Easycap alternatives

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Easycap alternatives
EasyCap allows users to transfer their VHS collection to digital. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

EasyCap provides a simple link between a PC and a video device with an RCA or S-video compatibility. It allows you to capture video from sources like VHS, VCR, DVD, TV, DV, and cameras. It is a portable USB device that is easy to connect. It comes with professional editing software with tools that help you capture and edit any inputed video. There are several other video capture devices like EasyCap currently on the market.

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Pinnacle Video Capture for Mac

This Pinnacle device allows you to capture video in a similar way to EasyCap. While EasyCap is compatible with PC, Pinnacle Video Capture works with Mac, and imports video from any source directly into iTunes. The format created for these video files is compatible with iPods, iPhones, or Apple TV. The device comes in a teardrop shaped box with the S-video inputs, and connects to your computer through a USB port.

KWorld DVD Maker USB 2.0

This is another device using USB that captures video from many different formats through S-video cables. A major difference between EasyCap and KWorld is the latter's focus on DVD making in their editing software. This helps users update VHS home movies to DVD all within one program. The editing software also comes with tools to help cut and add music to those old VHS home movies before they are burnt to DVD.

Hauppauge HD PVR

This device lets users capture video much in the same way as the other devices, but it allows you to do it in HD even up to 1080i. You can connect your cable, video game, or satellite box, and the HD PVR can record to your PC in HD format. It also records in either two channel stereo or five channel Dolby Digital sound. Once captured, the HD video files can be burnt to Blu-ray if your PC is equipped with a Blu-ray burner.

Diamond One Touch Video Capture Device

This video capture device is designed with easy use in mind. Like the other devices, you can capture video from almost any input source, but all you have to do with Diamond is press the small button on the USB unit to begin the capture. It makes updating your home VHS collection to DVD a quick process. The editing software they provide focuses on being user-friendly and it doesn't have as many features as, for instance, the KWorld DVD maker, but is easy and fast to use.

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