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Old October 30th, 2004, 05:46 AM   #1
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from pinnacle dv500 to...where?

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I am looking for some advice on where to go to upgrade my NLE. Ive been using pinnacle dv 500 video capture card, premiere, canon XL1 for three years. I am satisfied with the results but...is there something out there to get more quality out of my XL1?
I heard of people working with uncompressed video. Are there video capture cards with less loss/compression?
Does that make any sense coming from mini dv tapes?
Ive been said that if you dont apply effects dv500 quality is okay but if you start manipulating image, degradation appears....is that true?
Thanks for your patience
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Old October 30th, 2004, 03:43 PM   #2
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I was working with a DV500 for about 2 years. I had nothing but problems. Firstly dropped frames, then black flashes between clips, then freezes, then weird transitions.
Moved up to a Matrox RTX100 Extreme Pro. Im chuffed with my new Premiere Pro bundle, and the Matrox has given me virtually no hassle.

I cant confidently comment of the differences in the video quality.

Remember, DV is already compressed on the tape. Theres only so much quality you can get out of DV.

There have been comments on analogue output differing from card to card, but I dont know enough to say about DV.
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Old November 1st, 2004, 09:24 AM   #3
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Thank you Richard for your remarks
I must admit that any time I configured my dv500 - drivers, updates...- it was a nightmare...but apart from that I havent gone through all those drops, blanks and problems.
But if I change I ll consider your advice very seriously.
As for no compression video capture cards... my dv500 has a video codec and I know dv comes from a tape with limited capacity of data...but maybe there are codecs with less compression or no compression at all.
Maybe dv500 is the result of a compromise between quality and file size...
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