Analog video capture to PC?

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  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Apologies if analogue is not dealt with in this group, but could find no
    other suitable option.

    Simply I need to be able to capture short bursts of film from a VCR to my
    PC. Can someone advise me of a product which will accommodate this? Or maybe
    a website which has further info on what's needed.

    My PC has firewire capture facilities for DV tape, but I presume due to
    connection differences it must be a separate 'box' for analogue videotape.

    Thanks in advance

    Regards

    Tony H.
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    Guest, Oct 24, 2003
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    Darcy O'Bree Guest

    Try looking at some of the following. They all take analogue signals and
    convert to firewire.

    Dazzle Hollywood DV Bridge. Around £200
    Canopus ADVC range. Prices start from £150
    Miglia Directors Cut. Around £300

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    Digital Media Studios Manager
    Faculty of Arts, Media and Design
    Staffordshire University

    http://www.staffs.ac.uk/academic/artdesign/mediacentre
     
    Darcy O'Bree, Oct 24, 2003
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    Guest Guest

    Are these external 'boxes' or internal cards do you know?


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    | "<<<Tony H.>>>" wrote:
    |
    | > Apologies if analogue is not dealt with in this group, but could find no
    | > other suitable option.
    | >
    | > Simply I need to be able to capture short bursts of film from a VCR to
    my
    | > PC. Can someone advise me of a product which will accommodate this? Or
    maybe
    | > a website which has further info on what's needed.
    | >
    | > My PC has firewire capture facilities for DV tape, but I presume due to
    | > connection differences it must be a separate 'box' for analogue
    videotape.
    | >
    |
    | Try looking at some of the following. They all take analogue signals and
    | convert to firewire.
    |
    | Dazzle Hollywood DV Bridge. Around £200
    | Canopus ADVC range. Prices start from £150
    | Miglia Directors Cut. Around £300
    |
    | --
    |
    | Darcy O¹Bree
    | Digital Media Studios Manager
    | Faculty of Arts, Media and Design
    | Staffordshire University
    |
    | http://www.staffs.ac.uk/academic/artdesign/mediacentre
    |
    |
    |
     
    Guest, Oct 24, 2003
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    Darcy O'Bree Guest

    External.
     
    Darcy O'Bree, Oct 24, 2003
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    Ian Riches Guest

    The analog/digital bridges suggested by Darcy will do an excellent
    job. If you're looking for something a bit cheaper, however, then a
    TV card will do what you are looking for. You can even get a basic
    capture card without the TV tuner, if you look hard enough, e.g.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0000DG4V4/ref=sr_aps_electr
    onics_1_1/202-8912380-1849417

    or

    http://www.rlsupplies.co.uk/item1579.htm

    One disadvantage of this approach is that your sound card is used to
    capture the audio. This can lead to loss of synchronisation for long
    captures, but I find that free software such as Virtual VCR
    (http://virtualvcr.sourceforge.net/) has solved that for me.

    The cards mentioned above have no hardware compression, so unless you
    have acres of fast hard disk space you will need to use a compression
    codec. The free Huffyuv
    (http://neuron2.net/www.math.berkeley.edu/benrg/huffyuv.html) works
    well and is lossless, but offers limited compression.

    I use an mjpeg codec (mine is from http://www.morgan-
    multimedia.com/), which offers smaller file sizes at some small loss
    in quality.

    Hope some of this helps...

    Ian
     
    Ian Riches, Oct 24, 2003
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    Seaace Guest

    A cheaper option would be the Asus 128Mb V9520 Video Suite FX5200
    Tv/DVI/ViVo video card which will give you composite & S video in/out - only
    £76.38 from http://www.scan.co.uk/products/

    You can handle all types then!

    John
     
    Seaace, Oct 24, 2003
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    Tony Morgan Guest

    There's several options:

    1. You can purchase a dedicated analogue capture card. This
    is more expensive than any of the below.

    2. You can buy something like AverTV Studio card (about £50)
    that gives you S-video in (as well as a lot of other goodies
    like an inbuilt video recorder). You'll also need either a
    SCART to S-video connector plus a 3.5mm audio lead,
    or a 3x RCA (phono) to S-video connector.

    3. Since your camcorder has DV-in, it may also have the
    capacity to input analogue and record that on miniDV
    tape, then you can capture that into a video editor and
    then write write-out to a PC file (depending on what
    video editor you have). Most Sony DV-in camcorders
    have this facility BTW. But unfortunately, most manuals
    only give this a passing mention (if that).

    I use both (2) and (3) by the way, depending how much time
    I have.
     
    Tony Morgan, Oct 24, 2003
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