A friend of mine asked me to convert a few VHS Tapes that were invaluable for him. So I got a Startech SVID2USB2 Video Capture Device. This comes with a crappy software called GrabBee+ and while it does a good job of capturing the video from the VCR, the quality leaves much to be desired. So I tried using PPro CS5.5 in stead. The problem is Premiere Pro does not recognize the USB device and so there is no way of 'starting' or 'stopping' the capture process. Is there any forum member who has used this device to capture videos from a VCR? Any suggestions, others? Thank you in advance.
Get a Canopus/Grass Valley ADVC device. http://www.grassvalley.com/products/conversion_hardware
Have a look at the 110 model.
Return the Startech, since it will never work with PR.
Thanks Harm, for the quick response and the pointer.
I have gone through the specs for ADVC 55 and ADVC 110 - they do specifically mention PR which I assume is not for just editing but control capture as well.
I have fired an email asking for the capture resolution as well as distributors in Toronto, Canada.
Do you know if they can provide HD resolution?
Many thanks again.
No HD resolution. Only SD. But you would not want to uprez VHS material beyond SD, since it will be horrible.
Just like a DV camera, the ADVC converts analog VHS material to SD DV AVI material on the fly and then PR can capture that. Given that VHS has an effective vertical resolution of around 240 lines, going to 480 is about the maximum uprezzing that gives acceptable quality, nothing more is realistic and certainly no HD resolution.