• Digitize video from a VCR, camcorder or other analogue video source for your Mac, PC, and iPad
  • Easy-to-use software guides you through every step
  • Captures video in the universal H.264 digital format – ready for iPad, iMovie, Windows Live Movie Maker, and YouTube
  • World-ready; handles NTSC, SECAM, PAL and PAL/60 video
  • Includes Elgato Video Capture software for Mac and PC


Digitize video from a VCR, camcorder and other analogue video sources for playback on your Mac, PC and iPad

Transfer video to your Mac or PC from a VCR, DVR, camcorder, or any other analogue video device as a high quality H.264 file. Elgato Video Capture’s easy-to-use software assists you through every step, from connecting an analogue video device to capturing video and choosing how you will watch and share it.

There is no easier way to digitise home video to playback on your computer, to sync with an iPad or iPhone, to edit in iMovie or Windows Live Movie Maker, or to upload to YouTube.

Elgato Video Capture comes with Elgato Video Capture software for Mac and Windows.

Put Family Memories on your computer

The era of VHS tapes is winding down, and after three decades there is a lot of video content to transfer for modern playback devices. What’s more, any video stored on magnetic tape (such as VHS, Video8 and Hi8) has a limited life span and deteriorates over time. Elgato Video Capture provides an easy way to bring those precious memories into iTunes or your Windows Media Player library.

Every step is made simple

Elgato Video Capture is very easy to use. The software assistant guides you through every step, from connecting an analogue video device to capturing video and choosing how you will watch and share it. The software offers a simple tool to trim the beginning and end of the captured video. With just one click, you can add your video to iTunes or to your Windows Media Player library; you can play back the video on your computer or sync it with your iPad or iPhone; you can upload your video directly to YouTube; and you can edit it right away in iMovie or Windows Live Movie Maker.

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Video to your computer from a DVR, DVD Player, or Set-Top Box

Perhaps you’ve been given a DVD from a family event or reunion and you want to share it by posting it on your website or on YouTube. Or you’ve saved some great movies and TV shows on your DVR and want to play them back on your iPad. Elgato Video Capture can connect and capture video to your Mac or PC from any device that has composite “RCA” or S-Video outputs. It also comes with a SCART adapter.

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System Requirements

  • Mac: OS X 10.6.8 or later
  • PC: Windows 7 or later, 2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (or comparable), sound card

Technical Specifications

Elgato Video Capture automatically detects NTSC, SECAM, PAL and PAL/60 video formats for worldwide compatibility.

  • Video resolution: 640×480 (4:3) or 640×360 (16:9)
  • Video format Mac Software: H.264 at 1.4 MBit/sec or MPEG-4 at 2.4 MBit/se
  • Video format PC Software: H.264 at 1.4 MBit/se
  • Audio: AAC, 48kHZ, 128 kBit/sec

Generated files can be synced with video capable iPads, iPods, iPhones and Apple TV and can be edited in iMovie or Windows Live Movie Maker without re-encoding.

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  • Elgato Video Capture hardware
  • Composite-to-SCART adapter
  • Composite video/RCA stereo cable
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"... your mum could use this. It's uncomplicated hardware paired with even less complicated software. The impressive output quality alone makes this a thumbs up from me."

MacTalk Australia

"...extraordinarily easy to use and install. We were transferring videos from VHS to DVD in no time at all. We especially loved how effortless this VHS to DVD converter was to use with Macs"


"I’m rating Elgato’s solution four out of five stars. Its software is simple and easy to use, and they included all of the cables I would need to plug its device directly into my VCR."

Chris Ryan, The Apple Blog

"Elgato makes an inexpensive USB device that captures S-Video and turns it into a H.264/MPEG-4 file that's perfect for uploading. In fact, exactly what YouTube wants to have uploaded. The quality is excellent."

MacBreak Weekly podcast

"The Elgato Video Capture package is a perfect combination of top quality video hardware coupled with really easy to use software. Analogue video brilliance!"


"A great way to convert your old tapes and get them onto an iPod."

MacUser, UK

"The software provided with the Video Capture is very straightforward, and quickly guides you through the process of connecting the various audio and video cables. It asks you roughly how long your recording is likely to be and indicates how much disk space you’ll need to store the video file. When the recording is finished, you’re presented with simple ‘one-click’ button options that allow you to send the video file into iMovie for editing, upload it to YouTube, or add it to your iTunes library so that it can be transferred onto your iPod."

Cliff Joseph, Macworld UK

"VHS may seem like a bad dream, but many of us have stacks of old cassettes in a cupboard somewhere that deserve to be digitised onto the Mac for sharing. Elgato's Video Capture does just that."


Senior Editor Christopher Breen of Macworld.com takes a look at Elgato Video Capture and another product on this week's videocast.

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