS tapes to digital format, this will do it without requiring extreme technical know-how. It converts VHS tapes to digital format (Windows Media Audio/Video... ".asf"), and stores the digital files on a flash SD card (the same type of memory card that is used in most digital cameras). Instead of connecting your VCR player directly to the TV, you connect the VCR to the VuPoint video converter, and the video converter to the TV. That way, the video on the VHS tape passes through the video converter first, and is converted into digital format and stored on the SD memory card. From there, you upload the video onto your computer from the SD card, and can then do what you want with it: you can make it into a movie with Windows Movie Maker or iMovie, and then burn it to a DVD if you'd like. Or, just store it on your computer. Simple enough.

Pros:
*Easy to use
*convert analog videos to digital while you watch the video
*compatible with pretty much all VCRs/TVs
*Compatible with bot PAL and NTSC (NTSC is the North American video standard, PAL is the European standard... if you don't know what this means, don't worry about it-the instructions are clear)

Cons:
*the converted digital video is lower-quality than the original VHS tape... not sure why
*Sometimes, the audio and video get out of sync... I haven't used this product very much, so I'm not sure how big of a problem this might become
*No option to use S-Video connectors
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on February 19, 2011
I had hoped to convert my VHS tapes to digital recordings to either save on my computer or burn on a DVD. I purchased this converter with hopes of keeping the quality fairly close to that on the VHS tapes. But it was not even close. I then tried copying a DVD, and the results were just as bad. I just recently converted some VHS tapes using my ditital camera with very good results, but that was a long, slow process. So I had hoped to get this product to cut the conversion time to a minimum while producing quality video. But the video is just unwatchable. I guess the great VuPoint video conversion experiment will cost me about $35 since I purchased it from a dealer who does not accept returns. And now its back to the old video camera conversion. Alas.
11 commentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on June 27, 2010
This is a great device for converting from VHS to SD cards. I just needed something simple - plug and play with no frills of editing or effects, and this device delivered. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking to clean out those old VHS tapes and convert them to a digital format!
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on May 16, 2012
To any R/C FPV hobbyists out there, this device is *great* for recording your live video feeds for reference or recovery of your model. The quality is not great, but it's also not terrible either for standard definition video. The recorded video is easily shared on YouTube without need for conversion. It can be powered by a 5V UBEC if you want to wire it into your ground station.

One of the excellent, non-obvious features of this uber-cheap recorder is the fact that it has a pass-through video output. This means you can hook it up inline to your ground station monitor or video goggles (using a couple of RCA couplers). Another benefit of the pass-through is that it will turn a weak video signal that would otherwise blue screen a cheap LCD into a usable signal. That means you can potentially have a non-blue screen LCD for less than $50 which also serves as a DVR!! Finally, using the video pass-through allows you to easily see when you are recording, and you can also play back recorded video directly to your LCD or goggles. The only downside to the pass-through is that some of the DVR's on-screen icons/text might overlap your OSD, if you're using one. However, you will not find anything better than this for FPV at this price point.
22 commentsWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 11, 2011
I received my VuPoint Solutions Digital Video Converter a few days ago and I have tried it on 5 different TV's and each video I have tried to record is black with no sound. Can anyone tell me what I'm doing wrong? Or did I receive a defective one? It shuts itself off and it's difficult to turn back on when that happens. Once I get it to start recording if I leave it alone and don't touch it is will continue to record but if it's moved it shuts off. I am able to get it to play the blank videos on the TV. It is easy to transfer the videos to the computer, I just wish there was picture and sound with the videos.

UPDATE:

I contacted Vupoint customer service and they were very helpful. I sent them a blank video and they confirmed that the video converter I bought is defective and they advised that I send it back to the seller. I bought it from Discount Jungle which was a big mistake. They are scam artists. They have an F rating with the Better Business Bureau and lots of negative reviews online they think that they are keeping 10% of my money plus the original shipping. I have an A to Z claim with Amazon which I hope is resolved soon.

I will buy a new converter from an honest seller and I will give it more stars if the next one works.

Buyer Beware, never shop with Discount Jungle.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 22, 2011
I was a total novice when it came to editing my own DVD's. This machine copied over all the clips. Then I went out and researched editing software. Low and behold I came to find that Microsoft Moviemaker was already on my machine. So I began editing. Do yourself a favor, if you are converting a library of VHS tapes, I suggest you start with notes on how you want to break down the clips onto the DVD's. I chose to separate them as follows: Christmas, Swimming Lessons, School Productions(one DVD for each childs clips), Birthdays (again, each child gets their own DVD), Graduations (high school/college), Sports (separated by child) and then finally, what was left was a beautiful DVD I titled the Lovely Years which was learning to crawl, bike ride, just any time the Video came out. The program also allows you capture a photo out of the Video clips, so at the end of the DVD i added a slide show that was just icing on the cake. Bear in mind, beyond using the camera to take video, I knew nothing about creating my own movie and burning it DVD. I just started playing. After all, YouTube is full of work done by people just like me. It is very easy, do not be afraid. For me the key was to watch the video's as you copy them and you will come up with ideas on how you would like to proceed. Good luck!!
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2009
I needed something to convert VHS and this does it easily and with decent quality. It creates "ASF" files which do not need to be converted if you want to view on a PC (windows media recognizes the file) and also you can put them into Powerpoint if needed (which also recognizes the file). I have not tried to create a DVD and I'm sure conversion would be needed. All in all, this has been a real time and money saver allowing me to get rid of over 50 VHS cassettes in the past few days.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 19, 2011
I love this recorder. Before, I had to use my laptop to capture video in a digital format. Now, I can just plug this into my satellite box or VCR and I can record from there onto a SD card. I still have to convert the resulting file from ASF to AVI so that I can use it on my Visual Land portable media player (used freeware video conversion software). That's why I docked it one star. It would have been great if it had recorded in AVI format. The resulting video quality is MUCH better than my previous methods of capturing video in a digital format (one was software that captured DVD content or video files for use on a small portable media player and one was a piece of hardware made by Pinnacle for capturing video onto a computer). The problem with both of those was that I had to have my laptop hooked up and running for the entire length of the video being recorded. Now, this little box takes care of it for me. I love it. For those having problems with sound but no video, you have to have good conversion software with access to the correct CODECs (MSMPV1 or MSMPV2, I believe are the correct ones). The same goes for the synching problem between video and audio. It took a bit of time playing around with converting a small video clip in order to figure out the right steps.

UPDATE (06/21/12): Am still happy with this device and even happier now that I have discovered that the "mx player" app on my Android tablet will play ASF files without conversion. Once less step in the process. Therefore, I've added the star that I took off because of its recording format.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 27, 2011
I Love this one. It's a stand alone, that is, you do your conversion then you plug the stick in your computer and you're home.
This works when you visit friends too. Hook it up to their system and copy away. I copy a lot of audio tapes too. I just convert them to MP3's and I'm done. Not complicated to use. I haven't tried to use it as a player, I have lots of ways to do that. I use an 9 Gig stick and I'm so happy I got one for a friend.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Questions? Get fast answers from reviewers

Please make sure that you've entered a valid question. You can edit your question or post anyway.
Please enter a question.
See all 11 answered questions


Send us feedback

How can we make Amazon Customer Reviews better for you?
Let us know here.