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help with my Capture/editing acceleration card shortlist
on Sep 12, 2006 at 6:32:59 pm


I am looking to buy a Capture/editing acceleration card for my system and would like to get some advice/ thoughts on my shortlist of cards.

This is what I would like the card to enable me to do.
1. capture analogue and DV footage through Premiere if possible.
2. to output realtime while editing to a tv monitor -I already have dual PC monitor set-up with my graphics card
3. hardware acceleration for premiere editing

These are the 3 on my shortlist

Canopus AceDVIO

Pinnacle 700 PCI

Snazzi DV.AVIO Pro

Also on my list was the Turtle Beach Video Advantage PCI card but I havent found anywhere to buy this product in the UK.

This is my system
Dell Dimension 9100
Pentium 4 3Ghz PC
1 gig ram
Ati Radeon X1800GTO graphics card
I currently have no Firewire ports
I have Premiere Pro v7.0 (is this also referred to as Premier Pro 1?)

The Canopus AceDVIO looks to be the best quality but will it work with my version of Premiere Pro?

The Pinnacle 700 PCI would seem by my research not to be compatible with PP is this the case?
I am still considering this card because Pinnacle has seems to have good support and I am thinking that I could use Pinacle studio for capturing and PP for the editing is this a good idea?
BTW I am also told by their support that there is a software upgrade that allows Mpeg2 HD capturing -can this be true?

The Snazzi DV.AVIO Pro this comes with premier pro plug ins that allow you to a) capture analogue and DV in premiere b) allows you to out put PP timeline contents to a TV monitor in realtime
overall this seems like the best deal to me my worry is their customer support -i have sent them a couple of emails and had no reply...
Has anyone had any experience using this? is it any good? will it work with my version of PP and system set up?

Lots of questions.
Thanks for reading and I would be really interested to know what people think. Any comments suggestions experiences or thoughts would be really appreciated.

Cheers Roger

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Pinnacle - RUN don't walk
on Oct 10, 2006 at 12:15:50 am

Stay away from the Pinnacle 700-PCI.

See my post of a few minutes ago. If you decide you want horribly out of sync audio then I'll sell you mine but my advice would be to strike anything from Pinnacle from your list.

Also Pinnacle stuff isn't compatible with Premier Pro or Final Cut Pro. You have to use their tack software.


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