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    Video capture hardware

    This is similar to other posts, but I'm just interested in hardware, I need to capture some video from BetaSP, S-VHS and VHS tapes to PC for editing with Avid. Can anyone reccomend a good quality, low cost(less than a mojo) video capture device for PC, must have composite and S-Video inputs and preferably component input too. Also do any have 4 channel audio capability ?

    Thanks.

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    Personally I'm a fan of using a cheap camcorder. I still have a Panasonic NVDS60 that stopped being able to record, but works perfectly well as a capture device. The image quality is indistinguishable from other sub-$US500 standalone products I've looked at.

    Sorry, I don't know of any low-cost solutions that can accommodate component video or 4-channel audio.
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    I'm with Dave on this one.
    Use a cheap digital camcorder that supports "analog to digital pass through" features.

    You could buy one of the very good Canopus products that do an amazing job capturing old footage with a great feature built in to support audio sink, but they are expensive and if you shop wisely you could get a cheap digital camcorder for the same price.
    As the old saying goes, you'll be killing two birds with the one stone if you got a digital camcorder

    Then you will need a 2nd larger hard drive to hold all this newly captured footage, and a firewire port to use either product etc etc

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    Hi, thanks for the info. I've just ordered a Canopus ADVC300, which seems to be suitable, it can't capture component analog, but I can live with that.

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    Good luck with the new toy - I'd love to hear how you find it.
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    I've just got my converter and so far results seem good I've captured some VHS and Betacam material into Avid and direct to Nero for burning to DVD. There is a timebase corrector which stabilizes the image and some software I haven't used yet for picture control. I think I'll knock up a little patch panel to save the connectors on the box itself and maybe find a circuit for a box to convert XLR balanced audio to RCA unbalanced.
    If you want one I would reccomend an ebay seller bell426 in the US, shiped here to the UK quickly and reasonable costs.

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    Thanks for the recommendations.

    In my first 2 years in the team, I decided to learn some hands-on stuff just in case I have to do some repair work on wires/connectors. I made a little RCA patchbox using a Sony 890HMEX Hi8 tape box (easy to cut through for the wiring behind and durable at the same time) and a readymade 8-jack RCA panel. You might consider using the same ones for Betatapes, if not a hardy wood/plastic as backing.
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