I recently bought the Elgato Video Capture card. After a few days of testing it, I've notived a massive problem; QUALITY! In the preview screen while the video is recording, the images look fine. But after the video has been recorded and saved to an mp4 file using the h.264 codec the difference is night and day. Here are some sample stills I was able to pull from the preview against the final output; As you can see the details in the grass and on the wood texture on church pew are very blurrerd in the final captured file, but the results are great in the preview. I've tried screen capturing the preview with ScreenFlow but the output is very jittery (it almost feels like a a 30FPS film was converted to 24FPS and skips every 24 frames). So, a few questions; 1) Is there any possible way to use other software with the Elgato Capture Card to do custom LOSSLESS exports of the final video? 2) Is there any solution similar to the Elgato device that will allow me to do setup my final exported file with the highest settings? It can be for Windows as well. I've seen AverMedia DVD EzMaker but am curious if it will allow near-lossless compression. 3) I know there are camcorders that allow input of S-Video and output of Firewire. Considering I have a MacBook Pro with firewire, this is possible. But could someone point out some cameras that actually do this? 4) Any other viable solutions to this? The issue is that I want to throw away a whole bunch of VHS tapes once I get everything recorded to a digital format, but I can only do that once and if I have everything in pretty much identical quality to the originals (using Handbrake with MKV and X264 at 2500kbps bitrate would pretty much be perfect). File size isn't a concern, its the end result/quality that I put importance on. Thank you!