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Video Conversion for PC - Windows

Model: HON787800F283SKU: 5591332

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Rating 4.2 out of 5 stars with 78 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Gets the job done well

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    ViableData
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    I bought this needing to transfer old family VHS tapes to digital and it works very good. It is very easy to hook up. It uses standard RCA or S-Video to transmit video signal from the VCR. S-Video will not work for VHS transfer on VCR/DVD combo units. You must still have the White/Red audio RCA plugs plugged in as well if using the S-Video cable (Which is NOT supplied with the kit). Only the RCA cable and USB cable is supplied. It connects from the VCR out RCA connections or S-Video and RCA audio out into the connector box, Then plug the mini-USB end into the connector box, and the Full USB end into the computer. Software installation is pretty straight forward and has very easy step by step use when launching the program. Starts with what kind of file you are transferring (Video, or Audio) , Then what type of connection you are using to complete the transfer (RCA, or S-Video) . Then you set a timer for how long you want to record for. (I just fast forwarded the VHS tape to the end and counted the timer on the VCR to know how long to set the record for, then rewinded the tape again.) It was a little confusing to me at first setting the timer though, as the slide bar only shows a 1, 2, 3, 4 etc . Each number is the hour length you want to record, and then you can select the minute length between each hour. After that a recording screen will come up that will have a small live preview box of your recording, and on this screen you can name the file to what you want it, and what aspect ratio you want to record in (4:3, or 16:9 for video transfers, I prefer to use the 16:9). Then just hit play on the VCR, wait for the video to come up in the preview box and when the video gets to the spot you want to start recording, just hit the red "RECORD" button. When recording starts, the "record" lettering will turn from white to yellow. There is a gray "STOP" button next to it that you can use to stop recording if needed. I found it better not to use this button because I had some instances where I decided to use it, and the software ended up not recording the video. So, I just set the timer and let it runs it's course. It has always worked fine for that method. After your recording is finished, a screen will pop up over the record screen, giving you a preview screen where you can fully review your recording, (Play, Stop, Short Skip, and Beginning and End Skipping) and also asks what you would like to do with your recording. It gives the options (Open File Location, Convert to .MP4 file (which is going to be your option to save and view on your computer, and also later edit if you need to in a video editor (I use windows video editor), and also burn to a DVD at a later time) and it also gives the option to transfer to DVD right away. (I have not used this option yet)). When you convert to .MP4 after the recording is finished, Another screen will pop up with more options for the conversion which includes (Video Resolution (640x480, 720x480, 720x576, and 1024x768), Video Quality (Normal, Good, and Best. Each of which raises the file size.) and Output Folder location (so you can select a specific folder you want to save the file to.)) Then hit the "disk" icon on the lower right and it will begin the conversion. It does take quite a while for the conversion, so be patient with it. I always use 1024x768, and Best settings for the conversion. A 2 hour video transfer equals just over 2000mb, or 2GB in file space and takes 20-30 minutes to convert to .MP4 I find it best not to do anything anything else on the computer during the recording time, as I fear messing up the recording somehow and having to sit through another 2 hours of recording, but I usually just get up and do other things while it records. I have surfed the internet and had it recorded fine as well but again I prefer to just leave it alone with no interference. It is also important to make sure you turn off your power saving on the computer as to not have the computer go into sleep mode during the recording process as it will mess up the file and you will have to start again. Overall this product works very good, and is great in bringing back a lot of memories left on those old VHS tapes. The only problem I have encountered with the software is with ending recording early and it not recording any of the video it just captured. Only 4/5 stars due to that, as it is a major function of the recording process and should function correctly. (Again the set timer method of recording works absolutely fine) Definitely a must have if you have a lot of old VHS tapes you would like to have transferred to digital or DVD.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Worked Like A Charm

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    TheHighwayman
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    I needed to get an old VHS tape and some Mini DV camcorder tapes converted to digital format so I could make a nice video of old memories for my Grandpa's funeral. I had around 24 hours to get it done (getting everything together and finding a pawn shop with a VCR was tough). I had bought this VIDBOX devise from Best Buy and it did the job fine. It was very simple to use. You don't need any tech skills, just follow the initial setup card (I think it was 4 steps), then it is as easy as plugging in the cords to the VIDBOX devise and to the other machines (VCR + Desktop PC, or Camcorder + Desktop PC), it is that easy. The hardest part is that it needs to play the entire tape, as it plays it records. What is nice and nifty, is that the VIDBOX devise allows you to click the "Record" button on the VIDBOX window that is on your desktop monitor (Yes, a nice VIDBOX window fills the desktop screen, and it too is basic w/o need of tech skills). With this setup it allows you to manually press "Play" on the VCR and let the tape play. At any time, before or when the VCR tape gets to a recording you can choose when to begin and end your recording session (converting). The VIDBOX window on the desktop monitor has a smaller squared picture section, this allows you to see what you are trying to record (convert), and just click the "Record" button on the VIDBOX window screen controls. For instance the VCR tape I used, had a blue screen for a few minutes or more before the recording began to play. I didn't record that part. What can I say, this is a nice devise, easy to use, just sit back and watch the tapes play on your desktop monitor as they record and with sound too. You even can set it to end the recording at a specific amount of time, such as three minutes, one hour or two hours and walk away. It saves you from forgetting about it and over recording for a long period of blank video that would take up time to fix and take up space on your hard drive. It will stop promptly at the selected time. Nonetheless, I got some other software free off the internet to convert all my videos to a required format so I could use Windows Movie Maker to put all my pictures and videos together in one movie for the funeral. After I managed to muster up all the pictures, videos, software, hardware and convert it all into a working movie, I decided to keep the video portions a surprise and let the family believe it is a movie of just pictures. Needless to say, the old pictures and videos of Grandpa from the 1930's on up, the family gatherings of us having good times and making jokes was a big hit at the Memorial portion. It came after all have spoken and the tears were being shed, but then I played the movie, it had everybody laughing and talking about memories and seeing the family get-togethers during the holiday dinners. A spry Grandpa in the 90's and 2000's, with the family's fun, clever remarks and crafty jokes, this little VIDBOX devise brought so much joy and fond memories back to the surface in a time of sorrow. A somber family crowd moved to a smiling, laughing but tearful bunch for the rest of the funeral. They loved the video. They couldn't stop smiling while talking about the good times or the refreshed memories and they all wanted a copy. Thank you VIDBOX and Best Buy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Couldn't be easier !

    Posted
    Studioboy1

    After having used an I-Grabber device a few years ago to successfully transfer over 120 vhs tapes to dvd, I stepped away from the process. Recently I decided to resume the project in order to transfer the final 30 tapes to dvd, but as I had since upgraded my Windows 7 to Windows 10, the I-Grabber was no longer compatible, and it no longer worked. Researching the internet for the best quality capture device that would be compatible with Windows 10, this VidBox for PC product was clearly one of the top choices. Yes, it was more expensive than most of the others, but it was worth every extra cent ! It was on sale at Best Buy, so I picked one up at my local store, took it home, and within a few minutes it was loaded and ready to go. It is an incredibly easy product to use, and is almost foolproof. The directions are clear and concise, and if one has properly connected their VCR or other playback device to the VidBox, and then plugged the VidBox USB cable into a PC, there is really nothing to go wrong. Please note that if it appears as if your video on the preview screen is not fully in synch with the audio during the recording process, don't worry. When you check the completed file after you've stopped your recording you will find that everything is fine. Overall, a great product !

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great option

    Posted
    LegalDiva
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    I purchased this product after returning the Roxio version which was a disaster. (Roxio would not recognize video and the customer support was non-existent.) VidBox worked well immediately. Editing tools are simple. I am very happy to have a reasonable alternative to paying more than $10 a tape to have them converted by commercial services. It is time-consuming since you need to sit through the whole tape. But it has been fun to re-live those past times when kids were little. I was not able to share the videos on ICloud but am using Dropbox. (Always the compatability issues between Apple and Windows products.) I contacted Geek Squad on the compatability issue but they did not seem to have a way around it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    No work twice

    Posted
    BestBuyShopper
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    This seemed to be the only decent item available at Best Buy. An employee said she did not have a problem with it. I returned the first one due to screen flickering then eventually just displayed a blue screen. It did not do what it was supposed to do. I contacted support, they were extremely helpful and told me to return it as there was a problem with it. They verified my system requirements, verified the product and gave me my instructions to return it. The second one started to work but gave random results (some flickering, blue screen and the display was off center where you could only see a part of the recording). I did not bother calling support the second time. The products website did not even display this model so I assume there were problems plus it was on sale at Best Buy.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice interface for digitizing home movies

    Posted
    JonM
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    The software for this is fairly easy to use. At first it was telling me that it couldn't detect the "box" that sits between the VCR and the computer. I kept trying the USB connection into different ports but still no luck. Then I looked at the cable and it seemed kind of flimsy/junky so I went and found one of my own cables that had the exact same connectors. I used that instead, and problem-solved. Worked like a charm after that.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works great

    Posted
    ClayL
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    I bought the device over a year ago but just got around to using it. I just transferred 20 or so old home VHS tapes to DVD with no issues at all. As a bonus I was able to transfer the first three Star Wars movies to DVD.s. I have all of the others on DVD. and now don't have to mess with using a VHS player. Please don't hassle me about making the copies. I bought the movies and will use the DVDs only for myself. As far as I am concerned that falls under the Fair Use rules.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works great, but...

    Posted
    kelgledon
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    This product works great to transfer VHS to MPEG files on my computer, but it would be nice if it had the capability to edit the files it creates after it creates them. I had a few tapes that were recorded at a slower speed and I had to sit at the computer and watch the video ad it was recording so that I could manually edit the recording before the time Ran out that I had previously set. You will need to acquire other software to edit the files.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Unreliable

    Posted
    SocRT
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    Seems to work great, but is unreliable. Easy setup, easy user interface, but all too frequently it looks like it is recording but then end up with only a second or two of video captured to file. Emailed support and was told to turn off the "check for video signal" check box, but didn't help. I see video in the monitor window, so video is there, but for some reason doesn't write the data to the file. Too frustrating, so will be returning this.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A 4+ purchase, and recommended.

    Posted
    DonP
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    Better than most/all the competitors' products currently on the BB shelves, and WAY superior to any earlier versions I've purchased. Instructions could/should be a bit clearer, but eventually make total sense. Real time recording isn't swift (nor was it expected to be), so the transfer project will take a while. I'm just grateful to have the tool to do so. Easy to recommend.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Easy to use

    Posted
    blcain
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    I have a laser disk/dvd deck and a vcr hooked up to a video switch and then into this unit. I copy my old laser disks to the computer, edit them and put them on DVD or BluRay. I do the same with my old VHS tapes. I have had no problems with this unit. Seems a little over priced for the simple thing it does . . . takes analog input and sends it to the computer via usb.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Not Impressed

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    willoug
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    I wasn't overly impressed with this product. All my videos had a green tint at the top of them. You can't return it since it includes licensed software. The only thing you can do is exchange it for the same thing. I returned it hoping a new one wouldn't have the same issue but it did.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works Great

    Posted
    maggie70
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    Easy to use and the cables that came with it were the right ones for my needs. Have two different video cameras that use different size tapes. Must use the cameras to transfer to computer than transfer to disc or memory stick. It will work with VCR transfer also..

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Video Conversion for PC

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    BenC
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    I really like this product. I have converted several old family VHS tapes to Digital. The only problem with doing conversions is the time it takes. No way around it . A 2hr VHS will take 2HR to convert so plan accordingly

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Easy to use and produces good output

    Posted
    ga75
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    Pros: Comes with a good length of composite video cable Produces good quality video output either direct to DVD or to file Software interface is basic but quite usable Cons: Currently unable to get VideoStudio Pro to recognize the device for direct video import and editing

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Easy to use to convert old VHS tapes to DVD

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    twinjett
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    Software was easy to load and simple to use. I converted three old VHS tapes to DVDs in a short time. You must have a working VHS player and they are fast becoming antiques. I would buy this product again.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not the best

    Posted
    GinaW
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    Device worked great the first few times. However using the software included the video started to freeze. Can still use the device to run the signal to Power Director for capturing and bypass the faulty software included with the product.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works great! Easy to use.

    Posted
    Ksage
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    Contained everything I needed to convert our movies from tape.. I am so happy to preserve tapes of family fun on a DVD. The product worked great on my laptop. It downloads in "real time" and quickly converts and burns onto disc.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    The product is simple to use as stated

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    BBCustomer210
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    The product is easy to setup and to capture movies. The software is not sophisticated enough to enable editing of the file. You will need to purchase a separate editor if you desire to cut and paste video sections together

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great video converter

    Posted
    stoveking
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    This product is very easy to use. Before I bought this, I had no confidence in analog tape transfer at all. But once I converted my old VHS, it has worked with no problems so far. This product is really convenient.

    I would recommend this to a friend