• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy & reliable for old video tapes

    • Written by

    I bought this to transfer a pile of old VHS home movies into iTunes. It could hardly be easier, and the quality seems quite good for only a hundred bucks (although I'd forgotten how crummy VHS looks compared to DVD).

    The only issue I had is a couple of tapes had crinkled areas at the beginning, which it had a hard time with. But I was able to just skip forward a little bit to the non-damaged area and then it worked fine.

    214 of 225 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Occasionally choppy, but otherwise fine

    • Written by from Highland Mills

    Like the previous reviewer, I have also experienced some choppy video. The first few seconds of each recording are choppy (looks like dropped frames), and occasionally in the middle of recordings or after the transition from one scene to another. However, for > 95% of the recording it's fine. The recorded quality is good (my recordings are mpeg4 because I don't have enough hardware for H.264) and the software is exceptionally easy to use. I'm not sorry I bought it, but it is annoying to have to re-record video that was inexplicably choppy. I've asked Elgato for an explanation and will update this review if I get one.

    152 of 176 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    not good :(

    • Written by from RANCHO CUCAMONGA

    Choppy recording. Almost un-viewable. Hopefully gets a software update or I'll have to return it.

    150 of 207 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works as advertised and so simple to use.

    • Written by from Columbus

    Simply put this item works and is super easy to use. Includes all needed cables. Transferred videos are compressed so that don't use much Hard drive space. Video Quality is as good as original and if you imported into iMovie you could re-edit and enhance video with all the features that iMovie has. It was great to preserve 20 year old video that now I have on my Mac and even uploaded some to facebook for my friends and family to see. I normally don't take the time to write reviews but in my book this item gets a 10.

    Shout out to the Easton Apple Store as they are always helpful

    Thank You


    42 of 44 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.

    40 of 43 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.

    36 of 38 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    I recommend it ^_^

    • Written by from Great Meadows

    I bought this after deciding that I didn't want to spend $250 on a Canopus/Grass Valley product to convert VHS/VHSMini tapes to DVD. The first time I used it the program crashed 2hrs into the first tape- however after updating the software, it works fine. I know some people complain about the darkness of the picture or the low volume during transfer, but you can adjust the color saturation and volume in iMovie easily enough. It works exactly and as easily as advertised. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to convert their tapes before they start to disintegrate but doesn't want to pay through the nose to have a 'pro' do it.

    33 of 35 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.

    29 of 31 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.

    28 of 30 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Great!

    • Written by from Niagara Falls

    I bought the EVC so I could transfer my favourite tv programs from my PVR to my iTunes account and then onto my iPhone. Because it is an analogue transfer the sound and picture quality are not quite as crisp as the HD source I'm recording from. That's okay, because I expected that when I bought the device. Transfer of files is done in real time meaning that it takes one hour to transfer a one hour program from the PVR to my macbook. I'm giving this product four out of five stars for this reason. Hopefully they will come up with a way to transfer programs digitally in just a few minutes. One other thing I should mention is that if you buy the EVC, download the software update from their site before your first transfer as it significantly improves the sound and picture quality over the software version 1.0 it comes with.

    28 of 31 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    GREAT !!!

    • Written by from Laval

    I transferred all my 28 old 8mm videos tapes without problems.
    It's not as good as the original but very very acceptable.
    I don't regret my purchase.

    28 of 31 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Would not work with my new macbook pro retina.

    • Written by from Las Vegas

    this product would not work in my new macbook pro retina.
    it appears may be a usb 3.0 issue? do not buy until they have a solution!

    27 of 30 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Product

    • Written by

    This is a very good product, you can record on PS3, XBOX, and your TV...

    27 of 30 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.

    25 of 27 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Use to be great does not work with USB 3

    • Written by from Kansas City

    Elgato Video Capture does not work with USB 3 i what tried every think to make it work but does not.
    If you Have older Mac with only USB 2 and you can get it to work it is great
    I am now looking for some think that with work to replace it

    26 of 32 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Choppy Picture and Intermittent Color

    • Written by from Warson Woods

    I'll admit, the ease of use of the hardware and software were really nice. However, the quality of the picture was distorted horribly. The picture was much choppier than when playing the VCR tape directly to the TV. The color would intermittently switch to/from black and white. The VCR tape color still looked good playing directly on the TV, even after many years. The issues were present when using on my Mac and PC. I'll be taking this thing back tomorrow.

    27 of 34 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Beyond Expectation

    • Written by from Stewiacke

    Works well but drops a few frames in the first few seconds, most capture devices I've used do this as well. My best work around for this is to start recording a few seconds before starting source. The ability to capture audio with iTunes or Adobe Sound Booth using the Elgato as an input devise was a bonus but unable to capture video in Adobe Premiere using the Elgato as an input device. Premiere looks for a firewire input and the MacBook doesn't have one!!! Premiere readily excepts files created by Elgato though. I am using a MacBook with the 2.4 GHz Dual core so others may experience different results. I would recommend this device to anyone who wished to convert analogue sources to digital files.

    23 of 26 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Product

    • Written by from Plano

    I recently purchased the Elgato Video Capture product and it does a fantastic job. Very easy to install and use for VHS & 8MM transfers to computer hard drive. I recommend this product.

    21 of 22 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Great!!!

    • Written by from East Northport

    this product is so simple and easy to use that even a novice can get good results.
    I have a 2010 iMac and have not had any issues at all. I have already ripped through 5 tapes and am using a NAS device to store the data. So far, the results are as good as the original film. I see no choppiness or loss of frames. Keep in mind that this is a simple product and not full featured, but if you are like me and just looking to get the VHS data stored to digital media, this is the product for you. The interface is easy and straightforward.

    22 of 25 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from San Francisco

    Incredibly simple to use, and the size of a 1st gen iPod shuffle. Quality is good (you can definitely tell it's from a VHS source, not Elgato's fault though). I am now transcoding all my old VHS family movies from childhood so they won't get lost or further deteriorate. Definitely worth the money!

    20 of 22 people found this useful