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analog video capture recommendation

Feb 03 2010 | 3:48 pm

I apologize that this is a little off-topic, but I find when I ask these things elsewhere people don’t tend to have the same concerns in mind.

I’m wondering if anyone can recommend an analog video capture dongle. I have the new Macbook Pro without Express Card, so my options are limited.

I think I’ve narrowed it down to:

Elgato Video Capture Device (H.264)
Black Magic Video Recorder (like Elgato, but nearly twice the price)
Canopus ADVC55 (DV)

Video editing guys all tell me to go with the Canopus, but I figure I’d have to convert from DV to Prores for Jitter anyway, so what’s the point?

If it matters, I’d be capturing straight from some vintage tube cameras. It’d be nice to be able to work with it live, but it’s definitely not necessary, and I’m not counting on it.


Feb 03 2010 | 5:41 pm

I’ve used a Canopus advc-110 in live situations and it works just fine. ImagingSource has a higher quality converter box. I don’t have any experience with the USB dongles, but I don’t think they are intended for realtime use.

Feb 03 2010 | 6:14 pm

Thanks, Andrew. I think I’ll try the ADVC55 for starters, since I don’t see much of a difference between that and the 110 (color bars? locked audio?).

Any idea if these can do video out as well? It’d be nice to have an alternative to those lousy minidisplay-to-analog converters.

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