Geniatech iGrabber One Touch Video Grabber For MAC and PC, Push Button Recording
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Basically, it doesn't work.
First the CD software refused to install. So I went to the website and dowloaded the driver & software, which did then open.
I connected up the iGrabber device to my video and MacBook via the USB port. A blue light lit up on the iGrabber to show that it was receiving power. I followed the rather dodgy instructions to start recording. It claimed to be recording, but there was nothing on my computer screen except a pale green window. Pressing the "R" (record??) button on the iGrabber made no difference and its little blue light stubbornly failed to come on. By manually selecting the record options on the computer, it recorded soundless green nothingness. I spent a couple of hours testing all the connections and settings and although the program claimed to recognize the iGrabber device, nothing worked and I never even got a preview of my video on the computer screen.
To make matters worse, the company that dispatched the product failed to include the paperwork with the order number, which is needed to get a refund. As it was a gift I don't have my own record of the order number and have the embarrassment of phoning my friends to find it out.
There is an official Mac version of the iGrabber available at a greater price. My opinion now is that it is worth spending the extra money to get a product that actually works!
I had been using a very basic BUSH VHS player with only one scart out, and absolutely no response from iGrabber. After messing around with all the settings in iGrabber (wast of time) and various old cables (more wast of time) I read someone's comment saying they had joy when using the ports on the front of the VHS Player. This player was very basic so no go there. So with nothing to loose (apart from more wasted time) I dug out another VHS Player, this one a bit more hi-tec (SAMSUNG) and with more out sockets. The scart ports with adaptor still did not work, but AV3 (Yellow Red and White composite connections) without the scart adapter worked a treat.
So I would say if you have more sockets to output from try them all (especially if you have a direct composite connection without scart). If not it might be worth borrowing someone else's VHS player and giving that a try. When it's working I found it to do a good job and i'm pleased with the results.
P.S. I am using OSX Lion and my video is in PAL - I have found the basic DV-PAL compression works best for me (just in-case anyone was wondering).
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