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Worked perfectly first time
on 29 March 2013
I have an older iMac 2.0GHz (32 bit) 2006 model, running Snow Leopard. It's just over the stated 5 years, but it does have an Intel processor, albeit a Core Duo (NOT a Core 2 Duo). The total RAM is only 2GB.
I followed the instructions to the letter, and I recommend watching the provided instruction video first.
The capture unit was recognized immediately and everything worked perfectly first time, including the sound. I was a little concerned as my old VHS recorder only has a single SCART output with no other options, but as I said, I had no problems at all.
The result was better than I expected, though of course it isn't going to be better than the original video. It certainly isn't going to be as good as a modern DVD recording, but it is pretty good and I was well pleased.
The main recommended points I followed were these ..... Only use the cables provided with the kit, and not alternatives. Plug the USB connector directly into the computer NOT into a hub. Prevent all the background processes from running while 'capturing'. Capture to the main hard drive and not an external or secondary drive.
The capture time is real time, so a 1 hour tape takes a full 1hour to capture, and as far as I can tell there is no auto on or off option, nor timer on screen, so it's worth noting how long the recording is, and then take note of the time you start the recording so that you can return to switch off the capture at the end without being there the whole time.
There is no sound while it's recording, which is normal.
All in all I would thoroughly recommend this unit. It is just a little expensive, but it works, and was delivered very quickly.