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I’mlooking for advice on what video capture device to buy. I’ve been capturing my HD videos directly from my Sony FX7 into my Windows XP system via firewire and editing with Adobe Premiere Pro CS3.I’m very pleased with the results.I now want to start bringing in my older S-VHS videos and this is where I need some advice.I’ve tried an inexpensive Dazzle 90 capture device that connects my S-VHS deck to the computer via USB and though this works, the video is badly degraded.I want to capture these older analog videos and retain as much of the video quality as possible.Price is (within reason) not an object.Can anyone point me in the right direction?
I always convertmy VHS tapes byhooking the VCR to a cheap Digital 8 or mini DV camera and running the analog footage through the DV camera to the computer via firewire IEEE.
You should be able to hook your S-VHS deck to your Sony FX7, and than hook your FX7 to the computer via firewire. Thesignal from the S-VHS deck will flow through the FX7that will convert the footage to DV and then into the computer. Your camera will have to be in “camera mode” NOT “VTR mode” and the use of the firewire control while capturing in CS3 will be disabled. However, from reading the specs, the FX7 doesn’t have any RCA or S-Video inputs. (Which I find very hard to believe.) If you don’t have any analog inputs on your camera, obviously you can’t do this…but perhaps you have an old dv camera of your own that you could use as the converter…if not I would recommend buying a cheap dv camera with analog inputs before buying analog to digital converters that normally cost around $200…(I bought a mini dv camera at a pawn shop for $50.)
Also, I believe the Dazzle converts the video to Mpeg-2, which would explain the poor quality.
Hope this helps…
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Thankyou Corey for the tip. I would not have thought to try that. I do have a Sony DCR-PC110 digital that has S-video and A/V in/out which I assume would carry the audio. Your right the FX7 has ports all over the place but no S-video. Thanks again for the suggestion. I’m going to give it a try right now.
Thank You Corey, it works. The picture quality is now what I was looking for. In the manual for my Sony DCR-PC110 they described how to set it up as a signal converter just as you suggested (Good reason to read the manual once in awhile). The camera settings were a little different then the camera you use but it works. Thanks again.
Cool, I’m glad you got the quality you wanted