Canopus ADVC-100 on a ibook G4 (May 2005)

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Bible John, Apr 17, 2006.

  1. Bible John

    Bible John Guest

    Someone here recomended that I buy this for use with my JVC SXM250U to play
    and converttapes on my ibook G4 (May 2005) or whatever the model was. Its a
    VHS-C camcorder. The video is okay, and many, many, many times superior
    than thedigital video that any digital still camera I have used, and this
    would include the Sony Mavica (which seems to be near the top of the still
    camera market). But then again these are video groups, and not still picture
    groups. I'm sure those in the photo group can tell me if the ifnormation I
    am giving is incorrect.

    I did some price checking on ebay among other places, and I see that this
    converter will cost almost as much as a low end digiral camcorder, am I

    Will a low end match the features of my JVC SXM250U model? This one is
    nice,and I especially like the backlight.


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    Bible John, Apr 17, 2006
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  2. The ADVC-100 has been replaced by the ADVC-110.
    They are both great products that don't care whether they
    are talking to a PC or a Mac. It also doesn't care whether
    the source is VHS, S-VHS, VHS-C, 8mm, 3/4U, Betamax,
    or any other analog format.
    Nobody seriously expects still cameras to produce "video".
    Nobody seriously expects video cameras to produce "stills".
    The requirements are VERY different, and the market for
    a gadget that does both well appears to be nonextant, perhaps
    because it would cost way too much to be atractive.
    I have what was at one time the top-of-the-line Mavica,
    but I would never dream of trying to use it for "video".
    Hard to compare your JVC against a ??????.

    OTOH, guaranteed that the cheapest mini-DV camera
    will *record* better than the very best VHS machine
    ever made. Whether a given mini-DV camcorder has a
    better *camera* section can only be determined on a
    case-by-case basis. There are lots of online resources
    that review the imaging capabilities of camcorders.

    If I were a betting man, I'd wager that you can likely
    find an inexpensive mini-DV camcorder at least the
    equal of your JVC VHS-C unit.

    Richard Crowley in
    Richard Crowley, Apr 17, 2006
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    Mardon Guest

    I agree with what Richard Crowley has told you.

    I own a ADVC-300 and it does a fantastic job of what it is designed
    to do; convert analogue video to digital. If you aren't interested
    in converting a lot of old tapes and merely want to capture good
    video, then buy a miniDV video camera. You can get one for the same
    price as an ADVC-300 and it will do a far better job than your
    current VHS-C recorder. Forget tryging to capture good video with a
    camera designed to take still pictures.
    Mardon, Apr 18, 2006
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    irwell Guest

    There is also another model called Datadac DAC-100 made by
    datavideo, less money and does the same conversions .
    Have had mine for over 3 years and ism working great.
    irwell, Apr 18, 2006
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    LuvMacs Guest

    I use Plextor's ConvertX box with my TiBook G4 and I love it.

    Hook it up to my VCR, DVD or Tivo and record away.

    It also has it's own Tivo-like feature to program and record shows but I
    myself have not used this feature.

    I mostly purchased it so I could record footage of old family movies
    from VHS into computer then burn onto DVDs.
    LuvMacs, Apr 29, 2006
  6. Nice.

    F-U set to
    John McWilliams, May 2, 2006
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    J. Clarke Guest

    A decent miniDV camcorder can also do conversions quite well.

    Note "decent"--go with a Sony, Panasonic, or JVC--avoid Samsung and the like
    unless you get a chance to give it a thorough wringing out before buying.
    J. Clarke, May 12, 2006
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