As zillion others, I want to buy a capture device, and
my choice list is: ADVC-100, ADVC-300, DAC-100.
I collected some differences between them and I have
1- Is the locked-audio feature of ADVC (100 and 300),
really needed ? Basically I will capture VHS and SVHS
(they are very old, ~ 14 years old) of 2h lenghty nearly.
Sometimes, I need to capture from cable TV.
2- Differences between ADVC-100 and ADVC-300. About the
'undocumented feature' of the ADVC-100, capable to capture
macrovision tapes. I read on Canopus and others forums,
the ADVC-300 is not capable of doing that (macrovision
capture), even holding the silver button. But I don't have
any macrovision tape, so this is not a issue for me. So,
is the filtering capabilities of ADVC-300 awesome ? I
mean, really worths the penny of ~250 (diff between
ADVC-100 and ADVC-300) ? By the filtering capabilities, I
can say: advanced 3D Y/C separation, Digital 3D noise
reduction and Line Time Base Correction (LTBC), Digital
Auto Gain Control (AGC).
3- Is the TBC of ADVC-300 comparable to a dedicated TBC
device (like DataVideo TBC-1000) ? Can you point some
other ? What conditions are need to use a dedicated TBC
device ? A TBC device (like TBC-1000), has filtering
features as described in ADVC-300 ?
4- In which condition do you recomend a ADVC-300 over
ADVC-100 ? ADVC-100 over DAC-100 ? DAC-100 over ADVC-100 ?
I have found that dubbing from a good SVHS player (preferably with a built in TBC) int0 a DV camera or VCR (using the S-video connection) works perfectly well and then you can batch capture in the normal way selecting the scenes you need. When editing you can usually correct any bad frames. Of course all this assumes that you are now working with a DV.