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Blackmagic Design Video Recorder USB Capture Device (Mac OS-X Only)

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Product Highlights
  • Capture Video for iPod, iPhone, YouTube
  • Analog to Digital via USB
  • Component, Composite & S-Video Input
  • Stereo Analog Audio Inputs
  • Mac OS X Compatibility
  • Records in H.264

The Video Recorder USB Capture Device (Mac OS-X only) from Blackmagic Design is a compact video capture device that is designed with ease of use in mind. The device features RCA connectors for component, composite, and S-Video video input, which it uses to capture video directly to the commonly-used H.264 format. The device also features stereo analog audio RCA inputs. It is compatible with Apple computers running Mac OS X only.

Note! Please note that this unit is designed for use with Mac computers only.

Please note that connecting the device to S-Video requires a separate RCA-to-S-Video cable adapter.

User-Friendly Software
The included software is designed for ease of use. It allows you to select a recording source and output device. You can optimize video for the iPod, iPhone, Apple TV, and YouTube. You can also record video at full-resolution.
Cropping Tools
You'll be able to crop out extra borders or VHS switching information from captured videos. This allows you to create a digital file without these annoying artifacts and borders.
Robust Recording Settings
You can choose to optimize your videos in a number of ways. You can break them up into files based on runtime or file size. You can also set the software to record for a certain length of time before stopping automatically. You can even have videos loaded into iTunes automatically upon capture.
Connectors 3x RCAs: Component, Composite, and S-Video
2x RCAs: Stereo Analog Audio
USB 2.0
Capture Format H.264
Supported Formats 625/25 PAL and 525/29.97 NTSC
System Requirements Macintosh computer with USB 2.0 port
Blackmagic Design Video Recorder USB Capture Device (Mac OS-X Only)
  • Video Recorder Software
  • Component Cable (RCA)
  • Audio L/R Cable (RCA)
  • Soft Pouch Carrying Case
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    Blackmagic DesignVideo Recorder USB Capture Device (Mac OS-X Only)
     
    4.2

    (based on 45 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (21)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (16)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    88%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to set up (38)
    • Easy to use (32)
    • Reliable (20)
    • Sleek design (16)
    • Attractive (6)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Movies (20)
      • Home (18)
      • Office (11)
      • Television (5)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Power user (22), Enthusiast (10), Casual user (9)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (27)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Terrific gadget

      I've had it about two weeks and I'm completely satisfied. Does exactly what I want, converts VHS video tapes to AppleTV 2.0 files.

      It's the slickest and easiest device for the...Read complete review

      I've had it about two weeks and I'm completely satisfied. Does exactly what I want, converts VHS video tapes to AppleTV 2.0 files.

      It's the slickest and easiest device for the purpose I've seen and I have bought a lot of them.

      First its user interface is dead simple, with just enough extra features tucked away for tweaking, if I wanted too.. but honestly I've found its easier to leave them all alone and just convert. It's hardware based so there is no software conversion after the capture.. its just done, the file is ready to play.. and it also does those full frames every so often so skimming the video works flawlessly. Audio is in sync with the picture.

      Best feature! Although I can set the device to stop capturing after so many minutes.. for those extra long tapes 6-8 hours.. I just set the limit real high and let it play, capture automatically seems to stop after there is no more signal.. so the file is as big as it needed to be but no bigger. Max file capture size is 12 hours according to docs.. but I've never gone that high.

      I use it with s-video, but it also captures composite and component if you need it.. pixel width is up to 720.. not 1080p but it does de-interlace so the motion is smooth.. not hering bone patterned like some capture devices.

      The people who built this device did their own silicon, they really knew what they were doing.

      Just be sure this is the "correct" device for what your trying to do.. it captures "Standard Def" video, so raw HD from a camcorder would have to be converted in the camera to Standard Def before capture.. and that would be a waste of signal and def. I would gladly buy a HD capture device from them.. they do have them, if that is what I wanted.. this is perfect for capturing VHS video.. or DVD.. anything that's not copy protected.. and that's what its superb at.

      Wonderful gadget.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Good product with limitations

      This is a simple plug and record device and it is very easy to use. The software is clean and easy to understand.

      The compression is pretty good as I recorded...Read complete review

      This is a simple plug and record device and it is very easy to use. The software is clean and easy to understand.

      The compression is pretty good as I recorded a 40 minute raft video and it made a 1 gig .h264 file. I could output to the recorder and to a DVD recorder at the same time.

      The biggest flaw is that the screen in the software is 4:3 and I use a 16:9 camera as most do. You need to adjust your camera to output to a 4:3 TV to make it look right (as in not squished). This is a problem if you are outputting to a 16:9 TV at the same time. Another fix is to adjust the aspect ratio in Quicktime Player and it makes it 16:9. The problem with that is I sell videos to customers and do not need the hassle of them not getting that right and calling me constantly with issues.

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      4.0

      Recomendo a todos!

      By Jader

      from Porto Alegre, RS Brasil

      About Me Casual User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Blackmagic Design Video Recorder USB Capture Device (Mac OS-X Only):

          É um equipamento simples e muito, mas muito prático. Rápido e preciso na captura. Recomendo a todos, iniciantes ou não. Excelente compra!

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          5.0

          Endoscopy image capture device

          By OzVet

          from Helsinki, Finland

          About Me Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Bh Email Advice Was Good
          • Bh Email Support Is Good
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Easy To Use
          • It Works Well
          • Sleek Design

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Analogue Endoscopy
            • Office

            Comments about Blackmagic Design Video Recorder USB Capture Device (Mac OS-X Only):

            A number of years ago I bought an endoscopy unit for my veterinary work (Stortz tricam SL pal 20222020, Storz xenon 300 20133120) which provided a very nice picture when working however image capture quality was generally disappointing. As I am a student again, upgrading to a digital system has not been a financial option. I did not have high expectations when deciding to buy the Blackmagic product, but have been pleasantly surprised. While still not comparable with the clarity of image provided with modern digital systems, I am happy with the result achieved with the S-video output/input. I store video and then review it later to take the still images. One nice aspect is that I store files directly to my MacBook Pro and do not have to go through the usual intermediate step associated with medical image capture devices of transferring them to a USB and then transferring them to my computer. I also take a lot of digital photos during procedures and so I use Lightroom for my database software to organize both the video and photographs and I am very satisfied how it all works for me. Once I finish working with my files they are all stored and backed up on external drives - it takes very little to consume all of the storage on my laptop. There are a number of good quality medical image capture devices available, however they are much more expensive. Before getting the Blackmagic device I was borrowing a Medicap device, but am happier with my new workflow and image quality is good. To get the still images from the video I am using Grab to capture from QuickTime which is bit cumbersome. While not an option for my Mac setup, staff at B&H recommended a PCI based Frame grabber card for PC/Windows which appeared to address my initial aim of obtaining high quality stills from my system -
            http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/909004-REG/epix_pixci_sv5_pixci_sv5_analog_video.html
            Specs - Resolution-Pixels: 754x480: RS-170, NTSC, S-Video 922x580: CCIR, PAL, S-Video

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            4.0

            Works As Expected

            By dbracelccc

            from Schnecksville, PA

            About Me Power User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Easy To Use
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Blackmagic Design Video Recorder USB Capture Device (Mac OS-X Only):

                The USB capture device works as expected.

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                4.0

                Simple - does what it says

                By Runarinn

                from Reykjavik, Iceland

                About Me Power User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up
                • Easy To Use
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Archiving Analog Video
                  • Home

                  Comments about Blackmagic Design Video Recorder USB Capture Device (Mac OS-X Only):

                  Simple interface and basic connections.

                  Have used with hi8 and VHS players. Only thing I would like to add to the software is being able to choose where to save the files. They simply go to your desktop and you cannot change the destination.

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                  • No

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                  3.0

                  Gets the job done

                  By Albson

                  from New York, NY

                  About Me Power User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home

                    Comments about Blackmagic Design Video Recorder USB Capture Device (Mac OS-X Only):

                    Wish it had options for higher bit rate recordings, but, for the most part its really simple and solid and gets the job done.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Worked as advertised.

                    By steve

                    from Riverdale, Maryland

                    About Me Casual User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home

                      Comments about Blackmagic Design Video Recorder USB Capture Device (Mac OS-X Only):

                      Purchased this product to transfer VHS tapes to my Mac, This product did the job. Very easy to use.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Did just what it said it would do.

                      By GBrent1098

                      from Clemmons, NC

                      About Me Casual User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home

                        Comments about Blackmagic Design Video Recorder USB Capture Device (Mac OS-X Only):

                        I wanted to transfer my old vhs movies to the computer. A friend recommended this product and I haven't been disappointed.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Excellent Product!!

                        By Gregory

                        from Encino, Ca.

                        About Me Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Easy To Use
                        • High Capacity
                        • Reliable
                        • Sleek Design

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Movies

                          Comments about Blackmagic Design Video Recorder USB Capture Device (Mac OS-X Only):

                          I needed an interface to transfer old VHS tapes to my computer and then to DVD's. My Brother saw this listed as a great interface. I bought it and have transfered more than 20 different VHS tapes to my computer. It's been flawless and incredibly simple to use.I highly recommend this to anyone.
                          Blackmagic Designs make excellent equipment!!!

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Does what it says

                          By C-Train

                          from Red Deer AB

                          About Me Casual User

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Sleek Design

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home
                            • Office

                            Comments about Blackmagic Design Video Recorder USB Capture Device (Mac OS-X Only):

                            It worked pretty good. I am sure the quality was a little low because of the VHS machine I was using. WIll use again

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                            5.0

                            Easy to use with great results

                            By Ed the Sailor

                            from Plainfield, IL

                            About Me Casual User

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Reliable
                            • Sleek Design

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home
                              • Movies
                              • Television

                              Comments about Blackmagic Design Video Recorder USB Capture Device (Mac OS-X Only):

                              This video recorder does exactly what it says. Easy to use, great software, super results. Save all your home made VHS recordings to digital files. No more messing with VHS tapes and machines. Show your VHS recordings on any TV. Great product with a super price from B&H.

                              B&H Photo makes buying a breeze with fast service and shipping. Best pricing available.

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                              • No

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                              4.0

                              Simple to use and works well

                              By Tim

                              from SCPa

                              About Me Power User

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Easy To Use

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Home
                                • Office

                                Comments about Blackmagic Design Video Recorder USB Capture Device (Mac OS-X Only):

                                Import videos from a variety of sources without difficulty. The only thing that would make it more use full would be an HDMI input. I bought it be cause it permits use of USB 2.0. Advanced user controls in the software are missing.

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                                5.0

                                Works Great

                                By Ed

                                from Chicago, IL

                                About Me Casual User

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Set Up
                                • Easy To Use
                                • High Capacity
                                • Reliable
                                • Sleek Design

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Movies

                                  Comments about Blackmagic Design Video Recorder USB Capture Device (Mac OS-X Only):

                                  Easy to use and does a great job. Saves file to desktop, lets you set a time in minutes for recorder to run. Also, gives multiple choices for output use. Recommend this to anyone looking for a way to convert old VHS movies to digital format.

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                                  5.0

                                  Perfect for the MAC

                                  By Mahalo

                                  from Colorado

                                  About Me Casual User

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Set Up
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Sleek Design

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Movies

                                    Comments about Blackmagic Design Video Recorder USB Capture Device (Mac OS-X Only):

                                    Using it to covert home Hi8 movies to Quicktime to iMovie on real time. A two hour movie will take 2 hours to convert. I am amazed that this little thing is a converter. I was thinking more of a box converter like my Plextor Convert-X which I no longer use because it takes like 4 hours to convert a 2hr movie and it cannot crop the noisy lines at the bottom and top of the screen, which Blackmagic will do. Since I have only use it to convert two 2hrs movies, I cannot tell you more about the reliability or durability of this converter. But I'll update if things go wrong. But so far so good and I am pleased with this. It is very simple to use.

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                                    3.0

                                    Good product with limitations

                                    By Splitrocked

                                    from Lake Placid, NY

                                    About Me Power User

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Set Up
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Reliable
                                    • Sleek Design

                                    Cons

                                    • No Aspect Ratio Settings

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Home
                                    • Movies

                                    Comments about Blackmagic Design Video Recorder USB Capture Device (Mac OS-X Only):

                                    This is a simple plug and record device and it is very easy to use. The software is clean and easy to understand.

                                    The compression is pretty good as I recorded a 40 minute raft video and it made a 1 gig .h264 file. I could output to the recorder and to a DVD recorder at the same time.

                                    The biggest flaw is that the screen in the software is 4:3 and I use a 16:9 camera as most do. You need to adjust your camera to output to a 4:3 TV to make it look right (as in not squished). This is a problem if you are outputting to a 16:9 TV at the same time. Another fix is to adjust the aspect ratio in Quicktime Player and it makes it 16:9. The problem with that is I sell videos to customers and do not need the hassle of them not getting that right and calling me constantly with issues.

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                                    • No

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                                    4.0

                                    Great Easy Product

                                    By Chris

                                    from Rocklin, CA

                                    About Me Power User

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy setup
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Sleek Design

                                    Cons

                                    • Lack of preferences

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Home
                                    • Movies

                                    Comments about Blackmagic Design Video Recorder USB Capture Device (Mac OS-X Only):

                                    So easy to use out of the box, installs in seconds and is so user friendly. Only gripe I have is the preferences. Its greyed out and I cant figure out how to change that. I want to change the destiantion folder but oh well. Overall this product is great and I would totally reccomend it.

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                                    4.0

                                    Blackmagic Video Recorder performs

                                    By Wes

                                    from Peoria, IL

                                    About Me Casual User

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Reliable

                                    Cons

                                    • A little confusing setup

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Home

                                    Comments about Blackmagic Design Video Recorder USB Capture Device (Mac OS-X Only):

                                    Useful product that does what it says it does.

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                                    • No

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                                    1.0

                                    Very disappointed

                                    By Al

                                    from St. Louis, MO

                                    Comments about Blackmagic Design Video Recorder USB Capture Device (Mac OS-X Only):

                                    I bought this thing to capture video from my DVR via composite and it just would not work at all.
                                    I tried everything. First, I read it wouldn't work with my current OS version so I borrowed a friend's Mac. Then I change cable after cable, it would not work. Then, i read it would not support progressive, so I made sure my settings were sending interlaced video... nothing!
                                    I did over and over with both component and composite video.
                                    I just don't have time to keep wasting trying to figure this out. Im very disappointed from a brand like Blackmagic.

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                                    4.0

                                    Fast, smooth & simple.

                                    By slacker

                                    from Whistler

                                    About Me Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Set Up
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Reliable
                                    • Sleek Design

                                    Cons

                                    • Lacks Save options

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Home
                                    • Movies
                                    • Office
                                    • Television

                                    Comments about Blackmagic Design Video Recorder USB Capture Device (Mac OS-X Only):

                                    Blackmagic's dongle worked as expected --- fast, smooth & simple. With the external USB dongle processor strain was kept to a minimum, with my laptop barely registering usage. This allowed me to capture footage while carrying out other tasks with ease. Although the settings were very simplistic, they worked well and the quality of footage was excellent (far better than the original VHS originals). That said, I would like to see a few more options in the software, including the ability to choose the Save location, particularly when using external hard drives. Being able to work with Quicktime Pro Save options would also be a serious advantage. Though the H.264 output is a worthwhile standard, being able to choose the codec would be useful for editing use. Overall, for the price, this is quality piece of hardware/software for the casual user and comes highly recommended.

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                                    2.0

                                    Works, depending on your application

                                    By VidSynther

                                    from Somerville, MA

                                    About Me Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Set Up
                                    • Easy To Use

                                    Cons

                                    • Unreliable

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Blackmagic Design Video Recorder USB Capture Device (Mac OS-X Only):

                                      Needed something to capture the output of various video synthesizers and decided on this. Bare bones but extremely easy to set up and use and some nice basic features.

                                      Downside: discovered that it only successfully captures one of three of the mentioned synthesizers (all composite output); not quite sure if it's a result of what they're outputting or this interface, though the two that don't work with this both operate fine connected to televisions and projectors.

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                                      5.0

                                      Nifty tool!

                                      By François

                                      from Montreal, Canada

                                      About Me Power User

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Set Up
                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Reliable

                                      Cons

                                      • none

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Office

                                      Comments about Blackmagic Design Video Recorder USB Capture Device (Mac OS-X Only):

                                      I have tons of VHS archived footage from shows I directed and did not bother to digitalize... until I need it to show for a potential job! The BM Video Recorder works like a charm and is one of the best tools I purchased for my editing room. I highly recommend it with no hesitation.

                                      Great Tool!

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