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This review is from: Grass Valley Real-Time HDMI-to-HDV Conversion ADVC-HD50
Pros: - Excellent Video Quality
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) :(
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