Macworld Awards 2009 nominee Elgato Systems has announced Elgato Video Capture, a hardware/software combination solution for transferring analog video - including home movies on VHS video tape - to a Mac, iPhone and iPod.
Elgato Video Capture is ideally suited, says Elgato, to anyone who wants to convert old videos and camcorder footage they may have lying around particularly treasured home recordings.
The device connects VCRs, set top boxes, camcorders, DVD players, and other analog video sources, anything that uses composite RCA or S-Video outputs, to the Mac via a USB 2.0 interface.
The package also comes with a SCART adaptor to connect the supplied RCA or S-Video cable.
In what promises to be a simple user interface, an Elgato Video Capture software assistant guides you through the process of connecting an analog video source to capturing video that is optimised for your needs.
The software also offers a simple tool to trim the beginning and end of the captured video.
With one click, videos can be transferred to iTunes, played back in QuickTime, uploaded to YouTube, or opened in iMovie for final editing says Elgato.
Generated files can be synced with video capable iPods, iPhones and Apple TV and can be edited in iMovie ‘09 without re-encoding.
Elgato Video Capture automatically detects NTSC, SECAM, PAL, and PAL/60 video formats for worldwide compatibility.
System requirements are a Intel based Mac running Mac OS X 10.5.6 Leopard or later, with QuickTime 7.6 or later or iTunes 8.1 or later installed.
Elgato Video Capture has a SRP of £89.95 and will be available from Apple retail stores and other Mac resellers.
Elgato recently launched the Turbo.264 HD video conversion tool, a hardware video conversion tool that can convert video files, including AVCHD camcorders footage, to a format that can be played on an iPod, iPhone, and Apple TV.
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