Analog Video Convertors?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by Fender2112, Jul 30, 2003.

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    Fender2112

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    When I get my new system in the near furture, I also plan to get a video convertor such as the Formac Sudio DV or Dazzle DV Bridge.

    Any suggestions or opinions?
     
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    hugemullens

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    Try the cannopus ADVC100, i've had great luck with it I've heard good things about the formac, the dazzle seems to have mixed reviews. Not much help but thought i would chime in.
     
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    Fender2112

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    Thanks for chiming in. The Canopus sounds good and I found some good pricing on ebay.
     
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    Fender2112

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    Datavideo DAC-100..

    Anyone fimiliar with this device, Datavideo DAC-100? It seems simular to the Canopus ADVC100 but is quite a bit cheaper. I was wondering what the differences might be.
     
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    patrick0brien

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    -Fender2112

    Many pros I know use the Sony DVMC-DA2 converter.

    It's middle of-the-road price wise, but very high quality - and tiny.
     
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    mymemory

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    I have the Sony too but it has Macrovision protection, I mean, you can not record from DVDs, with the other ones you can.

    The good thing is that you can find it on eBay for $200 or less.

    Canopus is the best choice in the market.

    The Hollywood Bridge have some complications when recording, it is not reliable I heard, plus, it fall on one side when the cables are pluged.

    I took the Sony because it looks nicer than the Canopus DVC 100 and for some reason it was $200 more but I got it for the same price of the Canopus.
     
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    iShater

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    A lot of times if you have a miniDV camera it will allow you to bridge without buying any of these devices.
     
  8. Moderator emeritus

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    I've heard bad things about the Hollywood DV Bridge--mostly lack of sturdiness.

    I was really interested in the Formac Studio TVR, so I could record TV in DV format, as well as convert some of my old analog stuff.
     
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    Fender2112

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    Another suggestion...

    Another idea I read was to use a stand alone DVR unit. This way I could make copies of my old videos to DVD for later editting , as well as have the advantage of DVR.

    Any thoughts on this?

    Whatever option I choose will cost $200 to $400. I want to make sure I get the most appropiate device.

    Keep the suggestions coming. I know others will also benefit from this discussion.

    Side Note: Is the Apple Superdrive DVR-R or DVR+R? or both?
     
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    Don't get the Dazzle. The formac is so much better quality. The Dazzle is crap. It feels cheap. It can be a real pain in the ass just to set up. It's real inconsistent. The formac is a much better choice but in my experiance for some reason it doesn't record sound in iMovie. Works like a dream in FCP though
     
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    mymemory

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    Not every digital camera can capture trhu, most of them require you to record everything firste and the it will reproduce via firewire. I'm a VJ and I expriment a lot with those stuff. But I'm sure new video cameras can do that and that would be a very good option.
     
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    #12
    I have a Dazzle and it's a wothless piece of ****. I usually wind up using my Canon GL1 as a bridge........ Dazzle is a huge waste of money.
     
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    hugemullens

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    Re: Another suggestion...

    Apple's superdrive is the Pioneer A05. It uses DVD-R and thats it.
     
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    solvs

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    If you're getting a Mac with PCI slots, you can get the Televio. Video capture and DVR.
     
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    Fender2112

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    I have an ATI Exclaim VR 128 card w/ Exclaim TV Tuner that does the same thing. The downside 1) No output for recording back to VHS 2) uses software compression which can take a long time to compress a clip. 3) My new system will probabely be an iMac, which doesn't have PCI slots.

    On the plus side, I think we can rule out the the Dazzle. I am leaning toward the Canopus or the Datavideo. Both of these companies specialize in video editting. From what I can tell the Canopus uses a hardware codec (chip) for coverting to DV. I'm not sure about the Datavideo or the Formac. The Formac has favorable reviews as does the Canopus, but the Formac is a bit more expensive.
     
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    Fender2112

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    Re: Re: Another suggestion...

    Thanks. This will be helpful if I decide to go with a stand alone DVR as I noticed they come in both flavors (-R and +R).
     

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