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Grass Valley Real-Time HDMI-to-HDV Conversion ADVC-HD50

  • HDMI to HDV Conversion
  • FireWire Output
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • NTSC & PAL Standards
  • Multiple Applications
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Learn more about the Grass Valley ADVC-HD50


Grass Valley
Converter Type


Input Audio Formats: LPCM 2-channel at 16 to 24 bits, 32/44.1/48kHz
Output Audio Formats: stereo MPEG-1 audio layer 2 348kbs (multiplexed)

Video Output Format:
HDV Mode 1 (720p): 1280 x 720/59.94p, 1280 x 720/50p
HDV Mode 2 (1080i): 1440 x 1080/59.94i, 1440 x 1080/50i
IEC61883-4 MPEG transport stream
Resolution Support
Input Resolutions:
1920 x 1080 (59.94i, 50i)
1280 x 720 (59.94p, 50p)
720 x 480 (59.94p)
720 x 576 (50p)
640 x 480 (60p)
Video Output: (1) 6-pin FireWire


Video Input: (1) HDMI, type A, v1.1, (HDMI 1.3, HDCP not supported)


System Requirements
Windows PC
Windows 2000 (Service Pack 3 or higher)
Windows XP Home, Windows XP Professional (Service Pack 1 or higher)
Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Ultimate (Service Pack 1 or higher)
Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate
DirectX 8.0 or higher

Mac OS X (10.2.7/10.2.8/10.3/10.4.x/10.5/10.6)


Power Supply
FireWire bus or 5VDC from EIAJ #2 DC jack


Connects HDMI-equipped video equipment to FireWire (IEEE 1394)-equipped computers and devices for video editing
Converts 1280x720 HDMI to 1280x720 HDV, and 1920x1080 to 1440x1080 HDV
Compatible with Windows and Macintosh operating system-based HDV editors
No need to install drivers or any software applications
Powered by FireWire (IEEE 1394) connector
NTSC- and PAL-compatible

* HDCP not supported


5.98"W x 6.02"D x 0.91"H
0.88 lbs.


Package Content
FireWire Cable (4-pin to 6-pin)
User Manual

Quick Info


  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year

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  • 11/1/2010 5:08:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsGreat!... When it works...

Pros: - Excellent Video Quality
- Easy setup
- Can be bus-powered if needed
- Seems to be HDCP compatible
- Captures both Audio and Video

Cons: Only one big one: For MAC users, if you have a newer, Intel-based Mac that only has a FireWire800 port (also known as 1394b), you will have to try a bunch of different 6-pin to 9-pin firewire cables until you find one that CONSISTENTLY works with this product. I have contacted Grass Valley about this issue, and although they DO KNOW about the issue, they will take the easy way out and tell you that the product was never specifically stated to work with FW800. In my opinion, a gross slap-in-the-face for anyone that spends over $500 for "Pro" hardware.

Other Thoughts: GV has suggested to me that Belkin cables will work fine with the ADVC-HD50. I have not found that to be the case. I have found one "generic" cable that works all the time... but there is no manufacturer markings on the cable that I can share... (sorry) :(

When this device is working though, it's wonderful. It converts HDMI to a standard HDV signal, and behaves/captures beautifully.

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