need advice: PC based or tape based edit suite?

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by b, Sep 14, 2004.

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    kay & wand Guest

    the es7 is dual linear / nle. i digitise from tape as i go (not to another
    tape). ie. i dig as i log!

    leslie
     
    kay & wand, Sep 16, 2004
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    b Guest

    Ok So I am now thinking of going the PC way but have a few as yet
    unanswered questions, perhaps someone here with experience might be
    able to make a suggestion....

    1. Is there any advantage of firewire 800 over 400?

    2. There were several plug-in USB units which had audio/video analogue
    to digital conversion capability plus all kinds of extras like SD
    /memory card slots for stills photography. Made by Dazzle, one was
    called Fusion. Is a USB 2.0 device to be recommended, or would a PCI
    be faster?

    3. I saw an analogue-digital PCI capture card (Aver Media DVD Ez-maker
    Gold) with s-video and composite RCA inputs. Howver, no audio - i
    would have had to input that thru the PC soundcard in my motherboard.
    Would I have any problems with , say, losing the sync between visuals
    and audio if i were to use this setup?

    4. Are the Pinnacle packages any good? they had several, and all
    retailed around 200 Euros, quite a way above the price of the
    competition.

    5.I saw an analogue-digital PCI card with s-video and composite RCA
    inputs. However, no audio connection in sight- presumably i would have
    had to input that thru the PC soundcard in my motherboard. Would I
    have any problems with , say, losing the sync between visuals and
    audio if i were to use this setup?

    4.My OS is Win2000 and the cpu is AMD Athlon 1.8 ghz on a m7viq
    motherboard, which i believe uses Via KM266 / VT8235 chipset. FSB is
    200/266 mhz (I'm quoting from the manual). Before I go out and buy any
    editing peripherals, are there likely to be any compatibility or
    performance issues here? (I know i will need to upgrade the 256 mb
    memory)

    Thanks once more for the help guys....Ben
     
    b, Sep 17, 2004
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    MSu1049321 Guest

    Most of the units you described are consumer toys, IMO. For an inexpensive, yet
    high-quality external I/A box, go for a ADVC 100 or similar by Canopus.

    As to Pinnacle, ya either love em or hate em. I'll say they will work well but
    ONLY if your computer system is AB SO LUTELY a perfect match tot heir
    approved/suggested equipment sheets... down tot he exact BIOS, drivers, memory
    brands, etc. If you google the subject, you will find many folks who had um,
    "uneven" results with Pitiful Systems, but usually that's because something
    intheir computer was not 100 percent in agreement with pinnacle specs. Pitiful
    also has a well-documented habit of dropping support on popular products before
    their time, leaving you without updated drivers or support. if you can live
    with all these things, then go ahead and buy one, but myself and my friend, we
    have been burned one time too many by pinnacle. They ARe the weakest link
    g-bye!
     
    MSu1049321, Sep 18, 2004
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    b Guest

    OK, I will keep my eyes open for that.
    Thanks, that sounds like good advice and I will bear that in mind
    especially as I'm using AMD ;-)

    Ben
     
    b, Sep 20, 2004
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  5. 1394 - 800, much faster than 400 but how much 800 hardware is available yet?
     
    joe at salerno dot com, Sep 20, 2004
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