We have decided that it was time to save our old VHS tapes by transfering them into digital format. After reading mixed (very mixed!) reviews about many video capture devices, I was unsure what to buy for VHS-to-DVD transfer. I'm happy to say that this device works for us!
Here are some notes for Mac people who, like us, are not experts in video production, but would like to digitise their videos to save them from extinction:
- even though the software is easy and intuitive, I would still say you'd better read a little bit about video formats, compression, what settings to choose for the software and all that business: ReadMe file attached to the software is good for this (and yes, I know it's boring to read instructions);
- if you have a VCR with Scart-only output you'll have to buy a special connector;
- if you'd like to burn the digitised video onto a DVD so that you could watch it on a regular DVD player, you'll need a special program for that. We have tried putting the digitised videos in MPEG4 format onto a DVD, but our DVD player refused to play it (though it should have, according to it's manual). We also tried using iGrabber Exporter software, but the result was the same. It might have been our DVD player's fault, but who knows; as I said, we are not experts. Then we used iDVD and it worked perfectly, we can now watch our old videos on our DVD player and the quality is not at all worse, it might be even slightly better. For the owners of older Macs: please, consider if your computer is capable. We have a new iMac, so it worked fine; I am not sure that our previous model would have managed, and it didn't have iDVD.