posted this on April 30, 2010, 1:33 PM
This is a great DV camera for use with a tripod. It is low-cost (under $300) and supports SD video out, Mic Input, 37x optical zoom, SDHC flash memory (up to 32GB), and is tripod capable.
We have Canon FS100's and 200's and I haven't been able to get the Panopto Recorder to recognize these. Does this work for you? What's the catch?
The FS200 (I have one at home) doesn't have firewire output. You would need to take the AV out port and then get a converter. We like the Canopus devices but there are slew of them on the market.
Thanks Dave, I'll look into this. Very helpful!
On second thought, it's costs almost as much as the camera! Is this type of adapter the only way to use non Mini-DV camera's with the Panopto recorder?
Not at all. See the below page.
Dave, she won't need a converter. We use this cheap USB capture card to accomodate the FS series cameras or really any camera that supports S-VID/Composite out:
Cheap $30 usb stick works flawlessly at 30 FPS. The Panopto recorder will see the device as the USB capture stick and pull it in that way.
The model # is: USB-AVCPT
Steve, if this really works that's awesome!!! Thanks for the info. I have a similar device from Roxio that we go to capture input to the computer from an old DVD/VHS deck. I'm going to try that with my FS200 and see if it will work. Looks like it has all the same input/output ports. What did you use to come out of the camera's AV port to the RCA/S-video outlets on this device? I have a 1/8 inch to RCA/S-video but Panopto isn't recognizing it. More details please?
You bet. When you use the usb capture card I mentioned above it basically makes anything you connect to it (composite/svideo) hardware agnostic. Panopto will only see the usb capture card and won't care about what device is connected to it. The only thing you have to verify is your video output going to the usb capture card.
For your FS200, here is how I connect our camera. You will first need to verify you have "AV Out" specified via your FS200 menu then connect as follows in the pictures.
Let me know if you run into any snags.
I had it right!!! Only thing different was I also connected the audio RCA jacks. But i still don't see what I'm pointing the FS200 at and in the Panopto Recorder (I'm on a Mac) it doesn't show up as a video input. I know this has to be something silly I've missed but I don't know what it could be. I am using a similar device from Roxio with the exact same input's/outputs and I know it works with other devices. Any other suggestions? Thanks!!!
What specific model device are you using from Roxio? Also, if you have some images that would help too. I might be able to provide some advice if I could see what you're working with.
I'll do that tomorrow Steve and thanks for your help. I'll send you pics and some specs and if you have to time to look at it I'd appreciate it. I would help our workflow greatly if we can get this working with an inexpensive adapter.
Ah darn, this USB capture card is Windows only :( I didn't realize you were using a MAC.
If you want a solid capture card that is guaranteed to not let you down for a affordable price. I'd go with this one:
$150 - but offers a nice range of features.
Pinnacle offers another solution for MAC around the $100 mark as well:
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