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Overview

Product overview

• Turn your home videos into great looking DVD movies
• Easy to use, push to start push to stop capture button
• Burn edited video files on to DVD, VCD, SVCD
• Capture video from VHS, camcorder or other AV sources
• Still image capture in JPEG or BMP format
• Real-Time MPEG 4/2/1 encoding
• Composite and S-Video inputs
• USB 2.0 connection

With the Winstars Video Creator, anyone can produce great looking movies to share with family and friends. No prior video editing experience is required. Simply transfer videos to the PC. Create a DVD backup.
What It Is & Why You Need It!
Quickly transfer and share your videos on DVD. Turn your videos into amazing movies. Export to iPod®, PSP®, YouTube™ and more!

Winstars Video Creator Plus combines a high-quality video capture device with easy-to-use video editing software. It has never been easier to impress your friends and family, anytime, anywhere, with great looking videos.

Requirements
Windows® XP (SP2 or higher) or Windows Vista
Intel® Pentium® or AMD® Athlon® 1.4 GHz or higher (2.4 GHz or higher recommended)
512 MB RAM (1 GB recommended)
DirectX® 9 or higher compatible graphics card with 64 MB (128 MB recommended)
DirectX 9 or higher compatible sound card
1 GB of disk space to install software
1 USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed) port
DVD burner for creating DVDs

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very pleased with the USB V&A Grabber . Using my laptop with Windows7 connected to old video recorder and recorded videos to my external drive, played back onto my TV using HDMI and picture quality was brilliant. Down side to this product is the installation CD, had to make 3 attempts before the software and the driver was fully working however noticed that every time I open the software's interface the windows 7 reverts back to its basic display for some reason ... very strange but still I'm amazed at the quality of the videos I have transferred so far which I was more worried about more than anything else and this product has not disappointed me in that respect.
Date published: 2014-11-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Sadly, despite trying on two different PCs, one running XP the other Win7, I have not been able to make a single good transfer. It does not work on Linux at all. The AVI format gives excellent picture and sound. The format of 352x288 is OK if a little small but at just under 20GB/hr the files are simply too large to be usable. The next step down (DVD 720x576) gives good quality picture and excellent sound but they lose sync and on playback and there are noticeable jumps in the picture as it catches up with the audio regardless of which player is used. The SVCD (480x576) and VCD (352x288) file types also suffer from the loss of sync and the SVCD distorts the picture shape. The loss of picture quality becomes an issue when viewing in full-screen mode. The MPG4 (352x288) is very poor and pixelates badly on any picture more than a few inches in size. The supplied software makes a habit of crashing ungracefully during playback of any files it has previously recorded. As a result all of my viewing was done with several other movie players (windows media player, movie player, kaffeine). Overall I would say it is only suitable for capturing short clips that do not require good A/V sync. I shall be returning my unit tomorrow for a refund as it is not suitable for transferring my stock of > 300 VHS to Hard Disk drive files. Possibly a software re-write would fix the problems.
Date published: 2014-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The device is very easy to set up, with secure physical connections, and am able to get a pretty good signal through to record. VHS transfers is my reason for buying this. The supplied EZGrabber software is easy to use, but it doesn't offer much control of each capture mode. Incidentally even DVD mode which offers the highest possible resolution (720x576) is not recommended as I suspect it is set for smallest file size which degrades quality. On the plus side, you can choose between capturing a still image, or start/stop recording video with the dongle's button. A bright blue LED on the dongle flashes during recording so you know something is going on. There is a decent choice of capture formats. Luckily I have a couple of other video editing software apps (Roxio Easy Media Creator 9 and Pinnacle Studio 11) both of which detect and work with this A/V grabber. Using my almost 4 year old XP based PC, I was able to grab an hour of full PAL (25fps 720x576) video without any problems. Windows XP's own Movie Maker detects the dongle but I haven't used it to do any captures yet so unable to comment. Overall, a pretty decent piece of kit for the money, but I hope the EZGrabber software is updated to allow better quality captures.
Date published: 2014-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very pleased with this device. Using a laptop on Windows7 connected to old video recorder. Just completed transfer of son's wedding from VHS to DVD. Excellent quality, played straightaway on a TV. My son very impressed with software even though it is quite complex. Etremely good value.
Date published: 2014-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not yet fully explored its capabilities. Tried it on two PCs, one running XP the other W7. W7 USB didn't detect a new device plugged in. Got it to eventually work with XP after driver installation difficulties - possibly due installing over LAN. Apart from that it does what I wanted it to do
Date published: 2014-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from USB Grabber for my bird box camera I wanted to stream live from my birdbox to my computer to be able to either download and save pictures or video. This USB grabber is easy to use and the software disc easy to install. Well worth the money.
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worked as advertised. Have tried cheap video grabbers in the past and none worked. This one did after installing the drivers and rebooting, pleasant surprise.
Date published: 2017-06-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I agree with what NF said- video and audio out of sync - makes playing the captured movie useless- will be returning for my cash back. Using windows7 64bit, 4g ram i5 2.4 ghz processor- so cant blame a good spec laptop. maybe ok for short clips - but I am looking to full length movies.
Date published: 2014-11-11
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I have an old 8mm sanyo camcorder used P5-90 pal/secam 8 tapes, would this be able to use this to convert tapes on Laptop windows 10 ??

Asked by: bobby
If your camcorder features the connections that this device uses then yes, this would be suitable.
Answered by: James
Date published: 2017-08-28

can I import stills pictures from a source with a video out socket onto the computer.

Asked by: Clara
Unfortunately, we are unable to guarantee full compatibility for this item, as this is not the manner for which it was designed to be used.
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2017-07-06

where does this store the videos it captures?

Asked by: keoni936
You would connect this to a PC or Laptop and use the included software to capture the video onto the hard drive of that device. The capture path can be set in the software to save to a specific location.
Answered by: Gareth
Date published: 2017-06-05

Hello is this compatible with windows 10 if not have you got one that is? Thanks Margaret

Asked by: margaret
The tested OS are as follows Requirements Windows® XP (SP2 or higher) or Windows Vista Intel® Pentium®
Answered by: Billy
Date published: 2017-05-28

What chipset is it

Asked by: freck
Unfortuently the manufacturer has not provided what chipset this item uses.
Answered by: Billy
Date published: 2017-05-18

Will this allow me to convert purchased videos into digital format?

Asked by: MartynL
No.
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2017-05-03

Will this Grabber work with Win 10

Asked by: MattMaol
Windows® XP (SP2 or higher) or Windows Vista, we cannot guarantee compatibility for newer operating systems
Answered by: darren cordon
Date published: 2017-04-19

Does this come with the necessary software to record the tape to a digital video format, and do I need anything else with it (i.e. a serial number)? Will i also need a male/male RCA cable?

Asked by: garry
You will need a male to male RCA cable if you do not have one but everything else in included.
Answered by: Billy
Date published: 2017-04-10
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