The Mac compatible ADVC-100 — a media converter that converts S-VHS, Hi8, or 8mm analog tapes to DV (digital video) in one step — is now available from
The converted DV streams can be transferred to Mac or Windows-based computer systems via FireWire and stored on the hard drive where you can manipulate them using photo or video editing software such as iMovie and Final Cut Pro. The ADVC-100 features Canopus’s DV codec technology, which is 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 (at US $299) DV converter that supports locked audio when converting from analog to digital, assuring perfect audio and video synchronization, according to Robert Sharp, vice president of marketing at Canopus. It packs 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.