Canopus Corp. said that it’s poised to deliver the ADVC-500 this month. The ADVC-500 is an analog to DV conversion device aimed squarely at video professionals who need to use such hardware in broadcast, post-production and presentation environments.
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Compatible with Macs and Windows PCs, the ADVC-500 is a 19 inch breakout box that occupies 1U of space in an equipment rack. The ADVC-500’s backplane includes component video, composite, S-Video and balanced and unbalanced audio input and output connections. It also features 4 and 6 pin FireWire jacks for connecting to computers or DV-equipped devices like DV camcorders.
The front panel includes mode switch, input line and input audio select, analog input level adjustment dials and peak audio meters. The ADVC-500 sports Canopus’ own home-grown DV codec technology, the same that’s used in the company’s video capture cards. It also supports locked audio when converting from analog to digital, to help prevent sync problems.
Canopus expects to ship the ADVC-500 in mid February. It carries a suggested retail price of US$1,499.