Formac StudioDV

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by denholmepetrie, May 27, 2005.

  1. denholmepetrie macrumors newbie

    May 13, 2005
    Does anyone use this? Seems like a good, low cost way of getting analogue video into the Mac.

  2. sigamy macrumors 65816

    Mar 7, 2003
    NJ USA
    I think this is one of their older products. Are you looking to add DVR (TiVo) capability to your Mac? Or do you just want to import analog video?

    If you are just looking to import video you could also use a MiniDV camcorder that has the AV pass through feature. You'd plug the analog source (VCR or whatever) into the camcorder and then go from the camcorder to your Mac via Firewire.

    Not sure the price of the Studio DV but I’m sure you could find a decent used MiniDV camcorder with pass-thru on eBay for $150 or so. Just make sure that it has the pass-thru or bridge feature as many of the low-end cams did not have this feature.

    This way you can get cheap camcorder and an AV bridge for a decent price.
  3. Lacero macrumors 604


    Jan 20, 2005
    To do a proper conversion of analog to digital, you need a firewire converter that can remove setup from analog video or else it'll come in with the wrong 601 level of video. Bright parts of your video will be clipped irrretrievably.
  4. link92 macrumors 6502

    Aug 15, 2004
    It's pretty bad - Tiger support is terrible, sometimes crashes when recording... And about another million complaints... Don't buy it. You'll regret it.

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