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Elgato Systems USB Analog Video Capture Device

B&H # ELVC Mfr # 10020840
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You Pay: $79.99
Product Highlights
  • USB 2.0
  • Capture RCA Composite & S-Video
  • Mac & Windows Compatible

The Elgato Systems USB Analog Video Capture Device is a compact USB device, perfect for converting analog video to a digital format. You'll be able to use the device to capture old home movies, VHS recordings, or any other analog media to a modern digital format. Simply plug your playback device into the S-Video or RCA composite input of the device, and capture.

Video is digitized into a format that is compatible with iTunes, any iPod, the iPhone, the Apple TV, YouTube, and iMovie. This gives you extreme flexibility as to how you utilize the captured video, without having to jump through the hoops of manual file format conversion. Elgato's Video Capture is an excellent tool for any Mac or Windows user who would like to bring their old analog videos into the digital age.

Standard USB interface
Captures from RCA composite and S-Video sources
Perfect for digitizing old home movies
Compatible with NTSC, PAL, PAL/60, and SECAM signals
Software includes basic video editing tools, allowing you to trim unwanted footage away
Exports to H.264 format, perfect for iTunes, the iPod, an iPhone, the Apple TV, YouTube, and iMovie
Compatible with Mac and Windows (please click on "Specifications" tab)
Video Resolution: 640 x 480 (4:3); 640 x 360 (16:9)

Format:
Mac Software: H.264 at 1.4 Mbps or MPEG-4 at 2.4 Mbps
Windows Software: H.264 at 1.4 Mbps

Elgato Video Capture automatically detects NTSC, SECAM, PAL and PAL/60 video formats for worldwide compatibility.

Generated files can be synced with video capable iPads, iPods, iPhones, and Apple TV, and can be edited in iMovie or Windows Live Movie Maker without re-encoding.
Audio AAC, 48 kHz, 128 kbps
System Requirements Mac Systems Computer: Dual-Core Intel Mac
Operating System: Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later
Memory: 1 GB
Hardware: USB 2.0 port

Windows Systems
Computer: 2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (or comparable) with sound card
Operating System: Windows 7 or later
Memory: 1 GB
Hardware: USB 2.0 port
Elgato Systems USB Analog Video Capture Device
  • Elgato Video Capture Software CD-ROM
  • Composite-to-SCART Adapter
  • Composite Video/RCA Stereo Cable
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    Elgato SystemsUSB Analog Video Capture Device
     
    4.7

    (based on 122 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (89)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (28)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (111)
    • Easy to install (109)
    • Reliable (91)
    • Good graphics quality (63)
    • Quality output (6)

    Cons

    • Poor graphics quality (3)
    • Unreliable performance (3)

    Best Uses

    • Movies (65)
    • Multimedia (43)
    • Everyday (37)
    • Gaming (3)
    • Graphic design (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual user (70), Professional (35), Power user (16), Cinephile (9), Graphic designer (9)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (7)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Works perfectly!

    I have transferred many VHS tapes to data files with Video Capture, and it works perfectly with my Mac Mini. I used svideo and standard audio cabling from my VCR. The setup was...Read complete review

    I have transferred many VHS tapes to data files with Video Capture, and it works perfectly with my Mac Mini. I used svideo and standard audio cabling from my VCR. The setup was absolutely simple, and it's great to be able to crop at beginning and end so that I can leave the recording running longer than the tape and then cut it to size without needing to open with a video editing program. My end result is DVDs, and burning the data files with title and chapter menus is easy using iDVD. The whole process takes a long time, but it runs unattended.The latest online update to Video Capture added a couple of nice features - audio level control, and video color, brightness and contrast controls. This update came out soon after I installed the version from the boxed set, and was a welcome enhancement. The A/V settings are set in a Preferences dialog box, and are remembered from one session to the next. Very nice.[...]

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Easy to Use - good low res solution

    Important to know that this is a fairly low resolution solution to create smaller MP4 files. Bit rate is not scalable and is set around 1.5Mbps with 48k stereo audio.

    If you...Read complete review

    Important to know that this is a fairly low resolution solution to create smaller MP4 files. Bit rate is not scalable and is set around 1.5Mbps with 48k stereo audio.

    If you are looking to create video files that you'll be editing, this probably isn't the best solution.

    Good applications for this are -
    creating low res reference archive files for large video libraries or transferring your old analog VHS tapes so you can share w/family & friends.
    This system is very easy to install and use, even for the novices.

    Reviewed by 122 customers

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    5.0

    True plug and play

    By Macs R We

    from Arizona

    About Me Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Install
    • Easy To Use
    • Reliable Performance

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Movies
      • Multimedia

      Comments about Elgato Systems USB Analog Video Capture Device:

      Bought this unit to preserve my old VHS home videos before they degraded completely. Downloaded the free software for my Mac, plugged the adapter into my last remaining VHS VCR, and everything worked like a well-oiled clock. I liked the ability to use an SVHS input instead of the video RCA connector (both are supplied), to squeeze the last ounce of clarity from my aging tapes. This was certainly not the cheapest product of its type, but for the trouble-free operation and lack of complication, it was worth the price.

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      5.0

      Works great,

      By David

      from California

      Comments about Elgato Systems USB Analog Video Capture Device:

      I needed to transfer some Hi 8 video tapes to digital on my desktop Mac. This package did it easily with great quality. I like that It accepts S-video for the best possible quality. Now I can edit & burn copies on my Mac.

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      5.0

      Simple Capture

      By LA

      from KC, MO

      About Me Casual User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Install
      • Easy To Use
      • Reliable Performance

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Elgato Systems USB Analog Video Capture Device:

          The unit does what I bought it for. Videos don't seem to loose any quality. Files from my old 8mm are so so, the Hi8 are much better and the HD files from my JVC are very good.

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          5.0

          Just what the doctor ordered

          By Wayne

          from Swannanoa, North Carolina

          About Me Casual User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Install
          • Easy To Use
          • Good Graphics Quality
          • Reliable Performance

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Movies

            Comments about Elgato Systems USB Analog Video Capture Device:

            Product is easy to setup.Great Software that also is easy to setup.Recommended by B&H sales rep.Needed to transfer analog tape to digital for DVD.This product provided me to accomplish my task in just a few steps.

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            4.0

            Elgato is "El Greato"

            By Mike in Oxford

            from Oxford, Ohio

            About Me Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Install
            • Easy To Use
            • Reliable Performance

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Movies
              • Multimedia

              Comments about Elgato Systems USB Analog Video Capture Device:

              This product did everything I asked it to do. The final video seemed a little bit grainy, but that's probably a matter concerning the quality of my video rather than Elgato.

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              5.0

              Perfect VHS Archiving

              By Timmay

              from Seattle, WA

              About Me Casual User, Professional

              Pros

              • Easy To Install
              • Easy To Use
              • Good Graphics Quality
              • Reliable Performance
              • Vhs Archiving

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use
                • Movies
                • Multimedia
                • Vhs Archiving

                Comments about Elgato Systems USB Analog Video Capture Device:

                This item exceeded all expectations. We have boxes and boxes of old family VHS that I wanted to digitize and organize. This item worked PERFECTLY! I installed the software, plugged in the device and connected the VCR and it worked instantly. Total time from opening the box to hitting record was around 5 minutes. We're transferring old videos so the 640x480 was perfect resolution for our needs. The audio and video transfer quality is true to the VHS so there is no degradation. The interface is very simple to use and it's great being able to set a predetermined time to stop the recording so you can set it and forget it. I have nothing but good things to say about this item and I definitely recommend it for anyone trying to save their old VHS. The video editing capabilities are very basic and only allow for trimming the head and tail of the video. For trimming out parts in the middle I'll be using something else like Premiere.

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                5.0

                Excellent VHS to Computer Transfer

                By jfulla

                from Killeen, Texas

                About Me Casual User, Cinephile, Graphic designer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Install
                • Easy To Use
                • Good Graphics Quality
                • Reliable Performance

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Movies

                  Comments about Elgato Systems USB Analog Video Capture Device:

                  I was able to transfer my VHS tape collection to my PC computer with minimal effort. I was pleasantly surprised how good the quality was with hardly any loss of clarity from the original recordings. The included software worked very well and provided numerous editing options. Most of the copying needed little customization and I left the editing selections in the default settings. I highly recommend the Elagto Capture Device for saving your analog recordings to digital copies.

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                  4.0

                  Plays nice with Macs

                  By eflyer

                  from Largo, FL

                  About Me Casual User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Install
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Good Graphics Quality
                  • Reliable Performance

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Elgato Systems USB Analog Video Capture Device:

                      I use this video capture on my Macbook Pro. Video quality is good. It produces MP4 video which is compatible with my iPhone. The software is simple to use. The preview screen clips the left side of the frame but the captured video is fine. Wish I could fit the preview image to fill the screen but it will not resize.

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                      5.0

                      GREAT ITEM

                      By Charley

                      from Surprise AZ

                      About Me Casual User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Install
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Good Graphics Quality
                      • Reliable Performance

                      Cons

                      • No complaints

                      Best Uses

                      • Movies

                      Comments about Elgato Systems USB Analog Video Capture Device:

                      Very easy to setup and to use. Making copies of tape to digital saves a lot of money. Video actually looks better on this device than on original video.

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                      5.0

                      Works Great

                      By Recon 1

                      from South Easter north Carolina

                      About Me Casual User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Install
                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Elgato Systems USB Analog Video Capture Device:

                          When the movie is converted it's saved in a mp4 file. I can't load a mp4 file to Final Cut for edeting. I have to first convert the mp4 file to a MOV file.

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                          5.0

                          Incredible product for Mac

                          By Hope

                          from Raleigh, NC

                          About Me Casual User

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Install
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Good Graphics Quality
                          • Reliable Performance

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Mac
                            • Movies
                            • Vhsdvd Conversion

                            Comments about Elgato Systems USB Analog Video Capture Device:

                            I ordered the Elgato Video Capture to convert over 150 hours of VHS to digital files. I have a newer iMac, which does not have a CD drive. No problem for Elgato! Use this link for the Mac Software : https://www.elgato.com/en/video/video-capture/support/update-mac (I had problems finding the link on their webpage, so called customer service myself.)I really have no complaints with Elgato. Anything I have had a problem with, I have simply emailed Customer Service, which has been great!

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                            4.0

                            what the doctor ordered!

                            By no

                            from Detroit, Mi

                            About Me Casual User

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Install
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Good Graphics Quality
                            • Reliable Performance

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Multimedia

                              Comments about Elgato Systems USB Analog Video Capture Device:

                              hooked it up to the computer And transfer was a breeze.
                              now to make a dvd from the digital content!

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                              5.0

                              Solid Product, easy to use...

                              By chograph

                              from Saint Charles, IL

                              About Me Professional

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Install
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Good Graphics Quality
                              • Reliable Performance

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Movies

                                Comments about Elgato Systems USB Analog Video Capture Device:

                                I bought this product to convert old camcorder vhs format tapes to digital using a Mac o/s, the proccess was easy, not alot of bells and whistles to this product, it does what it says it does and does it well!

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                                5.0

                                It Works!

                                By Always Shooting

                                from Benicia, CA

                                About Me Casual User, Professional

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Install
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Good Graphics Quality
                                • Reliable Performance

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Everyday use
                                  • Movies
                                  • Multimedia

                                  Comments about Elgato Systems USB Analog Video Capture Device:

                                  I been transferring VHS and some old DVCAM tapes to my Mac and the cheap gizmo I've had for three years died. It was dropping frames and stuttering along so I tried the Elgato solution. It works perfectly and the new transfers are steady and look somewhat better than the originals since it's easy to adjust saturation and contrast within the software before transferring.

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                                  5.0

                                  Seamless Digitization

                                  By Judy

                                  from Bethesda, MD

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Install
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Reliable Performance

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Elgato Systems USB Analog Video Capture Device:

                                      I thought I was "stuck." I had a life interview of my mother-in-law from 2001 on a Hi-8 camcorder tape. Luckily, I still had the camcorder to play the tape. Elgato digitzed the two hour tape with no problem and saved the day. I was so pleased that I was able to put the interview onto a DVD just in time for the family memorial celebration of her life. It is highly recommended. The only negative is that the resolution leaves a little to be desired, I suppose due to the original being in Hi-8 format.

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                                      5.0

                                      Versatile, Easy, EFFECTIVE video capture

                                      By Sippy On Jeopardy

                                      from Janesville, WI

                                      About Me Graphic designer, Professional, Video editor

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Install
                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Good Graphics Quality
                                      • Reasonable Price
                                      • Reliable Performance

                                      Cons

                                      • None That I Could Find

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Analog To Digital Convert
                                      • Movies
                                      • Multimedia

                                      Comments about Elgato Systems USB Analog Video Capture Device:

                                      I had a bunch of antiquated VHS and 8mm tapes laying around that I wanted to digitize on the computer. This product and included software did EXACTLY what it said it would. Now all my videos from yesteryear are preserved in a digital format that won't degrade over time, and I don't have hundreds of tapes taking up space on the bookshelf. VERY easy to use and worth every penny. I highly recommend this product to anyone looking for a simple solution to convert their videotapes from analog to digital format.

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                                      5.0

                                      Works like a charm

                                      By Sigoeu

                                      from Brazil

                                      About Me Power user

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Install
                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Reliable Performance

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Everyday use

                                        Comments about Elgato Systems USB Analog Video Capture Device:

                                        I have a lot of VHS tapes and everyday it is more complicated to keep and watch the family movies.
                                        This device works flawlessly for the digitalization of the tapes that makes it possible to record the files to DVD video disks or keep them on the PC.
                                        It is also very good to capture small fragments of videos to work or publish on the internet.
                                        I use a macbook pro and it sure can handle the work.

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                                        5.0

                                        USB Video Capture Device by Elgato

                                        By kb

                                        from Lebanon, OR

                                        About Me Professional

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Install
                                        • Easy To Use

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Multimedia

                                          Comments about Elgato Systems USB Analog Video Capture Device:

                                          Works as intended. Software is simple and easy to use.

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                                          5.0

                                          Great product and Easy to use

                                          By Tyson

                                          from Boise, ID

                                          About Me Casual User

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Install
                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Good Graphics Quality
                                          • Reliable Performance

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Movies
                                            • Multimedia

                                            Comments about Elgato Systems USB Analog Video Capture Device:

                                            B & H suggested we get this product to connect our camera to our Mac, I was amazed simply plu it in and we were recording the next sermon at church that quick.

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                                            4.0

                                            Great product

                                            By Pro user

                                            from Milwaukee, WI

                                            About Me Casual User

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Easy To Install
                                            • Easy To Use
                                            • Reliable Performance

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Movies

                                              Comments about Elgato Systems USB Analog Video Capture Device:

                                              Very simple to use. Just install,launch on mac hook up vcr and follow screen. I was able to now digitize old vhs tapes and trasfer to usb jump drive and play on newer tv.

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