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USB & COMPONENT H264 VIDEO RECORDER

3.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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BrandBlackmagic Design
Item Weight113 g
Package Dimensions13.7 x 12.2 x 3 cm
Item model numberVIDREC
  
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ASINB001F8LIKM
Best Sellers Rank 210,734 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight113 g
Date First Available4 Feb. 2010
  
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Spec Sheet (Acrobat pdf file)Capture video direct to H.264 video files for your iPod iPhone Apple TV YouTube and even full resolution video backupsVideo Recording for a new ageNow you can capture analogue video from VHS Video-8 video cameras and more direct to the H.264 file format as used by iPod iPhone Apple TV and YouTube . Blackmagic Video Recorder plugs directly into your computer s USB and includes easy to use software. Get the highest quality video capture from any component video or regular video device. Blackmagic Video Recorder eliminates time consuming processing because it captures into the native file format of your mobile device. It can even copy to iTunes ready for syncingHighest Quality Video CaptureRegular video input is included plus you can select super high quality component video for incredible quality movies. Use regular video input to capture from VHS machines televisions Video-8 cameras and any other composite video device. Use super high quality component video for capture from set top box's DV cameras or DVD players*.Capture Direct For Your Mobile DeviceTo make capture easy simply select the device you want to capture for. The Video Recorder software will automatically set the size and quality for you If your using a custom device then just enter the resolution and data rate you need for your media files and Video Recorder will take care of all scaling.Easy Cropping ToolsSometimes analogue video has black borders or VHS switching at the bottom of the picture. Easily adjust the cropping to make perfect movies every time Simply slide the cropping tool along until any artifacts are removed. This means all your captured media will be pixel perfect without annoying black lines at the edges.Exciting Recording OptionsFor recording videos automatically you can set the recording time so you can walk away and recording will stop at a specific time. If your uploading movies t


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The prize is a bit high but it is worth it!

I made a particular web site (a simulator) thanks be to this object!

I recommend it... definitively!
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Does exactly what it says it will with no issues and a very simple user interface. Don't review an item negatively when you're not using it as it's intended.
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I was looking for a solution to record video from the iPhone 5S.

The description on the product sounded exactly what I was looking for. I use Blackmagic products in my work all the time and thought it would be the prefect thing to use.

When the item arrived, I was a little gutted I needed an extra cable as the unit only had 2 audio jacks (left and right) and for video YUV. A quick look on Google and I couldn't find a Lighting to AV connector with YUV only an HDMI output. I called Apple and they said something like that doesn't exist. I spoke to Blackmagic and wanted to find out how they captured the feed from an iPhone with the unit. They're tech team told me that they did this on iPhone 4S with the AV connector that does have YUV. They said this unit will not work with the iPhone 5/5S or 5C.

It's a shame it's not mentioned on the description but I'm guessing it was an oversight from Blackmagic too as it doesn't say anywhere on the description that this unit wouldn't work on these devices.

Shame. On to the next solution!
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Hi,
Bought this item a month ago and it is still causing constant hassle. No Im not a technophobe and I know what Im doing. First of all beware this device stupidly only works for apple mac's only so please watch out before purchasing secondly it is nearly impossible to set up this thing with your xbox 360 as one it wont work if you have a hdmi cable and component in at the same time, this means that 1) I cant play with full hd and 2) I have buy 5 av splitters and another pointless cable so that I can play on the tv, record but in 720p which at this point looks pixilated. Please beware when buying this product and I hope maybe things are better for you.
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Amazon.com: 3.5 out of 5 stars 31 reviews
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worked Like a Charm - Saved Me a Lot of Time 1 Mar. 2010
By Paul Charlesworth - Published on Amazon.com
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Before purchasing, I contacted the company to make sure it would work with an older Powerbook G4 (1.67GHz) I had set aside and thought would make a dedicated encoding machine. They were not sure whether that machine had USB-2 (It does) and It turns out that the video converter works great with the Powerbook. As the instructions state, these older machines are not capable of displaying the full frame rate, but that does not impact the encoding.

Over the space of about two weeks I have converted our entire (large) collections of VHS tapes over to H.264, which is a huge saving over the time it would have taken to bring them in as DV and encode them to H.264 using iMovie or something similar. I have a Sony Media Converter and had tried that for a few TV shows, and it is a painful route because H.264 is a resource hog. However, this unit converted them in real time and at a quality that is on-par with the original tapes. What I did was:

1. Connect the VCR to the video converter by RCA jacks (it does support component or s-video, if you player does).
2. Connect the video converter to the laptop USB-2 port
3. Install and update the software.
4. Select Full Res and then change the bit rate from 2.0 to 3.5MBPS**. It does not make a huge difference, but I have a lot of hard drive space.
5. Check how long the movie/show plays for, add 1-2 minutes, and type that into the auto stop box on the converter.
6. Start the tape and then press the big red record button.
7. Walk away and leave it to record.
** Options are available to tweak sound, color, brightness and cropping, but in most cases I just used the default settings.

It really is that simple and the quality is great. I have seen a number reviews complaining about how bad the HD quality is when this is not designed for use with HD. You can record from HD sources, but if the unit tops out at 3.5MBPS, it is not going to handle 1080p or 720p for that matter without some losses even though the AppleTV configuration option is available. You have to use the right tool for the job and this is superb for standard definition quality inputs such as VCR or most none high definition television signals. Having said that, if you accept it has limitations you will be happy with the price performance of this little units, even with HD signals, if you are planning to view it on an iPod/iPhone or something similar. Consider that more advanced encoders such as those by canopus can costs hundreds of dollars more, and generally require a two step process to get them in to H.264, and without a H.264 accelerator, that step can take huge amounts of time compared to this realtime unit.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great product 13 Aug. 2013
By LRM - Published on Amazon.com
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Very simple to get running. Was recording video within a few minutes of opening package. Menu makes hookups crystal clear. Quality of video looks great with MiniDV out to S video in. You can use component if you have the playback capability.
After 3 hours I had a glitch - couldn't record. I phoned Black Magic tech support and after 20 minute wait (on a Monday), they set me straight. A file had to be deleted from my library and the software re installed.
This gadget let me digitize my minDV tapes without going thru FCPX or iMovie neither of which was doing the job. The resulting H.264 files can be easily loaded into FCPX for editing or go straight into archives.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High quality, very easy to use 12 Dec. 2013
By Douglas Thurlow - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent product. I work in the entertainment technology business and have used BlackMagic professional video encoding products and found them to be of high quality. So i decided to give this a try as I tackled digitizing my family's 8mm camcorder tapes. The Video Recorder application that comes with it makes it incredibly easy to capture video in a high-quality MP4 file. It lets you specify how long to record before automatically stopping. This makes the task of bulk recording a whole lot easier because I can set it and go off and do other things, not having to remember to stop it. You can easily choose from a number of bit rates up to 3.5 Mb/s which in this format is perfect for home video. I captured using the S-video input but it also has the standard RCA jack for composite video as well. Really a great product, high quality, easy to use.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars like one other reviewer said 5 Oct. 2014
By John Neumann - Published on Amazon.com
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Works simply and very well. Sure beats importing into iMovie, editing, and encoding for hours. Only con, like one other reviewer said, the encoded video will sometimes go to purple and green if the VCR signal is noisey or tracking is bad. I noticed that if I stopped and restarted the VCR that colors would go back to normal. I've done a bunch of tapes with the Blackmagic, and only had this problem on a few of the worst ones. Most tapes worked fine.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars NO LONGER SUPPORTED. 4 Sept. 2014
By JJB - Published on Amazon.com
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Do not buy this product. It has been obsoleted by the manufacturer and is no longer supported.
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