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hotwire132002
Jun 18, 2005, 02:42 PM
I'm in the market for an analog to digital converter. Right now, I'm using an old Canon ZR60 to bring in my analog sources, but it's on the verge of dying and I'm looking at buying a dedicated converter. I wondered if anyone had some suggestions as to what converter to use.

I'd prefer a PCI card, but a firewire box is OK too. I should note that I need a bidirectional converter--I need to be able to bring video in through it, and send video out to a TV (I use an NTSC monitor while editing.)

Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!



Espnetboy3
Jun 18, 2005, 08:06 PM
I have one i got from ebuyer last summer called videa bus 2. It came with software for the pc only :( and worked pretty well.

HydroMan
Jun 19, 2005, 06:40 PM
I use Miglia's Director's Cut "Take 2" works for me and more (analogue to digital-digital to analogue) http://www.miglia.com/products/video/director2/index.html , it's a bit of an expense but it works, I would use it more but encoding the converted files (my VHS collection) using Toast takes too long, I'd use it more if encoding for VCD,SVCD,DVD was faster, haven't tried my vinyl collection yet.

evil_santa
Jun 20, 2005, 08:34 AM
Canopus (http://www.canopus.com/Index.asp) make some exteranal converters & a PCI DV card, you will need to check it works with your software.

anniesdomains
Jun 21, 2005, 01:49 AM
I just posted about the idea of using an ipod as a NAGRA or DAT recorder. Why not get a BELKIN adapter for external microphones and simply use a cable from Radio Shack and connect the analog player into the Belkin adapter and then record the sound into the ipod as a WAV file. Then connect the ipod to your powerbook or powermac and upload it into your itunes. From there use whatever software's available (hopefully Final Cut Pro) and start editing your sound?

Just a thought.

hotwire132002
Jun 25, 2005, 08:34 PM
I just posted about the idea of using an ipod as a NAGRA or DAT recorder. Why not get a BELKIN adapter for external microphones and simply use a cable from Radio Shack and connect the analog player into the Belkin adapter and then record the sound into the ipod as a WAV file. Then connect the ipod to your powerbook or powermac and upload it into your itunes. From there use whatever software's available (hopefully Final Cut Pro) and start editing your sound?

Just a thought.

Maybe I wasn't clear, but I need to bring in/out video, rather than just audio. Nice thought, though. :)

jbeetz
Jul 6, 2005, 04:36 PM
I have the Canopus external box... it's always worked fine, iMovie sees the box as if it were a camera. A bit confusing hookup is my only beef.

idea_hamster
Jul 13, 2005, 01:35 PM
I use Miglia's Take Two as well. Found it to be far superior to Formac Studio box.

Unfortunately, I'm not sure that the Take Two is available retail in the US anymore. Rumor has it that it was pulled due to legal liability since it can (or at least it tries to) crack DVD encryption.

Quality is good enough to copy from VHS. Not sure about Beta.