I have tried both the Roxio and Honestech VHS\USB\DVD converters. PRE10 recongizes and displays the video using the WDM Import. However, I get the bottom 1/6th of the screen scrambled and the rest is fine. I can import directly to the Roxio or Honestech software fine but would rather go straight to PRE10. As I have tried two different adapters and two new VCR's and the adpaters work ok in their native software I don't think it's a problem on that side.
I played with some settings but I was not able to get past this within PRE10. Is there some other adjustment in PRE10 available to straighten this out?
I am surprised that you could get a USB A-D bridge to work at all, as Capture in PrE is via FireWire. Most people use an A-D bridge, like the Grass Valley/Canopus ADVC-110, which attaches via FireWire.
With those bridges, I would recommend doing the Capture in the software provided, to DV-AVI w/ PCM/WAV Audio @ 48KHz 16-bit, and then Importing those files into PrE.
I agree with Bill. Those USB-connected device never capture video that will work well in Premiere Elements.
For best results use only DV bridges that connect via FireWire, as we say in our FAQs.
Old forum discussion, message now gone, but here's the summary
Matt with Grass Valley Canopus in their tech support department stated that the model 110 will suffice for most hobbyist. If a person has a lot of tapes that were played often the tape stretches and the magnetic coding diminishes. If your goal is to encode tapes in good shape buy the 110, if you will be encoding old tapes of poor quality buy the model 300
Both the 110 and 300 are two way devices so you may output back to tape... if you don't need that, look at the model 55
http://www.grassvalley.com/products/advc55 One Way Only to Computer
http://www.grassvalley.com/products/advc110 for good tapes, or
http://www.grassvalley.com/products/advc300 better with OLD tapes
Thanks again guys. Every one here has been very helpful.
I already have a Firewire card for my Digital Audio Interface (I do some recording) so had I know at the time I would have gone that route. The money I wasted on the two USB Interfaces would have paid for the DV BRidge.
I see the Pyro for about $90 and the ADVC55 for $140. I don't need to go back to tape so if the PYRO is acceptable that would be great. If the ADVC55 is going to get a better product then I would go that route. When I go straight to the Roxio or Honestech software the quality is ok. But if I can save time and get better quality with the DV BRidge and go straight to PRE10 then it sounds like that would be the way to go.
I have never used the Pyro unit, but going back about a year, I would have jumped in and recommended it, based on the reports from others. However, lately, several trusted users have been having major issues, and one of the biggest proponents of the Pyro units, has retracted his recs. I have never used one, so this is all second and third hand.
I use the Canopus 300, but the lower-end units still get great reviews around these parts. Again, not having used the 55, I am not qualified to review it.
I went with the 300, as I did have use for the TimeBase corrections, but if one was doing the Capture for personal Projects, then I feel confident that the 110 would be just fine. I assume that much the same could be said for the 55. Maybe hold off, until a 55 user can weigh in, with some real-world reviews.
Both the ADS Pyro and the Canopus units will give you excellent quality from your VHS capture, Joe. It's up to you, but I'd go for the Pyro. At $90, it's a steal! A number of people on the Community Forum at http://Muvipix.com use it and they couldn't be happier.
Looks like the Pyro is discontinued and no one has them. I checked ebay and there is one for a buy-it-now of $150. A few vendors have one but they want $199.
The Canopus 110 is $219 and the 55 is about $60 cheaper. I'll probably go with one of those.
Thank you for the update on the ADS Pyro. I had not heard that.
I have been a fan of Canopus/Grass Valley for years, and have had nothing but good luck with their units.
Good luck, and happy Capturing!
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