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S-Video / Composite to USB Video Capture Cable w/ TWAIN and Mac Support

Capture and convert an S-Video or Composite video on your PC or Mac®, as digital media

Product ID: SVID2USB23

  • Works with Mac® or Windows® computers
  • Choose from MPEG-1, MPEG-2, or MPEG-4 video encoding
  • Features TWAIN support for use with various software titles
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  • Supports NTSC, PAL, and SECAM video capture
  • Up to 30 fps analog video capture capability at maximum resolution of 720x480(NTSC) / 720x576(PAL)
  • Plug and Play device installation, requires no power adapter
  • Snapshot function allows you to capture still images from video
  • Small and lightweight design offers convenient portability for on-the-go applications
$75.99 CAD
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Technical Specifications

Warranty Information
Warranty 2 Years
Hardware
Audio Yes
AV Input Audio RCA
Composite
S-Video
AV Output USB
Chipset ID eMPIA - EM2861
Industry Standards NTSC, PAL, SECAM
Video Encoding: MPEG 1, MPEG 2, and MPEG 4
DirectShow Compatible
Performance
Maximum Analog Resolutions 720x480(NTSC) / 720x576(PAL)
Maximum Data Transfer Rate 480Mbps
Connector(s)
Connector A 1 - USB Type-A (4 pin) USB 2.0 Male Output
Connector B 1 - Composite Video (1 x RCA) Female Input
1 - Stereo Audio (2 x RCA) Female Input
1 - S-Video (4 pin, Mini-DIN) Female Input
Software
OS Compatibility Windows® 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Apple® OSX 10.6 - 10.14
Special Notes / Requirements
Note The MPEG 4 video file format is supported on the included SVID2USB23 Capture software for Mac and other third party DirectShow™ capture software such as OBS
movavi® video software does not support the MPEG4 video file format
Environmental
Humidity 5~85% RH Non-condensing
Operating Temperature 0°C to 50°C (32°F to 122°F)
Storage Temperature -20°C to 60°C (-4°F to 140°F)
Physical Characteristics
Cable Length 20.7 in [527 mm]
Color Black
Material Plastic
Product Height 0.6 in [1.4 cm]
Product Length 3.1 in [80 mm]
Product Width 1.3 in [34 mm]
Weight of Product 2.3 oz [66 g]
Packaging Information
Package Height 1.6 in [41 mm]
Package Length 5.7 in [14.6 cm]
Package Width 8.2 in [20.8 cm]
Shipping (Package) Weight 6.2 oz [177 g]
What's in the Box
Included in Package 1 - USB Video Capture Cable
1 - Software CD
1 - Driver CD
1 - Instruction Manual

Compatibility

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Windows® 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Apple® OSX 10.6 - 10.14

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S-Video / Composite to USB Video Capture Cable w/ TWAIN and Mac Support

Customer Reviews

2.3 (14 reviews)
2.3 out of 5 stars
Quality of Product
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1 - 14 of 14 Reviews

(1 star) Useless with aqn up to date Mac

By: unhappycustomer1
Bought this to record some older game play. Worked fine but with the newest Mac OS it doesn't work due to t being a 32 bit app. Not impressed with the longevity of this piece of tech
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Response from StarTech.com:
Stacey, Customer Support
Hello, Thank you for your feedback. We’re sorry that the SVID2USB23 wasn’t working as you had hoped. This product is compatible with Windows O/S only. If you have any additional questions or require additional assistance our Technical Support team would be happy to assist. Please feel free to contact us directly via chat or by calling 1-800-265-1844. We are available 24 hours a day, 5 days a week.

(1 star) Worked great until Mac Catalina update 05/16/20

By: jc18
This was a flawless tool until I updated to Catalina. $50 is a steep price to just have to throw away over a simple software upgrade. I've seen your basic response to the others with the same problem but no real confirmation that you're working on a software upgrade. Please let us know as I'll have to sadly toss this unit out if that doesn't happen soon. asap. or at least if you give us an ETA.
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(2 stars) hardware device issues

By: Den67
The hardware was working fine until a recent Mac software update. The device no longer works as device needs to be updated by developer. I have tried to amend this myself via the legacy software tab which brings up software out of date. However, your software is not listed, Can you advise if a software update is available for this product ?
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Response from StarTech.com:
Matt, Customer Support
We always try to ensure our customers have exceptional experiences with our products and we're sorry to hear about the difficulties you're having with our SVID2USB23 in macOS. If you're using the latest version of macOS (10.15) you may be having issues due to this version of macOS not being compatible with 32-bit software and drivers. We'd be happy to help you look into this problem though. If you require any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us at www.startech.com/support where our Technical Advisors are available 24 hours a day, 5 days a week to provide support.

(1 star)

By: edwin
I bought this like a year ago and didn't work then I try to get help but looks like I have to pay for help
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Response from StarTech.com:
Matt, Customer Support
We always try to ensure our customers have exceptional experiences with us and our products and we apologize for the difficulties you've had with our SVID2USB23. All of our products include free lifetime technical support and you should never have to pay to contact us. We've reached out at the email address provided, but if you have any questions in the mean-time, please do not hesitate to contact us at www.startech.com/support where our Technical Advisors are available 24 hours a day, 5 days a week to provide assistance.

(1 star) Don't Buy They Lie

By: urcray
I just purchased this little gadget to help ease the mess of archiving old Hi8 and Minvdv tapes. It clearly states "works with mac". It's almost February and it still won't work on a mac that shipped in the last few months with Catalina. That is low. I could see if it was August or September of the same year a new mac os comes out..
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Response from StarTech.com:
Matt, Customer Support
We apologize that our SVID2USB23 is not working for you. macOS Catalina (10.15) requires 64bit software/drivers and unfortunately removes support for 32bit software/drivers. We are working to retrieve updated drivers from the manufacturer of the chipset used in SVID2USB23, however until we receive them, this product remains incompatible with 10.15. For it to work with your computer/system, you’ll need to either remain on 10.14 or reinstall 10.14 or an earlier version if you have already updated. We understand this may be frustrating and we apologize for the inconvenience. If you’d like to speak directly with one of our support team members, you can contact us at www.startech.com/support where our Technical Advisors are available 24 hours a day, 5 days a week.

(1 star) waste of time and money

By: Sheck
didn't load on windows 7, try everything, spent hours. Couldn't get anywhere, good luck with the tech support also, there are plenty of ad's that will keep you busy
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Response from StarTech.com:
Matt, Customer Support
We always try to ensure our customers have exceptional experiences with us and our products and we apologize for the difficulties you've had installing our SVID2USB23 in Windows 7. We're reaching out to you directly to provide assistance but if you have any questions in the meantime, our Technical Advisors are available 24 hours a day, 5 days a week and you can contact us at www.startech.com/support where there should be a phone number listed at the top of the page.

(1 star) no driver

By: MIke f
i cannot see anywhere that the driver was installed from the disc, nothing works, help please
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Response from StarTech.com:
Matt, Customer Support
Hello Mike, We always try to ensure our customers have exceptional experiences with us and our products and we apologize for the difficulties you're having with our SVID2USB32. We recommend downloading and installing the latest drivers from our website. If you're using macOS the software and drivers should install together, but if you're using Windows, you need to install the drivers from our website and then the Movavi capture software from the Movavi CD that comes with the adapter. This is because the Movavi software has a CD key that's required to license the software. If you require assistance, please feel free to contact us at www.startech.com/support. Our Technical Advisors are available 24 hours a day, 5 days a week to provide support.

(2 stars) Worked great until Mac OS 10.15 update

By: Jeff66
This product worked as advertised. But then I upgraded to Mac OS 10.15 and now the software won't run because it hasn't been updated to 64-bit only which is required to run on Mac OS 10.15.
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Response from StarTech.com:
Matt, Customer Support
Hi Jeff. Currently, SVID2USB23 is incompatible with 10.15 as support for 32bit software/drivers was removed with macOS Catalina (10.15), and updated 64bit software/drivers have not yet been provided by the manufacturer of the chipset used in this product. Unfortunately, in order to use this product, you’ll have to remain on 10.14 or, if you’ve already updated, reinstall 10.14 or an earlier compatible version. We understand this may be frustrating and apologize for the inconvenience, however for the foreseeable future the product remains incompatible with 10.15.

(1 star) 32-bit only!

By: bunnyhero
if you're using a modern mac OS, DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT. it only supports macOS 10.14 or earlier!
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Response from StarTech.com:
Matt, Customer Support
We are aware of this issue and apologize for the inconvenience. MacOS Catalina (10.15) removed support for 32bit software/drivers, and while updated 64bit software/drivers have been requested from the manufacturer of the chipset used in SVID2USB23, they have not yet been provided to us. A workaround would be to remain on 10.14 or to reinstall 10.14 (or an earlier version that is supported). Again, we apologize but unfortunately, this product is currently incompatible with macOS 10.15 for the foreseeable future.

(5 stars) Worked good for me!

By: scopro
Ive actually had mine for a couple of years. The first one I owned had temperature problems and as it warmed up the picture would go bizerk. (thats an electronic tech term) Anyhow, StarTech CS shipped another out to me after working with my on the phone, didnt want the old one returned. Its worked beautifully since. Well now Im changing over to Linux and I was looking for Linux compatible software but it looks like Im going to end up having to use a virtual machine if I conti to use the SVid.
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(1 star) Strange behavior

By: El Blavet
I have a surveillance camera with PAL signal outputs S-video & composite. In my MacBook Pro (Mohave) this device don't detects the PAL signal but the NTSC (!?) The image appears with te bottom cropped, a lot of lines, and the format isn't the expected aspect ratio 4x3. What's goin on?
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Response from StarTech.com:
Matt, Customer Support
We're sorry to hear about the difficulties you're experiencing with our SVID2USB23. In macOS, if you go to the 'Record' menu, then 'Video Settings' and then choose the 'Compression' tab, you can change the Compression type to a format for PAL. If you're still having difficulties after changing that setting, please feel free to contact us at www.startech.com/support. Our Technical Advisors are available 24 hours a day, 5 days a week to provide support.

(5 stars) Twain Drivers works good, WDM and DirectX too

By: jwilli84
I had trouble understanding the driver installer will (by default) install the video and audio components as (audio) components.. not "if" it does.. then have to complete the install by going manually into the 64 or 32 bit driver directory and updating the driver.. then it shows up as an Imaging device and a singular Audio device. Twain driver has be installed separately too.. and the drivers always produce big red scary warning dialogs.. so have to override to get them in Windows 7 x64. Irfan is the freeware Twain test tool I used for testing, I had installed the Twain32 driver and Irfan32 on Win7x64.. the 32 and 32 could see each other and select File/Acquire/Select Twain - USB 2861 Video and a live popup window appeared allowing me to select Composite or S-Video as the source and the Capture size.. settings brings up the DirectX Decoder/ProcAmp/Image panels for tweaking the image. Capture is a simple button and it dumps the frame shot into Irfan as expected. XnView > Scan natively uses the Twain32 driver like you would expect, no glitches. ArtWeaver Free also invokes Twain32 and captures no problem. Windows Live Movie Maker treats it like a Wecam source, when the drivers are properly installed (this) opens a selection and fine tuning dialog and then lets you capture video and sound to "clips". The sedcondary dialogs are the DirectX dialogs, color is good but old VHS tapes may have some timebase "swimming" in them without a corrector device. VLC captured both video and audio.
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(5 stars) Works Great

By: cimara
Simple install and works great to capture analog video. Just make sure device is connected to a USB 2.0 or 3.0 port. USB 1.1 port will cause dropped frames during capture.
Quality of Product (5/5)
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(5 stars) Capture and Convert Video Like A Pro!

By: RichFarr
The “Composite to USB Video Capture Cable” works exactly as expected! I use this to transfer my old home movies and tapes to my computer and I love this device! I did have a small problem in first using the cable in updating drivers. However, StarTech.com technical support was able to help me resolve it easily. They answered my questions and addressed my concerns quickly, in a very professional and user-friendly manner. An unexpected and pleasant surprise was their outstanding follow-up. I am very pleased I purchased this device from StarTech.com. Other companies could learn how real sales and technical support works by calling StarTech.com!
Quality of Product (5/5)
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By: justme
I purchased this product, hoping it would meet all my expectations...sadly, it never gave me the chance to see if if worked.. after 4 hours of trying to download/install the drivers for it.. it finally told me it wasn't "compatible with the system"... I am running Windows 8.1.. so, despite the claim that it will work with that O/S.. it won't.. when I can afford to upgrade my O/S.. I will purchase this item again and see if it works.
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By: RoseA
I purchased the USB video converter to convert my VHS tapes to digital but I guess it is not compatible with Windows 8. Any suggestions?
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