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VIDBOX for Mac Reviewed by Mikerose23 on Dec 3 . Rating: 4.5 VIDBOX for Mac Videotapes can deteriorate over time. Your old videos will have color bleed, white specks, and other distortions. Don”t risk this happening to your home video collection. Honestech VIDBOX for Mac Provides everything you need to easily convert your videos to digital formats. All you need is a VCR and a Mac, and […]

VIDBOX for Mac


VIDBOX for Mac


Videotapes can deteriorate over time. Your old videos will have color bleed, white specks, and other distortions. Don”t risk this happening to your home video collection. Honestech VIDBOX for Mac Provides everything you need to easily convert your videos to digital formats. All you need is a VCR and a Mac, and you can transfer your video easily with the step by Step pictorial instructions. 2013 Honestech Technology, Honestech, VIDBOX and other trademarks are trademarks of Honest Technology or Honestech Inc. in the United States and/or in other countries. All other names of actual companies and marks mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

  • What’s in the box: VIDBOX (USB video capture device), USB Cable, RCA AV Cable, Quick Start Guide, Installation Software CD.
  • Capture old VHS, Beta, 8mm or camcorder tapes and convert them to DVD and other digital formats.
  • Watch recorded video on your Mac with QuickTime.
  • Smooth integration with iMovie allows you to easily edit the captured video.
  • Burn your movies to DVD with iDVD and watch on your TV. Watch and share your captured video on iOS devices.



What customers say about VIDBOX for Mac?

  • 150 of 157 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A very good and affordable video capture device, September 29, 2013
    By 
    Lon J. Seidman (CT) –
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    This review is from: VIDBOX for Mac (CD-ROM)
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    Customer Video Review Length:: 5:52 Mins

    I am very impressed with this little box. I haven’t heard of Honestech before but they’ve put together a very affordable and very easy to use capture device that will convert your old video tapes to a standard digital format.

    Set up is simple: plug one end of the included composite cables to the outputs on the VCR and the other into the Vidbox. Then just connect the Vidbox to the Mac via the included USB cable, install the software, and you’re off and running. There really isn’t much to configure: the software will guide you through a step-by-step process and at the end will present a file that you can have transferred to iTunes, iMovie, or iDVD. The recorded file will also remain in a directory off your home directory so you can copy it off to an external hard drive or some other device.

    My only gripe is that it may not offer enough flexibility for more advanced users. I couldn’t find any options for changing the default storage directory nor could I adjust the brightness or contrast of the video signal prior to recording.

    Those issues aside this is a simple and inexpensive way to preserve some of those old videotapes before it’s too late.

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  • 70 of 72 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Easy to Install and Easy to Use, October 11, 2013
    By 
    David Bradshaw (San Francisco, CA) –
    (VINE VOICE)
      

    This review is from: VIDBOX for Mac (CD-ROM)
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    First off, I am using a MacBook Pro with Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion). I put the included CD into the computer, however, if you have a Mac and it does not have a disk drive you can download the software and driver package from the manufacture’s website (DMG). The install was easy, you run the Package file that installs the drivers and than you drag the actual Application to the Application folder. That was it, it was installed.

    To copy video from any device (SVIDEO or Composite) you plug the little white box into the computer using Mini USB (cable included) and than plug in the video source to either composite (included) or SVIDEO (will need to use Composite for audio). The software is easy to use and is a simple interview like type where you just answer and follow each step. I do not see the point of the choose input type, since it seems that it will record the same no matter what. The white box is powered from the computer, so you will not need to plug it in, but you will have to plug into a powered hub or direct to computer.

    The recording is easy, you can see a preview of what is being seen on the computer screen, you choose record and hit play or whatever on the device that you are recording. Once you are done you hit Stop and it saves the video file as a MOV file. Since it uses Composite the quality is only 480p (640×480), so this is not the best choice if you wish to copy movies to watch in full HD later. This is more for copying home movies or other items that do not need to be HD (although it would be easy to watch on a mobile device even at 480p). The audio is good and is in stereo. I recorded some test items and found that audio sync and video were both very good. There was no jumping or loss of frames that I could see. The audio matched well and I saw no delays or anything.

    After it is exported as a MOV file you can easily edit it in iMovie or whatever program you use (the program included has no included program for editing). You can also burn to DVD using iDVD or whatever program you use. This software did not include any DVD burning. Newer Macs do not include iDVD (no longer part of iLife) so you may have to find a third party tool to burn, but I am sure you can find one online or in the App Store.

    In the end this works great and is simple. It records whatever you have playing from external devices and allows you to watch a live preview of it. It would be nice if it had HDMI support and full HD copying, but using what it has does provide 480p and that works for most home movies and converting older content to digital. The easy to use tool makes this a great choice for copying older content to digital.

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  • 24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The Tapes They are A-wasting, November 11, 2013
    By 
    Aceto
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    (VINE VOICE)
      

    This review is from: VIDBOX for Mac (CD-ROM)
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    VHS tapes, like most things, deteriorate over time, just faster because they are essentially magnetized chemicals stuck to tape. They degrade and wear. Besides, the technology, as you know, is defunct. Pretty soon we will not be able to even find a working player for them easily. However, I have noticed some good films that were never transferred to DVD, mostly because of legal squabbling. So collectors take note: Buy them up while you can and save them with this device.

    Honestech has a simple way to keep your videos and your options by transferring the video and audio out from your tape player to your Mac. Then you can store those files where you please. That also means making back-up copies if you are a technology pessimist like me. I have cheap cloud accounts from both Apple and Amazon, so I can just use cheap storage to slap an extra copy safe in a place I can access from any machine.

    The set up is easy. Put in the disk and install & register. Then use the USB 2.0 included to your Mac. The RCA cables go to the VHS output jacks. Yellow for video, red and white for right and left audio. If you care about stereo playback, it is handy just to remember “Red to the Right”, or if you prefer Elmer Fudd, “White to the Weft”. That is it.

    Although it is not possible to restore what was lost (or never there to begin with) you files are now digitized. If you play your files through a device such as the high end Oppo 105, their powerful Digital Analog Converter seems to clean up some of the noise. Thank you for stopping by.

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