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BYTECC VR-203 USB Video & Audio Grabber
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Interface: USB 2.0

Video Input: S-Video, Composite (RCA)

Audio Input: RCA Audio in

Capture Video Sources VHS, V8, Hi8, etc.

Video Formats: DVD, SVCD, VCD, MPEG-4, AVI, WMV, WMA, MP3

Image Formats: JPEG, BMP

Video Resolution: NTSC 720x480 @ 30 FPS; PAL 720x576 @ 25 FPS

System Requirement:
Pentium 4 1.6GHz or Higher
256 MB RAM or above
Available USB port (USB 2.0 prefered)
Graphic card (Support DirectX 9.0C)
Sound card (AC97 compatible)
1GB Free HD space
Windows XP/Vista/7


USB 2.0 Plug and Play interface, USB Video/Audio transfer

Real-Time MPEG 4/2/1 encoding

Capture video source from VHS, V8, Hi8

S-video and Composite Video inputs

RCA Stereo input

USB Audio support, for Laptop without Line-in port

One Touch Grabber: start/stop button

Create your High Definition Home Video library


Package Contents
1 x USB Video & Audio Grabber
1 x Installation CD
1 x User Manual


Changer Type
USB Video & Audio Grabber

Manufacturer Warranty

1 year limited

Quick Info


  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 0 day

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  • Raymond C.
  • 6/20/2012 5:42:23 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggssecond one, doesn't work

Pros: none

Cons: the first capture unit worked, then quit, replacement unit won't even receive signal from source device although graphics DO appear...

Other Thoughts: sadly, unit does not work I NEED adevice for analog capture at a reasonable price...

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  • Neal C.
  • 5/9/2012 11:18:14 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks with quirks

Pros: ===Overview===
This is the only affordable capture device that captures to lossless (no image degradation) as indicated by its *avi feature. There are a few issues with capturing directly to lossy formats (eg. mpeg2, wmv), namely editing in these formats causes alot of problems and the capture device will always produce very poor encoding quality as well as incorrect image sizes (eg. hi8 is 352x240, but capturing into mpeg2 will produce a 720x480 file which is a waste of space). And you will need to edit if you dont want a bunch of empty space before and after your videos. There are a few difficulties in the device itself and the way its lossless format is read, so here is a guide to getting whatever your transferring into a visually identical yet nicely compressed format.

My system is a core i7 920, 12gb ram, geforce 9600GT, windows 7 Pro 64bit, and a 3x1TB raid0. You will need a large harddrive thats not your main harddrive, at least 700GB free per 24hrs of t

Cons: ===Before you begin=====

Contrary to what another reviewer stated this does work on 64bit windows 7 however it seems to have some quirks. Firstly it seems to be very dependent on your system; i tried this on a few different computers (32 and 64 bit) and had problems ranging from no audio, to excessive framedropping due to a single slow harddrive, to it simply not working (this was on a buggy all-in-one computer i had). I got it to work on my main workstation only after plugging it into the computer itself (instead of a hub which gave me the no audio problem), and then i got an odd behavior where even with it plugged in it gave a black screen indicating no connection. The trick i found was to plug it back in after the computer loads, have a web browser open and selected, then open the program so that it steals focus, then it will show blue (for my hi8 at least) that means its reading the signal. You may have to try a combo of this a few times, it will catch eventually.

Other Thoughts: ====The process===

1. Once the program loads successfully, click the gear icon, select avi, then set the destination to your spare drive (do not use a usb drive for this!), click the record button and press play on your camera. Click again when your done.

2. Download virtualdub, staxrip, and install the lagarith codec on your system.

3. Take your .avi into virtualdub, video->framerate. If it says 59.94 as the framerate then select "process every other frame".

4. Video->compression, select lagarith, select configure, select YUY2. OK, OK.

5. Select the range you want using the black arrows on the bottom. Select a small range first to test the video.

6. File->"save as avi", save to spare drive. If the video stutters then go back to step 3 and select "process all frames".

7. Open staxrip, import your edited avi, select the 2-pass x264 film medium profile. Deselect all but the source filter. Test various video bitrates, 1500 is good for most stuff.

8. Select next,

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  • Ronald D.
  • 1/4/2012 8:16:53 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDoesn't Work

Pros: No Pros at all

Cons: Under Windows 7 Premium and a Dell Computer, this item doesn't work. NO videos, no sounds either. When finished installed, it is no recognized by Windows 7 64 bits. Also, no help when going to the manufacture site.

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  • Demetrios K.
  • 5/27/2011 4:07:15 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsCheap, works...painfully

Pros: 1. Cheap.

2. Works.

3. It's cheap and it works.

Cons: 1. You have to install proprietary software (that does work pretty well once you get through the installation).

2. A real pain to tweak, rock-bottom low-quality picture even at highest resolution setting.

Other Thoughts: Running Windows XP, SP2. I'd buy it again for my needs, video captures of VHS home movies.

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  • David C.
  • 4/22/2011 5:47:57 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks

Pros: Easy to use, mostly plug and play.

Cons: doesn't turn my VHS into blue-ray :p

Other Thoughts: This is what it says, a A/V Cable with s-video to the computer. It doesn't work like a tape deck in final cut or Premier Pro, it actually puts a screen on your desktop, like a TV and you press record, and play on your player. It saves the video to wherever you set it too. Caution, use the DVD option in the video settings. I did WMV and it looks like... yeah...

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