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Old Apr 21st, 2005, 06:23 AM   #1
 
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Canopus ADVC-110 or Plextor ConvertX

i can get either for $300 but i can't decide... any advice... i would like to use it like tivo but still have dvd quality (or close to it)... can you put a timer on imove to record at a certain time? will convertx have just as good picture qualty as the canopus 110?

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it is for an ibook by the way...
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Old Apr 21st, 2005, 10:53 AM   #2
 
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The canopus brings the movie file in at full DV resolution, so the files are huge... 13 GB/hour. There is no scheduling software for it because that's not what it's meant for. It's really meant mainly for people who want to convert VHS tapes (etc) to DV.

The ConvertX (which I own personally) is great, because it compresses the signal externally in the box it uses up very little processing power and because the signal is compressed before leaving the ConvertX the USB 2.0 interface is fast enough. The EyeTV software that comes with it is unparalleled as far as I have seen for DVR functions. Also I have contacted the developers with some product features I would like to see and got an actual response from them saying they would look into doing it, that's great service!
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Old Apr 21st, 2005, 10:57 AM   #3
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I've got the ConnectX plugged into my Mini, and I'm happy with it. I must admit I cant make any comparisons to the other unit you mention.

With the ConnectX, the picture quality is far better then the old ATI card I had in a PC. The EyeTV software is easy to use. The TV listings from TitanTV doest support Canada, but you can jerry rig most channels manualy from a buffalo cable supplier. Nicest thing? I can log in to TitanTV anywhere, and remote schedule things I want to record. Sweet!
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The two boxes you suggest do not act the same way. The Plexor is a PVR but the canopus is a converter.
Plextor accepts a coax connection and has inputs only. It's also a USB device
Canopus is does not have coax in and is Firewire.
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With the ConnectX, the picture quality is far better then the old ATI card I had in a PC. The EyeTV software is easy to use.
What's the screen resolution that it captures in? How does this compare to the actual EyeTV products (200 and the ATI EyeTV Wonder)?
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What's the screen resolution that it captures in? How does this compare to the actual EyeTV products (200 and the ATI EyeTV Wonder)?
I just bought the ConvertXpvr and I am not that impressed with the quality of video. I am using it on a new Imac G5 20" and the live cable (albeit analog) is somewhat pixel like on the screen. EyeTV works well but Titan TV is not supported in Canada so you cannot schedule and record TV shows in advance. I am using updated software 1.8 EyeTv that I just downloaded and it does not allow me to adjust brightness or contrast as the previously packaged software did. Overall, unless you are feeding your computer LCD screen a digital signal, I have to say that I'm not very impressed with the picture. Unless anyone has any advice. And what's the idea about not supporting Titan TV in Canada when it supports Turkey and Ireland for God's sake!
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Hmmm... old thread but interesting.
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The canopus... really meant mainly for people who want to convert VHS tapes (etc) to DV.
This is crazy. VHS quality is inferior to DV. (This is like putting boxed wine into fine wine bottles). But I suppose if you want to edit it, it's the best format.
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This is crazy. VHS quality is inferior to DV. (This is like putting boxed wine into fine wine bottles). But I suppose if you want to edit it, it's the best format.
It offers a low cost for capturing media.
VHS is only one use. Similar would be to hook up a DVD to the RCA jack (or S-inputs) and capture that footage.

The converter is a good inexpensive way to input VHS, DVD, S-VHS to the Mac.
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Old Jun 23rd, 2005, 04:35 PM   #9
 
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does anyone know of any retail stores that you can just walk into and purchase one of these plextor convertx devices? (specifically in toronto?)

i've checked the carbon and csc websites with no results.
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I own a Canopus ADVC 100, and my only use for it is to convert into iMovie rushes the movies taken with my good old Hi8 video recorder which I didn't replace yet with a DV camera...
It's doing a great job for that purpose, but I wouldn't consider using it as a PVR. The only way I could use it to watch TV would be to plug an old VCR to it and get the TV from this source. After that, I think the lack of software would make it impossible to schedule any recording.
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