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Roxio Easy VHS to DVD (Mac)
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113 of 114 people found the following review helpful
on 11 November 2009
I rarely provide reviews and have never provided a bad review (largely because I'm British and it feels wrong somehow?!). However, in this case I'm going to make an exception. I bought this product because the blurb said it would capture video AND let you edit it seamlessly with iMovie.
On the plus side, this program DOES capture VHS from your old video cassettes or VHS-C/Video8 camcorder recordings. It set up easily enough and I was capturing my old home movies within 30 mins of installing the software. HOWEVER, this is where my problems began.
EVHS-DVD converts your old video into MPEG2 files. This is no problem if you capture your video then choose to IMMEDIATELY edit it with iMovie. The software converts MPEG2 into a format that allows you to edit with iMovie.
Unfortunately, after capturing your video, the software presents you with several options, one of which is 'Capture more video' (or similar wording). If you have several cassettes as I did, you choose the 'Capture more video' each time. Eventually you end up with several MPEG2 files on your hard disk which is where the problems start.
1. iMOVIE WILL NOT OPEN MPEG2 FILES
2. EVHS-DVD WILL NOT LET YOU OPEN FILES YOU HAVE PREVIOUSLY CAPTURED USING EVHS-DVD.
3. EVHS-DVD WILL NOT CONVERT MPEG2 FILES UNLESS YOU CHOOSE 'Edit with iMovie' EACH TIME YOU CAPTURE A VIDEO
4. THERE IS NO WARNING IN THE SOFTWARE THAT IGNORING THE 'Edit with iMovie' OPTION MEANS YOUR CAPTURED VIDEO CAN NEVER BE OPENED AGAIN BY EVHS-DVD
5. THE MPEG2 FILES YOU NOW POSSESS ARE EFFECTIVELY REDUNDANT. No program on your Mac will open them (unless you have a special QuickTime plugin) and iMovie will not import them
I have had a long email conversation with Roxio Technical Support who effectively said 'Yes sir, you're right, and we note your concern, but we can't help you'. Very poor indeed.
The whole problem could be solved if EVHS-DVD had a 'File....Open' option to open files you've previously captured. But there just isn't. Nothing. My advice is do not buy this product until this very fundamental flaw is fixed.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on 25 November 2009
Okay, the software is nice & easy to set up, however -

1- You may find you need more cables - it comes with a short adaptor cable for USB to the 3 seperate coloured pin plugs, so I needed to go & buy a 3 colour cable (like the ones you use to plug video consoles into your TV) & then a 3 colour to SCART adaptor since my video player doesn't have the 3 colour out.

Once everything's plugged together you press play on your video & following the menus you get a little screen on your Mac showing what the video is playing so you can check sound & picture & cue your video ready to transfer to your computer. Pretty straightforward, but...

2- Every time I cue up a new video I can't get the video sound on my Mac. Unless I unplug the USB & then plug it back in & it's magically fixed. What's with that!

Okay, so you click on the big obvious "record" button on screen & sit back while the video plays through. You can choose to have the record stop automatically at 60 minutes, 90 minutes, etc, but...

3- you cannot customise the stop time to suit the actual length of the video you're transferring.

When the recording finishes a little window pops up saying something like "please wait a moment" while your computer converts the video format to something it can use, this may take a little longer than you might think...

4 - The transfer time is not quick, on my Macbook is about 1 1/2 times the length of the video (a 1 hour movie takes 1 1/2 hours to transfer), obviously if you have a more up to the minute Mac it should be faster.

Once the format is converted you get the option to transfer the file into I-Movie (editing software), or Toast (the DVD writer software), or to quit leaving the video saved in your Movies file as a ".mov" file.

5 - If you do not choose I-Movie at this stage you will not be able to do it later! The format that the video just converted to cannot be opened by I-Movie, & the VHS-DVD software doesn't allow you to transfer saved files to I-Movie. If you do chose to go to I-Movie you have to wait for another format change (go make yourself a cup of tea, a 1 hour video took about 1/2 hour on my laptop). (Oh, & if your version of I-Movie isn't compatible it won't tell you until it's done this format change.)

If you opt for the Quit option the saved .mov file can be viewed in I-Tunes.
If you opt for transfering the file to Toast Basic (provided with the package) you just drag in the videos you want & choose from a selection of DVD title menus. You can title the videos, but otherwise ...

6 - You can't customise the DVD menu in Toast Basic. Not a terrible omission, but it would've been nice to just drag over a JPEG of your choice for the selection menu.

Once you've made your selections (recording quality "Good/Better/Best") click record &... wait.

7 - It takes ages to convert/buffer the files ready to burn to DVD. I put four 1 hour videos together on one video (I'm guessing this is about the maximum per disc at the default settings), selected the highest quality & it took 16 hours before it was ready to burn the DVD!

Finally the DVD is burned & ready to watch. The formatting is pretty basic (the software splits the videos into chapters), but straightforward, however...

8 - Sadly the picture quality at "Best Quality" using the defaults is not as good as the source video. I transferred old VHS tapes at the highest quality setting & the resulting DVD was kinda fuzzy & all dark areas on screen were now an impenetrable black. The sound level varied from one recording to the other as well, I assume the DVD volume depends on the volume controls on your computer rather than the levels on the source video. Overall the kind of picture quality you would expect from You-Tube, but not adequate for archiving your old movies. I haven't tried playing around with the Advanced settings yet, but assume that this will provide higher quality (being "Advanced", I'm not too sure what half of the settings do, a bit more info or a quality demo would be nice. The higher quality settings obviously mean your videos will take up more room, so less movie per disc, but presumably the processing time per disc will be about the same).

So, easy to use (except for the problem with I-Movie), but expect it to be time consuming, & the results at the default are of poor quality.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on 7 October 2009
This does an adequate job of converting analogue to dv with one very large fault. The quality is not good enough to watch on tv/dvd. If you just want to send clips to youtube then this is fine for you. If you want to convert vhs to dvd like it says in the title, you will be left disappointed just like I was.

I've sent mine back too and ordered the more expensive ADVC-55 Analogue to DV Converter. Hopefully it will do the job that this cannot and will not do.

In fact it should be called Roxio Easy VHS to Youtube!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 25 January 2012
This product sounds to be just what is needed to copy VHS tapes to DVD, on a Mac in V2.00 on sale in UK.
The first thing that happens after installing is that a splash screen prompts the upgrading to V2.01 to solve the problem of the screen going purple during the copying of the VHS tape - which it does as I found out after the upgrade failed to install "some files to Applications". Over several weeks I have corresponded fruitlessly with Roxio, who first invited me to upgrade from their site - to V1.05!! This might not be so bad but this version doesn't work either - unless you want silent movies - or occasionally sound but no picture - never both. I have tried all the suggestions from Roxio, and also off my own bat have removed all third party programs in case they were causing conflict, all to no avail. Unless Roxio can do something more effective than they have so far, and very soon, I shall be asking for my money to be returned by Amazon, as the product is not fit for purpose.
Why do Roxio not have any mention of V2.00 nor any upgrades for it, on their website?
Why does the product not include "Toast" to write the DVD, as it claims on their (US) website. We in the UK are being short-changed. I am very unhappy to have wasted so much time, and will have to waste a lot more re-installing all the programs which were not, after all, causing conflicts. Roxio do not answer questions - such as have they actually tried the update themselves onto a Mac, or why V2.00 does not feature on the website.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 7 May 2010
Please don't bother with this software. Save your time and money.

The title Easy VHS to DVD is very, very misleading

The time taken to capture the video is "real time"... no problem there... very easy.

But then if you want to edit the file and add chapter markers you need to allow about 2 hours to transfer a 1 hour video capture to iMovie, then you need to do the job (which depends on how quickly you pick up using the software, it's fairly simple).

You need to edit the file in iDVD to make it look "professional" with menus and chapters, etc. That takes time, too.

Then when using iDVD to produce your disc, allow about 3 1/2 hours to burn a 2 hour dvd.

I really have got better things to do with my time than this.

Roxio say just transfer your captured file to Toast 10 Titanium, but that does not allow any editing or adding chapter markers.

If I had my time and money again I would buy a VHS / DVD combo unit and just copy one to the other and save myself hours and hours and hours and hours and hours and ...
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
As I am writing this, I'm sending mine for a return, as I did with almost every USB-Video-Capture device so far. They just don't deliver. I have a very fast machine at home and still there were several framedrops in the capture process, making the final video useless (audio completely out-of-sync by the end of the movie). The software update from Roxio made things even worse, capture was just stopping after 50 seconds.

Overall a disappointment, I'm going for the ADVC-55 Analogue to DV Converter now, which is more expensive, but I hope will work. I had enough of USB solutions that simply don't work and waste my time. I don't know how companies can get away with selling stuff like this which simply don't work.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 30 May 2010
Rubbish...no instructions, seems to do only basic low quality (from Super 8 to computer) transfer with no editing facility help, overpriced, usual con and little information given on Amazon about product as usual with Amazon. When will they learn they would shift more product if they gave more info about the product. Save your money and buy better make.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 9 December 2010
On initial installation and connection to my mac, - no sound from the videos! On further research and contact with Roxio via online chat (not very helpful), reinstalled the software and sound is excellent (I have Snow Leopard system). Read on forums that this can be a problem with this software, and Roxio are really unable to help - so beware. Thankfully, mine now working well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 2 June 2012
If you buy this, you're only wasting your time - I really wish I had read previous reviews. The software is extremely flawed - You click 'STOP' at the end of the recording, and next thing - the software crashed and all your video is gone! Tried on both an iMac and MB Pro (16GB Ram, 2.4 GhZ i7) running Lion.

DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 19 October 2009
Found this item excellent on the Mac. I wanted to edit my old vhs tapes using iMovie 09 and this program does a very good job of transferring from the tape deck to the Mac and it is so easy to edit the resulting movies.
Have used similar products on a pc and always had a lot of dropped frames, not so with this program.
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