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Canopus ADVC-110 is worth to have a look at. You lose quality but less than you had with stretching.
Have you tried dedicating one camera just to capturing and not hooking it up and unhooking all the time? Maybe this will help the firewire ports. Or get an inexpensive DVCam/MiniDV deck and use that for capturing all of the time. That is how I do it. Analog to digital is a pain.
Thanks for the tip on the Canopus product. I may order a few of those!
So, there's no compression? Just a generation loss? I'm a bit confused what I'm sacraficing with that product. Could you elaborate for me please?
Robert, I really cannot leave a dediated camcorder because I used a computer lab that is shared by other classes throughout the day. Besides, I'd like it to be something students could grab from me and use on whatever work station they have a project saved to.
Keep the advice coming! Great news so far about the Canopus product.
> So, there's no compression? Just a generation loss? I'm a bit confused what I'm sacraficing with that product. Could you elaborate for me please?
It sends the video/audio data over firewire to the PC. If you use firewire in it is a simple pass through, if you use analog in, the analog stream is converted to DV and sent on to the PC. So no loss with firewire, slight loss with analog in, assuming a good analog signal.
I will need to pass the units around as I wont have enough for each student or even when they are working in pairs. Therefore, I wont be able to hard line it into the computer full-time. Since my problem all along has been the firewire ports on the camcorders, I will likely have to use the analog capture.
Just seems weird that it is priced at $255 while other units that do analog capture are $40. I guess it pays off though niehter having to lose much quality nor having to stretch the captured video.
Is my thinking correct here? Thanks again.
Just remember that PP ONLY allows for firewire capture. So analog signals need to be converted to DV on the fly, which is what you pay for. A $ 40 analog capture solution does not work with PP, so you need an other capturing program and still need to convert that material to MS DV AVI type2 for use in PP.
Technically correct, but not relevant for Canon ZR series. I wonder if more than 5% of all the people here have equipment to handle 232 or 422 streams and I assume that if they have that kind of equipment they would not come here often with questions, given the level of professionalism.
In the years I have been here I have never seen a post about capturing using a serial connection. ;)
However, it is important to keep the record straight.
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