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rookie
capturing from j-30/sdi
on Nov 20, 2010 at 11:09:18 pm

Hello all!

First of all, i'd like to say that i'm a rookie, so please try to be patient Very Happy

I want to capture video from j-30/sdi deck and i have some questions.

The system is:

-OS is vista home
-4GB ram
-2TB 7200rpm hard drive
-Quadro FX 3800 graphics card
-Software is Adobe Premiere Pro CS4

I'll capture from DigiBeta... Video format is MPEG2 and the bit rate should be at least 25mbps. Captured videos will be broadcasted.

So... My questions are as follows:

1- Should I use a capture card or a firewire card? And which card should I buy?

2- What would be the best connection? SDI Super? Composite? Firewire (DV)? S Video?

Thank you,

R


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John Q
Re: capturing from j-30/sdi
on Nov 21, 2010 at 6:17:22 am

Since this deck will digitize analog tapes or capture digital tapes directly for you, the best connection is the firewire (IEEE-1394) port. Premiere Pro should be able to capture directly from this port. Almost any firewire port, including the one built into most motherboards, should work fine, as it only has to transfer the digital data from the deck to the computer.


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rookie
hmm
on Nov 21, 2010 at 12:06:32 pm

Hello,

Thank you for your reply... People say I should buy Quadro SDI Capture Cards or such, which will cost literally thousands of dollars.

So, if almost any firewire card would work fine, what would be the difference? The picture quality? Why would people go and buy those capture cards instead of buying a firewire card for like 10 dollars?

What about this card: http://www.sanalmarketim.com/_prod/_img/m/2e778b260c_SNAZZI_DV-AVIO.jpg

This capture card has a DV port...

I'm pretty sure this was a stupid question but I'm a rookie, you know.

Thank you once again,

R


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John Q
Re: capturing from j-30/sdi
on Nov 24, 2010 at 5:27:16 am

The only reason to buy a capture card is to convert analog video into digital. Your digital Beta tapes are already digital. You just need to transfer that "data" to your computer. Your tape deck already does that for you. All you need is a regular IEEE-1394 port and a cable to transfer that digital video to the computer.

You could output an analog video signal into a fancy capture card, but that would be a degraded version of the original. You'd be converting from digital to analog and back to digital. The best quality is the original digital.

I still have a computer with an RT.X100 card, which I used to capture VHS and Beta analog video. Since I've upgraded to HDV, I haven't had much use for it.

A future upgrade you should consider is upgrading to CS5 running on 64-bit Windows 7, which will take advantage of your Quadro FX3800 card with its Mercury Playback Engine, speeding up timeline playback and rendering.


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