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Video Capture for Mac USB2 Video Capture Hardware

3.6 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews

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  • Box Content - USB video capture device with MPEG-4 compression hardware, Pinnacle Video Capture software
  • Easy connection - Just plug it into a USB 2.0 or 1.1 port on your Mac
  • Flexible recording - Record video from any analog source - camcorder, set-top box, game console or VCR
  • Video for iTunes - Videos automatically added to iTunes, ready to sync with iPod or Apple TV
  • Hardware encoding - Built-in MPEG-4 encoder frees up the Mac's processor for other tasks
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Technical Details

  • Minimum RAM: 256 MB

Product Description

Pinnacle Video Capture for Mac is a sleek and simple way to add analog video capture capabilities to a Mac. The user can capture video in an iPod-native format from a wide range of analog sources - camcorder, set-top box, game console or VCR. Imported videos are automatically added to iTunes, ready to sync with an iPod or Apple TV. The built-in MPEG-4 encoder frees up the Mac's processor for other tasks. Capture Formats - Hardware compressed Mpeg-4 System Requirements - Mac OS X, version 10.4 or later, Power PC G4 500MHz or faster, G5 or Intel Core processor, 256MB RAM

Product Information

Product Dimensions 8.2 x 5.5 x 2.8 inches
Item Weight 11.2 ounces
Shipping Weight 10.4 ounces
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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ASIN B000WR4BBU
Item model number 8230-10021-01
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3.6 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #197,718 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
#236,731 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories
Date first available at Amazon.com July 7, 2004

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Pinnacle's Video Capture for Mac is essentially their earlier Dazzle capture unit but for the Mac instead of the PC. And that's it.

There are no frills whatsoever. You don't even get standard RCA cables in the box -- just the unit itself, which is nicely small and lightweight, and some almost non-existant, uninteresting reading material (the "manual" is a single page with no troubleshooting sections).

It works just fine, for the most part. I did not have nearly the same trouble with my audio as the previous reviewer -- in fact, I haven't had any. It sounds fine. If you already have abnormal volume quality with your material, you should probably expect subpar results as per the previous review.

Visually, it looks just fine. For this price I couldn't ask for any better. It's a lot better than television recorded from a VCR, for example.

I have a few gripes, though.

#1 -- There is (an incredibly small) lag between the visuals and the audio. It's not that bad, and in fact if I were not paying such close attention I would not notice. But for those who know their videotapes forwards and backwards and then some, it will be apparent and it will certainly be annoying.

#2 -- The first time I powered up the unit after installation was near horrifying. The video was glitchy and blocky and the sound twenty or so seconds behind. It looked like I literally just wasted money. I closed the program and unplugged the Dazzle unit from the USB port, plugged it back in and tried all over again and it was just fine. I haven't had the same problem since, but I wouldn't be surprised if it does happen again.

#3 -- This is nitpicking, because this is a pretty good price for a video capturing device -- but, there are zero options with the software.
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I spend a lot of time capturing video from my Xbox 360 to my computer for doing Machinima. (Machine Cinema, creating cinema using a video game as a medium) I had to buy this product because I am on the switch to everything mac. I was previously using the Dazzle Video Capture for windows. So I had to purchase the same thing but for the mac. after reading some reviews I was skeptical, but purchased it anyways. I received it today and tested it. I am very pleased with this product. It was very easy to get up and running. Maybe five minutes and I was capturing video. There was no sound delay for me at all. I do not have the money together yet to purchase Final Cut. So I can not use Final Cut to import the video with the Dazzle for the mac, nor can I import it from Imovie. But the Pinnacle video capture program works well enough. Then you can drag and drop straight into Imovie for some quick editing if need be. It was a bit pricey compared to the windows version but worth the money if you own a mac and that is what you need or want to capture with. If you just want to capture home videos or video game play and you are not willing to spend the money on an HD card. This is defiantly worth the money.
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Ultimately, I was disappointed in this product.

THE GOOD: I purchased this for a friend who is not very computer literate, but she was able to install it and transfer some video without problems.

THE BAD: Her primary use was to transfer VHS videos of family events which she would put onto DVD to preserve them as well as make copies for other family members. The problem is, the quality of the transfer is poor at best. The unit captures the original video onto the computer as an MP4 into iTunes. There is no option to transfer it at a better quality or into iMovie (which would have made more sense). We burned the captured video using iDVD and played it back on a regular 19 inch TV. I was shocked at how poor the quality was. The audio was a bit tinny, but worse was the video. I flipped back and forth between the original VHS and the new DVD and the picture from the DVD was probably 30-40% worse than the original material.

Since this gets transfered into iTunes, maybe the quality would be okay for playback on a 2 inch screen on a Video iPod, iPhone or maybe on YouTube, but if you plan to watch it on a TV, I'd suggest spending more money and get a better capture device... particularly if you want to preserve family memories or other material that is important to you.
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PROS: Its simple and it works great. I was trying digitize some old tapes and this was the best choice for me. Its cheap and imports the video straight to your itunes in MP4 format.

CONS: The only thing i didn't like about it was the fact that the audio is off by like 16 frames. Thats like half a second. But thats a quick fix with final cut.

There were other options but they are expensive. Besides who wants to spend a bunch of money on a tape deck? Think about it, most people are going to use this once or a few times and thats it. So why pay more.
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The Pinnacle Video Capture for Mac is a waste of money. I used Dazzle years ago with an iMac and it was fine. This new device for Mac does not let my VCR sync with my MacBookPro ( Tiger ). It lags a few seconds behind in both video and audio and then the computer tries to play catch-up which it is not able to do. So the results are full of pixels trying to form an image. Pinnacle's support services have been very annoying since they have continually told me they could not read my emails to them and have asked me to send in my complaint 3 times. Are they trying to discourage me ??
I had great hopes for this product ( not really cheap ) and have been very disappointed. I could not recommend this product.
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