Published on January 28, 2013 2:00 PM

Hauppauge USB-Live2 Analogue Video Digitiser

Turn your VHS tapes into digital files

It's a fact. Pretty much every household with members over the age of 25 has a box of old VHS home movies laying around somewhere. And, let me guess, every year the person responsible for getting them converted into digital says, "Yep, that's on my list." Well, now that excuse has run dry. With the Hauppauge USB-Live2, to digitise analogue videocassette tapes all you need is PC and a working VCR.

Hardly bigger than a USB key, the Hauppauge USB-Live2 is a video digitiser that uses Composite (RCA) and S-Video connectors to plug into any analogue video device (Video8 camcorder, VHS player...) and transfer the signal to PC via USB. Playing mediator between VCR and computer, USB-Live2 enables the computer to display the image and save it as a file.

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The image is captured in standard 720 x 576-pixel resolution using the included software, ArcSoft ShowBiz 3.5. The recommended minimum PC configuration is a 2.8 GHz single-core or 1.8 GHz multi-core processor and Windows XP Service Pack 3.

The Hauppauge USB-Live2 sells for around £30.
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