Although not nearly as good as it used to be, www.2-pop.com is still a resource for DV questions. Someone there will have already used all the bridges. I'd chime in but I've always had a deck or camera connected...ya know there are DV cameras with analog in that will act as a bridge.
To my knowledge Sony discontinued the converter. I've used a dazzle with a mac at school. The only thing is there are about 3 different dazzles make sure you get the Hollywood Bridge i think there might be 2 firewire versions 1 is lower quality then the others. I've used the sony and it's great but unfortunately they are hard to find now. E-bay maybe. The Dazzle gets stuck every now and then and sometimes its a headache but it works and does it's job. I'd like to get my hands on a formac just because it has a built in TV tuner and i think it's got some better converters or something not sure. There is even one that doubles as a firewire disk
Go to canopus.com the advc 100 (if I'm right) is the competitor of the Hollywood Bridge, it cost the same and correct some sync problems the Hollywood Bridge has when capturing from VHS.
The pros of the Canopus:
1. It sync better.
2. Doesn't fall of your desk top.
3. Better than the sony device (I haven't try them).
1. External power suply
2. No as fancy.
Hollywood bridge pros:
1. It is fancy.
2. I guess powered by the firewire.
1. Not reliable, there should be a revision these months.
2. If fall on one side with the cables (that is what I have heard).
In my case, I like the hollywood Bridge better but I have learn to buy usefull things better than pretty looking.
Please DO NOT BUY the Dazzle Hollywood Bridge! I made the unfortunate mistake of doing so and it is the worst purchase I ever made. The thing often loses vertical sync, sound distortions occur frequently and unexpectedly - in other words, a complete piece of unreliable garbage.
And, no, it wasn't a dud model either. I casn't tell you how many forums I've been to where all of the poor Dazzle dupes like me gathered to lick our wounds.
If you want the worst customer service and support you'll ever see, deal with Dazzle. They took no phone calls, actively discouraged any email inquiries and offered only a message board (in which no Dazzle representative even responded to). Now get this - once the message board was packed full of endless complaints, Dazzle simply deleted the thing and stopped hosting it.
I finally stopped using this thing but still have it stuck in a drawer. I thought of selling it on eBay, but would feel horrible sticking someone with it, even if they only paid $10 for it.
The Formac (which I use now) is a great choice. It actually works, for one thing ...
dazzle sucks, that's it, case closed, i used the dazzle on my old computer, i made the mistake of trying to import a long DVD, the thing fried my computer (sort of) it just never worked right agan, that's why i have my new powermac