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Old September 27th, 2002, 10:44 AM   #1
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Please suggest Low Cost $500~$1000 Realtime DV and MPEG2 Card. Thanks!

I have a P4 1.5 512mb PC.
Please suggest a Low Cost $500~$1000 Realtime DV and MPEG2 Card. Thanks.
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Old September 27th, 2002, 01:04 PM   #2
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Probably not what you want to hear BUT when it comes to RT cards I'd really recommend picking your card then building your PC around it. Adding a RT card to an existing PC is more often than not the source of much pain and anguish.... and i speak from experience :)

That said the Pinnacle DV500 is a nice “semi-RT” card available at a very reasonable price provided:
1)You don't want to do anything too flash - such as lots of 3d transitions and third party effects
2)You have a compatible motherboard and graphics card (see http://www.pinnaclesys.com for a list)

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Old September 27th, 2002, 01:24 PM   #3
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You're just in time for the Canopus DVStorm 2, true real-time DV output, editing, etc.; includes hardware-based MPEG encoding. A superb value at $1100.

See http://www.canopus.com/US/products/dvstorm_2/pm_dvstorm_2.asp
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Old September 30th, 2002, 11:16 AM   #4
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>>have a P4 1.5 512mb PC.
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With your system, you can get 'realtime' using Vegas Video and an affordable 1394 card from companies like ADS or Soundblaster.
Save your money and get extra HardDrives. Vegas does realtime preview, and offers not only great video editing features, but great audio editing features too. Less of an issue which mobo you use too.
They are right in saying you should build your computer around the card if that is the route you choose. But with vegas, and an OHCI compliant 1394 card, you're set to go with what you have.

If you need realtime out to tape, then and only then would I consider an RT card. Other than that, your spending money on proprietary hardware that will be outdated within 18 months by advances in cpu speeds and dropping costs.

Vegas uses MS multimedia standards (DirectX) as it's plug in interface. They have an excellent DV codec, arguably the best on the market. Just a couterpoint for your consideration.

btw, VV3 works great on the new laptops with built in firewire.
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Old September 30th, 2002, 11:37 AM   #5
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Currently, I have a Canopus DV Storm SE. They recently came out with Canopus 2, but I wont be getting it...my Storm is enough for me.

In many ways, the Canopus and increased my workflow, and in many ways it has actually decreased it. Getting these cards to work with your computer can be a time consuming process.
The Canopus is great because now I beleive the new version comes with a hardware MPEG encoder. The codec on the Canopus is also very high quality. But is it worth over $1,000? Not in my opinion. I got a deal and only spent 300 on it because Alienware screwed up my order big time.

I originally had a Matrox 2500 and getting that thing to work properly on my system was a nightmare. You must make sure that you check the motherboard compatibility list on these products or it may not work on your system. After some major tweaking I finally got my Matrox to work, but then ending up getting a new comp with the Canopus installed.

The advantages are realtime output, realtime multiple layers and color correction, mulitiple realtime effects and more.. If you want to save money, don't get the new version of the Canopus, Im sure you can find the old one for much cheaper on Ebay.
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Old September 30th, 2002, 12:13 PM   #6
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Old October 2nd, 2002, 03:39 AM   #7
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Canopus dv storm 2

I hear that this not really a new card but just a add on. It is a software and encoder upgrade but uses the old dvstorm card. I think it kind of misleads people into thinking that they built a new card. After reading reviews and comments on both canopus and matrox board i am just gonna wait till they come up with something new.
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