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    Hi guys,
    ADVC-55 box connected to VCR and to desktop, light still red. Nothing happens.
    PowerDirector seems to receive nothing. Any ideas?
    Thanks

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    The simplest solution is not to use PowerDirector for capturing (it appears to support a DV Camera but it might still not recognise an ADVC as a valid source)


    Transfer your VHS via the ADVC with WinDV and then import the DV-avi that is created into PowerDirector. Since there are two types of DV-avi >> Type 1 and Type 2 << do a short sample of both to see which one PowerDirector accepts.
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  3. +1 to everything DB83 said. My only addition is that you might want to use Scenalyzer (a.k.a., SCLive) as your capture software. It has all sorts of bells & whistles which I always found useful. As one example, when I transfer VHS tapes, I use an old VCR to FF to the end. Very often video is not recorded all the way to the end, and the digital counter will stop as soon as no signal is on the tape. I then zero the counter and rewind. The reading on the counter tells me how long it will take until all the video on the tape is captured. Scenalyzer has a stop timer that will stop the recording after whatever time you set. You can also set it up so it stops capturing after not seeing a signal for some period of time, like a minute or two.

    There are other possible workflows ...
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    Thanks guys.
    I will try.
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  5. Was not aware of the timer feature... sounds like a good one!
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    Originally Posted by dvd3500 View Post
    Was not aware of the timer feature... sounds like a good one!
    DB83 and johnmeyer will be more than happy to show you how to clean up the ugly DV mosquito noise and other lossy compression artifacts from your VHS captures.
    - My sister Ann's brother
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    For sure, any advice welcome
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    hi guys
    scenalyzer worked very well. thanks
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