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Thread: Video Capture with Formac

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    I am considering buying the Formac Studio dv/tv for video capture to convert my existing VHS tapes to VCD. Does anyone have experience with this product? I'm trying to find a product that actually works well (I've had bad luck with Dazzle), and I'm also considering the dv/tv as a digital recording device like TiVO, if I'm understanding this product correctly.

    Any insight would be greatly appreciated.


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    Oct 27, 2002
    I have used a Dazzle as well. They are not that good. You get dumped frames, the sync is terrible, and the conversion itself is not very good.

    I have not used anything else, but I hear the Canopus stuff is great. At one point I was gonna purchase the ADVC-100 but I didn't have the funs to cover it. There stuff is expensive, but for the consumer products, they are supposed to be the best. They have a technology called audio lock which supposedly protects against audio/video sync issues.

    Hope this helps. Sorry I don't have more info.

    EDIT: There is also an internal version of that called the ADVC-1394.

    They have some really cool stuff. The Raptor board looks fabulous, but it is a Windows based product. So the Apple people are stuff with either ther ADV-1394 or the external unit.
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