Now you can capture analog video from VHS, Video-8, video cameras and more, direct to the H.264 file format as used by iPod, iPhone, Apple TV and YouTube. Blackmagic Video Recorder plugs directly into a USB port on your computer and includes easy-to-use software.
Regular video input is included, plus you can select super high quality component video for incredible quality movies from sources such as set top boxes, DV cameras or DVD players.
Capture direct for your mobile device
To make capture easy, simply select the icon for the device you want to capture for. The Video Recorder software automatically sets the size and quality for you.
Easy cropping tools
Sometimes analog video has black borders or VHS switching at the bottom of the picture. Simply adjust the cropping to remove them and make perfect movies every time.
- Superior analog video capture from VHS, Video-8, video cameras and more
- Choice of regular or super high quality video depending on the source
- File automatically formatted for chose device such as iPod or Apple TV
- Cropping tool for easily eliminating any unwanted borders
- Easy operation with freedom to set recording times and auto segment files
Did you notice?It's easy to select the device type on which you'll be viewing the video and then have the file automatically formatted for it.
Apple Recommends ForTransferring and saving all your VHS tapes and other analog videos in digital formats you can enjoy on your Mac, iPod, iPhone or Apple TV.
What's in the Box?
- Blackmagic Video Recorder
- Video Recorder software
- Connections: USB 2.0,S-Video,RCA Plug,Component
- Mac OS X v.10.1 or later
- Mfr. Part Number: VIDREC
- UPC or EAN No.: 9338716000467
- Warranty: One year
Ratings & Reviews
A Perfect Product
This is exactly the kind of product I look for for my Mac - simple and straightforward on every level. Out of the box, I was able This is exactly the kind of product I look for for my Mac - simple and straightforward on every level. Out of the box, I was able to hook up my VCR and record hours of video onto my Mac, import the video into iMovie and then into iDVD to create a slick rendering of VHS tapes which are on their last leg. Some basic editing features would be nice, but that's easy to do in iMovie. I highly recommend this product. …
- Written by Antonio A from Marina del Rey
83 of 86 people found this useful
Not Bad for the Price
For $150 the Black Magic Design USB recorder isn't a bad buy. It's pretty decent if you have footage you just need to digitize or For $150 the Black Magic Design USB recorder isn't a bad buy. It's pretty decent if you have footage you just need to digitize or put on the computer, but it's not very robust.
It only records in 480i (interlaced) so if you're trying to record from a progressive source don't buy this. This is actually a little deceiving since it does come with component video-in. Still, not bad if you know what you're getting into. I wish it could capture at a higher bitrate, but, again, it's only $150.
- Good price
- USB form-factor which is good if space is an issue; or if you're on a laptop
- Easy to setup
- NO 480P/Progressive support
- Maximum of 3.5MB/sec transfer
- One second video latency
- Software app is too barebones …
- Written by TYRONE R from SANTA ANA
85 of 98 people found this useful
Good quality recordings with some problems
VF from Van Nuys reports problems with the program hanging up after a few minutes.
I have now recorded several hours, copying 8mm VF from Van Nuys reports problems with the program hanging up after a few minutes.
I have now recorded several hours, copying 8mm, Hi8 and VHS. Most of the time, I have no problems but occasionally the recording is broken up, mainly with old recordings that are either damaged or poorly recorded. I have also had problems with the gaps between clips. The software appears to hang if the noise in the gap is bad or too long.
I am using an old Hi8 camcorder and I have to run the head cleaner every so often. I assume the old (nearly 20 years) tapes are not holding up to the environment I may have subjected them to in the past. …
- Written by Frank C from Issaquah
54 of 62 people found this useful
H.264 as capture FAIL
I was searching for this unit to capture footage from my DVR. Originating video is HD. Capturing via component out with the DVR s I was searching for this unit to capture footage from my DVR. Originating video is HD. Capturing via component out with the DVR set to downrez to 480. This BM unit IS NOT 720p as someone else here mentioned. It can resolve 720 Horizontal lines and 480 Vertical. Basically a 16:9 image. Using the highest capture setting gave decent video. Image compression made the video a bit contrasty and I had to use the adjustment window to bring some shadow detail back. H.264 is unfriendly with most higher level editing softwares. This required that it be rendered before even being able to view it properly. I also tested the S-Video pigtail and got pretty much the same results.
I also bought Roxio easy VHS to DVD for Mac . This is pretty much the same software/hardware product. BUT it will only record to Composite or S-Video. I used the S-Video breakout and highest record setting, which uses Apple Intermediate Codec. The difference in quality really shows. Original capture much truer to color/contrast.. AND it is only $50.!! …
- Written by Raoul G from Los Angeles
19 of 19 people found this useful
Simple to install and use; reliable capture with good video quality
I purchased the Blackmagic Video Recorder to transfer home movies from VHS and 8mm to digital movies (for use in iTunes on AppleTV I purchased the Blackmagic Video Recorder to transfer home movies from VHS and 8mm to digital movies (for use in iTunes on AppleTV). Setting up the Blackmagic video recorder is so simple that most people won't even need the instructions. The software is the same - the interface is clean and simple, with all the controls available in the preview window. It has some nice features like being able to set a timer so that you can walk away while capturing long videos. If you're capturing from tape, it's also smart enough to stop recording if the playback device hits the end of the tape. Anything that plays back over RCA, composite or S Video can be captured using Blackmagic Video Recorder. Picture quality is excellent, with no apparent degradation compared to the original. Recommended. …
- Written by James Wayne J from Palm Beach Gardens
19 of 19 people found this useful
This worked great... but after about 15 hours of recording family videos on tape, the application for it ceased to work. I can no This worked great... but after about 15 hours of recording family videos on tape, the application for it ceased to work. I can no longer record. I can see the live preview, but the record button (and command) does not work. Aside from that (huge) issue, this is a great product. …
- Written by Tyler M from Eden Prairie
22 of 24 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
Is this the best product to transfer Laser Discs to digital file?
- Asked by Helen C from San Francisco
- Apr 12, 2013
I have an old Canon ES180 Camcorder with many tapes. I want to record/copy the tapes from the camera directly onto my IMAC-is this what I need?
- Asked by Bryce C from Brentwood
- Mar 26, 2011
This product supports devices with a componet output. If your camcorder is as old as you say it is - This product supports devices with a componet output. If your camcorder is as old as you say it is - like an old one I have. You probably only have a video output.
In this case try the Elgato Video Capture device. I purchased the Video Capture and got all my old camcorder tapes backed up to Time Capsule. …
- Answered by Corey B from Saint Louis
- Aug 27, 2011
No it doesn't. According to the manual, 480i is the highest video res.
- Answered by Robert T
- Mar 6, 2010
The HD term can mean a lot of things to a lot of people. Addressing what this can do, it accepts com The HD term can mean a lot of things to a lot of people. Addressing what this can do, it accepts composite, s-video, component video signals. It can capture and encode up to video that is 720 pixels wide, which is DVD width. It's great for converting Standard Definition video like what is available from a VHS or DVD player if the signal isn't copy protected. If you want to capture and encode from a source that outputs 1080 it cannot capture and encode the full resolution to a file with the full resolution. …
- Answered by John W from College Station
- Oct 24, 2010
Is this the best product for capturing video from VHS, 8 mm, DV and set-top boxes and then create DVD's?
- Asked by Russell F from Hoboken
- Dec 3, 2009