View Full Version : Video capture card for PM G5?

May 11, 2005, 11:17 PM
Can anyone recommend an OK quality video capture card for my PM G5. My trusty old 6500/275 cannot reach the quality I would like to achieve anymore.

I have a small project (hobby) I would like to start soon, and it will involve many video clips I have on Hi8 or VHS. I would like to burn the end result onto DVD, but I would like to have good or slightly above average quality raw video if possible.

Is there a fair priced capture card I can use for my G5 that can do avg TV quality captures?

Thanks in advance!!

May 11, 2005, 11:56 PM
I'm quite happy with my Canopus DVC-50 in my dual PM G4. It's a PCI card that takes input video and passes it through to your firewire port as DV encoded video, so it can be captured in iMovie and probably everything else.

May 12, 2005, 12:30 AM
I'm using one of the old Sony Media Converters with my iMac G4; a FireWire solution is definitely worth considering.

May 12, 2005, 04:04 AM
Thanks for the input.

Are there any advantages of going PCI over Firewire? I know the Bus speed is faster on PCI, but how fast does it need to be for Video?

Thanks again!


May 12, 2005, 06:41 AM
I'd recommend going with an external firewire based analog to dv converter.

I've used the Formac and have no complaints.
Formac (http://www.formac.com/p_bin/?cid=solutions_converters_studiodvtv)

However the Miglia looks nice and I've heard good things about them
Miglia (http://www.miglia.com/products/video/evolutiontv/)

Another one I've heard really good things about is from Synchrotech, all the features of the 2 above but $100 cheaper!
Synchrotech (http://www.synchrotech.com/product-1394/analog-dv-converter_02.html)

May 14, 2005, 10:36 PM
In the case of my DVC-50, the card draws its power from the PCI bus but nothing more. It uses a Firewire pass-thru cable which connects to your Mac's (or PC's) Firewire port. In this way, MacOS X treats it just like a DV camcorder and allows to capture directly to DV format in iMovie, Final Cut, etc.

May 16, 2005, 01:57 PM
you can always buy a digital 8 camcorder, to playback old tapes...