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Hauppauge USB-Live2 Analog Video Digitizer

You Pay: $41.51
Product Highlights
  • USB Based Video Capture Device for PC
  • Compatible with Windows XP SP2, Vista, 7
  • Watch Live Video from a VCR or Camcorder
  • Full 720 x 480 Live Video Mode (NTSC)
  • Save Still & Video Images to Hard Disk
  • Video Conference Over The Internet
  • Supports Composite or S-Video Sources
  • Supports Left & Right Stereo Audio Input
  • LED Power & Video Signal Indicators
  • Features a 19.7" (50 cm) USB Cable

The Hauppauge USB-Live2 Analog Video Digitizer is a USB based video capture device for your Windows PC that turns your analog video into digital video. It lets you send 30 digital images per second over the USB 2.0 bus and allows you to watch, capture and record live video from your VCR or video camera. The USB-Live2 connects to your PC via USB 2.0 port and it's compatible with Windows XP (SP2), Windows Vista and Windows 7. The analog end of the device features a removable A/V connection kit equipped with an S-Video input, composite video input and stereo left/right audio inputs.

Besides watching live video, the USB-Live2 lets you create digital movies using the WinTV Capture Application. Plus, you can use it to add video/still clips to social networking sites or your own web page. The USB-Live2 can be used for video conferencing and it's even great for desktop publishing, thanks to the Hauppauge exclusive WinTV SnapShot function that lets you save JPEG video images. The device supports up to 720 x 480 video resolution for NTSC signals and 720 x 576 video resolution for PAL signals.

Plug the USB-Live2 into your computer's USB port and you're ready to watch video in a resizable window - right on your PC screen
Watch live video, grab images and movies plus video conference on your PC or laptop
Bring live video into your PC from a camcorder, VCR or video camera
Maximum video format size is 720 x 480 (NTSC) and 720 x 576 (PAL)
Save still images and video images directly to your hard disk
Use the USB-Live2 to video conference over the Internet
Designed for use with Windows XP (SP2), Windows Vista and Windows 7
Features a removable A/V cable set, so you can leave the cables connected to your A/V source and move the USB-Live2 to another computer
The A/V cable set attaches to the USB-Live2 with a secure latching connector
Indicator LEDs show when the USB-Live2 is powered on and when a video signal is present
Snap and print BMP or JPEG still images from whatever you're watching
Record video clips from your camcorder or VCR to create your own high-impact presentations
Work on other applications while simultaneously watching video in the resizable window
USB-Live2 digitizes video using high quality 4:2:2 video sampling
Since USB-Live2 is an external device, there's no need to open up your PC
Video Resolution 720 x 480 (NTSC)
720 x 576 (PAL)
Video Source Composite Video (RCA)
S-Video
Audio Input Female left & right stereo audio input jacks (RCA)
Video Format MPEG-2 (using WinTV v7)
Image Format JPEG (using WinTV v7)
BMP (using WinTV v7)
System Requirements PC with 2.8GHz single-core or 1.8GHz multi-core processor
Windows XP (SP2), Vista or 7
USB 2.0 port
CD-ROM drive for software installation
LED Indicators Video signal indicator
Power indicator
Interface USB 2.0
Cable Length 19.7" (50 cm)
Hauppauge USB-Live2 Analog Video Digitizer
  • Removable A/V Cable Set
  • USB Cable - 19.7" (50 cm)
  • ArcSoft Showbiz
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    HauppaugeUSB-Live2 Analog Video Digitizer
     
    3.7

    (based on 18 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    88%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Reliable (6)
    • Versatile (4)
    • Easy to use (3)
    • Good length (3)
    • Highly compatible (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

          • Reviewer Profile:
          • Casual user (5), Power user (5), Enthusiast (3), Tech savvy (3)
          • Primary use:
          • Personal (8), Business (5)
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No (17)

        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        Very happy with the result!

        I purchased a Sony HDR-FX7 video camera and found that my laptop did not have a slot for the ilink cable or for an ilink to adapter card.

        After many hours of frustrated...Read complete review

        I purchased a Sony HDR-FX7 video camera and found that my laptop did not have a slot for the ilink cable or for an ilink to adapter card.

        After many hours of frustrated searching on the Internet I came to this B&H website and was advised about the USB-Live2 Analog Video Digitizer by Hauppauge.

        I am very pleased with the results. The software installed easily, my laptop had no problems picking it up. Recording the videos was also easy through the software interface that comes with the product. The only glitch seems to be in switching between the record mode and other buttons, which caused the software to pause for an extended time.

        As for visual quality - The results look better to me than when I was using the ilink cable - much to my pleasant surprise.

        VS

        Most Liked Negative Review

         

        works good

        I had the USB-Live1 with my XP pro, but had to go the USB-Live2 when I went to Windows 7 to be able to transfer video from my video recorder to computer, easy,...Read complete review

        I had the USB-Live1 with my XP pro, but had to go the USB-Live2 when I went to Windows 7 to be able to transfer video from my video recorder to computer, easy, simple, I also use it to view and record images from a CCTV camera. Simple and easy to use.

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        4.0

        Excellent video capture

        By tiger lilly

        from dallas, TX

        About Me Parent, Photographer, Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Audio
        • Easy To Use
        • Great Video
        • Highly Compatible
        • High Quality Conversion
        • Lightweight
        • Light Weight
        • Produces High Quality Film

        Cons

        • Poor Instr For Capture
        • Show Biz App Error

        Best Uses

        • Documentaries
        • Editing
        • Home Movies
        • Shooting Indoors
        • Shooting Outdoors

        Comments about Hauppauge USB-Live2 Analog Video Digitizer:

        I install the software on my Window 7 OS. I start convert my video from tape to PC. The product is clear as video capture from the tape. The product is easy to use and the audio is clear. Even correct movement from the tape. I recommend this product for the feature and the execelent price compare with other product in the market.

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        4.0

        Inexpensive solution

        By Adams Video Productions

        from Northern California

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Highly Compatible
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Hauppauge USB-Live2 Analog Video Digitizer:

            I use this to stream city council meetings to Ustream. We purchased a new Dell XPS 8700 i7, 12 gb ram, Nvidia GT650, etc - Definitely up to the task of streaming sd video.
            Next we got a Blackmagic Intensity pro pcie card. That didn't work - apparently there was an issue with the chipset compatibility.
            So I bought the Hauppage USB-Live 2 capture device. For all purposes, it was plug and play.

            I didn't install any of the included software. It was recognized straight away and after plugging in an NTSC composite signal with left and right audio, it worked just fine. I have streamed up to 2 hours and 490 minutes without and issues. This is a great device and worked fine for me. Does not accept HDMI, HDSDI HD signal.

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            • No

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            4.0

            It works well with my Windows 7 PC.

            By KB

            from Boise, ID

            About Me Parent, Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Highly Compatible
            • Produces High Quality Film

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Documentaries
              • Home Movies

              Comments about Hauppauge USB-Live2 Analog Video Digitizer:

              Initial setup was a little tricky on my old 32-bit PC running Windows 7, but the forth try was a success. Transferring 20-year old Hi-8 videos to digital MP2 format works great. I can edit the files with PowerDirector 9. I bought an S-Video cable too, and also an RCA "Y" (My Hi-8 camcorder output is not stereo). I like the two second (approx.) delay between camcorder output and computer display recording.

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              • No

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              3.0

              Works well, but...

              By Brian Steele

              from St. George's, Grenada

              About Me Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Hauppauge USB-Live2 Analog Video Digitizer:

                  My new monitor does not have a composite video input, so I had to find an alternative for displaying the cable TV in a small PIP window. The USB-Live2 allows me to do this, but there is a small catch: there's a 5-second delay in the digitizing process, which is very noticeable when I try to change channels with the cable box's remote.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Works Like Expected!

                  By DJ Soulphinger

                  from Poughkeepsie, NY

                  About Me Enthusiast

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Performance
                  • Good Length
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • No Performance Increase

                  Best Uses

                  • Dorm Room
                  • Home Video Projects

                  Comments about Hauppauge USB-Live2 Analog Video Digitizer:

                  I Use this product for recording Safety meetings and some youtube tutorial videos. This device works very good. The Win 7 software is a good idea but freezes the computer. The other software that (Arc Soft Showbiz) came with it works Very well. No Hiccups! I recorded a Live Safety presentation for a construction site and it came out beautiful! Im using a Toshiba dual core 1.6 GHZ with 2 gb of ram and Windows Vista to record, and had no problems. Camreas used was 2 Sony DCR SX85 also bought from this site worked Awesomely!!! Running thru a SIMA VS-560 A/V Switcher....Simple system with not one problem. The Hauppauge USB-Live2 Video Digitizer is a good product.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  2.0

                  Digitized my old tapes but with problems

                  By JohnR

                  from Ohio

                  About Me Casual User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Hauppauge USB-Live2 Analog Video Digitizer:

                        WinTV 7 software (included) sometimes locks up when you try to close it after using for several minutes of recording. Ever since installing this device, my hardrive light blinks once every second continuously even with the software closed. Never did this before installing. Makes me wonder why and what it is doing.

                        The digitized video is good quality, but smooth pans sometimes jitter a bit.

                        TIPS: Download new software from Hauppauge's site as the included CD is older. If you are digitizing your old video tapes, Use gaming mode to elliminate the 3 second delay that makes it hard to sync up your start and stop points with WinTV.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Great product

                        By joeg829

                        from Paramus, NJ

                        About Me Casual User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy
                        • Simple
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Converting Old Vcr Tapes

                          Comments about Hauppauge USB-Live2 Analog Video Digitizer:

                          I have been looking for a simple method to convert my old VCR tape to digital. This device will do it. It takes no time to setup. Do note you need a cable to connect the VCR (or other device) to the UBS-Live 2. Using the ArcSoft software to converting a file to WMV reduces the size which make storing on mobile devices great.

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                          • Personal
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          1.0

                          Don't buy it. PAL capturing is impossibl

                          By Mariusz

                          from Florida

                          Verified Buyer

                          Comments about Hauppauge USB-Live2 Analog Video Digitizer:

                          PAL capturing is impossible. I'm waiting third day for any support. Nothing

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                          4.0

                          Simple but beware

                          By Deepsouth

                          from Australia

                          About Me Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                            Cons

                            • Incompatible

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Hauppauge USB-Live2 Analog Video Digitizer:

                              This is a simple device with two included software programs. You only need the main one to capture and can safely forget about the Arcsoft app unless ou also need to edit.

                              I ran into two problems: Vegas 12 refuses to recognize the capture facility which is a bit annoying but not a showstopper. The other issue was much more serious.

                              I noodled around for hours trying to capture from my old Philips dual VCR/DVD unit. It would pick up the audio fine, but the video signal was just snow. Yet if I switched the unit to DVD everything was crystal clear. Nothing I did would give me video. In the end I concluded that either the dual-output on the combo unit put out a non-standard video signal, or that the capture unit was just sensitive to that brand for some other reason.

                              When I tried to capture of my dedicated Panasonic VCR everything was fine. Pity I didn't try that in the first place and save myself hours of frustration!

                              So my advice is if you're having trouble capturing try to test it on a second VCR.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Business
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                              • No

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                              4.0

                              Good product

                              By Hal

                              from Rochester, NY

                              About Me Casual User

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Performance

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Home Theater

                                Comments about Hauppauge USB-Live2 Analog Video Digitizer:

                                This product does what it advertises -- it has saved me a lot of money in transfering Video 8 cassettes to DVD. The resulting quality is better than I expected.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Personal
                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Very good video capture device

                                By Bill

                                from Hershey, PA

                                About Me Power User

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent Performance
                                • Rugged

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • High-End Equipment

                                  Comments about Hauppauge USB-Live2 Analog Video Digitizer:

                                  This product was very easy to install (Windows 7) and the accompanying software popped up easily. We are using it to capture s-video (composite is also an option) output from a medical imaging device; it is much higher quality capture than our old Dazzle Fusion capture device. We are purchasing another. It was very helpful in the TV software package to go through and delete all "channels" except the one that you are using; this saves time adjusting a channel once it is up and going. We are very happy with this device.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Business
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                                  • No

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                                  4.0

                                  It works great, don't like the software?

                                  By Dean

                                  from Chatsworth, CA

                                  About Me Power User

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent Performance
                                  • Good Length
                                  • Pc Sees It As A Capture D
                                  • Versatile

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • High-End Equipment

                                    Comments about Hauppauge USB-Live2 Analog Video Digitizer:

                                    I use the hardware to transfer vhs tapes to my hard drive. then I convert to mpeg2 or other formats for editing. This way, I can capture just the portions I want, and then create a new DVD from multiple vhs tapes.

                                    USB-LIVE2 does not time out, or have video and audio sycn issues. Works great for me.

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                                    • Personal
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                                    • No

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                                    3.0

                                    works good

                                    By Kinarfi

                                    from Utah County, UT

                                    About Me Casual User

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Hauppauge USB-Live2 Analog Video Digitizer:

                                          I had the USB-Live1 with my XP pro, but had to go the USB-Live2 when I went to Windows 7 to be able to transfer video from my video recorder to computer, easy, simple, I also use it to view and record images from a CCTV camera. Simple and easy to use.

                                          • Primary use:
                                          • Personal
                                          • Was this a gift?:
                                          • No

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                                          5.0

                                          Easy Setup And It Works!

                                          By A. Regular Guy

                                          from TX

                                          About Me Power User

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Consistent Performance
                                          • Easy Setup
                                          • Simple

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Converting Vhs

                                            Comments about Hauppauge USB-Live2 Analog Video Digitizer:

                                            I used the Hauppage USB-Live2 to copy hours of home movies from VHS to my computer and then to DVD. Installation was very simple and the USB-Live2 worked great with my old VCR.
                                            The supplied software did a fine job of reading the signal from the VCR and then converting from .TS (raw streamed files) to .AVI.
                                            Highly recommended.

                                            • Primary use:
                                            • Personal
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                                            • No

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                                            5.0

                                            Works and makes my Skype World happy

                                            By @2kamRA

                                            from Hollywood, CA

                                            About Me Power User

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Compact
                                            • Consistent Performance
                                            • Good Length
                                            • Updated Drivers

                                            Cons

                                            • Not mac compatible

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Skype Return Video
                                            • Vhs Capture

                                            Comments about Hauppauge USB-Live2 Analog Video Digitizer:

                                            Had one DOA (USB overvoltage error in Windows 7), but B&H was great about the RMA process.we use two of these to get return program video into SKYPE for our web studio. i'm using the composite input, running from an analog D/A. I've noticed there's no de-interlacing, so the the return video has finite interlacing going on. not a big deal yet, but could cause issues if you're using skype to link up studios.Be sure to download the latest drivers from the site.

                                            • Primary use:
                                            • Business
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                                            • No

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                                            1.0

                                            does nort work with MS office live meeti

                                            By av guy

                                            from san antonio

                                            About Me Power User

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                              Cons

                                              • Incompatible

                                              Best Uses

                                                Comments about Hauppauge USB-Live2 Analog Video Digitizer:

                                                bought this for a cheap interface to get a camera into live meeting. it did not work on the video side. the audio worked fine. i called the help desk and was told that the product was not tested w/MS Office. tried different drivers no go. don't know how u don't test for Office and release a product. what did u beta test for. some obscure editing title?

                                                • Primary use:
                                                • Business
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                                                • No

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                                                5.0

                                                Very happy with the result!

                                                By Guy

                                                from YC, CA

                                                About Me Enthusiast

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Compact
                                                • Easy Installation
                                                • Easy transfer from camera

                                                Cons

                                                • Delayed pauses at times

                                                Best Uses

                                                  Comments about Hauppauge USB-Live2 Analog Video Digitizer:

                                                  I purchased a Sony HDR-FX7 video camera and found that my laptop did not have a slot for the ilink cable or for an ilink to adapter card.

                                                  After many hours of frustrated searching on the Internet I came to this B&H website and was advised about the USB-Live2 Analog Video Digitizer by Hauppauge.

                                                  I am very pleased with the results. The software installed easily, my laptop had no problems picking it up. Recording the videos was also easy through the software interface that comes with the product. The only glitch seems to be in switching between the record mode and other buttons, which caused the software to pause for an extended time.

                                                  As for visual quality - The results look better to me than when I was using the ilink cable - much to my pleasant surprise.

                                                  • Primary use:
                                                  • Business
                                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                                  • No

                                                  Share this review

                                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                                   
                                                  4.0

                                                  USB-Live2 Analog Video Digitizer by Haup

                                                  By Ricky

                                                  from Brunei

                                                  About Me Casual User

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

                                                  • Versatile

                                                  Cons

                                                    Best Uses

                                                    • Home Theater

                                                    Comments about Hauppauge USB-Live2 Analog Video Digitizer:

                                                    Before i purchased this product i read reviews from [@] and other sites. I was looking for a method of converting old home videos to digital. This was ideal. works flawlessly. I could not be satisfied.I recieved the product plugged in to laptop install drivers. connected to camcorder and right away i had live video. the seem too easy to be true!!

                                                    • Primary use:
                                                    • Personal
                                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                                    • No

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