External video encoder hardware - programmatically controllable??

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by David B, Oct 27, 2003.

  1. David B

    David B Guest

    I currently use the outdated Dazzle DVC USB to encode analog video. I
    use the unsupported functionality of controlling it through ActiveX.
    But now the product has been taken out of production and Dazzle
    (Pinnacle) won't reply to my emails. :(

    What alternatives are there? The crucial point is that I have to be
    able to control the encoder hw programmatically.
    Does anyone know of an external unit (USB/firewire) that can be
    interfaced through ActiveX, DLL's or the like?

    Are there any other manufaturers than ADS, Canopus, Pinnacle or
    Adaptec that I should confront with this?

    All help and guidance will be greatly appreciated! Thanks a lot!
     
    David B, Oct 27, 2003
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    Ashley Guy Guest

    You may be able to get an SDK for the Canopus units.

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    Ashley Guy, Oct 27, 2003
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  3. David B

    David B Guest

    Ok great, thanks! Any other suggestions?

    Thinking about a more independent solution - it seems that the
    firewire-interface is more standardized, and most units sending a
    DV-stream that way can be called through one general ActiveX. But then
    the problem is that I have to compress the video stream in my software
    :/ Anyone know of a product which send compressed video through
    firewire?

    Another quite bizarre solution is to use WinBatch to control the video
    capture software, but that's not really practical...
     
    David B, Oct 29, 2003
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