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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

2.8 stars (5 reviews) |
  • 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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The SVID2USB23 USB 2.0 S-Video & Composite Video Capture Cable offers an easy to use analog video capture solution, enabling you to grab video from an S-Video or Composite video source, as well as the accompanying 2-channel RCA audio, to your Mac® or Windows® computer.

The cable connects to your desktop or laptop computer through USB 2.0, and is compact enough to fit in the palm of your hand, providing a conveniently portable video capture solution that's more than suitable for use with laptops and desktop computers alike.

An easy-to-use device for recording analog video to your computer from external sources, such as a VCR or camcorder the SVID2USB23 offers the perfect solution for Betamax or VHS video capture, with real-time MPEG-1, MPEG-2, and MPEG-4 encoding, as well as TWAIN support, to ensure compatibility with a wide range of systems and software.

This analog video capture cable supports a broad range of operating systems, delivering seamless analog video capture for Mac® computers (OS 10.X), and Windows® PCs (Windows® 7/8/8.1/10, Windows® 2000/XP(32/64-bit)/Vista(32/64-bit)).

Backed by a StarTech.com 2-year warranty and free lifetime technical support.

Applications

  • Convert VHS home movies to digital format - Connect your VCR, camcorder, or any other analog video source to your Mac or PC and capture your audio/video in MPEG 1/2/4 format
  • Import recorded videos onto your Mac® or Windows® computer for editing, and make your own compilation

The StarTech.com Advantage

  • Support for both Mac® and Windows® operating systems ensures convenient cross-platform compatibility
  • The supplied software supports NTSC, PAL and SECAM video capture input formats, as well as multiple file format options, delivering maximum flexibility for more convenient video capture
  • TWAIN support allows for choice of various video capture and editing software titles
  • Features a small, lightweight USB-powered design, which makes for a sleek and portable video capture solution

Partner Numbers

  • Exertis 0010012122
  • UPC 065030842099

Compatibility

  • Windows 10 logo
  • Windows 8 logo
  • Windows 7 logo
  • Mac OS X El Capitan (10.11) logo
  • macOS High Sierra (10.13) logo
  • macOS Sierra (10.12) logo
  • macOS Mojave (10.14) logo
Windows® 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Apple® OSX 10.6 - 10.14

Specifications

Warranty Information Warranty 2 Years
Connector(s) 1 - Connector A USB Type-A (4 pin) USB 2.0
1 - Connector B Stereo Audio (2 x RCA)
S-Video (4 pin, Mini-DIN)
Composite Video (1 x RCA)
Environmental Operating Temperature 0°C to 50°C (32°F to 122°F)
Storage Temperature -20°C to 60°C (-4°F to 140°F)
Humidity 5~85% RH Non-condensing
Hardware AV Input S-Video
Audio RCA
Composite
AV Output USB
Audio Yes
Industry Standards NTSC, PAL, SECAM
Video Encoding: MPEG 1, MPEG 2, and MPEG 4
DirectShow Compatible
Chipset ID eMPIA - EM2861
Packaging Information Package Height 41.0 mm [1.6 in]
Package Length 14.6 cm [5.7 in]
Shipping (Package) Weight 177.0 g [6.2 oz]
Package Width 20.8 cm [8.2 in]
Performance Maximum Data Transfer Rate 480Mbps
Maximum Analog Resolutions 720x480(NTSC) / 720x576(PAL)
Physical Characteristics Weight of Product 66.0 g [2.3 oz]
Color Black
Material Plastic
Cable Length 52.7 cm [20.7 in]
Product Length 80.0 mm [3.1 in]
Product Width 34.0 mm [1.3 in]
Product Height 14.0 mm [0.6 in]
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
What's in the Box 1 - Included in Package USB Video Capture Cable
Software CD
Driver CD
Instruction Manual

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Frequently Asked Questions

Installation

Starting in High Sierra 10.13, macOS enforces stricter security policies than previous revisions. As a result of these changes, software packages, like those used in this installation, will need to be allowed within the macOS Security and Privacy settings, immediately after the software has been installed, in order for the device to operate.

To allow the software, follow these steps after you've completed installation on your Mac:

  1. Open System Preferences.
  2. Open Security & Privacy.
  3. Click the Allow button near the bottom of the General tab.

Note: The option to allow the software will be available within the Security & Privacy settings for 30 minutes. If the software is not allowed within that time frame, the software must be reinstalled in order for macOS to grant the opportunity to allow it again.

Before you install the device, make sure that your operating system is current (for example, the most recent service pack is installed).

  1. Download the latest drivers from the StarTech.com website at http://www.startech.com/Support. The part number and product ID are on the product packaging.

Note: Windows usually saves the files to the Downloads folder that is associated with your user account (for example, C:\Users\your_name\Downloads).

  1. After the download is complete, right-click the zip folder that you downloaded, click Extract All, and complete the instructions. The extracted files should open automatically.

  2. In the list of extracted files, right-click the setup.exe file and click Run as Administrator.

  3. Complete the instructions to install the device drivers.

  4. Press the Windows key + R, type devmgmt.msc, and click OK to open the Device Manager.

  5. Expand the Sound, video and game controllers section and confirm that USB 2861 Device is listed.

  1. Close any video capturing software before you begin.

  2. Download the latest drivers from the StarTech.com website at http://www.startech.com/Support. The part number and product ID are on the product packaging.
    Note: Windows usually saves the files to the Downloads folder that is associated with your user account (for example, C:\Users\your_name\Downloads).

  3. After the download is complete, right-click the zip folder that you downloaded, click Extract All, and complete the instructions.

  4. Press the Windows key + R, type devmgmt.msc, and press Enter to open the Device Manager.

  5. Right-click the device that has “!” next to it, and click Update Driver.

    Note: If the driver is being recognized properly but there is still an error with it, it will be listed as USB EMP Audio Device.

  6. Click Browse my computer for driver software.

  7. Select the Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer option.

  8. If a list of hardware types appears, leave the Show All option selected, and click Next.

  9. Select the Have Disk option.

  10. Browse to the extracted folder, open the Windows folder, the Twain Driver folder, and the Manual Driver folder.

  11. Open the 32-bit or the 64-bit folder, depending on your system type.
    Note: To view your system type, click Start. Right-click Computer, and then click Properties.

  12. Click the EMAUDIO (32-bit) file or the EMAUDIO64 (64-bit) file. Click OK, and then click Next.

To install the video drivers, complete the following:

  1. Right-click the device that has “!” next to it, and click Update Driver.
    Note: If the driver is being recognized properly but there is still an error with it, it will be listed as USB 2861 Device.

  2. Click Browse my computer for driver software.

  3. Select the Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer option.

  4. If a list of hardware types appears, leave the Show All option selected, and click Next.

  5. Select the Have Disk option.

  6. Browse to the extracted folder, open the Windows folder, the Twain Driver folder, and the Manual Driver folder.

  7. Open the 32-bit or the 64-bit folder, depending on your system type.
    Note: To view your system type, click Start. Right-click Computer, and then click Properties.

  8. Click the EMVIDEO file. Click OK, and then click Next.

If you are in North America, make sure that the Video Format is set to NTSC-M in the video capture software options. Also, make sure that you have you have the Video format set to capture from S-Video or Composite, depending on which you want to use.

Troubleshooting

A Windows 10 update may prevent a Capture Device from being detected by your Computer. Enabling access to your Camera and Microphone will resolve this issue.

To enable access to your Camera:

  1. Click the Start icon.
  2. Click the Settings icon.
  3. Click the Privacy tile.
  4. Click Camera.
  5. Locate the slider that says Let apps use my camera. Toggle this slider to the On position.

To enable access to your Microphone:

  1. Click the Start icon.
  2. Click Settings icon.
  3. Click Privacy tile.
  4. Click Microphone.
  5. Locate the slider that says Let apps use my microphone. Toggle this slider to the On position.

In some cases, both the video and audio devices show up in Device Manager as an audio device. To resolve this issue, complete the following:

  1. Press the Windows key + R, type devmgmt.msc, and press Enter to open the Device Manager.
  2. Right-click the device and click Uninstall.
  3. Select the Delete the driver software for this device checkbox, if available.
  4. Click OK.
  5. Repeat steps 1 to 3 for the second device.
  6. After both devices are uninstalled, click the Action menu and click Scan for hardware changes.

To download the latest drivers for your product, complete the following:

  1. Navigate to the StarTech.com website (http://www.startech.com/Downloads) and download the latest drivers for your product. You can find the part number and product ID on the product’s packaging.
    Note: Windows usually saves the files to the Downloads folder that is associated with your user account on the drive where Windows is installed (for example, C:\Users\your_name\Downloads).

  2. After the download is complete, right-click the zip folder that you downloaded, click Extract All, and complete the instructions.

  3. Press the Windows key + R, type devmgmt.msc, and press Enter to open the Device Manager.

To install the audio drivers, complete the following:

  1. Right-click the device, which will have a “!” next to it to indicate a driver issue, and click Update Driver.
    Note: If the driver is being recognized properly but there is still a driver error, the driver will be listed as USB EMP Audio Device.

  2. Click Browse my computer for driver software.

  3. Select the Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer option.

  4. If you see a list of hardware types, leave the Show All option selected, and click Next.

  5. Select the Have Disk option.

  6. Browse to the extracted folder and open the 32-bit or the 64-bit folder, depending on your system type.
    Note: To view your system type, click Start. Right-click Computer, and then click Properties.

  7. Click the EMAUDIO (32-bit) file or the EMAUDIO64 (64-bit) file. Click OK, and then click Next.

To install the video drivers, complete the following:

  1. Right-click the device, which will have a “!” next to it to indicate a driver issue, and click Update Driver.
    Note: If the driver is being recognized properly but there is still a driver error, the driver will be listed as USB 2861 Device.

  2. Click Browse my computer for driver software.

  3. Select the Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer option.

  4. If you see a list of hardware types, leave the Show All option selected, and click Next.

  5. Select the Have Disk option.

  6. Browse to the extracted folder and open the 32-bit or the 64-bit folder, depending on your system type.
    Note: To view your system type, click Start. Right-click Computer, and then click Properties.

  7. Click the EMVIDEO file. Click OK, and then click Next.

You can now open your video capture software to use with your SVID2USB23. 

If you are in North America, make sure that in the Video Capture Software options, you set the Video Format to NTSC-M. Also, make sure that you have it set to capture from S-Video or Composite, depending on what you would like to use.

When you troubleshoot issues with a video capture device, there are some quick tests that you can complete to rule out potential problems. You can test to make sure that the following components are working correctly and are not the source of the issue:

  • Video cables

  • Video source

  • Video capture device

Before you test the video capture device on your computer, make sure that the driver and capture software is installed on your system for your adapter.

To test your setup components, try the following:

  • Use the video cables, source, and capture device in another setup to see if the problem is with the components or the setup.

  • Use a different video cable, source, and capture device in your setup to see if the problem persists. Ideally, you should test a component that you know works in another setup.

When you test your cables, it is recommended that you do the following:

  • Test each cable individually.

  • Use short cables when you are testing.

When you test the video cables and source with the video capture device, make sure that the following is true:

  • Other video destinations work with the same video source. For more information, visit http://www.startech.com/faq/video_capture_cards_source_compatibility.

  • Use as few adapters and extenders as possible.

  • The video source is not copyright protected (for example, HDCP).

  • The video standard (for example, NTSC, PAL, and HDMI) of the video source matches the technical specifications of the video capture device.

To check if the video capture device is detected on a computer running Windows®, complete the following:

  • Press the Windows key + R, type devmgmt.msc, and press Enter to open Device Manager. Check to see if your device is listed under Sound, video and game controllers.

If you do not see the video capture device in Device Manager, visit https://www.startech.com/support/faqs/technical-support?topic=expansion-cards#usb-cannot-detect-windows. If the device is listed with an error, follow the instructions on the www.StarTech.com website to reinstall the drivers.

To check if the video capture device is detected on a computer running Mac, complete the following:

  1. In the upper-left corner of the screen, click the Apple icon.

  2. Click About This Mac.

  3. Click More Info or System Report.

  4. In the connection type, click USB and check for the eMPIA EM2861 chipset.

If you do not see the video capture device in System Information, visit https://www.startech.com/support/faqs/technical-support?topic=expansion-cards#usb-cannot-detect-mac-os.

How To

To confirm that the Mac OS detects your USB device, complete the following:

  1. Click the Apple icon.
  2. Click About This Mac.
  3. Click More Info or System Report.
  4. Under the appropriate heading, confirm that your USB device is listed and that there isn't an error. For example, a network card would be under Ethernet Cards.

You may need to refresh the System Information page after you plug in your device.  To do so, press Command R with the System Information page open.

Your USB device is listed according to the name of the chipset. To determine the name of the chipset of your USB device, navigate to www.StarTech.com and look on the Technical Specifications tab for your product.

Before You Buy

You can use a video capture device to capture or record an audio and video output signal to a connected computer.  You can use USB, ExpressCard, or PCI Express technology to connect a video capture device to a computer system.  StarTech.com has video capture devices that can capture audio and video from sources such as HDMI, DVI, VGA, S-Video, component, or composite.  The captured signals are usually recorded with software that is included with the video capture device.  Some software will also stream the captured signals online.

Select a capture device that features the audio and video connections you want to use.  These can be identified on the product page, under the Technical Specifications tab.  Whenever possible, you should avoid using adapters or converters with video capture devices as they can cause issues or negatively impact the quality of the audio or video signals being captured.

When looking at a video capture device that requires software to use, it is important to consider the operating system you want to use it on.  You can find this on the product page under the Technical Specifications tab, which only lists supported operating systems.

Consider what resolution and refresh rate you require.  You can find the supported resolutions and refresh rates on the product page, under the Technical Specifications tab in the Performance section. 

Video capture device usually use drivers and software to record audio and video.  Both the drivers and the software can be found on the product page under the Support tab.  Different software will have different features so it’s a good idea to review the software to make sure it is a good fit for your intended usage.  You can do so by looking at the manual for the device, also located on the Support tab.  StarTech.com only supports the software included with the video capture device. 

HDCP stands for High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection.  This system protects high definition video from being intercepted, modified, or recorded between the source and the display.  All StarTech.com devices adhere to the HDCP standard, so they do not record HDCP-protected content.  HDCP content that is being blocked often appears as a blank screen or a screen with an HDCP error shown on it.

Certain video capture devices allow you to stream video feeds online with streaming platform such as YouTube.  For more information, review the product manual or watch our video on this subject.  You can find a link to the video in the description.  If at this point you have further questions about a Startech.com video capture device contact our technical support team for further assistance. 

Although you may be able to plug in all of the connectors used for video standards associated with video capture cards/cables, you may still encounter issues that may prevent the video from being captured correctly.

About copyright protection

Some video sources implement copyright protection when you are plugging into a non-display device. Examples of copyright protection include the following:

  • High Definition Content Protection (HDCP). This type of copyright protection is included with DVI and HDMI® and can appear as a video error or blank screen. HDCP may also appear on the screen.

  • Analogue Content Protection (ACP). This type of copyright protection is included with analogue video (for example, composite, s-video, or component). ACP can appear as a brightness pulsing up and down.

Copyright protection cannot legally be bypassed, and StarTech.com does not offer any products that do so.

Using video adapters

It is possible to passively convert video signals to different connector types, but the video standards will not always match between the video source and video destination. You may need to actively convert from one video type to another to ensure that the correct conversion is being made. When a passive converter is not available, most video standards can be converted with active converters.

Examples of incompatible passive conversions include the following:

  • VGA source to composite or component (RCA) video, or composite or component (RCA) video to VGA.
  • Composite (RCA) source to s-video.
  • VGA to DVI-D and DVI-D to VGA.

Note: S-video to composite can be passively converted. DVI-I/DVI-A and VGA can be used bidirectionally.

About output resolution

If your video source has the ability to change resolutions (for example, a computer), it may be possible to send an incompatible resolution. To verify that the correct resolution is being used, navigate to www.StarTech.com and click the Technical Specifications tab for your product. Make note of the Industry Standards and Maximum Resolution specifications.

In the operating system's display management, you can adjust your video source to match or go below the maximum resolution and if possible, the refresh rate of your capture card.

Certain StarTech.com video capture cards are compatible with DirectShow and will work with many third-party video capture applications that are compatible with DirectShow. For more information on DirectShow compatible video capture cards, refer to the following FAQ: https://www.startech.com/faq/video-capture-cards-directshow.

Although third-party software might work with this video capture card, StarTech.com does not officially support or endorse the use of third-party applications.

No, you cannot use this capture card to turn your video camcorder into a webcam. This capture card does not use a DirectShow compatible driver, which is a requirement for many of the software applications that enable you to use your video camcorder as a webcam. 

For a list of video capture cards that you can use to turn a video camcorder into a webcam, refer to the following FAQ: https://www.startech.com/faq/video-capture-cards-webcam-capable.

This video capture card cannot record from more than one input at the same time.  

Note: Although the USB2HDCAPS can be connected to multiple computers on the same network, only one device can capture video at a time.

 

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Safety Measures

  • If product has an exposed circuit board, do not touch the product under power.
  • If Class 1 Laser Product. Laser radiation is present when the system is open.
  • Wiring terminations should not be made with the product and/or electric lines under power.
  • Product installation and/or mounting should be completed by a certified professional as per the local safety and building code guidelines.
  • Cables (including power and charging cables) should be placed and routed to avoid creating electric, tripping or safety hazards.
*Product appearance and specifications are subject to change without notice.

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Fail-Not Mac compatible

By: JLaw - 10/28/2020
WARNING! Updating to Mac OS 10.15.7 or any OS above 10.14 will kill this product on a Mac. Until then it work fine for me, but I also use several Adobe video products and the latest update requires the newer OS.
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Stacey, Customer Support on 29/10/2020 09:51:53
Thank you for letting us know of your concerns. MacOS Catalina has removed support for 32-bit software/drivers and we apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. If we can be of assistance determining if another product would be suitable in your setup, please feel free to reach out to one of our Technical Advisors via live chat or phone.
(3 Stars)

Not working with catalina

By: alexSRD - 01/24/2021
Bought it 5 years ago, pretty good but the cord one one of mine got a bit damaged just by having it folded in the box. They did replace it. My main issue no is with the upgrade to catalina it is no longer working. Need a new driver to run the product on MAC OS.
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(4 Stars)

Now works with Windows 10 V2004 and V20H2.

By: Lonetone - 03/10/2021
I have owned this product for several years. When Windows 10 got updated to 2004 and 20H2, the product would no longer work with our standardized capture program. StarTech at first was not responsive to the problem. However, after a while they realized that they needed to create a new driver. The new driver works. The only other issue is that the wires used for the VGA feed are very thin and very fragile. They break easy if over-flexed. I braided all the wires together to eliminate the stress point at the rubber grommet into the device. If it were not for this fragile wire issue, I would give this product 5 stars. For now, only 4 stars.
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By: lCVs - 06/08/2021
Hi. How do you get it to work? please share. I cannot get it to work.
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(5 Stars)

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By: Checking - 05/25/2021
This is the best product I've ever bought and it was really worth it
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SVID2USB23 not working with new MS Surface Pro7

By: triastro2 - 06/28/2021
The SVID2USB23 does not connect with capture programs on my new MS Surface Pro7. The device manager indicates the driver is incompatible with Windows, even though the same software worked fine on my MS Surface Pro4 with latest Windows updates. StarTech needs to come up with a more versatile/universal driver that does not crap out every time Windows does an updata.
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Dan, Customer Support on 30/06/2021 08:30:34
Hi Triastro, We are sorry to hear about the issues you are experiencing. One of our Technical Advisors will reach out to see if we can help resolve things.

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