• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy to use.. works great.. don't have to be a tech head to get it going

    • Written by from Etobicoke

    In short.. this product will allow you to plug in your old VHS machine, betamax, 8mm video and record your old movies into your Mac.
    yes, Im sure there are programs that allow you to turn your movies into the next Oscar winning film, but if you are a novice and simply want to archive and get those tapes on to the mac, then this is it.
    Simple fast... easy.

    Set up is easy, with software set up and cables ready to go. You simply get your 'player' (i.e. Camcorder, VHS etc), plug the cables into it, plug it to your Mac.. hit play on the VHS, then record on the Elgato software...voila....

    Check the prices at photo stores for the $$ they charge to transfer video..its crazy... this saves you money and well worth it.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Upper Marlboro

    I am giving this product 5 stars, not because it rendered my VHS tapes in such high definition that I could see the skin pores of everyone in the video. But because I was able to FINALLY secure some very, very special memories on tape that went as far back as 1992!

    Before purchasing Elgato Video Capture, I tried: (1) sending them out to a professional company that returned on DVD a much darker version; and (2) hooking up my camcorder to a VCR for recording, only to realize that the camcorder allowed for AV output, not input.

    And then I was going to try (3) using my aunt’s VCR/DVD combo to record the VHS tapes to DVDs until I discovered I could not import DVD videos into iMovie without using suspect third-party software and purchasing an optical drive.

    However, the Elgato Video Capture proved to be SIMPLE and SUCCESSFUL! As soon as I connected the converter to the VCR and pushed play the video appeared instantly on my laptop. I used my MacBook Pro (late 2013 model, retina display) and my aunt’s Insignia VCR/DVD combo (which does not have a S-video connection, as opted on the converter).

    Based on previous reviews, I was concerned that my MacBook Pro with USB 3.0 connection would not work with the USB 2.0 converter. But Apple assured me that my laptop has “backwards compatibility” so it should recognize the 2.0 device. Another reported concern was the “No Signal” response. Out of the six videos (averaging about 25 minutes each) that I converted, I encountered this response only twice and briefly, for about 1 or 2 seconds; it only appeared when there was no video/audio on the VCR tape. Perhaps my downloading the software straight from Elgato’s website, which probably included all the updates, and cuing my videos before converting them helped me to avoid these issues.

    Besides the easy self-guided software, the PRO is the ability to view the VCR tapes directly on the computer.

    The only CON was the trimming feature was not precise--roughly by the minute than by the second. No big deal since I’m planning to import the videos into iMovie and do some editing/enhancing. Also, I did NOT experience any loss in quality: it’s VHS. I may not be able to see my eyelashes but I can definitely recognize who I am in the video.

    NOW I have on my computer, iPad, AND iPhone very special memories, which included a skit I did for church when I was 26 years old (I’m now 43) among video treasures.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Couldn't have been easier or better!

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    I waited 5 years to find an affordable, straightforward solution and I lucked into finding Elgato Video Capture. This is easy and even a novice could do this. You can monitor the video before you record (a nice feature, in case you're not sure what's on a tape). And no need to use your TV, just connect the VCR directly to your Mac!

    The price is albout what I paid getting a single tape transfer done in a local Photo Service store here in NYC, and the quality is better! And you can edit it yourself (trim it in Elgato software) in Quicktime 7.


    -Russell B.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very good Product

    • Written by from St. Albert

    I've used a number of other products (ie. Pinnacle) with a PC and had very limited success. This Elgato product has been great with my MacPro. Easy to use, reliable, good quality transfer, matching of voice to video. I'd recommend the product and the User Interface is pretty intuitive.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product

    • Written by from Cleveland

    This is a great image transferring device that is so easy to use. Saves a lot of money from taking old VHS, 8mm and VHS-c to have transferred to DVD. Couldn't ask for anything easier and uncomplicated to use.

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Suwanee

    After many years of evaluating ways I could get my old tapes digitized, I finally made a move and purchased the Elgato unit. I was never comfortable handing over my precious family memories to someone else to convert, fearing that I would not see them again. I very easily and successfully converted old VHS, Hi8, and mini cassette videos directly onto my computer. Now I can quickly scan them to find important clips and edit them through imovie. I couldn't be happier!

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    easy to use

    • Written by from Greenville

    I am not a computer geek (ask my kids), but I was able to use to this software and device within in minutes of setting it up. It converted old VHS movies directly to imovie. I didn't have to worry about formats- it just directed the VHS videos into imovie. No problems, no updates needed. Worked great!

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Looked choppy while recording, but great during playback

    • Written by from Orlando

    For some reason while recording, the video appears choppy anytime there is significant motion. However, upon playback the choppiness is gone. (At least in my experience.) Also, I do not see any compression artifacts (i.e. pixelation). Without actually comparing side-by-side, the final result looks as good to me as the original VHS. The user interface is very clean and straightforward. Make sure you check for software updates before making your first recording.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    works great

    • Written by from HAMILTON

    Easy to set up,worked the first time,great results.Not sure why some users had trouble with quality,but I suspect the quality of the source video may be the problem.VHS tapes do not age very well,old vcr's need to be cleaned and make sure the tracking is setup properly.I'm looking forward to converting old home movies to digital.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Elgato video capture

    • Written by from san diego

    Finally I found a solution that I have been trying to tackle for the last 4 years.
    How do I get my video 8 Pal format to my PC and then burn to DVD?
    Well I can't believe that it was this easy....
    I had at least 40 tapes to transfer,I'm sure if I would have used a professional service I could have bought another IPad.
    Well I'm a satisfied customer.

    24 of 26 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Perfect!

    • Written by from Aurora

    Very easy to set-up and use on my '09 MacBook with OS 10.6.8. Transferred VHS (old 8mm originally) to Digital. I think the price is more than fair for what I was able to accomplish. I now have some very happy family members whom all received a DVD copy.

    28 of 30 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from rockville centre

    i had this for about 3 months now. quick hook up, too my 3D blue ray player.now i can tape all my blue ray movies to my IMAC . and view it on my apple tv, and in any room. and the viewing window is way cool,and it ask you if you want to save in iTunes. i wonder if it burn 3D movies too? i will try this when i get some free time,and keep you guys posted.....

    22 of 31 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from New York

    I biought this item and it worked perfectly video was clear and perfect coming from Video 8mm.
    Could not have been easier. Only thing you need to know is if you are transferring from a video camera and using the S video port you need and S Video cable with male plugs on each side and it works perfect.

    11 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works perfectly fine as advertised

    • Written by from Ann Arbor

    This product works perfectly fine in my hands. So far I have converted over 35 VHS and digital tape videos made over a period of time since 1986 using a MacBook Pro. I am guessing that some folks had terrible experience because of an inadequate computer.

    19 of 27 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Hardware/Software

    • Written by from Pittsburgh

    The hardware, software combination of this product make it an amazing buy. it was very very easy to connect my OLD VCR and run the software, it just ran me right through everything and the quality was great for being from a VCR tape.

    Highly Recommend, love the device.

    16 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    So easy

    • Written by from Tacoma

    If all you want to do is record VHS tapes over to DV files with easy to use gear, this is it.
    I used it with S-cable and the picture is clean as VCR gets. I bought and tried two other types of devices to do the same thing and had nothing but problems. One was for PC and the other for Mac. To make a long story short, Elgato Video Capture is the way to go.
    Sensible, well made product, at a good price that works!

    16 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Good Product, Fantastic Value

    • Written by from Calgary

    The device is very easy to set up and operate. The video quality is very good and the stereo sound is first rate quality. Highly recommended.

    27 of 29 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Does exactly as described

    • Written by from Brooklin

    It took me 5 minutes from taking it out of the box to digitizing my first VHS tape....4 minutes was spent trying to open the packaging. It couldn't be easier to convert an analog VHS tape to .H264 - wow.

    Others have described "choppy" playback - I don't know what their hardware is, but my iMac was from early 2008 and I've upgraded it to 3GB of RAM. I've converted 2 tapes (one 2 1/2 hours the other 1/2 hour), watched both and haven't noticed any "choppy" playback they speak of.

    The software is terribly simply and hardware is in my mind flawless. I only wish I had purchased this sooner.

    39 of 42 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked as promised!

    • Written by from Sydney

    I purchased this product even though I was aware of the negative reviews, and fortunately, I was not disappointed.

    I used it to copy all of my old analog video tapes from an older Sony camcorder onto my iMac. The interface was straightforward and simple and the finished results were great. I did not experience any video jitter or audio dropouts in any of the 42 tapes I copied.

    I was able to import easily into iMovie for editing, and dropped a couple of them onto my iPod, and I have to say, that for 24 year old video, the results are pretty darn good.

    35 of 37 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great!!

    • Written by from Grass Valley

    I bought this to transfer old VHS home movies .... It was so easy from start to finish,
    I was amazed. Sure the quality wasn't the best... after all it's VHS people.
    and it's easy to edit in imovie. In my opinion, worth every penny.

    19 of 21 people found this useful