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I have a firewire connection and need to capture video from an old VHS tape. Can you give some analog video fireWire to video conversion solutions?
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When using FireWire DV connections, sooner or later you need to convert to analog video, whether to go to or from an anlog tape format, or to display video on an NTSC/PAL video monitor.

Virtually all NTSC (and some PAL) camcorders can perform this conversion function, at least for output, so many people simply use their camcorder. it may be inconvenient, however, to tie up your camcorder in this fashion.

The other alternative is to use a dedicated FireWire to video conversion box. Manufacturers have created a variety of units with different capabilities and prices. These units have a FireWire connection that hooks to the FireWire port on your computer, and input and output analog video.

The list below is in alphabetical order. Features, pricing, and availability vary widely, so you'll want to examine all the models to find the unit that best fits your requirements.

Canopus ADVC-100
  Website:   www.canopuscorp.com ADVC-100 Image
  Available from:   Direct
    DV Direct
    ProMax Systems
  Inputs: Composite Video (RCA)
S-Video (mini-DIN)
Stereo Audio (2 x RCA)
FireWire/1394 (4 pin on front, 6 pin on back)
  Outputs: Composite Video (RCA)
    S-Video (mini-DIN)
    Stereo Audio (2 x RCA)
    FireWire/1394 (4 pin on front, 6 pin on back)
  Systems: NTSC/PAL DIP-switch selectable
  Cost: $299 MSRP
  Availability: Now
  Comments: Supports locked audio and color bar output. The ADVC-100 does not support audio sampling at 44.1kHz, which is not part of the DV specification, but is widely supported by other units. This should not be a problem, but if you have existing footage with 44.1kHz audio you will need to resample it before it can be output through the ADVC-100.
Datavideo DAC-1
  Website:   www.datavideo-tek.com DV-Bridge Image
  Available from:   Direct
    The Electronic Mailbox
    Adorama
  Inputs: Composite Video (RCA)
S-Video (mini-DIN)
Stereo Audio (2 x RCA)
FireWire/1394 (4 pin)
  Outputs: Composite Video (RCA)
    S-Video (mini-DIN)
    Component analog video (3 x BNC)
    Stereo Audio (2 x RCA)
    FireWire/1394 (4 pin)
  Systems: NTSC/PAL
  Cost: $599 MSRP
  Availability: Now
  Comments: This unit has component analog outputs, but not inputs.
Dazzle Hollywood DV-Bridge
  Website:   www.dazzle.com DV-Bridge Image
  Available from:   Direct
  Inputs: Composite Video (RCA)
S-Video (mini-DIN)
Stereo Audio (2 x RCA)
FireWire/1394 (6 pin) (Input and Output)
  Outputs: Composite Video (RCA)
    S-Video (mini-DIN)
    Stereo Audio (2 x RCA)
  Systems: NTSC
  Cost: $299 MSRP
  Availability: Now
DPS-475AV/575AV
  Website:   www.dps.com DPS-475 Image
  Available from:   DPS Resellers
    B&H Photo
  Inputs: Composite Video (BNC)
S-Video (mini-DIN)
Component Video (BNC)
SDI - Serial Digital Video (BNC)
Stereo Audio (barrier strip, balanced and unbalanced)
AES/EBU Stereo Audio (XLR and BNC)
SDI embedded audio
FireWire/1394 (6 pin)
  Outputs: Composite Video (BNC)
    S-Video (mini-DIN)
    Component Video (BNC)
    SDI - Serial Digital Video (BNC)
    RGB/RGBS Analog (BNC)
    Stereo Audio (barrier strip, balanced and unbalanced)
    AES/EBU Stereo Audio (XLR and BNC)
    SDI embedded audio
    FireWire/1394 (6 pin)
  Systems: NTSC (DPS-475AV), NTSC/PAL (DPS-575AV)
  Cost: $7995 (DPS-475AV MSRP)
  Availability: Now
  Comments: This single unit rack mount device not only performs conversions between a wide variety of video formats, but also includes time base correction, proc amp controls, noise reduction, and a host of other features. Units are also available with audio synchronization. IEEE-1394 support is a configuration option you must specify. Also available with 4-channel audio, without audio, and without front panel controls.
FastWare.net DV Playground I
  Website:   www.fastware.net Video Converter Image
  Available from:   Direct
  Inputs: Composite Video (RCA)
S-Video (mini-DIN)
Stereo Audio (2 x RCA)
FireWire/1394 (4 pin & 6 pin)
  Outputs: Composite Video (RCA)
    S-Video (mini-DIN)
    Stereo Audio (2 x RCA)
    FireWire/1394 (4 pin & 6 pin)
  Systems: NTSC, PAL
  Cost: $429 (MSRP)
  Availability: Contact FastWare
Formac Studio
  Website:   www.formac.com Formac Studio Image
  Available from:   Direct and resellers
  Inputs: Composite Video (RCA)
S-Video (mini-DIN)
Stereo Audio (2 x RCS)
FireWire/1394 (2 x 6 pin)
  Outputs: Composite Video (RCA)
    S-Video (mini-DIN)
    Stereo Audio (2 x RCA)
    FireWire/1394 (2 x 6 pin)
  Systems: Choice of NTSC, PAL, and SECAM models
  Cost: $399 (MSRP)
  Availability: Now
  Comments: This converter also includes a built-in stereo TV/FM tuner, allowing you to convert TV directly into native DV. Its configuration allows you to get digital streams directly into iMovie and Premiere 6.
Laird Telemedia Blue Flame Pro LTM-5000 and LTM-5500
  Website:   www.lairdtelemedia.com Blue Flame Pro Image
  Available from:   Markertek
    B&H Photo
    Laird Dealers
  Inputs: Composite Video (BNC)
S-Video (mini-DIN)
Component Video (LTM-5500 only)
Stereo Audio (2 x TRS unbalanced, 2 x XLR balanced)
FireWire/1394 (4 pin)
  Outputs: Composite Video (BNC)
    S-Video (mini-DIN)
    Component Video (LTM-5500 only)
    Stereo Audio (2 x TRS unbalanced, 2 x XLR balanced)
    FireWire/1394 (4 pin)
  Systems: NTSC, PAL
  Cost: $1695 (MSRP) for LTM-5000, $2995 (MSRP) for LTM-5500
  Availability: Now
  Comments: This single unit rack mount device is notable for its balanced audio IO and BNC video connections. The LTM-5500 version adds component video IO.
Link Electronics PDV-844
  Website:   www.linkelectronics.com PDV-844 Image
  Available from:   Link Electronics Dealers
  Inputs: Composite Video (BNC)
S-Video (mini-DIN)
Black Burst or Composite Sync (BNC)
Stereo Audio (2 x XLR balanced)
FireWire/1394 (4 pin)
  Outputs: Composite Video (BNC)
    S-Video (mini-DIN)
    Component Video (3 x BNC)
    Stereo Audio (2 x XLR balanced)
    FireWire/1394 (4 pin)
  Systems: NTSC, PAL
  Cost: Contact a Link Electronics Dealer for pricing.
  Availability: Now
  Comments: Packaged as single height (1RU) rack mount unit. Has balanced audio in and out, as well as component video out.
Miglia Director's Cut Take 2
  Website:   www.miglia.com Director's Cut Image
  Available from:   Direct and Resellers
  Inputs: Composite Video (RCA)
S-Video (mini-DIN)
Stereo Audio (2 x RCA)
FireWire/1394 (6 pin) (Input and Output)
  Outputs: 2 x Composite Video (RCA)
    2 x S-Video (mini-DIN)
    2 x Stereo Audio (2 x RCA)
  Systems: NTSC and PAL
  Cost: $449 MSRP
  Availability: Now
Miranda DV-Bridge
  Website:   www.miranda.com DV-Bridge Image
  Available from:   Miranda Distributors
  Inputs: 4:2:2 SDI digital video (SMPTE 259M-C)
AES digital audio (SMPTE 276M)
FireWire/1394 (4 pin)
  Outputs: 4:2:2 SDI digital video (SMPTE 259M-C)
    AES digital audio (SMPTE 276M)
    Composite Video (BNC)
    S-Video (mini-DIN)
    Stereo Audio (2 x RCA)
    FireWire/1394 (4 pin)
  Systems: NTSC, PAL
  Cost: $1995 (MSRP)
  Availability: Now
  Comments: This unit is notable for its SDI and AES/EBU digital video and audio connections.
ProMax DA-MAX+ Converter
  Website:   www.promax.com DA Max+ Image
  Available from:   Direct  
  Inputs: Composite Video (BNC)
S-Video (mini-DIN)
Component (3 x BNC)
Stereo Audio (2 x RCA unbalanced, 2 x XLR balanced)
6 x FireWire/1394 (6 pin) (Input and Output)
RS-422 control (1 x DB-9)
SDI Digital Video (2 x BNC)
AES/EBU Digital Audio (2 x XLR, 2 x BNC)
  Outputs: Composite Video (BNC)
    S-Video (mini-DIN)
    Component (3 x BNC)
    Stereo Audio (2 x RCA unbalanced, 2 x XLR balanced)
    6 x FireWire/1394 (6 pin) (Input and Output)
    RS-422 control (1 x DB-9)
    SDI Digital Video (2 x BNC)
    AES/EBU Digital Audio (2 x XLR, 2 x BNC)
  Systems: NTSC, PAL
  Cost: $1795 (MSRP)
  Availability: Now
  Comments: Unit is rackmountable. Analog video inputs have Proc Amp controls.
Sony DVMC-DA2
  Website:   www.sel.sony.com DVMC-DA1 Image
  Available from:   ProMax
    B&H Photo
  Inputs: Composite Video (RCA)
S-Video (mini-DIN)
Stereo Audio (2 x RCA)
Fire/1394 (4 pin)
  Outputs: Composite Video (RCA)
    S-Video (mini-DIN)
    Stereo Audio (2 x RCA)
    FireWire/1394 (4 pin)
    LANC Control
  Systems: NTSC only
  Cost: $599 (MSRP)
  Availability: Now
  Comments: This very popular converter has been discontinued by Sony. Check eBay and other sources for used units.
TVOne DV-1394 Converter
  Website:   www.tvone.com DV1394 Image
  Available from:   Direct
  Inputs: Composite Video (BNC)
S-Video (mini-DIN)
Stereo Audio (2 x RCA)
FireWire/1394 (4 pin)
  Outputs: Composite Video (BNC)
    S-Video (mini-DIN)
    Stereo Audio (2 x RCA)
    FireWire/1394 (4 pin)
  Systems: NTSC, PAL
  Cost: $750 (MSRP)
  Availability: Now

Last update: 07:05 AM Wednesday, November 8, 2006

 



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