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I bought this purely to try and get my old VHS onto a DVD, but since I didn't have the cash to by a combo VHS and DVDR all in one unit I purchased this instead.
I must say that initially I was not impressed with the device, as the packaging it came in was not that of high quality. Then there was the stock software that was package with it on a CD that was also included in the package, this software was terrible and confusing to use, and did not give decent recording quality, I would advise you to do a quick google search for a third party software for your needs.
Hooking up the device and getting to to display the VHS I was playing was very simple, with the third party software I obtained I managed to get alot of old tapes onto my computer and then on a DVD relatively quickly.
I must implore anyone who uses this with windows 7 not to unplug the USB at any stage the video is being saved or streamed as this will result in your PC crashing.
Anyone who has old holiday VHS or home videos and wants to digitise them should get one of these, setup is a breeze and recording only takes as long as the video you want to record plus a few minutes for it to be saved on your PC, thou you will need a large hard drive for it to be effective.
The Easy Cap has always been a recording device which was bought for a very small price but thrown away and never seen again due to apparently lacking quality. I found this not to be true. I achieved great quality with mine and this review will basically help you understand the difference between the easy cap and the much more expensive recording devices such as HDpvr's.
The first thing you will notice is how cheap the Easy Cap is. You can pick up a real Easy Cap for around £15 and fake ones for about £6-£9. Now although it is cheap, you do need various wires/splitters for it to work properly. Basically when you load up the capture software and have it hooked up to your ps3, the screen will appear in the capture window on your monitor but not on your T.V. If you attempt to record live gameplay on this it will slightly lag and when it comes to games where you have to be exact in every movement it becomes a real pain. This can be resolved though. With a few extra splitters you can play it on you're T.V without lag but you will have to play in Standard Definition as the Easy Cap doesn't record in High Definition. One other item which is useful is a S-Video cable. These can cost £10-£15 and will enhance the quality of you're Easy Cap. Even still, with all those bought, it will still only come to about £20-£30 whilst a HD pvr can be £150-£200 and Dazzles are around £60 but aren't much better than the Easy Cap.
Many people will have used the Easy Cap once and decided that it has horrible quality but really that is not the case. With the correct settings which actually took me three days or so to figure out, you can achieve rather good quality. I actually have a quality test and tutorial on my youtube channel which i will post a link to at the end if any of you want to see what the quality is like/how to get it. Currently i dont even have an S-video cable. The only really way to know that the Easy Cap isn't amazing quality is the text on games such as Call of Duty. People judge quality on the ability to read the text when someone has killed someone else. On Black Ops for example, its hard to make out the names but on games such as Modern Warfare 2 it's much easier as the writing is larger and more spaced it. To achieve the quality needed you will need to run you're clips through more than one program which can be a pain but it doesn't take long at all.
The Easy Cap is a small device but it's very strong i must say. It has a thick outer casing which is hard to break. Regardless of how many times you slam it into your computer, I highly doubt that it will break.
-----Should I buy an Easy Cap or a HDpvr?-----
This is a common question but the way I see it is that if you have a YouTube channel for example with a lot of subscribers, lets say 1000 of them then yes you might want to consider a HD pvr because an Easy Cap can only get you so far. However, if you're like me with a mere 30 or so subscribers then i would suggest you get an Easy Cap instead because you never know, you might give up and realise that you've wasted £150-£200 on a HD pvr instead of the £20-£30 on an Easy Cap.
The Easy Cap can achieve very good quality with the right settings and people should just give it a chance because i know this for a fact, with the wrong settings the quality is terrible. It requires a lot of wires but still It's a cheap device which is very robust and i urge any small YouTubers out there to try this first instead of buying a HDpvr.
Link to my quality test:
Link to my tutorial:
This review is also on Ciao under the username Connor131
We are moving so fast in technology these days it is almost hard to think that only 55 years ago we could only watch TV in black and white and a VHS was a thing to be marveled at, what we have to remember is that some people have found it hard changing over to all these new gadgets and devices that it has left them a little a bit stuck back there in the past, so to bring them over to our time we have to transfer there timeless memories into the digital world to help them with the cross over...and this is where the audio and video adapter comes into play.
The Easycap USB 2.0 Audio And Video Capture adapter is a black USB 2.0 stick at one end and 4 different wire heads at the other end, you have your normal standard of white, red and yellow but the forth one is different being an S-video, the measurements for this adapter are 8.8cm x 2.8cm x 1.8cm, so it's obviously tiny, provided with a green LED power supply.
You are provided with an installation CD which usually you wouldn't need to worry about unless you are having trouble installing a specific device, but with this adapter it is an absolute must.
Saying that even with the installation CD it was a breeze to ensure all the drivers where installed and working properly (if not it's ok because you are provided with a manual), you will also see that Ulead Video Studio 8.0 editing software was also installed from this disk allowing you to add effects where you can use the features of mounting or tilting along with a splendid DVD creation, the Ulead software serial code is on the back of the CD's packaging.
The USB Adapter Easycap is a conduit between your audio or analog videos to your laptop transferring all those old memories; the transfer is done easily enough through the USB that is connected to you laptop or computer (I would advise this process to be performed on a laptop just because of how small the adapter is from one end to the other) by just connecting the opposite connectors to the external device (camcorder) and you are ready to begin, and all without the presence of a sound card.
The only problem is because it is analogue, however long the video is I'm afraid that is how long you have to wait till the process is complete.
It is compatible with Pal and NTSC and will take both camcorder and VCR, once you have transferred it from the external device to your laptop you can have it in a variety of formats including AVI, VCD, MPEG1, MPEG2, WMV just to name a few.
So there you have it your analog is now in the digital world and you can do as you please with them, whether you burn it to dvd or email it or simply upload it to a social networking group you may be a part of.
You can get this from Amazon for as little as £4.99
This adapter is a brilliant way to bring your old world that you thought would have to fade with time can now be brought into the new, the quality is good considering your taking analog digital, but I would say that trying to use the adapter with more up to date technology wont get you the desired results, but then again most camcorders today can be transferred onto your laptop with ease.
So for a mere £4.99 to bring your past with you it's not a bad little deal.
Well you get what you pay for. It definatley isn't the best adapter of this kind on the market currently.
It depends what you are using it for thought, if it just for a home video, or something similar that doesn't really require amazing quality, this would do the job no-doubt. But say if you were recording something for a presentation or something that requires high quality recording, you would be better off getting an alternative.
This product is mostly used when trying to record gaming, on PS3, Wii or xbox. I have used this to record my Playstation 3, and once you get the driver software and editing software installed with the provided disk, it has fairly good quality, and changing the fps determines how 'smooth' the playback is.
It doesn't only work with the provided software, it can be used on just about any movie making/movie editing software that allows you to capture video from a camera or webcam.
The astounding rate of technogical advancement has left analogue devices of the past decade in an obselete state. Spotting a VHS player in the shops would be a rare occasion these days with DVDs dominating as the most common video storage medium. I was given the task of compiling a DVD from camcorder cassettes for a relative, only to face the obvious barrier that PCs do not take such backing storage as an input. Searching the internet brought to light the solution: a video capture card. The EasyCap appeared to be the cheapest at £10 which is as much as I was willing to pay for a favour.
The EasyCap is a slightly glossy looking usb stick the size that would occupy 2 adjacent USB ports due to its size. With a green LED at one end and a pack of 4 female wires exitting the rear, the design is pretty minimalistic. The wires consist of an S-Video cable and the far more common composite ( Red, White and Yellow ) cables. EasyCap came with a set of instructions which from the quality of English has me assuming that the product is a replica or from a careless supplier. A CD is necessary for installation of the EasyCap is contained to ensure the drivers are installed. Ulead Video Studio Standard Edition is also packaged with a serial code which is necessary for the capturing of video (although there are alternative software available).
The installation process was simple enough, the drivers were installed from the supplied CD. EasyCap is inserted into a USB port on the computer and Ulead Video Studio was installed from the same CD. To my surprise there were no strange technicallities. The process of transferring the video couldn't be much simpler! A double male set of composite cables were used to connect the camcorder to the EasyCap which was inserted into the nearest USB slot. Ulead Video Studio was loaded up, the video format desired was selected, 'Capture Video' was pressed whilst pressing play on the camcorder itself. The EasyCap captures the video and audio from the camcorder and transfers this to the computer whilst showing a preview in a coaster sized area. There is no short-cuts here, the length of the video is the duration it will take to capture the video. The most difficult part of the process was locating the serial code for the Ulead software. It happened to be on the rear of the pouch that the disc came on! After hearing the BZZing of the camcorder to tell me it was out of tape, the video file was there on my computer ready to be burned to DVD. Job done, until another 10 years goes past that is!
Serving its purpose well I decided to explore the other possiblities of this device. VHS players could also make use of the EasyCap if the required cables are available. As for modern uses, I put it through the ultimate test of recording from my PS3. Not supporting HDMI cables left me in Standard Definition, the first time in a good while. The obvious disadvantage was that the screen was only displayed in the preview box on my computer. I could not display the PS3 game on my TV and thus trying to see some of the writing was a bit difficult. The end result was decent enough for £10. Playing back the video showed a definite, but not crystal clear Final Fantasy XIII battle with slightly distorted audio. Of course this was after a few tweaks to the settings in the Ulead Video Studio that were found on the internet for the highest quality. Fx VidCap is supposedly a superior capturing software to Ulead, yet I never managed to get it working at all. It frequently crashed and in general was far less reliable than the Ulead Video Studio.
For a budget video capture card, the EasyCap isn't bad at all and I for sure recommend it for getting those old memories digital. For uses like game recording or so, I'd opt for something a bit more expensive to make it worth while. Overall I've had a positive experience with the EasyCap and it will probably be used for more transfers in the future.