- Minimum RAM: 256 MB
Video Capture for Mac USB2 Video Capture Hardware
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
I had great hopes for this product ( not really cheap ) and have been very disappointed. I could not recommend this product.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
When transferring the audio portion of the video source, distortion occurs if the audio is a normal source. Read morePublished on February 6, 2014 by Kenny Lewis
I love this product . I found it to work fantastic with my mac and now do not have to worry about losing my old vhs memories to time .Published on December 9, 2012 by john Price
This particular product, while no longer supported by Pinnacle, was a worthwhile purchase in the long run:
- Quick and easy installation process. Read more
This product is pure trash. I actually bought it at a local Microcenter but it does not pull audio from any device I own. Read morePublished on January 30, 2011 by GradStudent
This product does just what it says: Converts old VHS tapes to digital format on your Mac. Luckily, I still have my old VHS player - you need to play the videos in order to convert... Read morePublished on August 14, 2010 by emilyk
The capture card is OK, and is indeed one of the few choices you have to go with if you are using a mac. Read morePublished on July 27, 2010 by Utesfan
Recording not in sync. Video is about 5 seconds ahead of audio. Not a good buy for the price.Published on May 19, 2010 by S. busch