analog to dv converter?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by mauly, Jan 23, 2006.

  1. mauly macrumors 6502

    Aug 21, 2003
    Manchester, England
    I'm looking for a analog (vhs) to dv converter -£200. Has anyone had any dealings with any that can be recommended?

    I have had a look at the Canopus ADVC-110 seems good, has analog out.. looks simple to set-up/use and is mac friendly..
  2. camomac macrumors 6502a


    Jan 26, 2005
    Left Coast
    a friend of mine uses the Canopus ADVC-110 and has been really happy with it.
  3. superwoman macrumors regular

    Apr 25, 2005
    There are some DV cameras that can act as a analog-DV bridge. Mine can - Sony PC9E. Works very well. I digitized my Tae-bo VHS this way :)
  4. evil_santa macrumors 6502a


    Sep 23, 2003
    London, England
    i would spend a bit more and get a DV cam with video in.
  5. aricher macrumors 68020


    Feb 20, 2004
    The Canopus line is truly amazing. All of their models have some degree of noise stabilization. I've run old video tapes through a camera and the image/sound quality looked just as bad as the source. The Canopus was able to clean up everything without adding any noticeable artifacts.
  6. skippy64 macrumors member

    Jan 10, 2006
    North West England
  7. rjphoto macrumors 6502a


    Mar 7, 2005
    Me too

    I've had a Formac for a couple of years. THe first one I bought wasn't OSX compliant so I had to take it back. The vendor had it sitting on the self for a while and didn't realize it wasn't compatatble with OSX. Took some doing to get them to take it back and order the new one.

    But all in all I haven't had any trouble with the second one.

    I also use my MiniDV and old Digital 8 camcorders too.
  8. N10248 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 11, 2004
    Essex, U.K.
    I bought a Miglia Directors Cut Scart with my iMac and at does a great job, £199 though so its close your your spending limit.

    Quality is good, and have never had anything odd happen like delayed sound or dropped frames

    The good thing is that it has a scart input so your VHS will plug straight in, and capture quality from the scart input is much better than the S-video input it also has (less roughness)

  9. mauly thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 21, 2003
    Manchester, England
    Ok, there seems to be a problem! Have just looked at the tracking page and it says that the converter has been delivered! when I got home from work there was NO card in the letter box nor under my door!!!! saying its been delivered to a neighbour :mad:

    Anyone else been in this situation!? I can't ring apple or lynx till tmo....
  10. HiRez macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2004
    Western US
    Yes, the Canopus products are excellent, easily the best codec in the lower price ranges. I had the ADVC-100 but I imagine the ADVC-110 is similar.
  11. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    Lots of good suggestions here but one this was not said. One very large advantage to using a DV camera to make to analog to digital conversion is that you can put a DV tape in a camera and make a digital archive copy tape at the same time as yu transfer the video to the cmputer over the Firewire.

    I recently copied a drawer full foVHS and 8mm analog tapes to miniDV and now I have an all-digital archive

    A converter may do the conversion just fine but then you don't have a digital tape.

    In addition the DV camera makes a kiler webcam.
  12. mnstr_trd_sd macrumors regular


    Feb 24, 2004
    san diego, ca.
    I love using the sony dvmc-da2 but it's not sold anymore in the US. You could find it off ebay though.
  13. Lucinda macrumors newbie

    Mar 6, 2006
    Canopus 110

    Have just purchased a Canopus 110 after reading this thread. I'm a new mac user...addicted to imovie, have transferred all my digital tapes and look forward to making a start on years of old analogue film. Can't wait for the Canopus to arrive!;)

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