Capturing Analog Video: Device Options (Survey/Questions)

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      Anonymous
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      I’m putting together a simple, inexpensive system for capturing VHS & Hi-8 video into
      an Adobe Premiere Elements project. Obviously, with the lower cost devices, realtime, render-free editing/effects/previews are not available as they would be with a Matrox RT.X2 system.

      These are the devices I’m considering. I’d like to hear what others are using (Pro’s & Con’s).
      As you can see below, another option is simply to use my Canon XL2 to convert into DV.
      I’d like to hear what limitations this may have compared to capture cards & converters.

      1) Canopus ADVC-110 ($220)
      Converter Box (6-Pin Firewire Power), Bi-directional, AVI capture,
      A/V sync,Frt & Rr RCA, S-Video I/O, No Drivers or S/W req’d.

      2) Canopus ADVC-300 ($440)
      Converter Box (Firewire), Bi-directional, AVI capture,
      Image enahancement,Time Base Corrector (TBC), A/V sync, PwrSupply,
      RCA/S-Video/Component I/O

      3) ADS Pyro A/V Link w/Adobe Elements 3.0 ($144)
      Converter Box (Firewire), PwrSupply, AVI capture, RCA, S-Video I/O

      4) Pinnacle Studio MovieBoard Plus ($149)
      PCI Card + BreakOut Box w/RCA, S-Video 6-Pin Firewire I/O,
      AVI, MPEG capture, Studio Plus Titanium Editing Software

      6) Canon XL2
      Convert Analog A/V to Digital and output to PC via Firewire
      AVI format

    • #191940
      Anonymous
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      One other item I forgot to mention.

      I have a Panasonic 1970-AG VCR that I will be playing the VCR tapes through. I believe this has TBC. This would then connect to a capture device (or the Canon XL2).

      As for my Hi-8 Tapes, I have a Sony EVC-100 Deck. Not sure if this has TBC. Also would route this through the XL2 (or capture device).

      Most say the Pyro is best (for the money) although, not as durable as the Canopus ADVC-110. Other than how well it’s built, does the Canopus offer any advantage over the Pyro?

      Would this set-up present any problems,or is it over-kill; redundant:

      VHS -to- AVI
      Play in Panasonic 1970-AG
      out to XL2 Camera (S-Video)
      From the XL2 into PC Firewire… then to Adobe Premiere for editing.
      Would a separate Converter (Pyro or Canopus) offer any advantage to this set-up or…degradation?

      HI-8 Process would be the same except for playing thru Sony EVC-100.

      Thanks very much for the responses!

      John
      jds14@dcx.com

    • #191941
      Anonymous
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      I use the Canopus ADVC 110, it works tremendously well. S-Video and component input/output as well as firewire in/out. The entire line of Canopus converters get high marks. So I would definitely recommend any of those available from Canopus. The nice thing about the 110 is you don’t need a power supply, just hook it directly to the firewire port on your computer. No drivers or software needed to use it, true plug and play!!

      Good Luck.

      John

    • #191942
      Anonymous
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      I purchased an "Aleratec DV Cruiser" on eBay for about $20 that works great for capturing and converting analog video (any format) to digital (mpeg). I purchased it about a year ago, but I don’t currently see it available for sale on eBay. Perhaps it was a close-out sale.

      But you can visit the Aleratec site that has a a toll-free number that you could inquire.

      Here’s the link:

      http://www.aleratec.com/aldvcrredivi.html

      Good luck!

      Brinoto
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      I’m putting together a simple, inexpensive system for capturing VHS & Hi-8 video into
      an Adobe Premiere Elements project. Obviously, with the lower cost devices, realtime, render-free editing/effects/previews are not available as they would be with a Matrox RT.X2 system.

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