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analog-digital passthrough with sony vegas studio

by bobtbentley / April 11, 2006 7:28 AM PDT

I'm capturing old Hi8 tapes to computer via analog-digital passthrough using a Canon Elura 100. I have a trial version of Sony Vegas Studio but it doesn't allow me to capture video with my setup. I have a Sony Hi8 HandyCam with the old tape inserted hooked up to my Elura 100 (with no tape) which is hooked up via firewire to the computer. When I go to capture it prompts me to insert a dv tape in the Elura. If I insert a tape it just tries to capture what is on the dv tape. If I don't insert a dv tape the sound comes through to the computer from the Hi8 tape but no video registers. The capture button is grayed out preventing me from capturing anything. I've heard good things about Sony Vegas but analog-digital conversion is essential. What do you think?

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I've done this with Vegas 5 and I suspect 6 will do it, but
by Kiddpeat / April 11, 2006 9:22 AM PDT

haven't tried it yet. I don't have time to look at it right now, but will try to do it this week if no one else responds before then.

I can't vouch for the Studio version.

In the meantime, can you see the video on the Elura's LCD when the Hi8 is playing? The Elura CANNOT have a tape in it for this to work. It certainly involves a Vegas option to start capturing from the tape's current position. That is, it should not be telling the camera to rewind.

Another thought is that I've got an old Sony that I use for this. It may not tell Vegas as much about its status.

As I said, I'll try to play with this in the next few days.

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And my favorite toy is WINDV.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 11, 2006 9:40 AM PDT

Let WINDV have a go at this.


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by bobtbentley / April 11, 2006 12:31 PM PDT

I'll give windv a try. I was looking for an editing program that would do everything--capture, edit, burn. Right now I'm only interested in capturing and burning, but I know I'll eventually want to get into editing and making cool home movies. I heard Sony Vegas was a great program and could grow as the user grows.

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Once you get capture done, you can use it in Vegas.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 11, 2006 1:57 PM PDT
In reply to: OK

Just like any task, sometimes you have to break it down into steps...


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by bobtbentley / April 12, 2006 4:35 AM PDT

Thanks--used WinDV and captured 2 hours of video with no problem. I'm in the process of burning a dvd. This is taking FOREVER. Does the time to burn a dvd depend on the speed of the dvd burner or does the burning software have anything to do with it? I'm not doing any editing or creating menus, just burning what I captured.

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It's the conversion time on most machines.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 12, 2006 5:09 AM PDT
In reply to: WinDV

The capture is in your choice of compression. I've learned to use no or very light compression during capture (others may offer more about this) and to compress 2 hours of video on my work machine takes about 2 hours including burning the DVD. The work machine is a desktop Athlon 64, 2.0 GHz with 1G RAM.


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