I apologise - I know that at least parts of this question have been asked before though some of the answers relate to older OS platforms.
I am trying to capture some old VHS videos to my computer.
I have good IT experience but little video conversion or codec knowledge.
My setup is;
1150 socket motherboard 4GB ram & 2 x 1TB hdd
Windows 7 64 bit Prof
Adaptec AUA-3020 (Texas Instruments 1394 PCI firewire card)
Panasonic Super Drive VHS
Canopus ADVC 110
VirtualDub 1.10.4 (build 35491)
I like VirtualDub and would like to use it if possible but I have read on other posts problems relating to "Video For Windows" in what I am trying to achieve.
I have followed suggestions read in other posts to install ffdshow and select the VirtualDub addin but when I run VirtualDub and select File>Capture AVI>Device the options are;
0 Microsoft WDM Image Capture (WIN32) (VFW)
1 Screen Capture
2 Video File (Emulation)
If I select "0" I get the message - VirtualDub cannot connect to the desired capture driver.
Can I capture from VHS with this setup ?
Are their any simple to follow tutorials (that I may have missed) to guide me on this ?
Thanks very much.
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AFAIK, I don't see anything that pappin listed which would connect to Firewire, which wouldn't be optimal for VHS capture anyway. Someone who is familiar with the ADVC 110 will have to advise here. Can it be used with Win7? I would suggest the O.P. try to get his hands on an ATI USB capture device.Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end. -- Henry David Thoreau
What is a Canopus ADVC for then ? Simple, straight forward way to get Analog VHS to digital (DV)
WinDV or similar, not Virtualdub.
As a side note - I know you feel the need to put down DV in every thread, but that really does not help. The OP simply asked for advice on how to use what he already has - don't just tell him to buy something else. This isn't an EzCrap you throw in the bin, but a good bit of hardware.
Wow ! thanks for all the replies.
tried WinDV - doesn't see capture device either - I'll double check firewire card and what version drivers its using - I'd like to use VirtualDub if I can though.
"capture should be performed with WinDV or similar, not Virtualdub"
Will WinDV run on Windows 7 64 ?
Can I capture just the raw video and do processing separately ?
The reason I was hoping to use the ADVC 110 & VirtualDub was to capture the raw video without compressing it.
I have limited knowledge on this at the moment but I understood that some USB and PCI cards with their accompanying software compressed the video while capturing or have I misunderstood this.
Thanks again for all the input
There's a wealth of info on VHS capture methods here, I suggest you read more if looking for best results.
Thanks again for all the additional input.
I've got it working !!
It was as I wondered earlier - firewire card - not faulty hardware it checked out fine - prob a compatibility/driver issue.
Got hold of a StarTech 2 port PCI express FW card & everything is fine.
The card is built with a native PCI Express chipset - no bridge chip - whether that made any difference I don't know yet but
I didn't need to run with the legacy FW driver.
So this works if any benefit to anyone else;
Windows 7 Prof 64 bit
StarTech 2 port PCI express FW card
VirtualDub (32 bit) ver 1.10.4
A link to the card (if that's allowed) - http://www.startech.com/Cards-Adapters/FireWire/2-Port-PCI-Express-1394-FireWire-400-Card~PEX1394A2
- If NTSC, Canopus is a ppro choice.
- If PAL, then it's fine.
WniDV is what you should always use the Canopus DV boxes.
As you've discovered, all you need is a good DV card.
Great! StarTech usually costs a bit more, but their products are rock-solid. I use their ExpressCard firewire adapter with my laptop. It just works.