Geniatech iGrabber One Touch Video Grabber For MAC and PC, Push Button Recording
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- USB to RJ45 network card.
- RJ45 female to USB male.
- Enable to connect to the internet via the USB port.
- Compliant with IEEE 802.3 (10Based-T) and 802.3u (100Based-TX) standards.
- Support both full-duplex and half-duplex operations.
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With This iGrabber, you can capture all the video clips from your video sources such as VHS/VCR/DVD/DV camcorder before they disappear. A only-we-have "push to start push to stop" button will help you to get the selected clips very easily. Also you can convert any video files between formats or customize your favorite video files by adding titles, music, or other transitions. Finally, you can burn all the edited contents onto DVD/VCD/SVCD.
* Convert all your valuable video archive into digital format
* A must have for website builder
* 720 x 480, 30 FPS NTSC video capture
* 720 x 576, 25 FPS PAL/SECAM video capture
* High contrast, high quality video better than DV at the same size
* Excellent audio/video synchronization
* Uncompressed YUV format: 66.5 GB per hour for video and audio
* Compressed JPEG format: 3 GB per hour for video and audio
* Audio support up to 48 KHz 16-bit stereo for devices that have audio input
* Auto-Detect Input And Format, to automatically adapt to the current video source
* Software to export movies to any QuickTime supported format, including DV and H.264
* USB 2.0 PnP Interface, USB video/audio transfer
* Automatic NTSC/PAL detection
* Push to start push to stop button
* Capture the Video directly as MPEG 4 / 2 / 1 Format
* Capture Video Source from VHS, V8, Hi8, etc.
* Support Still Image Capture in JPEG or BMP format
* Video resolution:
NTSC: 720 x 480 @ 30 FPS
PAL: 720 x 576 @ 25 FPS
* External video input: Composite and S-Video
* Burn video files on to DVD/VCD/SVCD
* CD Drive
* Mac OS, Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7
PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THE ACTIVE SERIAL NUMBER FOR THIS ITEM IS LOCATED ON THE BACK OF THE ENVELOPE OF THE CD-ROM (PLEASE DO NOT USE THE ONE LOCATED ON THE ACTUAL DEVICE)
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After scouring online for the MyGica website (do NOT search iGrabber, search "MyGica"), I finally found the drivers--they hide it very well. Click the link "Video Capture" on the Left Hand side of the screen, and you will see a download for Mac.
The other problem is that once I installed the software and was asked for a serial number, the serial number to use was NOT the one they said to enter on their website! I was sweating bullets, repeatedly entering a serial number from the CD sleeve that did not work (I didn't want to have to pay postage to send it back AND a restocking fee).
Finally, I tried the serial number they said NOT to use and it worked! Jeesh!
In response to a comment --->>>***AGAIN. Do NOT follow their directions. Try any of the serial numbers you see on all the packaging. One of them will work.
Finally, if you have a Mac with a built-in camera, once you hook up the VCR and open iGrabber, go to the top menu, click on "Digitizers," and select "iGrabber."
Supposedly (after extensive research on the web), setting your Video Setting to capture as JPEG is the most reasonable capture option. And warning--test the Sound!! Increase your Gain (under the Sound (Audio) Settings) if the sound is coming out too low from your computer.
Do not expect amazing Hi-Def results from the video you've captured--not gonna happen. Artifacts will appear on the bottom of the digitized video, and I don't know if that happens with every digitizer out there or not.
It would have been REALLY NICE if the company had included a manual that was actually helpful. Why did I have to figure out all this stuff from trial and error?
- Locating the proper drivers online (not easy)
- Locating the proper serial numbers to enable software (not the serial on the device, but the SN on the disc envelope.
- Transfers that randomly suddenly stop digitizing.
This last issue led me to return the unit. It seems that if the original video source you are using (VHS, 8MM) has any noise, that noise will cause the digitization process to stop in the software. You have to sit with the unit in hand and continually hit the button to start digitizing and then stitch all those segments together (minus the few seconds you lose each time).
If you own a Mac, I highly recommend not purchasing this device!
This being said, there are other genius' on the internet nice enough to write reviews and give very good info to make it work without having to pay more. Here is what I learned to make it work for mac:
1. When putting the software disc in, a window will pop up (if it doesn't pop up, just double click on the CD icon titled "video capture"). A window will pop up with 3 choices: auto run, mac os x, windows. Double click on "mac os x." Another window will pop up showing 2 choices: iGrabber instructions and iGrabber OS X. DO NOT click it, instead RIGHT CLICK. A pop up window will show and choose "show package contents." Another window will pop up with "iGrabber OS X 1.4.6.pkg." Double click this and it should begin the process of being downloaded onto your mac.
2. Once done, it should place a "iGrabber" folder in your Applications folder in your finder. Click this and a choice called "iGrabber Capture" should be in the folder. Double click this. It will most likely open a blue window or start your iCamera and will pop up another window asking for a "serial number." On the back of the sleeve the CD came in, are two stickers. The bottom sticker should say "mac os x igrabber." Use the code under that... this is the serial number.
3. Since I am doing this for VHS, I connect the black RCA cables to the VCR (any VCR will do, you do not have to get a recordable one). Then place the other side into the white "male end" iGrabber cable. The white cable then connects into the actual iGrabber remote with the USB cable. The USB cable then goes into your computer (duh). :)
4. Once iGrabber Capture is open, MAKE SURE to change these settings!!! First, go to "digitizers" on the menu line and choose "iGrabber." Then, go to "Record" on the menu line and choose "video settings." A window will pop up. Click "source" and make sure the DV Video is set appropriately (aka. if you are using the RCA cables for sound use "composite" or if you are using the larger round s-video click that. Hit "OK." Then, click "record" again on the menu line. Click "sound settings" and another window will pop up. If you are doing the sound through the USB cable, MAKE SURE you go to "source" and click "USB Device." IF YOU DON'T THE SOUND WILL NOT BE RECORDED with the video!!! I wasted so much time figuring this one out!!
5. Be ready, however long the video is, is about how long (or even a little longer) it will take to record the video onto your computer.
6. Now you are ready to record!! So, a blue window should now be up. If you hit "play" on your VCR, a picture and sound should show. (yeah!!!). In order to record, make sure the VHS is set to where you want it to start and hit pause. Hold the iGrabber in your one hand and have the VCR remote close. When you are ready to record, hit the big round button on the white iGrabber connected to your USB. This should pop up a window saying something like "double-click here to stop recording" (not exactly what it says). This means the computer is recording. Hit play on your VCR and it will start to "stutter" (for lack of a better word) and you will not hear sound anymore. This is okay. It will not be like this once it is all done. Now, you can leave your computer and let it keep recording until the VHS stops. Make sure to double click that window when it is done or you will have a lot of nothing at the end of this recording.
7. The program is set to automatically put the recording directly onto your desktop when done. If this is not where you want it to go, click "snapshot" on the menu line and then "snapshot auto-name setup." Here you can choose where you want it to go.
8. Sometimes when finishing one tape, the iGrabber Capture App will freeze or stop recording the next tape correctly. If this happens, just "quit" the program. Give it a few minutes and then reopen it. It should work again.
Hope this helps... if these steps are followed... it should work!!! Good luck! If you follow these steps, it works very well. I finally got it to record and I am very happy with the outcome. Both sound and picture is exactly the same as the VHS recording.
The reason for the low rating is only because it took me many hours/days to figure this all out and make it work. Almost not worth the money for me, but if u follow my steps, you should have a much better experience!! The other reason for this rating is that you have to hang around the project bc you manually have to stop recording when the tape ends, it will not shut off on its own. Expect it to take a while and the recording is many MB, so make sure there is space on your computer.