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Works, but not without issues
on December 2, 2017
If you're looking for something cheap, quick, and easy that works (and quality isn't your top priority), then this will work fine for you.
As almost all other reviews state, the main included software, "Power Director 12," has a serious problem with false positives for copyrighted content, even on home-taped VHS tapes with store bought blank tapes. When it does this, it will stop recording video, so you will have to stop the tape, rewind the tape to where it stopped, and then start recording around the same time again, and you will be left with multiple recorded files you will need to join together somehow again later to make the full tape recording file. Kind of a pain. There is another big issue (possibly with the hardware itself and not PD12) that makes it even worse - randomly and somewhat rarely, the colors will mess up so everything looks green and purple instead of the correct colors for no reason and without warning (it's not the tape's fault, as stopping and restarting corrects the colors. I included an image of what it looks like when this happens). When this happens you have to stop the recording, at which point the colors will return to normal, rewind the tape to where it started, and start recording again, resulting in even more files for a single VHS tape you have to deal with later. I think cheap hardware is to blame for this one.
I noticed the company responds with "Have you tried EZ Video Grabber which is also included?" to a lot of people having the copyright issue. Well, this brings in some more problems. The EZ software is easy to use, and does work, but limits you to only a few quality/recording profiles, all of which result in audio/video files far worse in quality (VERY noticeably worse) than VHS quality, which isn't good to being with. The highest quality option ("DVD quality") is decent, but still a little worse than the VHS raw video itself for some reason (you can see some compression artifacts, colors are worse, and everything is slightly blurred). Also, the file size with the DVD quality option of EZ Grabber is 50% more than that of a better quality Power Director 12 output file! PD12 does have great customization options for output type, bitrates, etc, so you can tune it well - IF it works.
So, you have serious problems and pros/cons with either EZ Grabber or PD. Do you want to have to babysit these tapes as they record through Power Director and stop/start/join files etc randomly in order to get a decent recording? Do you want to be able to just let it go, but lose quality and have a larger file (6GB per 2 hour VHS in EZ Grabber, around 4GB in PD)?
Since this piece of hardware uses some pretty standard/basic composite audio/video drivers, there shouldn't be anything stopping you from trying out other software that isn't included in this product that might work better, but I haven't been able to try any, so that is a possible option.
I am trying to digitize dozens of VHS tapes of home movies with this product and I am wishing I spent a little more on something more reliable. Doing so with this product and included software has essentially become a second full time job for me just to get out VHS quality digital video files. I have to check on it constantly and be there when it finishes each tape 24/7. It's ridiculous. For some people, this should work perfectly, though, it really depends on your use case.
EDIT: I was able to figure out the problem that caused the weird green coloring of the recording, and it wasn't the device's fault or PD's fault, so I need to post it here for posterity. What causes that issue is starting Skype. Skype seems to cause all sort of problems. It's probably the best practice to not mess with any software that utilizes too much video/recording/playback devices when recording, although nothing else causes problems but skype.