I bought this to transfer old VHS kids movies to my NAS for streaming.
- Easy to connect and install: It took me longer to dig out the VCR and get it connected than it did to install the software and connect it to the VCR.
- Straighforward operation: Once it's all set up, throw in a tape, press play on the VCR, and then hit record on the software. Easy peasy.
- Good quality conversion: Keeping in mind that we're talking about VHS tapes on an old VCR, the quality of the output was good. Looked about the same as I'd expect if connected to an old "tube" TV.
NOT SO GOOD:
- Need more software for DVD To transfer to DVD requires iDVD (now included in iMovie) or some 3rd party burning software. (It does say this on the box though!)
- Limited output options: Output options (or quality as Roxio calls it) is limited to 3; high, medium, low. High is the standard Apple Intermediate CODEC (.MOV), medium is h.264 (MP4) but no options to change the resolution from 640x480, and low is also h.264, but at the 320x240 resolution.
- Instructions are dated: The instructions still refer to iDVD, even though that's now part of iMovie (since iMovie 10). It would have been nice for Roxio to have updated their manuals and boxes to reflect the changes in the software.
Overall, I'm pleased with my purchase. I went in looking for another brand of capture card for Mac, but had to choose between this and a different brand. I went with this for the Roxio name. So far, it's been perfectly fine. As stated in my "not so good", I chose to capture in high quality (.MOV) and then convert that to a smaller MP4 using QuickTime. The .MOV is rather large (about 10GB for a feature film), but the final MP4 is much more reasonable (in the 100s of MB range), so it's all good. I may try to see if there's a difference in final quality between letting the Video Capture output directly to MP4 and me doing it with QT. If/when I do, I'll update the review.