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StarTech USB S-Video and Composite Video Capture Cable with Audio


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USB 2.0-S-Video / Component
  • Supports NTSC, PAL and SECAM input formats as well as the selection of MPEG, WMV or AVI output file types offering flexibility
  • Small, lightweight, USB powered device provides a sleek and portable video capture solution
  • Free lifetime StarTech.com technical support
  • Small and lightweight for portability or on the go applications
  • USB 2.0 transfer rates for high quality video capturing

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Product details

Style Name: USB 2.0-S-Video / Component
  • Product Dimensions: 29.8 x 6.2 x 19.8 cm ; 295 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 381 g
  • Item model number: SVID2USB2
  • ASIN: B000O5RIWO
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 15 Sep 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,618 in Computers & Accessories (See Top 100 in Computers & Accessories)

Product Description

Style Name: USB 2.0-S-Video / Component

Product Description

The SVID2USB2 USB 2.0 S-Video/Composite video Capture Cable lets you connect devices that output S-Video or Composite video to a computer through an available USB 2.0 port. The cable also features two channel RCA stereo audio inputs that let you capture the audio accompanying the S-Video or Composite video signal. The perfect solution for bridging a computer and an S-Video or Composite video source, the capture cable offers real time MPEG 1, MPEG 2 and MPEG 4 recording. Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, the Capture Cable is a great solution for mobile applications that integrates seamlessly with laptop and desktop computers. Backed by a StarTech.com 2-year warranty and free lifetime technical support.

Box Contains

USB Video Capture Cable
Software CD
Driver CD
Instruction Manual

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By M. Fancourt on 4 Feb 2010
Style Name: USB 2.0-S-Video / Component Verified Purchase
I purchased this converter to store my video tape collection onto DVD for future use. I use a modest Toshiba satellite laptop with twin 1.5 Ghz processors and 2Gbyte ram and Vista premium. I found the printed instructions OK but somewhat dated - referring to old Windows operating systems only. However I successfully navigated my way through the instructions to load up the USB driver. I then went to Startech's website and downloaded the latest drivers - and loaded these. I will never know whether the originals on the enclosed CD would have been OK, but took advice/comments found on Amazon.com site for this product and loaded drivers from manufacturers website. I then loaded the GrabBee application from the CD - straightforward enough. I ignored the other bundled Video software on another CD in the package.
So to use - connected to composite video and audio from my Freeview converter, started GrabBee and immediately got image in preview window. All I then needed to do was to select composite video (rather than S video default)and video was fine. My experiments on video grabbing through USB showed no dropped frames at all on 640x480 with computer operating normally (internet via broadband on, e mail running, virus checking/firewalls all on).I increased the frame to maximum of 720x576 and got a dropped frame every 30 secs or so. However I am confident that when I switch off wifi and internet ( and possibly temporarily switch off virus checking), set power options to max power, and have no other applications running this would be OK.
The video and audio quality is excellent - and I use MPEG2 option with Windows Vista bundled software to edit, add titles etc before burning to DVD. All in all very pleased so far, and product looks pretty robust.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Simon Porter on 28 April 2010
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I bought this having tried a similar product I was not happy with and it works fine.
A piece of info which helps is that I plugged in the s-video connector and got picture only. You need to plug into av on camera too and use that to plug into sound connections (red/white plugs) on device. Then you get sound too.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Batt on 29 Oct 2011
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The hardware is great. I have a mid-range PC and it grabs well without dropping frames at full PAL I resolution. However, the software that comes with it is rubbish. Very few options, but the worst thing was that it failed to capture any audio! I was thinking of sending it back when I read a review that suggested using some freeware called "Golden Videos" by NCH Software. The combination of this hardware and Golden Video works a treat, and I'd happily recommend them to anyone with old video that needs converting.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Smoky Kenton on 4 July 2012
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I've tried two other USB video capture devices and this produces the best quality results when used with decent software.

Unfortunately the packaged software insists on converting interlaced video to progressive scan, leading to ghosting/blurring when anything moves fast in a scene. This might be acceptable for old VHS recordings but can look awful for high-quality sources such as a digital TV box.

Fortunately the device is compatible with other software including Virtual Dub, which is free. For the best picture quality use the S-video input and configure software settings to match the source exactly (e.g. PAL_I, 720x576, 25fps, interlaced, upper-field-first for digital TV sources in the UK). Use uncompressed AVI capture if your software supports it (Virtual Dub does) and your disk is fast enough (20+ MB/s continuous), then run a 2-pass variable-bit-rate MPEG encoder if burning to DVD.

For information, my PC runs Windows 7 64-bit and I had no difficulty installing drivers from the supplied CD. The other capture devices I tried were Geniatech iGrabber (a.k.a. ClimaxDigital VCAP800) and HonestTech VHS to DVD 5.0 HD. Incidentally the software packaged with these was easier to use but suffered from picture quality problems.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Keith_Joseph HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Jan 2013
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I have been happily transferring all my Sony MiniDV tapes onto my PC - easy to do as the MiniDV camcorder has a digital Firewire port and my Adobe Elements 10 automatically captures the entire tape. However we also have a large collection of older analogue Hi8 video tapes made by my old camcorder. This camcorder is predigital and so only has an analogue AV out via three phono composite video (Red+white audio and yellow video) or a video only S-video socket (which should have slightly better video quality). We have an old Panasonic DMR-E85H DVD recorder for TV programs that has the compatible analogue in AV sockets, but I thought it would be easier to import the video direct to the PC. So I bought this USB2 S-Video/Composite video capture cable to capture video directly to the PC hard drive. I installed the StarTech capture software and drivers, restarted the PC and connected my video camcorder's AV cable to the two phono audio sockets and the S-video in on the StarTech lead (not the 'inferior' yellow composite video phono). Video capture worked straight away, and I captured about 5 minutes of video (and audio). Unfortunately my Windows 7 64-bit PC then hit the blue screen of death, but the video captured up until then could still be viewed. I reviewed the video after restarting the PC and I have to say the video quality was a bit disappointing. I felt it was noticeably worse than I expected from Hi8 tapes (it looked better down the camcorders B&W LCD viewfinder). I found the Grabbee software was fine once it was set up to maximum image quality, you can even set a timer to switch off recording if you find out the length of the tape.Read more ›
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