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Analog to digital converter advice

Jan 23, 2013 10:26 PM

Anyone have any thoughts or tips on using this analog to digital converter with a VCR and CS6? Has anyone used one of these before?

 

 

http://www.grassvalley.com/products/advc55

 

Thanks.

 
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    Jan 23, 2013 10:42 PM   in reply to mediafred

    A popular and solid choice. Works without problems.

     
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    Jan 23, 2013 10:54 PM   in reply to Harm Millaard

    I have one and have had the 100 before and I agree with Harm.

     

    Ulf

     
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    Jan 24, 2013 12:13 PM   in reply to mediafred

    I have the 110 and I am sure it wont do the job any better than  a 55.

     

    These are basic I/O devices and you have no choices ( settings) to make for how they do their work.

     

    They certainly dont make chicken pie out of chicken manure either.

     
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    Jan 24, 2013 12:37 AM   in reply to mediafred

    As Craig said, you can't adjust the quality of the capture, since it is a simple digital transfer. However, the higher numbered models have a better TBC, so they are more suitable for very old VHS material. If your material is still pretty good (as far as VHS concerns) the 55 is a great model, but if the VHS material is very old and has deteriorated visibly in the course of many years, you may want to have a look at the more expensive models because of that time base correction.

     
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    Jan 24, 2013 2:08 AM   in reply to Harm Millaard

    A TBC between an analogue source and a digitizer will let you control the amplitude of the incoming signal. Sometimes VHS material has a video signal that exceeds 1.1v and that's about the point that the digitizer will start to clip the video signal. With a TBC you can control the video level to prevent any clipping.

     
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    Jan 29, 2013 5:05 PM   in reply to mediafred

    It might, but probably not enough to make it worth buying a new S-VHS deck.  If you had one already I'd say use it.

     
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    Jan 29, 2013 11:45 PM   in reply to mediafred

    http://www.biopac.com/Manuals/dv%20converter%20advc-55%20user%20manual .pdf

     

    Page 13 has the guide for the dip switches.

     

    You can also test if you get a better result by applying set up or otherwise in switch 2.

     

    BTW - how old are the VHS tapes and what do they look like before digitising them?

     

    Are they PALor NTSC originally?

     

    (The box wont do a great job of converting them either so stick to what they are ).

     
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