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Elgato intros Elgato Video Capture for Mac


Elgato has introduced its new Elgato Video Capture hardware for Mac. Designed to capture and encode analog video, the Video Capture features composite RCA and S-Video inputs, supports NTSC, PAL, PAL/60 and SECAM formats, and records video at resolutions up to 640 x 480, in either H.264 or MPEG-4 formats, either of which can be easily transferred into iTunes and onto an iPod, iPhone, or Apple TV. Users may also select between 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratios and trim the beginning and end of recordings. The Elgato Video Capture is available now for $100, and requires an open USB 2.0 port, and a Mac with an Intel Core Duo processor, Mac OS X 10.5.6 or later, QuickTime 7.6 or later, and iTunes 8.1 or later.

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Are you sure that this device also encodes the video?  I’m pretty sure that it just captures it and then you have to use your Mac to encode it with the software.  That would explain the hefty CPU requirement.  I have capture devices with built-in compression that I can use with my old G4 and would probably work with a G3 if it had USB2. 

Even though my old USB and PCI devices can capture 640x480, I’m not happy with the picture quality.  I’ll be interested in seeing sample clips and reading the reviews, especially after Snow Leopard is released and we can see how well the GPU does with the encoding.

Posted by Neil on May 8, 2009 at 1:49 PM (CDT)


I’m wonder if this is the answer to the Blackmagic Design Video Recorder. This is a weak answer if it is. I love the EyeTv software but I had to buy the HD PVR by Hauppauge so I can capture 720p HD. The Blackmagic recorder seems like a great device however it does not capture hd. Also, the Blackmagic recorder encodes through the hardware dongle…..sweeeet!

Posted by Jonathan Norman on May 10, 2009 at 5:45 PM (CDT)


CANNOT get Video Capture to work.  Have a Panasonic VHS with audio and video going to the correct plugs in the Elgato.  The instructions say I’ll get a screen that asks about the movie questions.

What am I missing?  I’m certain the hookup is correct but my latest iMac, with totally updated software cannot see it.

Please help.

Posted by KEN BROWN on January 15, 2010 at 5:18 PM (CST)

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