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Startech USB 2.0. video capture cable

Nigel Thomas
posted this on May 21, 2010 07:03 AM

We use this to take a composite output from a camera to usb in on the computer.

This is a very cheap way to connect a camera up to a PC without the need of a capture card.

It also has audio and s video connections but as yet I have not tested these. I hope that I can take an XLR output from an amp to stereo phono so that video and audio can easily be connected via USB. This will allow for roamingradio  mics connected through an amplifier to be recorded. I will report back on this. I have not done any comparison of quality but I suspect that something like an Osprey card will be of higher quality. I intend to make some comparisons

http://www.startech.com/item/SVID2USB2-USB-to-S-Video-and-Composite-Video-Capture-Cable-with-Audio.aspx

 

 

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Sacha Goodwin
University of Bath

How does this work with lip-sync? I've had numerous troubles with separate video/audio devices not being in sync - I'm going to order one of them with the audio I/O to see how it fares with us, I need to find a replacement for DV being that they are being phased out on both PC's and camcorders.

June 28, 2010 06:10 AM
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Glenn McGarry
University of Derby-UK

How did you get on with the software installer?  I bought a couple to hook up a visualiser to a PC running XP sp3.  I followed the paper instructions and tried to install the driver only, however the installer didn't give me that option and just seemed to want to bloat the harddrive with all sorts of superfluous software and even then it didn't seem to work.

I have used the predecessor to this device (sadly obsolete) and it worked beautifully by just installing the drivers. I do some more investigation and I'll let you know how I get on.

October 25, 2010 08:12 AM
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Steve Grant

Sacha I had the same lip synching issue.  We found the solution to be to make sure we are grabbing the audio from the same source as the video.  Once I did this I've not had a problem.

January 19, 2011 10:54 AM
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Sacha Goodwin
University of Bath

We had the same experience as both of you- have consequently dumped the idea of USB video capture devices until the state of the drivers improve or somebody finds a usb equivalent of the ospreys.

January 19, 2011 11:28 AM
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Albert Powell
Colorado State University, Division of Continuing Education

We have used the Pinnacle Dazzle units but find that the driver loading is a problem.  Pinnacle's Studio software must be loaded on the computer (that's where the drivers live, but it's impractical for faculty laptops) and our experience is that the PC occasionally loses track of whether the input is composite or S-Video.  This requires the operator to open the Studio software and re-select the correct video source.  It isn't a fatal flaw when we have a student or staff operator running the Panopto session, but for remote recorder use the failure rate is too high; faculty just can't be counted on to do that..

June 08, 2011 10:48 AM
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Albert Powell
Colorado State University, Division of Continuing Education

We have used the Pinnacle Dazzle units but find that the driver loading is a problem.  Pinnacle's Studio software must be loaded on the computer (that's where the drivers live, but it's impractical for faculty laptops) and our experience is that the PC occasionally loses track of whether the input is composite or S-Video.  This requires the operator to open the Studio software and re-select the correct video source.  It isn't a fatal flaw when we have a student or staff operator running the Panopto session, but for remote recorder use the failure rate is too high; faculty just can't be counted on to do that..

We are moving to the Canopus ADVC-55 combined with a firewire card in the Panopto computer as a more reliable input - no drivers needed.

June 08, 2011 10:49 AM
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Albert Powell
Colorado State University, Division of Continuing Education

We have used the Pinnacle Dazzle units but find that the driver loading is a problem.  Pinnacle's Studio software must be loaded on the computer (that's where the drivers live, but it's impractical for faculty laptops) and our experience is that the PC occasionally loses track of whether the input is composite or S-Video.  This requires the operator to open the Studio software and re-select the correct video source.  It isn't a fatal flaw when we have a student or staff operator running the Panopto session, but for remote recorder use the failure rate is too high; faculty just can't be counted on to do that..

We are moving to the Canopus ADVC-55 combined with a firewire card in the Panopto computer as a more reliable input - no drivers needed.

June 08, 2011 10:55 AM
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Sacha Goodwin
University of Bath

Panopto UK were recently doing a demo using this:

http://www.hauppauge.co.uk/site/products/data_usblive2.html

and was told this worked fine with the manual recorder app - and at £35 about a quarter of the price of an Osprey...
- can anybody confirm this working well in a remote record scenario?

June 08, 2011 11:14 AM
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Albert Powell
Colorado State University, Division of Continuing Education

We have changed from the Pinnacle Dazzle to the Canopus ADVC-55 as our low-end audio and video import device.  We have one Canopus that seems to lose its connection to the computer occasionally.  We have to disconnect the firewire cable and plug it back in to restore the A/V feed.  Of course, using the Canopus requires a Firewire connection on the recording computer.

The Canopus has the advantage of normally being recognized by the computer without loading drivers, but the occasional failure to connect bothers me and reduces reliability.

The most dependable import option we have found is to use an Osprey 230 card.  That is mandatory for us in all remote recorders, as we cannot be there to disconnect and re-connect cables.

August 02, 2011 01:08 PM