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Geniatech iGrabber One Touch Video Grabber For MAC and PC, Push Button Recording

2.9 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews

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Technical Details
Item Weight249 g
Product Dimensions20.3 x 5.1 x 15.2 cm
Item model numberIGRABBER
  
Additional Information
ASINB002LRMOPO
Best Sellers Rank 133,493 in Computers (See top 100)
Shipping Weight249 g
Date First Available4 May 2010
  
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The instructions needed careful following, and settings needed to be changed mainly by guesswork, but this product does exactly what I needed it to. Which, it does have to be said, not the intended use for the product. I use my iGrabber to play my playstation through my laptop. I'm a student, and rather than pay for a TV licence for a TV it would be impossible for me to watch (no TV port in the room!), it lets me enjoy doing what I enjoy at a much more reasonable cost than a) buying a TV and b) getting it licensed. I love my iGrabber, only improvement would be to improve preview resolution and general quality, the picture is small and a little lagging. At a fraction of the alternative cost, I'm certainly not going to complain about it though! I have tested one video to see if it works, and was surprised at the huge file size before I changed it to a smaller one with some jiggery pokery. Altogether, it worked great on my windows 7 laptop, aside from small improvement that could be made, this is a great product!
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After a lot of research I requested this as a present. I have a MacBook OSX version 10.4.11, which sould be 100% compatible with this device.
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!
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Hi all, I had the same problem (pale green screen) and I was contemplating sending the thing back when I remembered I had another VHS player in the loft.
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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Whilst I was able to get this product up and running with little difficulty, and it performed pretty welI, up to a point, I was unable to overcome one serious problem - the audio was captured out of sync with the video. In fact the longer the grab progressed the more out of sync the audio became. The responses to my emails sent to geniatech were unhelpful and did not address the problem. I will therefore be asking for a refund.
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Installed the software followed the instructions but nothing at all shows up on my computer screen. Tried using the RCA cables then tried the S-video cables but nothing at all shows up. Records nothing, audio or video. Computer doesn't even acknowledge that anything is plugged into it. A waste of time in my book. Happy to hear others have gotten to work. I gave it one star for coming in a nice looking box.
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