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This question is similar to one posed earlier, but as I couldn't solve the problem with the help provided, I'm trying again.

I'm trying to capture video from old VHS tapes. The VHS player is Sharp VC-M26. I'm using Pinnacle Studio MovieBox 510 USB with Pinnacle Studio version 11 as software, fresh from the box. I have tried capturing on two different PC computers, one laptop. Both should have a graphics card and both have Windows XP with either service pack 2 or 3.

The problem is that when I try capturing, the preview window stays blank and nothing is stored in the file. I have tried all imaginable combinations of settings and wires, s-video and composite. Sometimes the program complains about not being able to detect a video source, but even when it doesn't, there is no preview and nothing stored in the capture file.

Getting pretty desperate here - what can I do?
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by:fredshovel
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If it can't recognize the device, it definately sounds like a driver problem for the USB device. I would uninstall the old driver and reinstall the supplied driver that's on the supplied DVD.

May be more info here:
http://www.pinnaclesys.com/PublicSite/uk/Products/Consumer+Products/?viewRN=rnanswer
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Surprisingly enough, the whole thing was solved by switching VCRs. The video is a bit wobbly, but at least it works in colour and with sound too.
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Not surprising -- astonishing. Because a VCR is an analogue device, which can't be recognised as a device by any PC. The only 'devices' that your PC can recognise are digital devices -- those that do the A/D conversion beforehand -- like the Pinnacle Movie Box, which does the conversion and then outputs digital info via USB.
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Just adding, when you said that you tried all imaginable combinations, I'm wondering why you didn't check the VCR with a monitor to see if it was playing?
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