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Sabrent USB 2.0 - USB Audio/Video Capture Card

Steve Crull
posted this on April 30, 2010, 1:39 PM

I believe this one is already on the equipment list, but I thought I'd post it again here.

This device is an extremely affordable USB capture card capable of composite, s-video video capture at 30 FPS and also left/right stereo audio capture. This device runs between $30-$40 on average per unit. We've used this device in multiple installations and also works well for remote recordings using laptops. We've recommended this device for our instructors who teach from home.



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Steve Crull

As an FYI from experience, stay away from the 4 channel video capture card through Sabrent. I was under the impression that device could could be counted as 4 simultaneous video inputs on Panopto, but was sorely mistaken. In addition, I never had success recording audio from the device as well.

4 channel DVR:

April 30, 2010, 1:42 PM
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Shivaji Samanta

So how does this thing work?  I plugged it in, installed the drivers from the web site and plugged in a Sony EVI-D70 camera into the svideo input.  When I start up Panopto capture session, I can see the device as a video input stream (WDM 2661 Capture) from the drop down menu, but I get no video just flashes white and then a black screen.  I have not installed any of the software on the CD, and in any case it asks for a serial number for the DVD maker software which I cannot find anywhere on the package.

Any ideas - or do I trash this and go for capture cards ?

June 3, 2011, 6:44 PM
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Shivaji Samanta


Got it working but only on the composite video input, not with the svideo.  I tried inputs from the Sony camera mentioned above, and also from my DVR outputs at home, and in both cases the composite input worked but the svideo did not, and I used standard (but different) prebuilt cables.  Is there a trick to this ?

Also found out that the serial number for the DVD maker software is in a text file on the CD.

June 6, 2011, 2:34 PM
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B Bagby
Virginia Western Community College

Has anyone tried this with 4.0 ?  I just moved from 3.  It worked fine in 3, but throws and error in 4.  It appears Panopto can't decide which input to use?

August 5, 2011, 7:37 AM
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Shivaji Samanta

Hi B,

Yes it works fine on 4.0 just do not let it update the drivers.  It died with errors when I pet it update so I deleted all drivers from eth computer and let it reinstall and it works now.  Check out the test I created just now while streaming it on a live broadcast.  Video input is Stargate at a frame rate of 24 from a DVD player, and of course that is me on a logitech HD webcam.  I just emailed you the link.


August 11, 2011, 1:19 PM
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David Paul
University of Colorado Denver – Anschutz Medical Campus

We used to have a bunch of these, and they worked great with WIndows XP.  You can get the Sabrent USB converters for under $7.00 ea. on Amazon now.  Unfortunately they do not have native Windows 7 drivers for it, so when you power down your PC, it will revert to the default settings.  If you are using a composite video feed, you are in luck, but if you are using s-video, you will need to reconfigure the converter every time you use it.  For faculty use, this doesn't work very well.


We have switched to Geniate iGreabber - which works well.  Just read the instructions VERY carefully when you do the install, or you will have all kinds of fun un-installing and re-installing the drivers.

August 16, 2013, 1:55 PM
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Shivaji Samanta

Thanks for your update about alternatives.  I found it cheaper to just add a $2 in-line converter and connect the S-Video output to the composite input. Works fine in all our classrooms with Windows 7, for which they do have drivers.

August 16, 2013, 2:02 PM