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VGA Frame Grabber

Compact pocket sized, external, low cost VGA frame grabber capable of capturing output from virtually any VGA source—such as a Windows PC, a Mac OSX, a Unix machine, an em­bed­ded system, a medical device, scientific or lab equipment, and more.

VGA2USB Features
  • RGB/VGA to USB 2.0 capture card with interlaced image output
  • Low cost, basic, easy to use, external capture from any VGA source at up to 1920×1200
  • Outputs 3-28 FPS – interlaced
  • Self-powered through USB – external power source not required
  • Compact, external form factor – easy to transport and integrate
  • Interfaces to multiple 3rd party applications compatible with Direct- Show on Windows, Video4Linux on Linux, QuickTime on Mac OS X
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VGA2USB is Epiphan’s lowest-priced frame grabber and is intended for those that need to capture video from VGA sources at resolutions up to 1920×1200 at low frame rates.

VGA2USB is invaluable in the preparation of documentation, capturing of presentations and PowerPoint slides, analyzing monitor-less systems, and performing quality control on tested systems.

As a compact external device, VGA2USB is easy to use. About the size of a box of paperclips, it is easily plugged in and requires no additional power, sending a digitized video signal from VGA to USB. The frame rate is dependent on content being captured – content with lots of movement at higher resolutions will have lower frame rates. In the majority of applications, VGA2USB captures video at 10 FPS.

It is a fully-featured VGA/RGB capture card complete with hardware, USB cable and soft­ware that makes it possible to capture video from any screen, view captured data in real time, save captured video and images to disk, copy captured images to a clipboard, or setup a periodical "save" command to capture images to disk. Furthermore, VGA2USB is compatible with virtually all 3rd party software that supports an external video device or webcam, including Skype, Windows Media Encoder, and others.

If you require a frame grabber with higher performance and the ability to capture HD video at 30fps, please refer to DVI2USB 3.0.

Technical Specifications

Interface USB 2.0
Dimensions 3.54"×2.36"×0.91", 90 mm×60 mm×23 mm
Connectors One VGA D type connector, one USB mini B type connector
Color Resolution 16 bits per pixel / 5:6:5 format
Supported VGA Modes 640×350 at 60, 85Hz
640×400 at 60, 85Hz
720×400 at 70, 85Hz
640×480 at 60, 70, 72, 75, 85Hz
800×600 at 56, 60, 70, 72, 75, 85Hz
1024×768 at 60, 70, 72, 75, 85Hz
1152×864 at 60, 70, 75, 85Hz
1152×900 at 66, 76Hz
1280×960 at 60, 85Hz
1280×1024 at 60, 70, 75, 85Hz
1600×1200 at 60, 65, 70, 75, 85Hz
1920×1080 at 60, 70, 72, 75, 85Hz
1920×1200 at 60, 70, 72, 75, 85Hz
Custom VGA modes are also supported.
Update Rate While results are typically around 10 updates per second, here are actual results under varying conditions:
Resolution Frame Rate
  640×480 28.0
  800×600 20.6
1024×768 10.0
1280×1024 5.6
1600×1200 4.3
1920×1200 3.1
Video Format Options RGB plus HSync and VSync (5 wire)
LEDs Three LEDs to indicate the status of the VGA2USB (power, readiness, and operation in progress)
OS Support Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7 (i386, x64)
Mac OS X 10.3 and up (ppc, i386, x86_64)
Linux (x86, x86_64)

DirectShow (Windows), QuickTime (Mac OS X) and V4L (Linux) integration
Country of Origin Made in North America (Canada)

What's in the Box?

  • VGA2USB unit
  • VGA cable (male to male)
  • USB "A" Plug to USB Mini "B" Plug 5 pins cable
VGA2USB Package Contents