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Canopus TwinPact100 Video Converter

  • (1) 4-pin FireWire
  • (1) 6-pin FireWire
  • (1) S-Video (4-pin miniDIN)
  • (1) Composite (RCA)
  • (1) Stereo (RCA) (for analog video input)
  • (1) 3.5mm stereo phono input (for RGB video input)
  • (1) S-Video (4
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Learn more about the Grass Valley TwinPact100

Model

Brand
Canopus / Grass Valley
Model
TwinPact100

General

Type
Video Adapter/Converter
Remote Control
Remote Included
Interface
VGA
Mac Compatible
Yes

Features

Features
All-in-one scan converter and analog/digital video converter
Ideal for video editing, video presentations, tutorial video creation
One-click software and remote control operation
Clean and enhance analog video
Windows and Mac OS compatible

Specifications

Video System
NTSC: 720 x 480 @ 29.97fps
PAL: 720 x 576 @ 25fps
TwinPact100 also accepts SECAM video (input only)
Audio
2-channel 48kHz 16-bit
4-channel 32kHz 12-bit (input for two channels only)
Specifications
Digital Video Input/Output
1 x 4-pin FireWire
1 x 6-pin FireWire

Analog Video Input
1 x S-Video (4-pin miniDIN)
1 x composite (RCA)

Analog Video Output
1 x S-Video (4-pin miniDIN)
1 x composite (RCA)

Analog Audio Input (unbalanced)
1 x stereo (RCA) (for analog video input)
1 x 3.5mm stereo phono input (for RGB video input)

Analog Audio Output (unbalanced)
1 x stereo (RCA)

RGB Input
1 x 15-pin D-Sub

RGB Output (pass-through)
1 x 15-pin D-Sub

Supported RGB Resolutions
Max: 1600 x 1200
H Freq: 24kHz - 100kHz
V Freq: 50Hz - 130Hz

System Requirements

Graphics Card
DirectX 8.0 or higher
Operating Systems Supported
Windows 2000 (requires Service Pack 3 or higher), Windows XP Home or Windows XP Professional (requires Service Pack 1 or higher)
Mac OS X (10.2.7/10.2.8/10.3)

Packaging

Package Contents
TwinPact100 unit
AC adapter
Remote control unit
1 x FireWire cable (6-pin - 4-pin)
1 x 3.5mm stereo phono to 3.5mm stereo phono cable
1 x 15-pin VGA cable
2 x AAA 1.5V batteries (for remote)
Twin Commander installation CD-ROM
User manual

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
3 years limited
Labor
3 years limited

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  • Barton S.
  • 1/4/2011 4:51:41 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsDisappointing Screen Capture Results

Pros: Analogue-to-digital-to-analogue conversion a strong point

Cons: The screen-capture feature which is at the heart of this product's target market is seriously flawed. The quality of the screen capture produces distorted, low-resolution output that is essentially unreadable.

I am experienced building computers, so I read the manual and talked to Canopus (now Grass Valley) customer service about features and product comparison before buying the TwinPACT100. For a product that costs between $400-$500 - by a company that develops professional A/V devices - the TwinPACT100 is extremely disappointing at best and seriously misleading at worst. The company's product manual for the device touts that the TwinPACT100 will capture in high-resolution (not HD) Digital Video (720 x 480) it captures on the screen.

Another issue is that the software is dated from 2003 (version 1.0) and works only with Win XP or Win2000. There is no updated software on their website. I tried installing on a Win7 (64-bit) system - received an error message: OS not supported

Other Thoughts: I was successful at installing to software on my other desktop (a Win XP machine) to test the TwinPACT100. There is no elegant GUI interface - Only a taskbar icon that you click to choose a screen area to capture and to stop and start the capture. There is also a 'remote control' to access functions. However, the point is that the software is 2003-vintage and the company has not put resources into making it functional for Vista/Win7 or updating the software controls interface.

I own a Canopus ADVC300 which is a great product for converting analog to digital or vice-versa and they have great customer service that responds promptly. This is what led me to believe (along with the specs) that the TwinPACT100 would perform as advertised with regard to screen capture. If you need only an analog-to-digital convertor then purchase their ADVC110 or ADVC300.

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