• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not as good as I expected

    • Written by from Kanata

    I have read the reviews from different web sites, some say the video quality is good, close to original. I have about 20 Sony Hi-8 video tapes to convert. In fact, I already had them converted to DVD many years ago using DVD recorder, quality is okay, but definitely not close to original. With high expectation with Elgato to get mp4 version video and better quality, it turned out not the case.
    I received Elgato yesterday, tried out a few tenths minutes from different tapes on my PC with i7 cpu, the converted video clips from Elgato I don't see it better than my ISO copy, i.e. DVD, quality, i.e. that means it's far from 'close to original'. The bad thing is, from Elgato, I got choppy video. Besides, with the scenes don't have high contrast like bright sky, Elgato is unable to get the details of the scene, it becomes a white screen. I tried to change the setting, but a video tape covered 2 hours videos with many different situations/scenes, there is no way to find a setting to fit all scenes, assuming you convert the video from beginning to the end in one shot.
    It is possible that this product is good for Mac, but not for PC. Just a guess, otherwise, there is no way why some people say the converted quality is good.
    Luckily, I chose to buy it from Apple store over other stores as Apple provide easy return solution. I requested a return label and will ship it back tomorrow. With this easy return policy, I will have more confidence to order things from Apple.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    SAVED SOME 20-YEAR-OLD MEMORIES!

    • 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.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Issues with 3.0 USB

    • Written by from Las Vegas

    Nothing but problems since I purchased this. The video is scrambled because my brand new iMAC with 3.0 USB is not working well with this USB 2.0 device. I'm still trying to find a workaround. Spent more money like a sucker on a USB 2.0 powered hub at Elgato's advice and that did nothing. Plugged the device into my older 2.0 USB PC and it worked fine. Wish I had done my own research before purchasing - my fault.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    All around good

    • Written by from Trelleborg

    Was displeased at first but after some minor adjustments the result is amazing

    -Running Macbook Pro '09

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Elgato Video Capture

    • Written by from Street

    This product was very easy to set up & use but the play back quality is awful,don't buy this rubbish

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    AVOID on MAC

    • Written by from Gambrills

    Only captures in black and white on Mac. AVOID THIS PRODUCT!!!

    6 of 16 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.

    Aesome!

    -Russell B.

    6 of 7 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!

    24 of 25 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.

    7 of 8 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.

    8 of 8 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

    23 of 27 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy!

    • 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!

    4 of 4 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!

    5 of 5 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.

    3 of 4 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.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    No Color/ No signal

    • Written by from Vancouver

    The software is very easy to install, all the transfer are in black and white and bit blurry.

    The "no signal" message comes after a few minutes of play, but it seems that the transfer is still taking place

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    0 Rating

    • Written by from Pickering

    This is my first time ever responding to these reviews but I needed to say something about this piece of garbage product. (WHAT A PIECE OF JUNK!) Picture quality is terrible. No way should Apple even sell this. Returning this after I finish typing. Any one that gives this more than one star must be manufacturing this product. Also its not my computer as its brand new and top of the line MAC.

    15 of 26 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.

    23 of 25 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.

    26 of 28 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    nice

    • 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.....

    21 of 30 people found this useful