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USB 2.0 Video Grabber with Audio
Capture standard definition video to your computer's hard drive using this USB 2.0 Video Grabber from Monoprice!
This video capture device connects to a USB 2.0 port on your Windows-based PC. It features both a composite RCA and S-Video video input connection, as well as stereo RCA analog audio inputs, making it perfect for converting a VHS collection to DVD.
It provides real-time MPEG 1, MPEG 2, and MPEG 4 encoding in both PAL and NTSC standards. The included capture software allows you to specify the encoding format for both audio only (mp3 and wma) and audio/video capture, from wmv to DVD quality. It provides functionality for both capture and playback of the captured files, so you can check the capture for quality and accuracy before working with it. You can also take snapshots of the video as it is being played or recorded.
Note that the software supports capture and playback only. Third-party video editing software is needed to edit the captured files and third-party burning software is required to burn the video files to CD or DVD.
- Real time MPEG 1, MPEG 2, and MPEG 4 encoding
- Supports the WMA, MPEG-4, AVI, VCD, SVCD, and DVD audio/video formats
- Supports video bit rates from 1.2 ~ 6.0 Mbps
- Supports the WMA and MP3 audio-only formats
- Supports a 224kbps audio bitrate
- Capture snapshots in BMP or JPG format
- Compatible with Microsoft® Windows® XP, Vista®, and Windows 7 (32- and 64-bit versions)
- User's Manual (Jan 20, 2010)
- Drivers for Windows XP/Vista/7 ver 1.21 (Aug 6, 2010)
- Video Grabber Utility for Windows (Aug 6, 2010)
- Distribution disc (Aug 6, 2010)
Microsoft®, Windows®, and Vista® are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.
Questions and Answers
Installed it on a Windows 7 64 machine. The bundled driver installed fine, but the included BlazeHDAV capture software did not work for me. When I tried capturing video from a composite source, it would capture 2-3 seconds of video and then just stop. After playing with the settings and getting nowhere, I decided to try different software.
I downloaded the EZ Grabber software linked to on this page, but it crashed when I initiated a capture.
After trying a few other software suggestions I found online, the one that worked for me was WinAVI Video Capture. Link:
WinAVI automatically detected the video grabber device. The only error I had was something about being unable to record to the selected file path. I believe this is because the default recording folder didn't actually exist. I just changed it to save to the My Videos folder, and then it worked fine.
If this solution doesn't work for you, maybe a different driver or capture software will do the trick. Be prepared for the possibility of having to do some extensive Googling to get this thing to work. If you are willing to do that, this device is really a great deal once it works.
PROS: Cheap, simple to hook up, simple to operate once you get compatible software
CONS: May not work with included drivers and software depending on your OS
I've used both the EZGRAB software that came with this, as well as the video editor from AVS4YOU that I already had, and both worked great. On my HI8 I used the RCA plugs for both video and audio, and from my VCR I used the S-Video and RCA audio plugs. Both the video and audio were at least as good as when played back from my HI8 camera and the VCR, and seemed to be sync'd up fine.
One thing I noticed when I used AVS4YOU is that I had a fairly high number of dropped frames (the EZGRAB doesn't show you any stats about dropped frames). After doing some research, I don't believe this had anything to do with this product. I think my old trusty XP PC is in need of an upgrade so I'll have the resources to capture without as many frame dropouts.
Once again Monoprice came through with a very solid product and the best price of anything out there that appeared to be able to do the same job.
Then I tried the software on my Windows 10 machine. Despite the documentation saying that I could only install it on only one machine, I was able to register the application again on my Windows 10 machine I saw the input video again, but this time no audio. So, I applied the Windows 7 audio fix mentioned in the documentation and it fixed the audio. I hit the record
button and it saved my audio/video into ASF file. I could use WinFF to convert this file to any format. Not sure why the other reviewers are having trouble with Windows 10 - maybe Microsoft fixed it with an update. It worked on another Windows 10 machine I tried it on.
PROS: For the price, it works better than I expected (and it works on my Windows 10 machines).
CONS: mini CD and doc hidden in cardboard packaging - almost thought it didn't exist.
+ Several output settings to match input scan type with different reasons for capture. (Larger file for making a DVD of your home movies, smaller for sending email to the grand-kids.)
+ Also can do sound only with .wma or .mp3, but who would want to hook this to an old LP or cassette tape record and reuse those old - hmmm - wait a minute - ...
- When our video auto-switch changed sources from Xbox to cable to VHS, it drops the sync for a half a second and the EZ Grabber window appears to lock up. When I plugged this grabber dirrectly into the VHS or other sources this did not happen.
+ Right-click the display window and select another scan mode, then select the correct one again and it is very quickly back to normal. Auto-resync would have been nice, but at this price I can't dock more than half a star for that.
= Try a few output settings on a short test capture first to find what matches for your scan mode and the file size you need. If you want to plug this in and walk away for an hour then come back for you finished DVD you have the wrong attitude for this price range. It's easy with this to walk away while a 4 hour VHS tape plays and come back to a 4 hour video file. How you split and assemble, publish, and burn the result is not this tool's job.
+ As in the review title, this only comes with drivers and software to grab (capture) video (and/or audio) into a file, including 64bit and 32bit versions for Vista and XP.
= I am glad I did not have to pay extra for video editor and DVD authoring software, especially since it is often the "teaser versions" when they try to add stuff and keep cost low. Windows Vista Home Premium already has both and worked fine for me. Windows Home Basic has the editor but not the DVD Maker, but most DVD Burners (and many prebuilt systems that include them) come with their own. Check what you have. If you can do what you need starting with .mpg (Mpeg-4) or .avi or .wmv files this provides them for you. You can play with the "sample videos" in your "videos" folder to find out. If you can't, then get this anyway and look for good complete versions of DVD authoring software. You have more tapes to convert than you think, and having good software that makes the task a pleasure will pay you back well.
I'm getting several more for stocking stuffers.
the "disc" from Monoprice website and installed it on to my old WinXP machine. None of the software
downloaded from the Monoprice website worked for me. Then I looked at the cardboard packaging once more
and realized it came with one of those tiny CDs and fold up documentation. The CD contains the driver
and BlazeVideo application. I installed this on my WinXP machine and it worked! I saw the input video
displayed in the application and the audio was coming through. Then I hit record ... my old WinXP machine
was simply not fast enough to handle this.
Then I tried the software on my Windows 10 machine. Despite the documentation saying that I could only
install it on only one machine, I was able to register the application again on my Windows 10 machine.
I saw the input video again, but this time no audio. So, I applied the Windows 7 audio fix mentioned
in the documentation and it fixed the audio. I hit the record button and it saved my audio/video into
ASF file. Not sure why the other reviewers are having trouble with Windows 10 - maybe Microsoft fixed
it with an update.
PROS: For the price, it works better than I expected (and it works on my Windows 10 machines).
CONS: CD and doc hidden in cardboard packaging - almost thought it didn't exist.
Did not work after installing 3 times.......The 4th time I let windows installation wizard handle the installation and everything worked right away......
PROS: Simple, cheap, easy to use
CONS: Female connectors on adapter mean that (for me at least) I needed a male to male cable to connect a VCR or camcorder.
PROS: Easy to use, fairly easy layout, connect, install, good to go
CONS: Without CD, screwed
The only issue I had was Windows allowing me to save to the original folder the software was attempting to save my video captures to. If you have an issue where the captures aren't saving to the folder check the settings to make sure it isn't read only or you may have to create a new folder somewhere else on the hard drive so the program has rights to save to it. Once I got that working the software was very easy to use. It does save it in various formats so you may have to use a third party program to conver to a DVD. I used the Windows Live Movie Maker in Windows 7 and it worked like a charm to take the AVI and allow me to edit and then create the DVD from it.