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Don B.

Don B.

Joined on 03/17/04

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Good so far - ext PS needed though

Canopus / Grass Valley Bidirectional Analog/Digital Video Conversion ADVC110
Canopus / Grass Valley Bidirectional Analog/Digital Video Conversion ADVC110

Pros: Seems to just work - worked on XP, Vista, and Windows 7 builds. Decent build quality, looks good, packaged well, lots of features. Seems easy to use - will post back any issues found, but so far so good. Plugging into a Windows 7 laptop it immediately recognized the device, added drivers, and I got a prompt to import - nice! I will (probably) be using Pinnacle for import / editing my projects but the ADVC110 worked perfect with even Windows Movie Maker with default configuration. (all I did was set the dip switch to analog since my main jump point will be to convert a LOT of old analog VHS tapes) Note: I found an old 9vdc 900mA power supply and simply spliced on the proper connector (off of another power supply). Just get polarity right, and you will be fine. (positiv tip / neg sleeve) Reading other VERY helpful posts gave me confidence to do this. If I find a 15vdc supply I will probably use that instead. See FW notes below - you probably WILL need a power supply at some point

Cons: 4/5 stars only because no power supply is included for a kind of $$$ unit... For the $$$ this unit should ship with a silly power supply! Do NOT buy the rip-off $40.00 ps either... build your own like I did. A 12vdc 1A or so seems to work perfectly. This is the only reason I gave 4/5 stars... come on... chunk in the #&*@*! power supply - jeesh. Who the hell designed the dip-switch and switch setting silk screening LMBO... you need perfect lighting and microscope to read / check the settings! The manual could use a re-write in some areas, but it's not the worst I've had to look at. I still do not quite understand wth the red "status" led is used for... I'd like to hear (if desired) audio as I am importing but this may be a setting I am not using correctly in the sw I have tried so far. The audio is there after capture - but not during capture...

Overall Review: FWIW - There are 3 Firewire connectors that I am aware of: 1) The std FW 400 connector is a 6 pin. 4 pins used for data, and other 2 provide power. (FW spec provides up to 45w of power) 2) Another variant of the FW 400 is the smaller one with 4 pins found on camcorders, Windows PCs, etc it's 4 pins provide path but NO POWER. This is what I have on all my machines. Some of my desktops ALSO have a 6 pin FW 400 connector on back, but the easy-to-get-to 4 pin ports are almost always up front. You must get an external power supply to use this type of port!!! When I plugged the unit into a six pin Firewire 400 port it powered up just fine. Also, the supplied cable is a six pin to six pin Firewire, so you need to get your self a 4 pin to 6 pin cable. 3) There is also a 9-pin FW 800 connector. This one uses 3 pins for power and the other six provide data channels for external devices. Don't know much about this type.