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1. MIGLIA TECH Director's Cut 'Take
$85.49 $76.95 list($99.99)
2. Pinnacle Studio 9 AV/DV
$170.99 $169.88 list($179.99)
3. Pinnacle Systems 210100348 Pin
$47.49 $35.99 list($149.00)
4. ADS Technologies Pyro Digital
$40.60 $26.88 list()
$188.95 list($199.99)
6. Pinnacle Systems Studio AV/DV
7. Advanced Digital Video Convert
8. Pinnacle Studio MovieBox Deluxe

1. MIGLIA TECH Director's Cut 'Take 2'
by Miglia Technology Ltd

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Asin: B0000C8TD6
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Miglia Technology Ltd
Sales Rank: 26521
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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  • Captures and exports both PAL & NTSC in full size at full frame rates
  • Dual Analog Outputs allow the use of a preview monitor to visualize your final result in real time
  • Mac Compatibility - Mac OS 9.1 and above, OS X 10.1 and 10.2
  • PC Compatibility - Windows 98SE, Me, 2000, or XP
  • High-quality aluminum case

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars 6 good reasons it's better than the others
Taking those old VHS tapes and sticking them on your Mac or PC is now so easy that any box will do it right? To some extent, the answer is yes. But for anyone with a real desire to edit their footage, keep the quality, check what's actually happening while it's being digitized, then the Miglia Director's Cut Take 2 is absolutely the answer.

This list is in no particular order, just important 'stuff' I've learned;
1.The image output quality is superior to the other brands I've used - and discarded - in this price range. The reason is the chipset.
2. It's the only device that has an audio output for headphones on it - this means that, when editing that speech in Final Cut or other editing solution, you can hear when to make the clip - not just see it. Particularly useful when you want to edit out something that you can hear but not see! The other brands require a whole set of extra cables and plugging and unplugging - a reall mess!
3. The Directors Cut supports dual outputs - so you can see exactly how it will look through a preview monitor / screen while recording. Why wait to record it and playback to see if it's ok?
4. All the conections are at the rear of the box making cabling tidy - the 'others' have cables at front and rear making a mess of your workspace!
5. All the cables ship with this that you're possibly going to need. The others give the resellers a chance to 'sell' profitable cables to you.
6. It can be powered directly from the Firewire port - no need for a power supply - so on-the-road editing is now a reality

This thing has won very high praise from some European journals and I thoroughly recommend it. Well done Miglia ... Read more

2. Pinnacle Studio 9 AV/DV
by Pinnacle Systems
list price: $99.99
our price: $85.49
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Asin: B0001AU6IK
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Pinnacle Systems
Sales Rank: 1095
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Studio AV/DV Version 9 Video Editor ... Read more


  • Add powerful one-touch video and audio restoration tools
  • Includes both Pinnacle Studio and PCI analog and digital video capture card
  • SmartMovie automated video editing and integrated Video CD and DVD creation
  • Experience a stunning array of video editing features
  • Add titles, transitions, sound effects, and background music

Reviews (21)

5-0 out of 5 stars Makes great home movies.
Pinnacle Studio 9 makes video editing such as scene arrangement and transitions from one clip to the next quick and smooth.Not having done any video editing before, I was still able to pull together my first "movie" in a few hours - from loading the software to burning my first disc.I found it easy to use, but like all software there's a learning curve and you will have to read instructions.Although you can figure out most of the basics by messing around with it, if you don't like referring to a manual you won't get all the great features this program has to offer.I keep a few short clips in a separate project on the go all the time to practice editing techniques with before I use them in my real movie.As I learn, each new project gets a few more enhancements and a little more refined than the last.I gave it 5 stars because this program does more than I expected and enables me to produce a good quality, interesting to watch home movie for a reasonable price.
Beware: It takes alot of processor resources to edit video, so the faster your computer is, the better.

1-0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware
This product is NOT COMPATIBLE with PAL Video Standard.It will NOT capture or edit video recorded in this format.Installation of software is a long and complicated process. Software is difficult to use. Works OK with NTSC Video Standard ONLY. Many of the features must be purchased separately. Support is almost all automated unless you pay on a per incident basis.

1-0 out of 5 stars Non-stop Crashes and Freezes
You would think Pinnacle never wrote a piece of software before, or maybe this was written by a 5th grader and never tested. There is just no excuse for a program that crashes almost every time it is used. I use the term loosely because the software is just unusable.

The program frequently freezes when creating videos, crashes to the desktop when viewing videos that were made. I got into the habit of saving my project every 30 seconds because the program crashed and had to be restarted so often.

This frustration culminated in the creation of more coasters than DVDs.


4-0 out of 5 stars Better than some of the reviews
Recently purchased a Dell Dimension 3000 with a Celeron "D" 2.4 MHZ processor, 512M...ill advised, I know, but I didn't realize the mistake until the product had been delivered.Rather than scrap it and send it back to reorder, I thought at least give it a shot....I ordered a new computer specifically for video and editing.Then I ordered this product, Pinnacle Studio 9 AV/DV (from Servemart for $74 bucks + shipping), and was concerned with whether or not my system would be able to handle it.

After receiving the product, I had the PCI card and software installed within an hour...and later that evening, I had successfully transferred my video to DVD without any trouble...and I didn't even open the manual.

My primary purpose for buying this product was to create DVD versions of my home movies...all those tapes cause quite a clutter, and some of the older ones are slowly degrading.I did try some of the transitions, and other effects, and though I might use them in the future, I have yet to render a project using them.Rendering didn't take any longer than I expected...without the effects, I burned a high quality DVD in just under an hour.

My only complaint at this time is having to constantly "unlock" features by visiting the website...different features require a "key" to use..some are free, others are not. So, occasionally, you'll encounter a feature that's free, and you'll have to visit the website to get the key, which slows down your work, until you get the feature unlocked..seems that the original product key should've done that, but I suppose Pinnacle wanted you to visit their website, just to let you know it's there...

Overall, though, I'm very satisfied with the product...

****Update:Today I burned my first DVD using some of the additional features and transitions, and I experienced NO additional burn time for making DVD' 80 minute home movie, complete with transistions, titles and menus took approximately 50 minutes to burn with my system...though, I do recommend deleting all finished projects and defragmenting the harddrive before beginning a new project.

1-0 out of 5 stars Lots of Trouble with this One
After using this for a short time, the Dazzle capture device quit working.Customer service sent me a three page e-mail of things to do, including removing all USB software, registry editing, etc.Until they get the bugs out, I would avoid this like the plague. ... Read more

3. Pinnacle Systems 210100348 Pin Studio Moviebox Dv V9
by Pinnacle Systems
list price: $179.99
our price: $170.99
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Asin: B0001AUB08
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Pinnacle Systems
Sales Rank: 22010
Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Studio MovieBox DV Version 9 Video Editor ... Read more


  • Automated editing:Let SmartMovie edit your movie for you!
  • Audio and video restoration tools
  • Support for RTFx video plug-ins and VST audio plug-ins
  • Advanced Video Editing, Transitions and Effects

Reviews (7)

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money
Do your self a huge favor and do not buy this product.The tech support is awful, purchase a MAC or if you have a PC get the CANOPUS ADVC-100 it is much better and will work with Windows Movie maker.

2-0 out of 5 stars Okay, but buggy
Like all video editing equipment for your computer, you'll need a state of the art system. If not, expect to run any rendering overnight. The software is much slower than other programs out there for video editing. Also, make sure you've striped your tapes before EVERY record, or else the box will lock-up frequently. Once you've got everything in place, a systematic way to create your projects, and know how to overcome the poorly designed GUI, the box works great! Oh, and once you've got a stable version running, don't upgrade! This is a flawed product for a hefty price, but if you want to save your VHS tapes to DVD, it works (I've been using it for about six months now).

4-0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly happy
I bought this product hoping to edit my home movies and it was fairly easy and intuitive.I'm happy I got it and I'm sure I'll be using it a lot more to start editing my movies and burning them to dvd.

1-0 out of 5 stars Pinnacle Support?
Example of Pinnacle Customer Support,
Studio 8 worked fine, sluggish, but for my needs fine.
Upgraded to Studio 9
Does not work at all.
Customer support wait time 45-80 minutes.
Custom support once you actually get someone.

Pinnacle works great when it works great.As for customer support, I would gladly pay 10 times as much for a product that works AND customer service that is actually there.You'll love Pinnacle Products as long as it works great.But, when you need customer support, you're better off asking your dead great-great-grandmother.

Better Business Bureau have a 1-800 line?

1-0 out of 5 stars Customer Service
I have to agree with the first reviewer who had some significant problems with Pinnacle Customer Service. I have returned a unit to them because of faulty manufacture, and have heard nothing from the Company since. No new box, no repaired box, and no response to e-mails. The next stop is the Better Business Bureau.Suggest that anyone considering Pinnacle Systems hardware go to their online support forum and see all of the examples of poor support. I wish I had done that prior to purchase. ... Read more

4. ADS Technologies Pyro Digital Video 1394 Card
by ADS Technologies
list price: $149.00
our price: $47.49
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Asin: B00004Y2P4
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: ADS Technologies
Sales Rank: 28745
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Get all the speed that your computer was designed to deliver.External devices such as Printer ports and USB move at asnails pace compared to IEEE1394.

1394/FireWire lets youconnect up to 63 devices to your computer and operate atspeeds up to 400 Mb/sec, that’ s 50 MB of data per second!

With the PYRO card you have the POWER to connect 1394devices such as hard drives, CD-ROM drives, CD-RW, DVDand DVD Ram drives, printers, scanners, speakers, cameras,digital camcorders and get the MAXIMUM high speed bandwidththat your data intensive projects demand.

1394/FireWireis a truly Plug and Play technology, just plug in a device and itworks. No re-booting, no waiting. Connect, Transfer data anddisconnect.

It’ s High Speed data and its hot pluggable. It’ stime you Revd up your computer with the hottest external busconnection the personal computer has ever seen.

1394/FireWire is the external bus technology that professional video editors have been using for years to transfer footage from their DV camcorders to their PCs to produce broadcast quality videos. Now it’s your turn to play director. Use Pyro Digital Video 1394DV to spark your imagination and create your own home movies, video greeting cards, and video e-mail.

Digital In Digital Out
PYRO is a 100% digital interface card that links via a provided DV editing cable to a Digital camcorder. Digital signals are sent up and down the cable between PYRO card and the digital camcorder. You can record the video on your computer hard drive in real time while previewing it on your PC screen. 1394/FireWire technology even lets you control the camcorder via the computer software so you can play, fast forward, rewind, pause and record all with VCR type controls. Once you are finished editing your masterpiece you can save your video into numerous digital video formats or transmit back to your video camcorder. The
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  • Windows 98, 98SE, ME, and 2000 compatibility
  • 1394/FireWire card interfaces between your digital camcorder to your PC
  • Control the camcorder via the computer software with VCR-type controls
  • Capture Type-1 DV video in 720 x 480 resolution and 24-bit color
  • Includes Video Studio 5.0 software for recording motion video and snapshots, along with 100 professional transition effects and titles

Reviews (7)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great value, works perfectly
It's hard to believe this FireWire card is less than $50, and comes with PC Magazine's top-rated consumer video editor: Ulead VideoStudio.I've used a lot of video editors and it has the best combination of power and usability.

5-0 out of 5 stars great value....
For the price, i was pleasantly surprised at the quality of this little package. I have a relatively old computer - p3 500 w/ 192mb ram, and a 16mb voodoo3 video card - all on windows 98.
The card installation was a breeze, and the installed software was great. I had my first movie made in two days.
I've used this for a month now w/ no complaints. Highly recommend it.

3-0 out of 5 stars A Firewire card is not a video capture card!
To anyone who thinks that this card allows you to capture analog video from your VCR, DVD or TV, think again!This is simply a Firewire interface for your PC; it does not have analog inputs for audio/video and does not perform analog-to-digital (A/D) conversion.

2-0 out of 5 stars Software is useless, Card okay
The card installed and works fine. The software on the otherhand is useless. I mistakenly believed the reviews I read here and other places, including CNET and even the articles on ADS's site. I'm not sure what sort of editing these people are used to but NLE software should do far more than allow for single track sound editing and confine users to basic cutting tools with very little control of the video clips. Horrible, useless software package. I regret being cheap. Spend the money for a good Firewire card that comes with useful software, like Premiere.

4-0 out of 5 stars great card & software, but this one has older version
The card is great, works fine, and the bundled software is very good for this price... however, the current item for sale from amazon includes the OLDER version of Video Studio (4.0), which has some very key features missing vs. the current VS 5.0 (seamless >4G capturing, scene detection, etc.) I do not know of an upgrade path to 5.0 besides paying almost half the price of this package, to ULead.

I would give this 5 stars, if the release was current to what ADS Tech is shipping now.

MediaStudio Pro 6.0 is still current, but is older than VS 5.0 (even the full Pro, not SE version is missing some features vs Video Studio 5.0)

If you need the new features of VS 5.0, like I did, check carefully about which version comes bundled.

Otherwise, this card and the software bundle is great- if you want more software, eg a full version of Media Studio (6.0), and you need a 3D animation program, check out the ADS Pyro ProDV bundle, it includes Hash' Animation Master, and lots of others (spicemaster lite, borisFX, Cool3D, etc.) for an excellent price.

If you don't need the extra software pieces, this 1394DV bundle is still great (esp. if you get VS5.0 though.)

I have a PIII-800, windowsME, 256MB ram, and 40gb hd. Get LOTS of hd!!! ... Read more

by Pinnacle Systems

our price: $40.60
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Asin: B0000C4DW2
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Pinnacle Systems
Sales Rank: 67054
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Dazzle DV Clip Digital Video Editing Card, PCI ... Read more

Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars Easy to use.Easy to install.Problems with software.
This product is very easy to install and use.The software that comes with it is pretty much self explanatory.However, it is NOT a full version.It's another $30 or $50 to upgrade it.One of my video clip was too dark and I wanted to brighten it.Well, the version that came with the product didn't have this option.You can download a free 30 day trial of the full version though (if you can find it). ... Read more

6. Pinnacle Systems Studio AV/DV Deluxe 9
by Pinnacle Systems
list price: $199.99
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Asin: B0001AU6YE
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Pinnacle Systems
Sales Rank: 3897
Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Studio AV/DV Deluxe is the ultimate internal video editing solution. Capture andedit home movies on your PC using any consumer videotape format. The package includes; a professional breakout box for easily attaching analog or digital video sources, Pinnacle Studio v.9--the world's top-selling consumer software video editor--and Pinnacle Hollywood FX Plus, which provides hundreds of additional 2D and 3D transitions and video effects.Pinnacle Studio v.9 gives you every tool you need to easily capture video to your computer, edit it, add titles, music, narration and special effects and then output a finished movie back to videotape, DVD and the web.Introducing Pinnacle Studio version 9 The world's top-selling software video editor just got a whole world better! Get ready for Studio version 9, the next generation in consumer software video editors. Studio gives you every tool you need to easily capture video to your computer, edit it, add titles, music, narration and special effects and then output a finished movie back to videotape, DVD and the web.The easiest way to capture, edit and share your home movies The easiest way to capture, edit and share your home movies Drag-and-drop your captured video footage onto the editing timeline and assemblea movie in minutes. Take your production to the next level by adding voiceover narration, professional-caliber titles, and background music. Other features include the ability to; import CD, MP3 and WAV audio ... Read more


  • Pinnacle Studio and a PCI analog and digital video capture card
  • Professional-quality video breakout box for easy camcorder connection
  • SmartMovie automated video editing and integrated Video CD and DVD creation
  • Add titles, transitions, sound effects, and background music
  • Add powerful one-touch video and audio restoration tools

Reviews (9)

1-0 out of 5 stars Avoid Studio 9 at all Costs!
I bought a Dazzle 150 analog video capture device and it came with Pinnacle Studio 9.3 SE. Capturing from the device was a breeze. I didn't encounter any problems and the quality was quite good. Things started to look pretty bad when I started editing, however. At first, by adding a few existing MPEG-1 files to my storyboard, I was able to produce somewhat of a movie and with transitions in between. However, once I got to about 20 clips, my system started getting bogged down performance wise. Anything I did in Studio 9 took about 5 minutes to accomplish - and I mean anything! From a keystroke to a mouse click, every single input action I gave Studio 9 took forever to complete. What was Studio 9 doing? Who knows! I did some research on the Internet and found a suggestion someone made regarding turning off background rendering, so I did. I still had the same problem. Everything I did took forever for Studio 9 to process. It's not like I told it to make the movie, I was simply doing things like inserting transitions, moving a clip from one position in the storyboard to another, and simply clicking on an existing storyboard clip. After about the 25th video clip, Studio 9 now took about 30 minutes to do any little thing. It's not like I have an old, slow system either. I have a P4 3.0GHz hyperthreaded, 1GB DDR400 RAM, 120GB SATA HD, ATI Radeon 128MBvideo card, Windows XP Professional system! Now that's pretty fast! There should be no reason for Studio 9 to have to take 30 minutes to do something in response to a simple mouse click on an existing storyboard video clip!

So, in an effort to resolve this issue, I decided to go to Pinnacle's website and see if there were any patches available for download. There was: version 9.3.5. So, I downloaded it and installed it. Now, the program wouldn't start! It gave me a 'DLLMain entry point' error! Can you believe that? The patch made things worse! After reading some FAQs at Pinnacle's site regarding this issue, I did what they told me to do: 1) uninstall Studio 9, 2) remove the entire application directory from disk, 3) remove anything running from the background in memory (such as antivirus programs, anti-spyware, unnecessary services, etc.), 4) re-install Studio 9, and then 5) re-apply the patch. After going through steps 1 through 4, I was able to get the unpatched version of Studio 9 running. However, after installing the patch once again, I got the same 'DLLMain entry point' error! I still could not start Studio 9.3.5! I should've left it unpatched. At least it would've worked period!

So, I decided to reformat my entire hard drive, re-install Windows XP and then re-install Studio 9. I planned on only having Windows XP and Studio 9 on my system. After installing both Windows XP and Studio 9 on my system, I had a working version of Studio 9 running. So, I decided to try out, once more, the patch. This time the patch worked! I had to completely re-install my operating system in order to get this patch to work with my OS! What a nightmare! So, I created my project again from scratch. I added some video clips and some transitions. After about the 20th video clip, which are each only about 5 minutes in length, Studio 9 started to creep. It started getting slower and slower! After about the 25th video clip added to my storyboard, I decided to give up! This is not worth the time and frustration! I took my Dazzle 150 and Studio 9 package back to the store for a FULL refund (after carefully re-packaging the box like it was new)!

I will NEVER buy another Pinnacle product again! Their software is completely useless, poorly developed and obviously poorly tested. Instead, I bought a firewire card and converter and Intervideo's WinDVD Creator and ULead's VideoStudio software. Both ran just fine on my system. I didn't experience ANY slowness (unless of course it was time to make the movie) during my editing phase of using both programs, adding video clips to the storyboard didn't take 30 minutes to complete and simply clicking and keyboard actions didn't take 15 minutes to accomplish! These are really good programs that are fast, have great quality and WORK! Pinnacle's Studio 9 is the worst software I've ever encountered!

You've been warned - DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT! Note: the Dazzle 150 device itself was great, it was Studio 9 that was the problem. Oh yeah, another point, the Dazzle 150 can only be used with Pinnacle software - you can't use it with other video editing software such as WinDVD and VideoStudio!

1-0 out of 5 stars Horrible program
This may make wonderful videos but the problem is getting it installed so that it acutally works!If you just install it like any other program, it freezes up your computer.Then you write to support and they make you jump through hoops-uninstalling/installing, taking out your sound card, reinstalling the drivers for both your sound and video cards even though they work just fine.I got a list of 10 things to do just to make this program work.If you don't respond within 48 hours, you have to start the entire help process all over again and it takes at least that long or longer to do all the things they suggest if you have a normal life with other things to do.I have still not been able to make mine work so I am now looking for a new program.Any suggestions?

1-0 out of 5 stars No Audio, Poor Audio Sync
I returned this program after countless hours trying to copy VHS tapes to DVD.

I burned 4 coasters with no audio, video was fine.I spent hours on the phone with tech support and was given a different fix each time to try.When I finally figured out that when bringing up the volume control menu and selecting Properties then "Recording" I was able to burn the DVD with sound however the sync with the lip movement was terrible.I again attempted to copy a musical I created, the lip sync was even worse.

After purchasing a book by Jan Ozer and trying to figure out how to correct the Audio Sync, I still lost the battle and returned the product to Best Buy for refund.

Anyone buying this program is asking for a lot of headaches.

3-0 out of 5 stars Pinnacle misleads purchasers
I purchase the Pinnacle Studio Av/Dv Deluxe version 9 video editing software. The package States that it includes 288 unique 2d and 3d transitions. The web site says " The package includes a professional breakout box, hundreds of additional 2D and 3D transitions and the full version of Pinnacle Studio v.9, the most powerful software video editor in its class" and the owners manual says it comes with the transitions. But I found out you must pay as much as $500.00 extra to unlock them. I found on their web sites frequently asked questions that this had been brought to their attention months ago and they have made no effort to change the web site or packaging to clarify that it may come with the 288 transitions but you can't use them without paying more. Most companies would put an * next to the description and explain that they are not usable without paying a fee. This is the most blatant false advertising I have ever seen. The reason some people can't make it work is if you use one of the locked transitions without paying the fee it won't burn the DVD. I didn't see that you had to pay extra and it will let you put them in but wont burn. No warning comes up or anything to inform you it wont work without paying extra. I have had no problems other then the false advertising it works good and mine is very fast to render and burn.

1-0 out of 5 stars Locks upoften
I bought this with out doing much research and went with the sales persons recommendation.WRONG move.Studio 9 deluxe has been nothing but trouble for me.I got it to capture from my mini DV camcorder just fine and I started to edit the footage and was finding it easy and simple.I started connecting segments together and then began to adjust the length of the segments.At this point it started to lock up often, like about every other segment drop.After working with it for about 8hrs total I had my 25 min film clipped together.I then started to add wipes and then, about 5 clips into the 25 min film, it locked up on me and I had to back out.Now, every time I go back into it to add more wipes, the display locks up and will not show me the final product.I AM RETURNING THIS PRODUCT ASAP.Pinnacle has released 2 updates to this 9.0.0 version (the 9.0.0 version ships with the product)but, at this point, I dont want to even try the updates.The other reviews on this site listed above me tell the story.I think Pinnacle should stay in the Professional business.Count me out on this home version.I am looking hard at Pyro Professional from Abode.Its twice the money but I bet it will be half the headache.God Bless you in you decision ><> ... Read more

7. Advanced Digital Video Convert
by Canopus
list price: $299.99
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Asin: B00007L68E
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Canopus
Sales Rank: 26030
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Convert your S-VHS, Hi8 and 8mm analog tapes to DV in one simple step using the ADVC-100. The converted DV streams are transferred to your PC or Mac via IEEE 1394 (i.Link, FireWire) and stored on your hard drive where they can be manipulated using your favorite photo or video editing applications. This device is ideal for all OHCI and DV-only capture cards for Macintosh or PC. ... Read more


  • Analog output of NTSC color bars for reference signal
  • Convert your S-VHS, Hi8 and 8mm analog tapes to DV in one simple step
  • Converted files transferred by FireWire
  • Locked audio support
  • Custom hardware Codec chip

Reviews (15)

5-0 out of 5 stars The only reliable external video capture device.Period.
I did some research into external video capture devices, and everything seemed to point to the Canopus.I wasn't disappointed - it does an excellent job of capturing video, even on a 2-year old laptop.

I have used it to capture about 4 hours of video tapes for transfer to DVDs.The video and audio quality was true to the originals, and I never had audio/video sync problems that apparently are common with non-Canopus equipment.I captured video in MPEG-2 format using the capture feature of Roxio Easy Media Creator 7 / Video Wave.(Software side-bar: FYI, I found all Roxio's other video editing tools to be overly simplistic and not suited to my needs.But the video capture was great - it's the only capture I found that directly encodes video in real-time to the space-saving MPEG-2 format.After capturing the video, Sony Vegas and Sony DVD Architect were the best tools for my needs of editing video/audio, and burning to DVD).

All the more impressive is that the Canopus worked on my relatively old laptop system.I don't remember the recommended specs exactly, but I think I was borderline: 1.5 mhz Pentium 4 laptop with 512 mb of RAM running on Windows XP.

While the Canopus performed its core video capture function perfectly, it does have some minor issues with user-friendliness - but really, these aren't very important in the big picture.Stickers warn you to shut the Canopus and your computer down before connecting to or disconnecting it from your computer.Changing the device's settings, which I did once at set-up, involves small switches on the hardware itself.And the device is recognized by my computer as a digital video camera.But if it's the only external hardware that consistently does a great job of video capture - who cares about minor issues like these?

The wrap-up: Amazon should do us all a favor: get rid of all the other, less reliable external video capture devices and only sell the Canopus.It's tempting to get less expensive equipment, but there seems to be only a small chance it'll actually do the job.The Canopus is really the only option to consider if you are looking for an external video capture device that works reliably.

5-0 out of 5 stars Right Choice for More Functions
After extensively reviewing all of the products available for analog/digital conversion, my reading assessment quickly determined that Canopus is the clear choice.

There are numerous reviews which provide the basic information on this product.Here are a few details which are less obvious in the specs and reviews.

It is a great product.I also looked very seriously at the ADVC 1394 which is a card rather than an external box.It is a little less expensive but does not provide as many input options.Specifically, there is not an ability to do stereo analog input on the 1394 card using RCA connections.The ADVC 100 is more flexible and provides a wide range of inputs and outputs.The web site is very helpful for reviewing product specs.

I had fantastic results right out of the box - which frankly suprised me, I expected to have to do at least some amount of fiddeling around with it to get it to work.The setting of the dip switches is not dificult, despite the comments of other also has a number of helpful reviews.

4-0 out of 5 stars Works well, but not hot-pluggable.
The product has a warning sticker, "When you connect or remove the DV [Firewire] cable, please make sure the power of both PC and this product are off. This product will be damaged because of a voltage surge." I consider this unacceptable. A major feature of Firewire is its ability to connect and disconnect things without rebooting. I did in fact connect it without turning off my computer and nothing bad happened, but I suppose they could refuse to honor the warranty if it blew up.

Otherwise, it's totally simple to use and produces good DV video with good audio sync.

5-0 out of 5 stars Plug And Play, Serious!!
I must say this product is exactly as it says.I simply took it out of the package(Which I recieved in less than 24 hours with free shipping from and plugged in the cables and went with it.It connected to Movie Maker 2 and I was off.
I definitely recomend this to ayone looking to put old vhs movies onto DVD's for safe storage.

5-0 out of 5 stars Foolproof, worked perfectly on first try
Why I needed this:

I wanted to convert a bunch of my old tapes into DVDs, but when I read the reviews of those products, I was scared off by reports of myriad problems and glitches. The good reviews for the Canopus encouraged me to try it and I was not disappointed!

How it works:

The Canopus plugs into your PC's 1394 (Firewire) port (if your PC doesn't have one, you can get an add-on card for about $30).

The Canopus has no software. You just plug in a few cables and turn it on. When I did that, Windows XP saw it, offered to start Windows Movie maker to do the capture, and within about 2 minutes I had captured my first movie (with perfectly synched audio).

The only oddity I noticed was that I didn't hear audio during the capture preview, even though the audio was perfectly captured when I played back.

How it compares:

The Canopus is closer to a video capture card than a full blown 'Make your videos into DVDs' product like Dazzle or DVD Express, because the Canopus doesn't include any software.

But because the Canopus is a 1394/Firewire device, it's compatible with lots of video software. For example, on my Windows XP system, I already had 3 software packages I could use with the Canopus:
- Windows Movie Maker (came with XP)
- DV Plus 2.0 (came with my 1394 card)
- Nero (came with my DVD burner)

By the way, even though the Canopus is similar to a video capture card, it's better -- compared to my ATI TV-wonder, the Canopus has these advantages: it digitizes audio as well as video (so you don't have to hook up extra audio cables and worry about synch), it doesn't care what resolution my screen is set to, it's higher quality, and there's no fiddly driver software.

Bottom line:

If you don't mind doing a little mixing and matching of components and software, the Canopus will let you put together a reliable and flexible video editing system that will probably work better than any of the 'all-in-one' products out there so far. ... Read more

8. Pinnacle Studio MovieBox Deluxe version 9 ( 210100364 ) Digital Video Editor and Movie Making System
by Pinnacle Systems
list price: $249.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00028CBCU
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Pinnacle Systems
Sales Rank: 44147
Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Studio MovieBox Deluxe is the best-of-class external solution from Pinnacle and makes the most of a Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port to connect almost any digital or analogue video source such as camcorder, VCR, web cam, or TV to your PC. You can then edit those videos using the powerful and creative functionality of Studio v.9, complemented by HollywoodFX Plus which provides a collection of additional filters and transitions. The integrated CD/DVD authoring program provides customizable menus, navigation and one-touch burning functionality making disk creation easier than ever - or you can choose to export them back to any media including VHS tapes, DV tapes, etc. ... Read more


  • Home Cinema support - Capture, edit and output 16 x 9 widescreen video, and create surround sound soundtracks
  • Automated editing - Let SmartMovie edit your movie for you
  • Fix poorly shot footage using Studio's new cleaning and restoration tools
  • Audio Filters - Apply professional-level effects such as Reverb, Graphic EQ and normalize
  • Image Filters - Create exciting video effects, such as Old Time Movie, Ripples, Lens Flares and more

Reviews (5)

1-0 out of 5 stars Save your money - Terrible and a waste of time
This system sounded like the perfect system ... NOT the case! After many hours of frustration and work with this I was able to produce 1 short 13 min. dvd which still has skips and music not lining up not to mention other problems.While using the program it kept crashing mid project and shutting down, regardless if the material was saved it would not open up correctly each time.I have new computer so the problem was not that.My head hurts and now I am exausted-I am returning this tomorrow ... what a disapointment.

1-0 out of 5 stars fuzzy pinnacle
I purchased this system for transferring Laser Disks and tapes to dvd.I found the system easy to use, and well enginerred BUT, the results are awful.The picture on a 65" TV is extremely poor.I compared this with a dvd copying program, and even a 2 hour 15 minute copy is far superior to a pinnacle 1 hour copy from a laser disk.I used "Death on the Nile" as mysources, laser, dvd, and VHS versions.An hour long burn was awful.Also it takes forever to burn a 1 hour dvd, about 9 hours, on a 2G P4 Dell Computer.Look for another system.I find it impossible to get any help from Pinnacle.

1-0 out of 5 stars BuyPinnacleandprepareforhoursoffrustration !
Would you like a sharp stick in your eye?Would you like a bowling ball dropped on your foot?If so, buy Pinnacle today.Your experience with the stick and bowling ball will be similar to your Pinnacle experience.It will prove to be the most troublesome and frustrating time you have ever spent on a computer.You should save your money and look into another product that actually works.My MovieBox has now become a $200 paperweight.

I bought this program 2 months ago and created the movie material using the MovieBox with relative ease after some trial and error, all of which I expected.Creating the movie was not bad at all.However, for the past 4 weeks, I have been going 'round and 'round with Pinnacle's grossly sub-par "Tech Support" because I have still not been able to burn my completed movie onto a DVD.The Information Technology guys at my office also had no answers.You would think burning the completed project to DVD would be the easy part, wouldn't you?

When I try to burn to DVD, my software shuts down due to insufficient memory if it opens up in the first place.I have a brand new Hewlett-Packard ZT3000 laptop with 60G memory and 512 RAM so I am using a good system.I was told I should upgrade my RAM, which I did.I DOUBLED my RAM to 1G at a cost of $300.It was then suggested by Tech Support that I burn Pinnacle to a hard-drive other than the one where Windows was saved.I bought an external hard-drive for a price of $150.I have also bought a program which shuts down all of my running programs because Pinnacle is extremely sensitive to running programs which I understand because this program is a "memory hog."

Basically I have done everything I can think of and am right back where I started.Oh yea, I am right back where I started although, when you factor in my expenses on Pinnacle and the upgrades that I thought would help Pinnacle work better along with the wasted DVDs that never burned correctly, I am about $700 lighter in the wallet.Thanks, Pinnacle - for your horrendous "Tech Support" and for software that crashes on a 60G computer with 1G of RAM due to "insufficient memory."Maybe I should upgrade to 2G of RAM.That should be only a few more hundred bucks.Why is 1G not enough RAM?

Also, when Pinnacle does open correctly, it is extremely slow and will often crash for reasons not related to insufficient memory.As another Pinnacle consumer stated, don't expect much help from Customer Support - you will not get it.You get one free call to them (which is not helpful) and you will pay for all subsequent calls to them.They have a system whereby you can email your questions to them.When they do get around to responding (often they do not respond at all), their answers are simply copied and pasted from their website.Why bother?Just go to the website and keep your fingers crossed that your question is there - most of my questions were not listed so I had no help at all for those questions.On a scale of 1 to 10, I would give them a 0.5 for Customer Support and a 1.0 for functionality of their product.So add those up and divide by 2 and I would give Pinnacle a solid 0.75 out of 10 ...

4-0 out of 5 stars Nice entry level video editor
This is my 3rd Video editor. Upgrade from S8.Saw very little difference between S8 and S9. This program is super easy to use.
No learning curve. You can turn out some awesome movies.There are a few limitations that you can work around, especially the limited number of sound tracks.It's easy to import your own .wav file and jpg pics for the background. The movie box is awesome !! It's the strongest part of the whole package.You can do a lot with it. Getting it registered was a pain. Their technical support is the worst that I have ever encountered. Almost non existent. This item would have gotten 5 stars if they had any decent technical support. They have a high power online forum which is awesome: (...)

Overall, I am pleased with this system.For the price, you are getting a good deal.I plan on moving up to the Pinnacle Liquid edition later. Thanks !Bob :-)

3-0 out of 5 stars Not bad....
So far this product has worked out very well for me on my laptop computer.Movie capture for DVD has been fast with no problems in audio going out of sync with Video as was common in Studio 8.Capturing direct to MPEG format for DVD has been a dream and allows me to have HOURS of video captures prior to making a movie.

Pinnacle Studio 9 and the Hollywood F/X programs come with the package.Studio 9 has no real new suprises in it (other than the direct MPEG capture).I've run into a couple of UI-related bugs, that are fairly easy to work around.

One thing to note is how incredibly TOUGH the Moviebox is.Made in Germany out of a cast aluminum shell and VERY high impact plastic, I'm pretty sure even the "pro-sumer" types would be impressed.

Pinnacle's support, however, is terrible.Hopefully you won't have too many questions about the product - if you do, don't expect answers from Pinnacle support - you won't get them.That's part of the reason for the 3-star rating.

If you're looking at the low-end Dazzle products from Pinnacle - don't bother - they're garbage.The Studio products are really the only ones to bother with.And if you have a notebook PC then *this* product really shines. ... Read more

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