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Virtual VCR is a small, free and versatile DirectShow video capture application designed to work with TV tuner and video capture cards that have WDM drivers.

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OS: Win
File size: 421KB
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2.6.9 (March 1, 2003)


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Download VirtualVCR 2.6.9  421KB  Win

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Download VVCRS VirtualVCR Scheduler here - Another scheduler for Virtual VCRr. Freeware.

Version history / Release notes / Changelog / What's New



Added Help Context to the Capture Stats Dialog.
Added 1 second delay before starting preview or capture when the app first starts to help people with slow tuner cards.
Bug Fix

If the Video AMP is set to auto for Brightness, Contrast, Hue and Saturation do not alter them.
Save stats - free space and video compression number format fixed.
Use the GetModuleFileName() to get the current exe name, this is used to get the version number.

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27 reviews, Showing 1 to 5 reviews

I just checked virtual vcr and it saves settings under the save current settings button and when shut down and restarted all the settings are saved.

I used this application for years with no issues but since i no longer capture from my computer i no longer need it.

Review by johns0 on Jun 30, 2013 Version: OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10

I give it a high score on every category but the last one which is overall score (for which I gave it the lowest possible score). Why? Because the one feature it's missing is MAJOR. Due to a bug in the latest version of the program it is IMPOSSIBLE to save your settings. It's great in every possible way, as long as you keep the program running. You close the program and BOOM ALL YOUR CONFIGURATIONS ARE GONE!!!!!

If you read the official webpage here that describes the settings you'll find a setting called "Save Profile". That setting is described as:
Save Profile
Saves your current settings to a profile file (*.vcr) this file can then be loaded later using the load profile option.

In a different part of the site it says this:
To create the profile file use the "Save Profile" option under the File menu.
But that was way back in version 1.1.4

Unfortunately there is no menu system in the current version, just a multifunction dialog box, and it appears that there is NO WAY to save or load a profile inn this dialog box. Furthermore, the INI file it saves does NOT include every value that would need to be saved, just the position of the program window!!!!!

So unless you are LUCKY enough to have the older version you are stuck with either keeping the program running 24/7/365/forever, or you are stuck with having to set up your program EVERY TIME YOU START IT (which depending on if you have a good memory or not of your previous settings, may take up to several hours experimenting with the settings, every time hyoustart it, just to get them right each time you start it). Normally people would consider it good or lucky to have the newer version but bad to keep a program's older version, but with this crappy software the very opposite is true. I'd rather have software with 1000 times FEWER features, than this crappy software which can't even save its settings.

Review by videogamer555 on Jun 29, 2013 Version: OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 1/10

Uninstalls easily.

Review by sambat on Apr 7, 2012 Version: 2.6.9 OS: Windows 7 Ease of use: 3/10 Functionality: 1/10 Value for money: 6/10 Overall: 2/10

About: Country Code / Tuning Space

The country code should be the code according to ITU-T standard E.164, from what I can tell. I believe this is the same as those used for international telephone dialing codes. (E.g., the U.S. is 1) Thanks to for ease of finding. : )

Some country codes: 1: U.S.; 44: UK; 61: Australia; 55: Brazil; 3: Canada; 86: P.R. of China; 33: France; 49: Germany, etc.

Tuning spaces are used to keep track of frequency tables, which are used to tune a specific signal (such as a TV channel). Therefore, if you have multiple ways of bringing in a multi-channel video signal into your computer, you would have one frequency table for each set of channels, and each set would be referred to via a "tuning space"...

Microsoft Windows XP and DirectX 9 provide 5 default tuning spaces, which are kept track of in the registry. They are referred to by name by Windows and whatever application refers to them, but generally use 1 of 2 possible input types, "0" or "1". 0 is cable, and 1 is antenna. These are the numbers to use for Tuning Space in VirtualVCR, I believe.

The reason this is provided for as a separate entry from the "Antenna/Cable" radio buttons is that it is possible to have multiple inputs of video signal into your machine, with more than one input card. Also, or in concert with this, applications (programs) can create their own, new, tuning spaces through the use of an API hook into Windows. I've read accounts of programmers attempting to do so, and running into problems when going beyond tuning space 1, with tuning space "2", for example. In VirtualVCR, try leaving it at 0 and just setting the country code. Otherwise, try 0 or 1.

I'm not an expert, but this all is what my initial research yields. I used Tuning Space 1 (for antenna, what I'm using), as well as choosing Antenna input, and it correctly found my local channels during scan.

Review by M'Grap on Oct 14, 2006 Version: OS: Win2K Ease of use: 2/10 Functionality: 7/10 Value for money: 9/10 Overall: 7/10

Context-sensitive help provides little actual help on Tuner tab of Settings dialog. There is no help on Tuner dialog upon click of TV Tuner Device button on Tuner tab. Website provides no help for settings there: what country code am I in, what Tuning space do I use, if there's a scan button in this dialog, why is there also one in the more general Tuner dialog?

Also, crashes when launching AudioInputMixer Properties tab on Device Settings dialog for XviD codec (Video settings), and one other place (I forgot where.)

Why would it be so hard to write a text help file with explanations? I know this utility is free, but it'd take all of 20 minutes to write one.

Review by M'Grap on Oct 13, 2006 Version: OS: Win2K Ease of use: 2/10 Functionality: 6/10 Value for money: 9/10 Overall: 7/10

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