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Thinking of purchasing your Easy VHS to DVD for Mac. Would like more technical information such as what type of file it produces. Is it an MPEG-4, H.264, DV, etc. Also what frame rate, 2.4 MBit/sec, 1.4 MBit/sec, etc.

 

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Thinking of purchasing your Easy VHS to DVD for Mac. Would like more technical information such as what type of file it produces. Is it an MPEG-4, H.264, DV, etc. Also what frame rate, 2.4 MBit/sec, 1.4 MBit/sec, etc.

 

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Roxio Video Capture USB Hardware

Interface: USB 2.0

Video Input: Composite and S-Video (Mini-DIN)

Audio Input: Stereo Audio (RCA)

 

Video Capture Details

Capture Format: MPEG-2

NTSC Source Capture Resolution: 720x480

PAL Source Capture Resolution: 720x576

 

Standard Recording Quality

1.8 GB per hour MPEG-2

Video: 4.0 Mbps VBR (6.0 Mbps max)

Audio: 48.0 kHz, 224 kbps

 

High Recording Quality

2.7 GB per hour MPEG-2

Video: 6.0 Mbps, VBR (8.0 Mbps max)

Audio: 48.0 kHz, 384 kbps

 

At the end of a capture in MPEG-2, you can select from the following options:

 

Send to Toast

Send to Toast automatically launches the included version of Roxio Toast and adds the captured video to a DVD-Video project. You can also perform this task manually at a later time by launching Toast and dragging your video from the Movies folder to the Toast project area. If you have a newer version of Toast, such as Toast 10 Titanium, that version will be used instead.

 

Edit with iMovie

One click will launch iMovie and add your captured recording to a new iMovie Event. The Event Name used will be the same name that you selected on the Introduction screen. When imported into iMovie, video will be converted into the AIC (Apple Intermediate Codec) format.

 

Send to QuickTime Player

This option is ideal for viewing on your Mac or for syncing to your iPhone or iPod. By clicking the Send to QuickTime button, your captured video will be converted to MPEG-4 and opened in the QuickTime Player. The MPEG-4 copy of your movie will be saved in the same folder as your recording, Movies → Easy VHS to DVD Capture.

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OK then. But how does your unit compare with the Elgato Video Capture.

 

http://www.elgato.com/elgato/na/mainmenu/p...roduct3.en.html

 

The biggest difference in my mind is the capture at native NTSC and PAL resolutions in MPEG-2 which is PERFECT for burning to DVD.

 

Not to mention we include the sexiest disc burning app every made for 1-2-3 DVD authoring and even DVD copy of discs you create.

 

 

 

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OK then. But how does your unit compare with the Elgato Video Capture.

 

http://www.elgato.com/elgato/na/mainmenu/p...roduct3.en.html

If your purpose is to convert the videos for playing on your computer then it might make sense to spend more for the ElGato MPEG-4 encoder. If you want to convert your videos for playback on DVD players then it makes much more sense to use Roxio's MPEG-2 device and software. I expect some users will want both devices because they each do well serving different primary purposes.

 

Real-time MPEG 4/H.264 encoding is new technology and I'm waiting for independent tests to learn how good is the picture quality. Real-time MPEG 2 hardware encoders have been around a long time and have less work to do so the a high-quality encoding is proven.

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If your purpose is to convert the videos for playing on your computer then it might make sense to spend more for the ElGato MPEG-4 encoder. If you want to convert your videos for playback on DVD players then it makes much more sense to use Roxio's MPEG-2 device and software. I expect some users will want both devices because they each do well serving different primary purposes.

 

Real-time MPEG 4/H.264 encoding is new technology and I'm waiting for independent tests to learn how good is the picture quality. Real-time MPEG 2 hardware encoders have been around a long time and have less work to do so the a high-quality encoding is proven.

 

Unfortunately, it looks like the Elgato Video Capture device is ahead of the game by not dropping frames like the Roxio product does. If you look at Macworld's review they had the same thing to say. Even though MPEG-2 hardware encoders have been around for a while it looks like Roxio still has issues to fix with dropped frames. I am using the 1.0.1 version of the software and have a iMac 24" 2.4GHz with 4GB of RAM and I had several places in a 47 min. conversion that has dropped frames. Elgato's product does not drop frames at all. I hope that Roxio can fix this issue soon so that their product can be used. As it is right now, it is good for nothing if you are serious about quality.

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Unfortunately, it looks like the Elgato Video Capture device is ahead of the game by not dropping frames like the Roxio product does. If you look at Macworld's review they had the same thing to say. Even though MPEG-2 hardware encoders have been around for a while it looks like Roxio still has issues to fix with dropped frames. I am using the 1.0.1 version of the software and have a iMac 24" 2.4GHz with 4GB of RAM and I had several places in a 47 min. conversion that has dropped frames. Elgato's product does not drop frames at all. I hope that Roxio can fix this issue soon so that their product can be used. As it is right now, it is good for nothing if you are serious about quality.

Thanks for raising this point. I haven't received my Easy VHS to DVD for Mac yet and will share your disappointment if I too experience dropped frames with encoding.

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The biggest difference in my mind is the capture at native NTSC and PAL resolutions in MPEG-2 which is PERFECT for burning to DVD.

 

Not to mention we include the sexiest disc burning app every made for 1-2-3 DVD authoring and even DVD copy of discs you create.

 

 

But, the MPEG-2 format is the only one that Quicktime cannot play without a $19.99 add-on. If its so good, why not at least provide the codec??

 

Also, once movie is captured and lets say you made the QT conversion (a long time process for a 2 hour video) - there's no way to go back and do a iMovie version (not compatable at all with MPEG-2) once the mp4 file has been created - iMovie doesn't recognize the mp4 file created.

 

SO far, the product has been a big disappointment as to its optionality. Quality is acceptable though and it is easy to use. Hopefuly, you will fix the issues noted here and in the numerous other letters

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But, the MPEG-2 format is the only one that Quicktime cannot play without a $19.99 add-on. If its so good, why not at least provide the codec??

 

Also, once movie is captured and lets say you made the QT conversion (a long time process for a 2 hour video) - there's no way to go back and do a iMovie version (not compatable at all with MPEG-2) once the mp4 file has been created - iMovie doesn't recognize the mp4 file created.

 

SO far, the product has been a big disappointment as to its optionality. Quality is acceptable though and it is easy to use. Hopefuly, you will fix the issues noted here and in the numerous other letters

 

MPEG-2 is the format used when creating DVDs. That means when you use Toast to burn the MPEG-2 source, it will be smart encoded. (much faster)

 

 

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MPEG-2 is the format used when creating DVDs. That means when you use Toast to burn the MPEG-2 source, it will be smart encoded. (much faster)

 

 

Unfortunately all this discussion is useless. Easy VHS to DVD for Mac (and it seems that for PC too) doesn't work as stated by Roxio. iMovie doesn't recognize the captured video (.mpg), and trying to open the file with QuickTime, I just got the sound not the video, which was captured through S-Video! Check the many discussions about this topic/issue on this same discussion group (Roxio Community). I am sorry to say that we all have been mislead. We bought a product that, very likely, hasn't even been tested before launched into the market. It is a shame Roxio....

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Unfortunately all this discussion is useless. Easy VHS to DVD for Mac (and it seems that for PC too) doesn't work as stated by Roxio. iMovie doesn't recognize the captured video (.mpg), and trying to open the file with QuickTime, I just got the sound not the video, which was captured through S-Video! Check the many discussions about this topic/issue on this same discussion group (Roxio Community). I am sorry to say that we all have been mislead. We bought a product that, very likely, hasn't even been tested before launched into the market. It is a shame Roxio....

 

I can understand that you are frustrated with iMovie issue for Easy VHS to DVD for Mac based your post... however, I'm wondering what issue you have with Easy VHS to DVD for Windows.

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I can understand that you are frustrated with iMovie issue for Easy VHS to DVD for Mac based your post... however, I'm wondering what issue you have with Easy VHS to DVD for Windows.

 

 

None, since I do not use PCs currently, but once with a problem with a product I have acquired, it is my behavior to try to find a solution for it, and a quick search on the Internet, without specifying the platform, brought me several pages with also frustrated PC users complaining about some “glitches” -as the Roxio’s technical support call this kind of flaw- related to the same product running on that platform.

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Unfortunately all this discussion is useless. Easy VHS to DVD for Mac (and it seems that for PC too) doesn't work as stated by Roxio. iMovie doesn't recognize the captured video (.mpg), and trying to open the file with QuickTime, I just got the sound not the video, which was captured through S-Video! Check the many discussions about this topic/issue on this same discussion group (Roxio Community). I am sorry to say that we all have been mislead. We bought a product that, very likely, hasn't even been tested before launched into the market. It is a shame Roxio....

Unfortunately Roxio will release a new application when it still has some significant bugs which explains some of what you've found in your searches. The good news is they also fix them. Roxio provided me a beta version this week of an update to Easy VHS to DVD for Mac that I've tested and it imports fine to iMovie and it resolves a problem I saw with dropped frames (the video skipping). Patatrox posted in this forum that the final version of this update should be available within days. I assure you that with this update it works the way the product is promised to work.

 

I don't know why your exported movie would lack video because I recorded the same way you did and it isn't a problem for me with version 1.0.1. The converted file created for iMovie includes a text track that causes iMovie not to recognize it. Using the Show Movie Properties window in QuickTime Pro allows a user to delete the text track, thereby enabling the import to iMovie. This won't be an issue, though, with the very-soon-to-come software update.

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I ALSO TRIED THE NEW BETA-APP ROXIO SAID WOULD FIX THIS PROBLEM -- AND I FOUND THAT WHEN YOU CAPTURE ANYTHING LONGER THAN 6-MINUTES IT STILL WON'T WORK. SAME PROBLEM AS BEFORE. BUT WHEN IT'S LESS THAN 6-MINUTES IT IMPORTS IT TO iMOVIE FOR EDITING JUST FINE.

 

SO "TSANTEE", ARE YOU SAYING YOU WERE ABLE TO CAPTURE VIDEO AS LONG AS 1-2-HOURS??

 

I NOTICED THAT WHEN IT OPENS iMOVIE TO IMPORT A FILE (of less than 6-min.), A DROP DOWN MENU WILL SHOW THE FILE NAME (the one that you gave it) AND SAYS THAT IT IS "GENERATING THUMBNAILS" FOR THE FILE. BUT WHENEVER I TRY TO CAPTURE 7-MINUTES OF FILM OR MORE, I GET NO DROP DOWN MENU 'GENERATING THUMBNAILS' WHEN iMOVIE OPENS, AND ALTHOUGH IT WILL SHOW THE NEW FILE NAME IN MY EVENT FOLDER, WHEN YOU CLICK ON IT, IT TELLS YOU THERE IS NO MATCHING VIDEO FOUND. AND LIKE I STATED BEFORE, ANYTHING LESS THAN 6-MINUTES OPENS RIGHT UP, "THE WAY IT SHOULD" -- WHETHER IT'S 2-MINUTES OF VIDEO OR 2-HOURS.

 

I TOO BELIEVE THAT ROXIO WILL EVENTUALLY FIX THIS PROBLEM. BUT I SURE HOPE IT'S BEFORE MY 30-DAY RETURN GUARANTEE RUNS OUT, OTHERWISE I WILL BE FORCED TO SEND IT BACK FOR A REFUND.

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I ALSO TRIED THE NEW BETA-APP ROXIO SAID WOULD FIX THIS PROBLEM -- AND I FOUND THAT WHEN YOU CAPTURE ANYTHING LONGER THAN 6-MINUTES IT STILL WON'T WORK. SAME PROBLEM AS BEFORE. BUT WHEN IT'S LESS THAN 6-MINUTES IT IMPORTS IT TO iMOVIE FOR EDITING JUST FINE.

 

SO "TSANTEE", ARE YOU SAYING YOU WERE ABLE TO CAPTURE VIDEO AS LONG AS 1-2-HOURS??

 

The piece I captured is 8-1/2 minutes long. At the end of conversion it opened iMovie (newest version). I still have that tutorial window in iMovie opening first and when I closed it nothing seemed to happen. So I went back to Easy VHS to DVD for Mac (maybe I should start calling it EVDM) and clicked the iMovie import again. I got a message saying that iMovie needed to be quit so it could be opened again. I did that and this time the video imported to iMovie without any problem.

 

I'm away for the weekend and don't have the device with me so I can't do any more testing at the moment.

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The piece I captured is 8-1/2 minutes long. At the end of conversion it opened iMovie (newest version). I still have that tutorial window in iMovie opening first and when I closed it nothing seemed to happen. So I went back to Easy VHS to DVD for Mac (maybe I should start calling it EVDM) and clicked the iMovie import again. I got a message saying that iMovie needed to be quit so it could be opened again. I did that and this time the video imported to iMovie without any problem.

 

I'm away for the weekend and don't have the device with me so I can't do any more testing at the moment.

 

 

The Easy VHS to DVD version 1.0.2 released this Saturday, I guess (June 13), worked fine transferring the captured video to iMovie (08').

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