by ECM Plus Labs
ECM Plus +++ When it comes to valuable digital assets, few would argue that old family videos and precious moments from our cultural heritage, birthdays, Christmas morning, family weddings, first steps, proud father, Mother’s Day, and so on and so forth, are those moments that many families have made Olde Worlde tape-based videos of, but are in large part, currently languishing in a dusty box in the garage or in the attic.
Which is, of course, sacrilege.
The digital age, despite its benefits of convenience and clever graphickery, has been a disaster in terms of cutting families and people off from their memories. Few of us still retain VCR machines or cassette decks, and yet over twenty years of our heritage was trapped on that erstwhile technology.
Enter the White Knight.
Magix Rescue Your Videotapes! 4.0 is the latest version of a godsend of a hardware/software solution that changes all of the above into a veritable Second Coming of all your lovely old memories. Indeed, the footage of granny in the egg and spoon race will soon be splashed in all its glory not across that crappy old Decca CRT tube, no, instead it will festoon the latest HD 1080p LED TFT big flat screens. Time warp? Indeed. And what’s more, it works.
Our Windows 7 test machine loads the installed DVD full of drivers and apps quite transparently.
The cable pack includes everything needed to interface the old VCR interfaces with the current USB 2.0 digital port. The cables boast SCART – both in and out via an onboard switch on the SCART cable – as well as composite SVHS and phono coaxial video (yellow), audio left (white) and audio right (red) female connectors. It’s as easy as it gets.
The user is asked whether the want to utilise the MPEG-2 format or the MXY proprietary format. We opted for the latter.
The registration process was fairly straightforward, which unlocks the program and the user can then move on straight to connecting up their VCR or other analogue source to commence the transfers.
And that is pretty much all you need to do. Within minutes, your precious videos are streaming across the analogue to digital converters into some nice, safe digital format.
Magix is becoming quite a market mover and shaker in the digital media and content space, and even has a professional division called Magix Pro which caters for all manner of pro audio and video users, so the legacy of the firm suggest tech support and after sales care would also be of a high standard. For those who have assets, libraries of memories, old footage of film, other content on tape, this Magix solution is for you. And it just works, a sure sign of satisfaction.
Pros: One of the few systems on the market that actually do what they claim, without glitches.
VERDICT: 5/5 – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED