Transfer video from a VCR, DVR, set-top box, camcorder or any other analogue video source to your Mac as an iTunes-ready file. The easy-to-use software guides you through each step, from connecting an analogue video source, to capturing video and choosing how you will watch and share it.
Simple one-click functions
One simple click adds your captured video to iTunes to sync with your iPod, iPhone and Apple TV. Edit your video right away in iMovie or play it in QuickTime and upload it directly to YouTube.
Connect any analogue video device to your Mac
Elgato Video Capture features composite and S-Video inputs allowing you to connect any analogue video device to your Mac, and it comes with a SCART adapter.
High-quality video capture for all regions
Elgato Video Capture handles NTSC, SECAM, PAL, and PAL/60 video and records in iTunes-ready, high quality H.264 or MPEG-4 files. Select between 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratios to match the source video for optimal playback quality.
- Transfer video from a VCR, DVR, camcorder or any other analog video source to your Mac
- One-click export to iTunes, QuickTime and iMovie
- Direct upload to YouTube
- Features Composite and S-Video inputs
- Captures NTSC, PAL and SECAM
- Records in iTunes-ready high quality H.264 or MPEG-4 files
- Selectable 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratios to match the source video
- Handy tool to trim the beginning and end of the captured video file
- Comes with Composite-to-SCART adaptor and Composite video/RCA stereo cable
Did you notice?After capturing you can edit your video right away in iMovie.
Apple Recommends ForCapturing video from analogue sources such as a VCR or camcorder so that you can edit and play the video on your Mac, iPod, iPhone and Apple TV.
What's in the Box?
- Elgato Video Capture hardware
- Elgato Video Capture software (CD-ROM)
- Proof of purchase key
- Composite-to-SCART adaptor
- Composite video/RCA stereo cable
- Connections: USB 2.0, RCA Plug, S-Video, Composite
- Height: 1.18 in./30 mm
- Width: 0.47 in./12 mm
- Length: 2.87 in./73 mm
- Mac OS X v.10.5.6 or later
- Mac Intel Core Duo processor
- 512 MB RAM
- QuickTime v7.6 or later, iTunes v8.1 or later
- UPC or EAN No.: 852095000218
Non-Apple Branded products / Third Party Products
- Note: Apple's One Year Limited Warranty does not apply to products that are not Apple-branded, even if packaged or sold with Apple products. Non-Apple branded products may have the benefit of a manufacturer's warranty provided by the product manufacturer - Please see your product box and literature for details. Rights under the product manufacturer's warranty are in addition, and not instead of, any rights that you have under consumer protection laws.
Ratings & Reviews
Easy & reliable for old video tapes
I bought this to transfer a pile of old VHS home movies into iTunes. It could hardly be easier, and the quality seems quite good f I bought this to transfer a pile of old VHS home movies into iTunes. It could hardly be easier, and the quality seems quite good for only a hundred bucks (although I'd forgotten how crummy VHS looks compared to DVD).
The only issue I had is a couple of tapes had crinkled areas at the beginning, which it had a hard time with. But I was able to just skip forward a little bit to the non-damaged area and then it worked fine. …
- Written by Tech H
215 of 226 people found this useful
quality too low
great little device but the output is very low quality. nowhere on the advert or on the box for that matter, does it specify the q great little device but the output is very low quality. nowhere on the advert or on the box for that matter, does it specify the quality or number of lines output.
i have bought it, was very impressed with its simplicity & how well it works, but the quality is really disappointing.
does anyone know of a similar but better device? …
- Written by PETE A from REDHILL
148 of 162 people found this useful
Occasionally choppy, but otherwise fine
Like the previous reviewer, I have also experienced some choppy video. The first few seconds of each recording are choppy (looks l Like the previous reviewer, I have also experienced some choppy video. The first few seconds of each recording are choppy (looks like dropped frames), and occasionally in the middle of recordings or after the transition from one scene to another. However, for > 95% of the recording it's fine. The recorded quality is good (my recordings are mpeg4 because I don't have enough hardware for H.264) and the software is exceptionally easy to use. I'm not sorry I bought it, but it is annoying to have to re-record video that was inexplicably choppy. I've asked Elgato for an explanation and will update this review if I get one. …
- Written by Howard T from Highland Mills
153 of 177 people found this useful
Easy to use.. works great.. don't have to be a tech head to get it going
In short.. this product will allow you to plug in your old VHS machine, betamax, 8mm video and record your old movies into your Ma In short.. this product will allow you to plug in your old VHS machine, betamax, 8mm video and record your old movies into your Mac.
yes, Im sure there are programs that allow you to turn your movies into the next Oscar winning film, but if you are a novice and simply want to archive and get those tapes on to the mac, then this is it.
Simple fast... easy.
Set up is easy, with software set up and cables ready to go. You simply get your 'player' (i.e. Camcorder, VHS etc), plug the cables into it, plug it to your Mac.. hit play on the VHS, then record on the Elgato software...voila....
Check the prices at photo stores for the $$ they charge to transfer video..its crazy... this saves you money and well worth it. …
- Written by David G from Etobicoke
3 of 3 people found this useful
Not as good as I expected
I have read the reviews from different web sites, some say the video quality is good, close to original. I have about 20 Sony Hi-8 I have read the reviews from different web sites, some say the video quality is good, close to original. I have about 20 Sony Hi-8 video tapes to convert. In fact, I already had them converted to DVD many years ago using DVD recorder, quality is okay, but definitely not close to original. With high expectation with Elgato to get mp4 version video and better quality, it turned out not the case.
I received Elgato yesterday, tried out a few tenths minutes from different tapes on my PC with i7 cpu, the converted video clips from Elgato I don't see it better than my ISO copy, i.e. DVD, quality, i.e. that means it's far from 'close to original'. The bad thing is, from Elgato, I got choppy video. Besides, with the scenes don't have high contrast like bright sky, Elgato is unable to get the details of the scene, it becomes a white screen. I tried to change the setting, but a video tape covered 2 hours videos with many different situations/scenes, there is no way to find a setting to fit all scenes, assuming you convert the video from beginning to the end in one shot.
It is possible that this product is good for Mac, but not for PC. Just a guess, otherwise, there is no way why some people say the converted quality is good.
Luckily, I chose to buy it from Apple store over other stores as Apple provide easy return solution. I requested a return label and will ship it back tomorrow. With this easy return policy, I will have more confidence to order things from Apple. …
- Written by Arie Y from Kanata
0 of 4 people found this useful
SAVED SOME 20-YEAR-OLD MEMORIES!
I am giving this product 5 stars, not because it rendered my VHS tapes in such high definition that I could see the skin pores of I am giving this product 5 stars, not because it rendered my VHS tapes in such high definition that I could see the skin pores of everyone in the video. But because I was able to FINALLY secure some very, very special memories on tape that went as far back as 1992!
Before purchasing Elgato Video Capture, I tried: (1) sending them out to a professional company that returned on DVD a much darker version; and (2) hooking up my camcorder to a VCR for recording, only to realize that the camcorder allowed for AV output, not input.
And then I was going to try (3) using my aunt’s VCR/DVD combo to record the VHS tapes to DVDs until I discovered I could not import DVD videos into iMovie without using suspect third-party software and purchasing an optical drive.
However, the Elgato Video Capture proved to be SIMPLE and SUCCESSFUL! As soon as I connected the converter to the VCR and pushed play the video appeared instantly on my laptop. I used my MacBook Pro (late 2013 model, retina display) and my aunt’s Insignia VCR/DVD combo (which does not have a S-video connection, as opted on the converter).
Based on previous reviews, I was concerned that my MacBook Pro with USB 3.0 connection would not work with the USB 2.0 converter. But Apple assured me that my laptop has “backwards compatibility” so it should recognize the 2.0 device. Another reported concern was the “No Signal” response. Out of the six videos (averaging about 25 minutes each) that I converted, I encountered this response only twice and briefly, for about 1 or 2 seconds; it only appeared when there was no video/audio on the VCR tape. Perhaps my downloading the software straight from Elgato’s website, which probably included all the updates, and cuing my videos before converting them helped me to avoid these issues.
Besides the easy self-guided software, the PRO is the ability to view the VCR tapes directly on the computer.
The only CON was the trimming feature was not precise--roughly by the minute than by the second. No big deal since I’m planning to import the videos into iMovie and do some editing/enhancing. Also, I did NOT experience any loss in quality: it’s VHS. I may not be able to see my eyelashes but I can definitely recognize who I am in the video.
NOW I have on my computer, iPad, AND iPhone very special memories, which included a skit I did for church when I was 26 years old (I’m now 43) among video treasures. …
- Written by Nicole A from Upper Marlboro
12 of 12 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
Is this compatible with my MacBook Air (2014) and OS X Yosemite 10.10.2? Also, can I see & hear what I am recording while I am recording it?
- Asked by Todd A from Danville
I have a 2 prong RCA cable Yellow and white- will that work with this software?
- Asked by Nancy C from Irvine
Can I transfer movies to a exterior drive
- Asked by Jackie M from Tappen
No answers yet
Can I watch and listen to the video prior to recoding (hearing & seeing a preview) and/or while its being recorded?
- Asked by Todd A from Danville
Yes, you can preview prior to capture. There is a preview pane available where one can confirm the v Yes, you can preview prior to capture. There is a preview pane available where one can confirm the video and audio quality before capturing. …
- Answered by Chirayu B from Tarneit