• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy to use.. works great.. don't have to be a tech head to get it going

    • Written by from Etobicoke

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not as good as I expected

    • Written by from Kanata

    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.

    0 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Upper Marlboro

    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.

    12 of 12 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy to use but has quality issues

    • Written by from Rochester

    I bought this device to archive old VHS tapes and content from my Sky+HD box. I had problems with both uses....

    When archiving VHS (using the RCA plugs), the capture was OK when the original content was very still or on a tripod, but when capturing footage that had fast moving pans or shakes (like walking around with a handheld camera) the image constantly broke up and was un-watchable.

    When archiving from a Sky+HD box the image did not fill the screen in the capture window - it introduced black bars top and bottom on both 4:3 and 16:9 recording. I tried using the RCA and the S-VHS input but both had the same issue. None of the settings allow you to select a capture area. When played back the image was either squashed or stretched on my smart TV, although Quicktime playback on the Mac was at the right ratio.

    I returned the item and will be looking for an alternative product.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Issues with 3.0 USB

    • Written by from Las Vegas

    Nothing but problems since I purchased this. The video is scrambled because my brand new iMAC with 3.0 USB is not working well with this USB 2.0 device. I'm still trying to find a workaround. Spent more money like a sucker on a USB 2.0 powered hub at Elgato's advice and that did nothing. Plugged the device into my older 2.0 USB PC and it worked fine. Wish I had done my own research before purchasing - my fault.

    4 of 9 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    All around good

    • Written by from Trelleborg

    Was displeased at first but after some minor adjustments the result is amazing

    -Running Macbook Pro '09

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Elgato Video Capture

    • Written by from Street

    This product was very easy to set up & use but the play back quality is awful,don't buy this rubbish

    2 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    AVOID on MAC

    • Written by from Gambrills

    Only captures in black and white on Mac. AVOID THIS PRODUCT!!!

    7 of 21 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Too expensive!

    • Written by from Sydney

    This costs only $80.00 from Amazon US! Why do Australians get ripped off on everything? For what it's worth, a great piece of kit that I've used over and over. I wouldn't buy it from Apple however.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Couldn't have been easier or better!

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    I waited 5 years to find an affordable, straightforward solution and I lucked into finding Elgato Video Capture. This is easy and even a novice could do this. You can monitor the video before you record (a nice feature, in case you're not sure what's on a tape). And no need to use your TV, just connect the VCR directly to your Mac!

    The price is albout what I paid getting a single tape transfer done in a local Photo Service store here in NYC, and the quality is better! And you can edit it yourself (trim it in Elgato software) in Quicktime 7.


    -Russell B.

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The Elgato Video capture is brilliant! (Part 1)

    • Written by from Mt Ommaney

    I bought this for myself for Christmas. I have MANY videos I wanted to convert to digital. So far I've been working on transferring video8 tapes - I have 56 of those. I've almost completed the lot! I work on an iMac and I'm operating off maverick. So all iMovie, iTunes etc are up to date. I loaded the provided software without problem and put the icon onto my dock. Plugged my camera into the Elgato and the software pretty much tells you what to do. It is very easy to use and I am thrilled with the results. There is only minimal quality lost, and an occasional squiggly line at the bottom of the converted video, but it is barely noticeable. I'm sure you could fix this in iMovie edit. It would have cost me a fortune to have this done professionally. Next up transferring super 8s and VHS. Will provide feedback on those as well as well as edit features in iMovie.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Would not work with my new macbook pro retina.

    • Written by from Las Vegas

    this product would not work in my new macbook pro retina.
    it appears may be a usb 3.0 issue? do not buy until they have a solution!

    27 of 30 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very good Product

    • Written by from St. Albert

    I've used a number of other products (ie. Pinnacle) with a PC and had very limited success. This Elgato product has been great with my MacPro. Easy to use, reliable, good quality transfer, matching of voice to video. I'd recommend the product and the User Interface is pretty intuitive.

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product

    • Written by from Cleveland

    This is a great image transferring device that is so easy to use. Saves a lot of money from taking old VHS, 8mm and VHS-c to have transferred to DVD. Couldn't ask for anything easier and uncomplicated to use.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Use to be great does not work with USB 3

    • Written by from Kansas City

    Elgato Video Capture does not work with USB 3 i what tried every think to make it work but does not.
    If you Have older Mac with only USB 2 and you can get it to work it is great
    I am now looking for some think that with work to replace it

    26 of 32 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Suwanee

    After many years of evaluating ways I could get my old tapes digitized, I finally made a move and purchased the Elgato unit. I was never comfortable handing over my precious family memories to someone else to convert, fearing that I would not see them again. I very easily and successfully converted old VHS, Hi8, and mini cassette videos directly onto my computer. Now I can quickly scan them to find important clips and edit them through imovie. I couldn't be happier!

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    easy to use

    • Written by from Greenville

    I am not a computer geek (ask my kids), but I was able to use to this software and device within in minutes of setting it up. It converted old VHS movies directly to imovie. I didn't have to worry about formats- it just directed the VHS videos into imovie. No problems, no updates needed. Worked great!

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Looked choppy while recording, but great during playback

    • Written by from Orlando

    For some reason while recording, the video appears choppy anytime there is significant motion. However, upon playback the choppiness is gone. (At least in my experience.) Also, I do not see any compression artifacts (i.e. pixelation). Without actually comparing side-by-side, the final result looks as good to me as the original VHS. The user interface is very clean and straightforward. Make sure you check for software updates before making your first recording.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    works great

    • Written by from HAMILTON

    Easy to set up,worked the first time,great results.Not sure why some users had trouble with quality,but I suspect the quality of the source video may be the problem.VHS tapes do not age very well,old vcr's need to be cleaned and make sure the tracking is setup properly.I'm looking forward to converting old home movies to digital.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    No Color/ No signal

    • Written by from Vancouver

    The software is very easy to install, all the transfer are in black and white and bit blurry.

    The "no signal" message comes after a few minutes of play, but it seems that the transfer is still taking place

    4 of 6 people found this useful