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USB 2.0 S-Video and Composite Video Capture Cable

Capture S-Video and composite video to your PC as digital media

Product ID: SVID2USB2NS

  • Small and lightweight for portability or on the go applications
  • USB 2.0 transfer rates for high quality video capturing
  • Choose from MPEG 1 / MPEG 2 / MPEG 4 video encoding
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  • Up to 30 fps motion capture capability at maximum resolution of 720x480(NTSC) / 720x576(PAL)
  • SnapShot function allows you to capture still images
  • USB powered device - requires no external power adapter
  • Supports NTSC, and PAL
  • Control brightness, contrast, and sharpness
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Overview

The SVID2USB2NS USB 2.0 S-Video and Composite video Capture Cable lets you connect devices that output S-Video or Composite video to a computer, through an available USB 2.0 port.

The perfect solution for bridging a computer and an S-Video or Composite video source, the capture cable offers real time MPEG 1, MPEG 2 and MPEG 4 recording. Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, the Capture Cable is a great solution for mobile applications and integrates seamlessly with laptop and desktop computers.

If you require audio with your video capture please see StarTech.com's S-Video to USB 2.0 Video Capture Cable(SVID2USB2).

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

The StarTech.com Advantage

  • Supports NTSC, PAL and SECAM input formats as well as the selection of MPEG, WMV or AVI output file types offering flexibility
  • Small, lightweight, USB powered device provides a sleek and portable video capture solution
  • Free lifetime StarTech.com technical support

Applications

Convert VHS home movies to digital format

Import recorded videos into your computer system for editing and make your own compilation

Connect your VCR, camcorder, or any other analog video source to your desktop or notebook PC and capture your video in MPEG 1/2/4 format

Technical Specifications

Warranty Information
Warranty 2 Years
Hardware
Audio No
AV Input Composite
S-Video
AV Output USB
Industry Standards Video Input - NTSC, PAL, SECAM
File Encoding - MPEG 1, MPEG 2, MPEG 4
Performance
Maximum Analog Resolutions 720x480(NTSC) / 720x576(PAL)
Maximum Data Transfer Rate 480Mbps
MTBF 100,000 Hours
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 - S-Video (4 pin, Mini-DIN) Female Input
Software
OS Compatibility Windows® 8/8.1 (32/64bit), 7 (32/64bit), Vista(32/64), XP(32/64), 2000
Windows® Server 2008 R2
Environmental
Humidity 5~95% RH
Operating Temperature 0°C to 70°C (32°F to 158°F)
Storage Temperature -40°C to 85°C (-40°F to 185°F)
Physical Characteristics
Cable Length 864 mm [34 in]
Color Black
Product Height 12 mm [0.5 in]
Product Length 1067 mm [42 in]
Product Weight 76 g [2.7 oz]
Product Width 30 mm [1.2 in]
Packaging Information
Shipping (Package) Weight 0.5 kg [1.1 lb]
What's in the Box
Included in Package 1 - USB Video Capture Cable
1 - Driver CD
1 - Instruction Manual

Compatibility

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Windows® 8/8.1 (32/64bit), 7 (32/64bit), Vista(32/64), XP(32/64), 2000
Windows® Server 2008 R2

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Frequently Asked Questions

Before You Buy

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.

 

Installation

Prior to installing this device, ensure that your operating system is up to date (for example, you have installed the most recent service pack). Also, ensure that the USB 2.0 host driver is updated according to the latest version available.

To install the driver:

  1. Download the latest drivers from the StarTech.com website (http://www.startech.com/Support). You can find the part number and product ID on the product’s packaging.

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

  1. Once the download is complete, right-click the zip folder that you downloaded, select Extract All, and follow the on-screen instructions.
  2. Open the Driver folder.
  3. Right-click the Setup.exe file and select Run as Administrator.

Note: If the Run as Administrator option is not available, you might be attempting to run the installer from within the zipped file. Extract the files using the instructions in Step 2.

  1. Follow the on-screen prompts to install the device drivers and restart the computer when prompted.
  2. Once Windows has restarted, connect the video capture card to your computer.
  3. Your computer will automatically complete the driver installation.

To verify that the driver installed correctly:

  1. Press Windows Key + R, type devmgmt.msc, and click OK.
  2. Expand the Sound, video and game controllers section and verify that both devices are listed (USB EMP Audio Device for audio and USB 2821 Device for video).

To install the GrabBee software:

  1. In the list of extracted files from the download, open the SVID2USB2xx folder.
  2. Navigate to the GrabBee_V1.0.9.6 folder.
  3. Right-click the Setup.exe file and select Run as Administrator.

Note: If the Run as Administrator option is not available, you might be attempting to run the installer from within the zipped file. Extract the files using the instructions in “To install the driver” above.

  1. Follow the on-screen prompts to install GrabBee and restart the computer when prompted.
  2. *North American users only: In the options for GrabBee, set the Video Format to NTSC-M. For more information, visit the StarTech.com website to see the SVID2USB2 manual. It is available under the Drivers & Downloads tab for the SVID2USB2.

Prior to installing this device, ensure that your operating system is up to date (for example, you have installed the most recent service pack). Also, ensure that the USB 2.0 host driver is updated according to the latest version available.

To install the driver:

  1. Download the latest drivers from the StarTech.com website (http://www.startech.com/Support). You can find the part number and product ID on the product’s packaging.

Note: Windows will typically save the files to the Downloads folder that is associated with your user account (for example, C:\Documents and Settings\your_name\My Documents\Downloads).

  1. Once the download is complete, right-click the zip folder that you downloaded, select Extract All, and follow the on-screen instructions.
  2. Open the Driver folder.
  3. Double-click the Setup.exe file.
  4. Follow the on-screen prompts to install the device drivers and restart the computer when prompted.
  5. Once Windows has restarted, connect the video capture card to your computer.
  6. Your computer will automatically complete the driver installation.

To verify that the driver installed correctly:

  1. Press Windows Key + R, type devmgmt.msc, and click OK.
  2. Expand the Sound, video and game controllers section and verify that both devices are listed (USB EMP Audio Device for audio and USB 2821 Device for video).

To install the GrabBee software:

  1. In the list of extracted files from the download, open the SVID2USB2xx folder.
  2. Navigate to the GrabBee_V1.0.9.6 folder.
  3. Double-click the Setup.exe file.
  4. Follow the on-screen prompts to install GrabBee and restart the computer when prompted.
  5. *North American users only: In the options for GrabBee, set the Video Format to NTSC-M. For more information, visit the StarTech.com website to see the SVID2USB2 manual. It is available under the Drivers & Downloads tab for the SVID2USB2.

Note: Ensure the GrabBee application is closed during this installation.

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.
  2. Press the Windows key + R, type devmgmt.msc, and press Enter to open the Device Manager.
  3. Right-click USB 2821 Device, which will have a “!” or “?” next to it to indicate a driver issue.
  4. Click Update Driver.
  5. Click Browse my computer for driver software.
  6. Select the Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer option.
  7. On the Select your device’s type from the list below screen, click Show All Devices, and click Next.

Note: The Select your device’s type from the list below screen does not appear on all systems. If you do not see this screen, skip this step.

  1. Select the Have Disk option.
  2. Browse to the SVID2USB2xx.zip\Driver\Manual Driver 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.

  1. Click the EMAUDIO (32-bit) file or the EMAUDIO64 (64-bit) file. Click OK, and then click Next.
  2. Repeat steps 3-11 with the second listing of the USB 2821 Device, choosing the EMBDA (32-bit) file or the EMBDA64 (64-bit) file.

Note (North American users only): In the options for GrabBee, set the Video Format to NTSC-M. For more information, visit the StarTech.com website to see the SVID2USB2 manual. It is available under the Drivers & Downloads tab for the SVID2USB2.

Note: Ensure the GrabBee application is closed during this installation.

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:\Documents and Settings\your_name\My Documents\Downloads).

  1. After the download is complete, right-click the zip folder that you downloaded, click Extract All, and complete the instructions.
  2. Press the Windows key + R, type devmgmt.msc, and press Enter to open the Device Manager.
  3. Right-click USB 2821 Device, which will have “!” or “?” next to it to indicate a driver issue.
  4. Click Update Driver.
  5. On the Hardware Update Wizard screen, click Install from a list or specific location (Advanced), and then click Next.
  6. Select the Don’t search, I will choose the driver to install option, and then click Next.
  7. On the Hardware Type screen, click Show All Devices, and then click Next.

Note: The Hardware Type screen does not appear on all systems. If you do not see this screen, skip this step.

  1. On the Select the Device Driver you want to install for this hardware screen, select the Have Disk option.
  2. In the Install from Disk dialog box, click Browse.
  3. Browse to the SVID2USB2xx.zip\Driver\Manual Driver 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.

  1. Click the EMAUDIO (32-bit) file or the EMAUDIO64 (64-bit) file. Click OK, and then click Next.
  2. Repeat steps 3-12 with the second listing of the USB 2821 Device, choosing the EMBDA (32-bit) file or the EMBDA64 (64-bit) file.

Note (North American users only): In the options for GrabBee, set the Video Format to NTSC-M. For more information, visit the StarTech.com website to see the SVID2USB2 manual. It is available under the Drivers & Downloads tab for the SVID2USB2.

Troubleshooting

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

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.

  • Adapters and extenders are kept to a minimum.

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

  • The video standard (for example, NTSC, PAL, HDMI, and so on) of the video source matches the Technical Specifications of the video capture device.

To check if the video capture device is detected in Windows®, complete the following:

  1. 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.

  2. Do one of the following:

When 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. Some cards may be able to support third party software, however, support is limited. For more information, visit https://www.startech.com/faq/video-capture-cards-third-party-software.

Note: The USB3HDCAP requires a compatible USB 3.0 card.

USB 2.0 S-Video and Composite Video Capture Cable

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