Canopus Corp., the folks who make digital video editing systems, has introduced the ADVC-100, a media converter that converts S-VHS, Hi8 or 8mm analog tapes into digital video. The converted DV streams can then be transferred to Mac or Windows systems via FireWire.
From there you can edit them with tools such as iMovie and Final Cut Pro. The ADVC-100 features Canopus’s DV codec technology, which is also found in Avid’s Xpress DV software and the full line of Canopus DV capture cards. On the audio front, the ADVC-100 is “the first inexpensive DV converter that supports locked audio when converting from analog to digital, assuring perfect audio and video synchronization,” Robert Sharp, vice president of marketing at Canopus, said. For greater convenience, the ADVC-100 provides a 4-pin DV jack on the front panel, a 6-pin FireWire jack on back and analog input connectors on both front and back, he added.
“The ADVC-100 addresses the issues, major and minor, that other converters neglect, such as video quality, audio/video synchronization and convenient connections,” Sharp said in a statement. “Other converters can lose audio/video synchronization when converting from analog to DV on long clips. Our locked audio feature combined with the Canopus DV codec, delivers the highest-quality video and audio output — with perfect synchronization. Add the convenience of both front and back panel connections and an affordable price, and the ADVC-100 is the perfect choice for video editors.”
The ADVC-100 will be available in December at a suggested retail price of US$299.