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Discussion in 'Video capturing from analog sources' started by newance, Aug 28, 2004.

  1. newance

    newance Member

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    Hi, brand new to the site but wondering if anyone had some advice. I recently purchased an IBM ThinkPad R50, which came with Windows MovieMaker as part of the software package. However, my laptop version did not come with a video in or firewire port. I do have 2 USB ports. I have an analog Quasar Palmcorder Camcorder. I've checked with Microsoft and googled, which produced a few options, but wanted advice on what people felt was the best (or only, or possible) way to hook my camcorder up to my laptop. Even if I can't, any info would be appreciated.

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    Thanks, have heard of Dazzle. However, if at all possible I'd like to buy just a cord or card as opposed to software as well. I have heard of something called Belkin USB Videobus II, which plugs into camcorder with analog cables then into computer with USB. Anyone heard of it (problems, etc)?
     
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    It's not that easy, you just can't hook up any analog
    camcorder to a laptop/pc a A/D convertor is what you
    need, forget capture cards, you need a fast pc to
    get acceptable results, spend once money on a converter,
    only FireWire ones, forget the cheap usb ones, you get
    sync problems, ADVC100 is a good one, for a reasonable price, and 100% quality, there are even better ones, but the price is steep...and are meant for pro's.
     
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    Btw. and what do you think the Belkin device is ?
    it's the same sh*t as the Dazzle, only worse...
    expect, what you pay for...not more.
    go for a FireWire device, you even can use that on a laptop, because you get a DV file, wich means that your
    cpu is not under a lot of strain..
    the only cheapest way is to borrow a ADVC100...:)
     
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    "go for a FireWire device"

    He stated his laptop doesn't have firewire.
     
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    Well, thanks for the information. I'm sure I keep looking for awhile, but I think I have a little more to go on now.
     
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    Well, i guess if a laptop doesnt have a FireWire port,
    one should not try to capture via USB, even on a
    normal pc it's hard to get good results, by USB,
    you have sync problems most of the time,
    I don't say it's impossible, but you need to spend
    more money on a faster pc, instead, you can buy
    something like ADVC100 or DAC100 and you have guaranteed good results. and use any software you like....
     

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