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  • Easily convert, capture and edit your VHS/camcorder or other composite fed videos
  • Burn your videos to DVD, enjoy them on your computer, or upload to YouTube
  • Supports composite and S-Video inputs

Product overview

• Easily convert, capture and edit your VHS/camcorder or other composite fed videos
• Burn your videos to DVD, enjoy them on your computer, or upload to YouTube
• Supports composite and S-Video inputs
• CyberLink PowerDirector 10, Media Espresso 6.5 and eMPIA software included
• Compatible with PC and MAC
• Requires VHS player

What will this converter do?
Whether you’re looking to convert normal VHS or backing up beloved camcorder tape footage, this converter is right for you. Simply connect your VHS, camcorder or other composite or S-Video video player directly to this converter, which then connects via USB to any PC or Mac and runs the provided software. Using the converter and the software you can backup and burn your videos to DVD.

What will the software help me do?
Crop, enhance, and improve your converted videos using PowerDirector 10, which is included with this product. Media Espresso 6.5 and eMPIA are also included. PowerDirector 10’s ‘Easy Editor’ option allows quick and simple clean-up and finalising of your videos which is great for everyone, not just experienced video editors. There is also a full editor version for those wanting to get the most out of every video, allowing various effects and text overlay features.

Do I need to know about conversion?
You can export your videos files into various formats, including AVI, MP4, H.264, and MOV. If you don’t know what format your device supports, you can choose a range of pre-selected devices. Select your desired device, such as mobile phone, and it will help you pick an appropriate format. You can upload the video to YouTube or Facebook directly from the software.

Rated 3 out of 5 by from Works, but took a long time to get sorted First of all, this software does what you need it to - but it is not the easiest thing to set up nor sort! The instructions are limited and the booklet itself shows pictures of the UNINSTALLATION of the software, which is a schoolboy error. This is not very intuitive. My advice is: - when you are using a VCR you may only have options for audio output (red and white). If you don't have a visual output too - many don't (it's yellow) you will need to get a scart-to-composite adaptor. The cheap (£1) one doesn't work - you need to get the one from Maplin for about £20. Also depending on the scart set-up of the VCR it may not work at all, so I suggest scouring freecycle for a couple of VHS machines just in case. - The Vivastation software is very clunky and slow to work even on a fast machine. Be patient with it when capturing. It doesn't actually tell you it's captured anything, but it will be saved to your hard drive when you press 'capture' for the second time. You can find the file path if you click on the settings option in Vivastation. - The Director software takes up a lot more space when burning to DVD than your Microsoft DVD maker. Not sure why, but I gave up with it. - If you are tight for space don't download the Director software nor the MediaEspresso stuff. For basic capture you don't need either of these. I have finally put some ancient footage from VHS onto DVD and am thrilled to be able to secure it digitally, but this process was painful and the whole thing needs to be a lot more intuitive. I also got contrasting opinions about the scart situation from Maplin when I rang them; if I hadn't had 2 VHS players I would have abandoned the whole thing.
Date published: 2016-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good value Initially it seemed to dislike Windows 10 but at a second attempt it installed and ran without trouble. (I can't explain that!) It's nice that it is powered from the USB socket. You need Power Director or similar software to capture the video and although there is a copy of an old version on the supplied disc, there were no instructions. You need to configure it to capture both the video part and the sound.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from VHS converter. Bought this VHS converter because it one of the few that I found that would work with a Mac.. Easy to set up and does the job very well. Just make sure that you have plenty of storage space on your computer because digitising video gobbles up a lot of space. Am using it to edit old family videos. You will also need a VHS or Beta machine with RCA outputs on audio and video or a scart to RCA converter... RCA is also known as Phono plug.
Date published: 2017-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It works :-) I bought this to copy some video from an old 8mm video camera. It installed easily on Windows 10 - so easily I didn't realise it had done it - and I used the included software and cable which has been easy to use, creating avi and mpeg2 files. I haven't worked out editing the files yet - I think I need a young person for that! I'm well pleased overall.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Returned Bought around a week ago. Software and hardware installed fine. Picture flickers on the pc which is unwatchable. Connected vcr to tv and no flicker at all so not an issue with the vhs tape. Cables given. Y maplin tried and my own better quality but flicker still there. Tried both software supplied and both have flicker on there. Rang the support team who could not help resolve. They were screen sharing with my computer and it looked as of the were just clicking through all the possible options on the software so didnt seem as if they knew what they were looking for. Had to return item. Annoyed though as i am £5 out of pocket as had to buy a scart adapter to connect to vcr and cant return that as that works perfectly fine. Lady at the shop was great though. Very polite and apologised that it didnt work out.
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Doesn't seem to work properly with Windows 10 Still can't get this to work properly with Windows 10
Date published: 2016-02-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Difficult to Set Up But Once It's Running Does The Job Was fairly difficult to try and get it set up as no instructions come with the product. However after emailing the techincal team they got back to me within a day and helped me through my issues. Now it's all up and running it does exactly what you need it to do
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from From VHS to MPG in one easy step! At last I've transferred my wedding video from VHS to MPG and then to a DVD. Only took me 24 years! Works fine and dead easy to use.
Date published: 2017-01-02
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I have an older Mac with Tiger iOS 10.5.8. Will this converter work on this Mac. Thanks

Asked by: Steviethreeputt
Unfortunately, we are unable to guarantee full compatibility for this item.
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2018-01-01

Does this include all the required Cables?

Asked by: Gaza
No connecting cables are not included.
Answered by: Billy
Date published: 2017-11-21

How many frames per second does it record in and what resolution options do you have when recordings at 30 frames per second eg?  Some don't record more than 30 FPS in 1080p, theres little info on this from what I can see

Asked by: Neil
This item does not upscale during the conversation so it would maintain the original FPS and resolution of the source unless you were to use additional 3rd party software.
Answered by: Russell
Date published: 2017-10-12

Oh. Just posted re this unit a minute ago. I forgot to say that although Vivastation seems to have installed, when I click on the desktop icon it says 'Init. Fail' Any help would be much appreciated. Tried reinstalling it several times on my Win 7 PC!

Asked by: Paulo
This service is for frequently asked questions and does not allow two way communication, In order for us to best assist you with your technical issue please contact us on the details below: 0333 400 9500 or email
Answered by: Dale
Date published: 2017-09-11

I'm trying to go SVHS OUT to PC via the A83QB unit. Power Director only shows a flashing blue window and when I press 'record' well, all I get is the blue window! Can anyone please list the correct procedures necessary to get this unit working?

Asked by: Paulo
This service is for frequently asked questions and does not allow two way communication, In order for us to best assist you with your technical issue please contact us on the details below: 0333 400 9500 or email
Answered by: Dale
Date published: 2017-09-11

I Have a Mac and need to buy a converter for VHS to DVD and camcorder to DVD.  What is the simplest way of doing this and what machine can you offer with the least amount of hustle.   Also is there a machine that can do this without a computer.

Asked by: Pauline
Hello, This item would do the job fine. We do not stock any item that would do it automatically.
Answered by: Dale
Date published: 2017-08-20

I bought this today however it doesn't work on my windows 10, I have checked the viva station compatibility program and it will only work up to windows 8???

Asked by: mark
On the disk is another program that can be used on windows 10 instead. Look for CyberLink PowerDirector 10
Answered by: DaveB
Date published: 2017-07-29

Does the software for mac for the A83QB converter only include the Empia programme? I've installed it, but all it does is produce a window and thereafter a short while create a noise on the computer. Should I be doing something else?

Asked by: Tasso45
After starting the software go to the top left corner of your Mac screen and click on Empia Go along the menus to where it says "Digitizers" and make sure that the Empia unit is in that dropdown. Then click on the "Record" drop down and select "video settings", make sure that the source is set to Empia composite or Empia S-Video depending on which of the video inputs you are using on the digitizer box. Now go to the "Record" sound settings menu, make sure the source is set to USB28286 device and not the Macs built in microphone. Finally the most common mistake by end users is that they utilise a "SCART" converter from an old video game system to connect to the device they wish to record from. (such as a video recorder) or try to plug into audio video inputs rather than outputs. You need to use the outputs of the device you are connecting to, remember you are taking audio video data OUT of the host device, so if using a SCART adaptor you need a SCART OUT, the ones supplied with game consoles are SCART IN and are unsuitable. A surefire indicator that you are using the wrong kind of audio video connectivity is a plain green screen with no audio or a repetitive hum/clicking.
Answered by: Les
Date published: 2017-07-14
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