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Diamond VC500 One Touch USB Video & Audio Capture for Windows

You Pay: $33.99
Product Highlights
  • Transfers Video from Video Device to PC
  • Also Supports Audio and Still Images
  • Convenient Way of Saving Old VCR Footage
  • Works with TVs, VCR, Game Consoles, Etc.
  • Works with Simple Included Software
  • Direct to YouTube Publishing
  • Composite / S-Video to USB Connections
  • Supports NTSC and PAL

The Diamond VC500 One Touch USB Video & Audio Capture for Windows works with included software to capture and transfer video, audio, and/or still images from almost any video device to a computer for storage. The USB end plugs into the computer, and one of the connections on the other end plugs into the video device. The other end features RCA Composite and S-Video connections. At the push of one button the capture and transfer takes effect in real-time as the video/audio/still plays on the video device. Compatible devices include TVs, DVD players, VCRs, cameras, and video game consoles. The VC500 provides a convenient and cost effective way of saving old VCR footage.

The included software pulls up on the computer and lets you know when to begin capture, at which point you would press the one button abovementioned. Additional to capture functionality, the software also has basic editing and DVD burning functions and is capable of publishing directly to YouTube.

  • Captures and transfers video/audio/stills from a video device to a computer
  • Captures in real-time as the video/audio/still plays out
  • Included software features basic editing, DVD burning, and YouTube publishing functions
  • Convenient and cost effective way of saving old VCR footage
  • RCA Composite and S-Video connections to video device
  • Supports NTSC and PAL video standards
Minimum System Requirements
Operating System Windows 8, Windows 7 32-bit, Windows 7 64-bit, Windows Vista 32-bit, Windows XP, Windows XP MCE
CPU AMD Athlon or Intel Pentium 4
1.4 GHz speed
256 MB memory
Hard Disk Space 300 MB
(600 MB to 3GB required for 1 hour of recording)
CD-ROM CD-ROM drive required
General
Interface USB 2.0
Video Standards NTSC (720 x 480 @ 30 fps), PAL (720 x 576 @ 25 fps)
Video Capture Formats MPEG 4, MPEG, MPEG
Still Image Capture Formats JPG, BMP
Inputs 1x Composite RCA video
1x Composite RCA audio
1x S-Video
Dimensions 3.8 x 1.3 x .6" (9.6 x 3.3 x 1.5 cm)
Weight .15 lb (68 g)
Diamond VC500 One Touch USB Video & Audio Capture for Windows
  • Capture Software on Installation CD
  • Quick Start Guide
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    DiamondVC500 One Touch USB Video & Audio Capture for Windows
     
    3.3

    (based on 15 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    64%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to install (6)
    • Good power output (4)
    • Highly compatible (3)

    Cons

    • Unreliable (4)
    • Difficult to install (3)

    Best Uses

        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Quality oriented (9), Budget shopper (6)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (12), Business (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      This thing does what it says!

      Pulled some video from an old VHS and created MP4, and MP2 with it. Captures audio and video. Strangely seems to "Recognize" copyright material sometimes, but isn't consistent. Anyway,...Read complete review

      Pulled some video from an old VHS and created MP4, and MP2 with it. Captures audio and video. Strangely seems to "Recognize" copyright material sometimes, but isn't consistent. Anyway, this does the trick. The record button on the device is pointless, because the software effects the capture. I didn't mess with the editing software so I can't speak to that, I'm using Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 to pretty up my videos. I[*]!Oh also, it comes with the RCA cable, but my camcorder has 3.5 mm out to RCA, so I had to get a separate cable, but the device has the RCA female, so it will be compatible when I get my new cable.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      hardware good, support and software ???

      Ripped a VHS tape to a video file on my PC. The hardware works as advertised. The EZ Grabber software that came with it doesn't. Fortunately, they included a copy of ArcSoft Showbiz...Read complete review

      Ripped a VHS tape to a video file on my PC. The hardware works as advertised. The EZ Grabber software that came with it doesn't. Fortunately, they included a copy of ArcSoft Showbiz software that will work. Don't bother with using EZ Grabber. Also, be careful installing the driver files. Their directions do not work and look as if they were written for WinXP. I have Win7 which does not install drivers the way they wrote in their instructions. Had to uninstall the drivers and reinstall them from disk without connecting the hardware to get it to work. Their directions do not point this out. Read their forum for the issues folks have with the installation and you'll see what I mean. I would recommend this product, but with reservations. If you aren't technically savvy, get a friend who is to help with the installation.

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      3.0

      It works?

      By Poppy301

      from Ohio

      About Me Quality Oriented

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • It Works

      Cons

      • Hard To Use
      • No Instructions

      Best Uses

        Comments about Diamond VC500 One Touch USB Video & Audio Capture for Windows:

        I have found a way to make this work, but it is anything but one touch. There are no instructions, so good luck figuring out how to use the product.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

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        2.0

        Why are these things so difficult to use

        By stiltsmcg

        from New York City

        About Me Value Oriented

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Unreliable

          Best Uses

            Comments about Diamond VC500 One Touch USB Video & Audio Capture for Windows:

            I have a lot of software and hardware experience; I edit video and audio, create databases, upgrade and downgrade, solve lots of tech issues. My many computers are Win 7, Intel i5, etc etc. Still, I can't seem to get these Video Capture devices to work as advertised. I originally got the Elgato USB device - couldn't get it to work at all (on several computers). Returned it for the Diamond VC500. On every capture the audio and video became increasingly out of sync. Tried different setting, looked for hours on sites to see if there were any fixes. No go. What DID work was to let the VC500 play the video (Hi-8 analogue) and I used the shareware Recordzilla (which I already had and used) to make the capture. That works fine, but it is most certainly not the way it's supposed to go. Really, I swear I know what I am doing, and I am flummoxed to see how many good reviews these devices get. I cannot figure out what the issue is, but there you go.

            • Primary use:
            • Business

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            1.0

            Not satisfied with the video quality.

            By Bo

            from Riverside, CA.

            About Me Value Oriented

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Diamond VC500 One Touch USB Video & Audio Capture for Windows:

                  It was a shot in the dark thinking technology is now better and cheaper. It's worse than my 10 year old USB video capture device I'm trying to replace. I wish I could recommend a better unit but I'm still searching for one. Most likely will have to shop in the $150 and up HD video range.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

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                  4.0

                  Finally able to convert VHS to DVD

                  By Nick

                  from New Jersey

                  About Me Quality Oriented

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Install
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Diamond VC500 One Touch USB Video & Audio Capture for Windows:

                      Able to convert VHS to DVD and after a few hours playing with software able to edit content.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

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                      5.0

                      This thing does what it says!

                      By Janknuts

                      from Earth

                      About Me Value Oriented

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Install
                      • Highly Compatible

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Diamond VC500 One Touch USB Video & Audio Capture for Windows:

                          Pulled some video from an old VHS and created MP4, and MP2 with it. Captures audio and video. Strangely seems to "Recognize" copyright material sometimes, but isn't consistent. Anyway, this does the trick. The record button on the device is pointless, because the software effects the capture. I didn't mess with the editing software so I can't speak to that, I'm using Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 to pretty up my videos. I[*]!Oh also, it comes with the RCA cable, but my camcorder has 3.5 mm out to RCA, so I had to get a separate cable, but the device has the RCA female, so it will be compatible when I get my new cable.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal

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                          2.0

                          hardware good, support and software ???

                          By amazing grace

                          from georgia

                          About Me Value Oriented

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Inexpensive

                          Cons

                          • Difficult To Install
                          • Poor Support

                          Best Uses

                          • Vhs Conversion

                          Comments about Diamond VC500 One Touch USB Video & Audio Capture for Windows:

                          Ripped a VHS tape to a video file on my PC. The hardware works as advertised. The EZ Grabber software that came with it doesn't. Fortunately, they included a copy of ArcSoft Showbiz software that will work. Don't bother with using EZ Grabber. Also, be careful installing the driver files. Their directions do not work and look as if they were written for WinXP. I have Win7 which does not install drivers the way they wrote in their instructions. Had to uninstall the drivers and reinstall them from disk without connecting the hardware to get it to work. Their directions do not point this out. Read their forum for the issues folks have with the installation and you'll see what I mean. I would recommend this product, but with reservations. If you aren't technically savvy, get a friend who is to help with the installation.

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                          • Personal

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                          4.0

                          Works well enough

                          By Engineer

                          from Columbus, Ohio

                          About Me Quality Oriented

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Diamond VC500 One Touch USB Video & Audio Capture for Windows:

                                Image quality isn't as crisp as I'd like, but it works well enough and easy to use.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Business

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                                1.0

                                Not worth my time

                                By CP

                                from MN

                                About Me Value Oriented

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                  Cons

                                  • Difficult To Install
                                  • Unreliable
                                  • Worthless

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Diamond VC500 One Touch USB Video & Audio Capture for Windows:

                                    After many hours of effort, reloading drivers, 2 computers using different OS, I have nothing to show for it. I tried both cable configurations, S-video never worked at all, and composite gave me double image. Finally found a combination of VCR, cable, computer that worked and it recorded for about 10 seconds, then it quit and displayed a message "Copyrighted material". The thing is, it was a video tape of old home movies that were not copyrighted, so this item found yet another way to defeat me. Stay away from it, it's just a waste of time. I'm sorry, but the nicest thing I can say about this product is that it comes in a pretty box.

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                                    • Personal

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                                    3.0

                                    Just ok

                                    By skytrooper

                                    from Hopkinton, MA

                                    About Me Quality Oriented

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Its Relatively Cheap

                                    Cons

                                    • Not Good For Detail Work

                                    Best Uses

                                    • General Documentation

                                    Comments about Diamond VC500 One Touch USB Video & Audio Capture for Windows:

                                    Used with expensive microscope camera. Results are ok for still shots but grainy. I do not work with movie formats so I cannot comment on movie quality. Software is amateur. The file system does not list stills even though there is a window for them. You have to find them using the windows file system. Instructions are again amateur and installation isn't exactly as described, but the install did work.

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                                    • Personal

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                                    3.0

                                    not enough information

                                    By mg

                                    from westchester county

                                    About Me Quality Oriented

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Install

                                    Cons

                                    • Unreliable

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Video Transfer

                                    Comments about Diamond VC500 One Touch USB Video & Audio Capture for Windows:

                                    Was very difficult to edit videos and save to DVD. Got many error messages. When I emailed Diamond customer service for assistance never received a reply.

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                                    • Personal

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                                    5.0

                                    Totally worth it

                                    By Yissi

                                    from Brooklyn, NY

                                    About Me Value Oriented

                                    Verified Buyer
                                    Staff Reviewer

                                    Pros

                                    • Highly Compatible
                                    • Powerful

                                    Cons

                                    • Difficult To Install

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Diamond VC500 One Touch USB Video & Audio Capture for Windows:

                                      I have a vault of videos stored on HI8 digital tapes from years ago. I am now converting them to youtube videos. This piece is the missing link. Works really well. The software it comes with can be cumbersome. My computer does not have an optical drive so installing the software meant I needed to download stuff from their website.

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                                      • Business

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                                      4.0

                                      Works OK, Software is a little buggy

                                      By Harry

                                      from Leonardtown, MD

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                                      Verified Buyer

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                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about Diamond VC500 One Touch USB Video & Audio Capture for Windows:

                                            I use this device to transfer my copy protected VHS tapes to DVD. The quality in the DVD end product is acceptable and given the price of the VC500 this is a pretty good deal. Do carefully follow the installation instructions and ensure that you install the driver from the CD. The software itself is a little buggy. When you make software setting changes, you need to be aware that the setting changes will not become active until you restart the software. If you're not comfortable and somewhat proficient at using your computer and software products then this product might give you a frustrating experience. I used the windows movie maker software to edit and make the final DVD.

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                                            • Personal

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                                            5.0

                                            Great product does what it says.

                                            By alpha 550

                                            from Wilson , Ks

                                            About Me Quality Oriented

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Easy To Install
                                            • Easy to use
                                            • Great Results
                                            • Highly Compatible
                                            • High Quality
                                            • Powerful

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Replacement

                                              Comments about Diamond VC500 One Touch USB Video & Audio Capture for Windows:

                                              This is a great product, easy to install and away you go.I coverted twenty tapes with no problem in one week after buying. The included software works great and is easy to use. I highly recommend. I use a laptop, windows 7, four gig of ram.

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                                              4.0

                                              It is a good product

                                              By Gasman

                                              from Fort Myers beach, Fl

                                              About Me Quality Oriented

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Easy To Install
                                              • High Quality
                                              • Powerful

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                  Comments about Diamond VC500 One Touch USB Video & Audio Capture for Windows:

                                                  It was easy to install on my lap top. I am happy because it is user friendly and I will be very busy converting VHS to video. I do have problem can't get to work on my Desk top computer and I don't know why.

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                                                  • Personal

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                                                  3.0

                                                  Not quite a one touch gadget

                                                  By Gone canoeing

                                                  from Sturgis, MI

                                                  About Me Quality Oriented

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

                                                  • Easy To Install

                                                  Cons

                                                  • Unreliable

                                                  Best Uses

                                                    Comments about Diamond VC500 One Touch USB Video & Audio Capture for Windows:

                                                    Works well in spurts!
                                                    Having issues with static noises when recording from VHS tapes.

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                                                    • Personal

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