USB 2.0 Video Grabber with Audio
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    USB 2.0 Video Grabber with Audio
    Product # 5616
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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.

    Features:

    • 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)


    Support Files:

    3.9 / 5.0
    127 Reviews
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    18
    Hard to get working, but it does work.
    First off, I could not get the device to work in Windows 10. I couldn't get the driver to install. I tried about a dozen different drivers I found on the internet, but no dice. I would love to hear if anyone can get it working in 10.

    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:

    http://www.winavi.com/video-capture/

    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
    January 12, 2016
    Does what I needed very well
    I wanted to digitize my old Hi8 analog tape videos and a large number of old VHS tapes, so I could edit them and burn them onto DVDs. After searching and reading about all the various options, components, software, etc I had no idea what would be best for me to buy. Then I thought to see if my trusty source for cables and other inexpensive items, Monoprice, had anything and found this little jewel at an incredible price.

    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.
    August 10, 2009
    Works on Windows 10
    From reading the reviews, I was not expecting this product to work on Windows 10, so I first downloaded
    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.
    August 15, 2016
    Great little tool, box and CD not overstuffed
    + Puts a video file from VHS onto the PC that looks equal or better than when you play it to your TV (Depending on how good your TV is)
    + 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.
    July 24, 2009
    Works on Windows 10
    From reading the reviews, I was not expecting this product to work on Windows 10, so I first downloaded 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. 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.
    August 19, 2016
    5/5
    worked exactly as i hoped it would. i use windows 7, and just a few clicks to install and i captured a whole box full of videos in a day. i simply plugged it in from my vcr to my computer, then hit the capture button. easier than i expected. better than the price of admission.
    August 26, 2011
    5/5
    FYI....
    Did not work after installing 3 times.......The 4th time I let windows installation wizard handle the installation and everything worked right away......
    January 5, 2010
    Better than expected
    Was a bit uncertain if this would perform as described for a couple of reasons. First, Win 8.1 was not listed as a version of windows that it was compatible with and secondly I didn't expect much from a piece of equipment with such a low price. Well, it worked with Win 8.1 and it worked very well. If you are transferring video from VHS tapes to a PC make sure in the software to change the function of the only button on the device to capture video rather than a single image capture. Highly recommended.

    PROS: Copied VHS tapes flawlessly

    Very easy to use

    CONS: None
    May 7, 2015
    Works great
    Works great, wanted to use my security camera with my Computer and it works great. Long cables so you have some reach. Without the CD you are screwed for drivers however, So here is a link to the CD! http://www.filedropper.com/usbvid

    PROS: Easy to use, fairly easy layout, connect, install, good to go

    CONS: Without CD, screwed
    September 21, 2011
    Great little device for converting video
    I ordered this device to convert an old VHS tape that my father in law had of his father playing pool some years ago. The device was small and easy to setup and the software it came with did the job. There are different options and on the DVD setting for video capture it was just under 4.5 GBs for about 113 minutes of captured footage.

    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.
    December 29, 2009
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