I know nothing about an ION device, but will "guess" it then connects to your computer via Firewire, since Firewire is all that PPro will use
Yes, using a USB drive will cause problems due to the file transfer speed
Adding a 2nd 7200rpm hard drive inside your computer, or one connected by eSata, will work better - I have not used this device, but it may work for you, if you have an eSata connection http://www.amazon.com/Thermaltake-BlacX-eSATA-Docking-Station/dp/B001A4HAFS/ref=cm_cmu_pg_ t
The external conversion devices most often mentioned here are...
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
ADS Pyro http://www.adstechnologies.com
This is very common, and is frustrating. It happens with units that do the digitization, and also with many capture cards. It seems to be "the nature of the beast."
John's suggestion to use the Grass Valley/Canopus bridges usually gets around any sync issues.
To re-sync, material that has already been captured *, this ARTICLE might be useful.
Here is an ARTICLE on analog capture.
* Note that the word "captured" is not capitalized. That is to differentiate from the process of Capturing, which is what one would be doing with the GV/Canopus bridge, and through PrPro.
Thanks for the feedback, however the key question remains unanswered - is there a way to set up Premiere so that it adds a marker when a frame is dropped?
No, it only tells you frames have been dropped.
Best thing is to recapture the tapes in short segments like 10-15 minutes to an internal drive.
If you have a whole bunch of tapes to do its worth while considering to spend some money on a Grass Vally converter.
They are the best.
I think I know what the solution is to your problem because I've experienced the same thing. You have to run the VHS signal through a time base corrector before it gets to the ION VCR 2 PC device. Time base correctors aren't cheap, but here is the one I use which is cheaper than most:
Apologies for not replying earlier but life has been hectic due to my new grandson arriving so no time to experiment with the solutions offered since my last update.
The ION device looks very like the suggested Time Base Converter so I am going to track down the detailed specification for it as I am suspecting from the other advice offered it was interference in the capturing system not a problem with the playing device that caused this issue so I will try the suggestions for minimising the interference when I next try to recapture these tapes.
Grateful thanks for the advice offered.
Also, make sure that your Firewire drivers are set to use the Legacy drivers, because the new drivers in Windows 7 don't play well with video streams at all... Check out this link for more info on how to set them to legacy.
the new drivers in Windows 7 don't play well with video streams at all
Not true. I've never had one issue using the default driver in Windows 7. Neither has a producer I work with. Whatever the problem is, it's sporadic.
Strange, Jim… I’ve never even gotten the computer to recognize and install
the camera with the new drivers… I’ve always had to roll back to the legacy
drivers to even get the camera recognized.
It’s worth a shot, anyway…
If things don't work, I agree. I just didn't want readers thinking it was mandatory.
My driver is not set to legacy either.
Camera is 5 years old.
Okay.... isn't this a cheap USB capture device? And it doesn't capture through Premiere, does it?
It is not a specified capturing device. If you are trying to make do with it, I would follow Ann's advice and capture in small chunks at a high bit-rate and 720x480 resolution. Use DV presets in Premiere for editing.
What format does this USB DEVICE capture to, and does it give you options?