A/D video converter. Questions

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  1. stefmesman, Feb 4, 2011
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2011

    stefmesman macrumors 6502

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    Hello people!

    so well. I just recently decided i wanted to digitize my old video 8 and hi8 tapes. i still have my camera too, and it works.

    so my question is: whats the best A/D converter for me?

    Specifications:
    Footage isnt in any way high quality so i dont need a supreme converter.
    Preferably MPEG4 and H264/x264 encoding out of the box.
    Preferably direct recording to Final Cut Pro.
    Fast proces. I have ALOT of tapes.


    things i have been looking at:

    Elgato Video Capture
    EyeTV Hybrid
    Grass Valley ADVC mini
    Blackmagic-design USB video recorder

    Suggestions please :)?
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    GrassValley, but know, that H264 and other MPEG-4 codecs are not meant for editing and you will have to constantly render your footage in FCP if you make adjustments on the timeline.
    If editing is your goal, then the ADVC-55 or above might be suited better as it stores the video using the DV codec. You might get a used unit somewhere.
     
  3. stefmesman, Feb 4, 2011
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2011

    stefmesman thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I know, but i will just be doing simple cuts, and im using a 8 core machine. so it wouldnt be that massive. the ADVC-55 is cool. But i 200 bucks i think is a bit much. and i live in the netherlands. so there are hardly any of these american devices that are in resale. (they are in normal sale)

    does the grassvalley allow me to directly record to final cut? or does it only work through external soft?

    i do understand the profits on using DV capture. downsides are ofcourse the filesize and i will have to re-encode anyway if i want to burn or store it (as i store in x264). And most DV recorders are alot more pricey!

    anyone know another DV format recorder? other then the ADVC-55
     

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