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Ez Grabber designed to capture video source from VHS, V8 and Hi8. You can then burn files from your PC DVD, VCD and SVCD after editing

3.2 out of 5 stars 126 customer reviews

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  • Easy Use, just push start/stop button
  • USB 2.0PnP Interface
  • Real Time MPEG 4/2/1 encoding
  • Burn Files onto DVD, CVD and SVCD after edited
  • Capture Video source from VHS,VH8 and Hi8
  • USB Audio(pro version)support, one USB Cable to your PC.

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Technical Details
BrandTECHGEAR
Item Weight259 g
Product Dimensions21.6 x 13.2 x 5.8 cm
Item model numberUTV2820
  
Additional Information
ASINB000S0QIPI
Best Sellers Rank 89,861 in Computers (See top 100)
Shipping Weight259 g
Date First Available13 May 2008
  
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Product Description

EZ Video Grabber captures video from VHS, VCR.Burns Edited Flies to DVD, VCD and SVCD.Professional Editing S/W Bundled.

Manufacturer's Description

EZ Video Grabber captures video from VHS, VCR.Burns Edited Flies to DVD, VCD and SVCD.Professional Editing S/W Bundled.


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My overall experience with this product is thankfully GOOD. I was very wary about the uneven feedback for this product but thought "what the heck..IF this works...." - which for the price is admittedly a bit of a risky strategy.

I bought the 'Vista version' of the EZGrabber in December 2008. You might find this review helpful if you've got PowerDirector on your pc.

The product manual is pretty good. It has screen shots of all the key stages of the install with good visual and written instructions. The English instructions are at the back of the booklet and are intelligible. My advice, just take your time. There's still some areas they could improve on with the installation instructions but I'd say if you're used to installing software you should have no problems at all.

I selected the video system as "PAL_BDHIG" but really, this is no big deal you can just try the different options.

I do have a pretty hefty pc (AMD Athlon 64X2 Dual 2.02GHz, 1GB RAM, Windows XP SP3, DirectX 9.x) so look carefully at the product System Specification is my advice.

Once EZGrabber is installed (<15 mins end-to-end for me), I tried recording using the user interface consul that EZGrabber supplies. It worked fine but I found (by accident) that for me the easiest was to use Cyberlink PowerDirector Express. If you have this software, you just connect-up the cables supplied by EZGrabber, plug the EZGrabber USB in, open PowerDirector and choose Capture. PowerDirector detects EZGrabber as an "analogue device" and should show a screen with a red record button.
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I've had EZ Grabber for about a month now and it does what it says on the tin. Once you've got it set up that is, and the instructions - as others have said - are poor. So, for what it's worth, here is what I did. I'm transferring tapes from an old VCR to a lap-top running Windows Vista and I'm in the UK. The software loads from the disk the same way any other program does and puts an icon on the desktop. Connect the EZ Grabber to the VCR. The USB connection is straightforward and if you've bought the switchable scart plug then just connect the colour coded plugs to it. The DIN plug isn't needed. Make sure that the switch on the scart plug is set to "out" and that it is plugged firmly into the scart socket that the TV would otherwise be connected to. Now double click on the EZ Grabber icon which brings up a small video screen and a picture of a strange looking tool around which are scattered various buttons. Hover over each with the mouse to see what they do. Click on the one for "settings" and a dialogue window appears with several tabs. On the Video tab select the "Composite" radio button and as format choose PAL_BDHIG (remember I'm in the UK). On the Capture tab the radio button to choose is self-evidently "Capture video" and on the Record Format tab I chose the DVD button because I intended burning the result to DVD. If at any stage you're asked to install DirecX then get it (free) from the MS download centre. Make sure the VCR is powered up, put in a tape, and play it. You should now be able to view (and hear) it through EZ Grabber. To start capturing the output of the tape press the button on the Grabber or the on-screen record button. The blue light on the Grabber starts to flash.Read more ›
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I bought the EZ grabber with the switchable scart socket (as recommended) at the same time and found it easy to put together. The instructions were pretty dire because the "manual" (if you could call it that) is not written in English, and the English translations are actually so bad in places that they're quite funny. You might need a microscope to read the print, too - I'd guess it's written in font size -2 or something. That said, experienced computer users shouldn't need the instructions.

Software installation took a surprisingly long time, but it went smoothly enough. And immediately afterwards the grabber was doing exactly what it was supposed to do - reading (really old) VHS video tapes in a (really old) VCR in to my trusty PC.

I would advise against installing the Corel U-Lead Video software supplied with the grabber - it's a load of old rubbish. The EZ Grabber's own software is actually much better. Or you can use something like Nero or Roxio to take care of the capturing. Anything but Corel!

Be advised that you will have to fiddle around with the configuration to get the best results, but that's no chore at all. I just set it to PAL instead of NTSC then tried each sub-option, one after the other, until I found the one that put the best picture on screen.

I should probably add that I haven't tried the grabber with anything but a direct PC to VCR connection and bog standard VHS tapes. Maybe that's why I'm having more luck with it than seems to be the case with other reviewers - who knows?

The only reason I don't give this piece of a kit 5 stars is because of that whole Corel thing and the appalling "manual". Neither are a real problem, but they are irritating.

Oh!

And remember not to expect DVD quality film output from scratchy old VHS tapes - it just ain't gonna happen no matter how much you fiddle with the software colour controls.

Happy grabbing :o)
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