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AV Toolbox AVT-8710 Multi-Standard Time Base Corrector

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AV Toolbox AVT-8710 Multi-Standard Time Base Corrector

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  • Processing Amplifier
  • Frame Synchronizer
  • Composite and Y/C
  • NTSC, PAL, SECAM

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The AVT-8710 is a multi-system time base corrector/frame synchronizer that accommodates most NTSC, PAL and SECAM video signal standards. It eliminates picture jitter and time base errors from videotape playback and ensures a stable on-screen image through the use of dual-field full-frame reconstruction. It restores distorted or misshapen vertical and horizontal sync and color burst signals.

An integral processing amplifier allows the adjustment of Brightness, Contrast, Color Saturation, Hue and Sharpness. A digital comb filter provides superior video signal decoding and the AGC (Automatic Gain Control) ensures a proper 1V output signal from an input signal range of 0.5 to 2.0 volts. A built-in color bar generator sends out a test pattern when there is no video input. The unit has composite video and S-Video in and out and comes with an external 15VDC power adapter.

Multi-Standard
This unit will process NTSC, PAL and SECAM video signals for time base correction.
AGC
An Automatic Gain Control is offered to keep a 1 Vpp output signal consistent.
Digital Comb Filter
A digital comb filter provides superior signal decoding.
TBC
Eliminates picture jitter and time base errors from video tape playback.
Color Bar Generator
A built-in color bar generator sends out a test pattern when there is no video input.
Video Standards NTSC, NTSC 4.43, PAL (B, D, G, I, K), PAL-M, PAL-N, SECAM
Input/Output Composite Video: RCA (x1 Input, x1 Output)
Y/C S-Video: 4-Pin Connector (x1 Input, x1 Output)
Control Brightness
Contrast
Color
Tint (NTSC)
Sharpness
Television Standard
AC Adapter Included AC Adapter: 115 VAC to 15 VDC
Dimensions (WxDxH) 3.5 x 5.7 x 1.3" (9 x 14.5 x 3.3 cm)
Weight 7 oz (200g)
AV Toolbox AVT-8710 Multi-Standard Time Base Corrector
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  • 1 Year Limited Warranty
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    AV ToolboxAVT-8710 Multi-Standard Time Base Corrector
     
    3.9

    (based on 26 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    83%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (15)
    • Compact (10)
    • Improves performance (9)
    • Highly compatible (7)
    • Professional quality (6)

    Cons

    • Poor performance (5)

    Best Uses

    • Home movies (13)
    • In the studio (4)
    • Complex projects (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Business owner (9), Enthusiast (9), Professional artist (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (15)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Bigger isn't always better

    I operate a small videotape and film conversion business. While anyone can go online and purchase a USB VHS to digital converter for about $90, it is important to me and my customers to...Read complete review

    I operate a small videotape and film conversion business. While anyone can go online and purchase a USB VHS to digital converter for about $90, it is important to me and my customers to provide an affordable outlet that offers a quality videotape transfer not done on a $90 shoestring. I use the AVT-8710 TBC in conjunction with a Sima SCC-2 Color corrector, a SignVideo DR-1000 image enhancer and a professional S-Video player. This combination gives me the capability to fine tune every aspect of analog to digital transfer before it goes to the non-linear editor. The AVT-8710 offers a myriad of controls allowing me to make video corrections in real time. It's small size belies its powerful applications that equal or outdo other more expensive TBC solutions. My only complaint is its lack of an on/off switch, thus earning the 4-star rating. I would highly recommend this product to anyone interested in video enhancement.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    A bit overrated

    I recently bought a Canopus ADVC-55 video converter to transfer some old VHS tapes to DVD. I was having problems with dropped frames and had read I needed a time base correcter to...Read complete review

    I recently bought a Canopus ADVC-55 video converter to transfer some old VHS tapes to DVD. I was having problems with dropped frames and had read I needed a time base correcter to remedy the problem. After doing some research the AVT-8710 was frequently mentioned as a good TBC, especially for the price.

    After ordering one and having used it to help transfer a few tapes I've come to the conclusion it's not all that it is cracked up to be. The AVT-8710 still drops frames, it's just that when it drops frames it outputs the last good frame in its buffer. If there's only one frame dropped in a place where there's little to no motion in the scene then it's really not noticeable. However, if several frames are dropped and there's a lot of motion in the scene an annoying stuttering/flickering effect can be seen. And with some of my tapes the top part of the video will be warped. Also the AVT-8710 will drop frames in areas that the ADVC-55 by itself has no problem handling.

    There are a couple of good things about the AVT-8710. Since it does output a constant video signal to the ADVC-55 I no longer have the audio popping/dropouts that occur when the ADVC-55 has to drop frames. Also the AVT-8710 has basic picture adjustments so that the picture can be adjusted prior to capture.

    Overall I'm disappointed with the AVT-8710. In all of the great things I've read about this device none of them mentioned the method it used to prevent dropped frames. I'm not an A/V expert so maybe this is the way all TBCs work. But the fact that it's more likely to drop frames than the ADVC-55 by itself prevents me from being able to recommend it to others.

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    5.0

    Totally Solved my Problem

    By EditorLA

    from Los Angeles

    Comments about AV Toolbox AVT-8710 Multi-Standard Time Base Corrector:

    I was trying to digitize some old 3/4 tape into a Blackmagic capture device but could not get a stable signal. This box made the signal readable again. Totally solved my problem!

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    4.0

    Time has come today

    By Stinsongs

    from Kensington, MD

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about AV Toolbox AVT-8710 Multi-Standard Time Base Corrector:

          I use the AVT-8710 for stabilizing Hi8 material played through the tape section of a vintage camcorder in order to capture the movies as Quicktime files. My analog/digital capture interface is a DV camcorder with pass through firewire and used as a mule to generate the movies.So far, so good. More as I know it.

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          4.0

          Did the trick!

          By Chris - Digital Media Operator

          from Sydney, Australia

          About Me Casual User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast Setup
          • Simple Controls

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home

            Comments about AV Toolbox AVT-8710 Multi-Standard Time Base Corrector:

            I needed this box to help sync lock some old VHS-C tapes while ingesting on to my macbook pro through blackmagic intensity shuttle, and it worked perfectly, now all of my old memories are safe and sound in the digital world.

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            • No

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            5.0

            I'd buy it again

            By sewolla

            from Los Angeles, Ca.

            About Me Power User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Fast Setup
            • Simple Controls

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home
              • Movies
              • Office
              • Professional

              Comments about AV Toolbox AVT-8710 Multi-Standard Time Base Corrector:

              Bought it for use in my video duplication and file transfer business.
              I use this TBC to help in transferring VHS and Hi8 tapes to my computer. Works great!
              Plus it's economical, and has a very small footprint. May get another for exclusive use with VHS and use this one for Hi8.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Cost Effective Tool for VHS Digitising

              By A Vision Fantastic

              from Melbourne, Australia

              About Me Business Owner

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Improves Performance

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about AV Toolbox AVT-8710 Multi-Standard Time Base Corrector:

                  My editing workstation has a Blackmagic Declink Studio2 card installed which is quite intolerant to time base errors found on many old VHS tapes resulting in blank frames and associated loud audio pops. Installing the AVT-8710 between VCR and workstation has eliminated time base errors with now acceptable quality digital capture.I found adjustment buttons on unit a little bit fiddly to use, but this generally will not be an issue as all adjustments of this type are usually done in post. It would be good if an on/off switch was provided on the unit rather than having to turn it off at the power outlet. Overall it does TBC well meeting my needs a competitive price.

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                  5.0

                  Does What It Says

                  By GameDay Productions

                  from Austin, TX

                  About Me Government Tv

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                  • None

                  Best Uses

                  • Vhs Capture

                  Comments about AV Toolbox AVT-8710 Multi-Standard Time Base Corrector:

                  I used this to capture archived VHS tapes prior to the signal going into a Black Magic Intensity Shuttle. It provided a nice clean signal during capture.

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                  5.0

                  So far so good.

                  By JNAGilmore

                  from Ottawa, ON Canada

                  About Me Business Owner

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Highly Compatible
                  • Improves Performance
                  • Lightweight
                  • Professional Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Complex Projects
                    • Home Movies

                    Comments about AV Toolbox AVT-8710 Multi-Standard Time Base Corrector:

                    I bought this product to fix issues with persistent dropped frames when capturing tape based analogue video in Final Cut Pro using a Blackmagic capture device. A TBC was recommended to correct the problem, and the AV Toolbox TBC seemed to have exactly what I needed at a great price point. I've now captured approximately 20 hours of footage and it is working flawlessly. I also really enjoy how it inserts colour bars into the capture when there's a break in timecode so that the capture is never interrupted. No complaints.

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                    5.0

                    small but powerful tool

                    By brian the lion

                    from portland maine

                    About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Complex Projects
                      • Home Movies

                      Comments about AV Toolbox AVT-8710 Multi-Standard Time Base Corrector:

                      I use this product daily to transfer old video tapes to DVD. It takes care of all the dropped frames and mismatched audio / video tracks...and it cleans up video signal for much better picture clarity...good investment

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                      5.0

                      Great device at a great price!

                      By HD Craig

                      from Burbank, CA

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about AV Toolbox AVT-8710 Multi-Standard Time Base Corrector:

                            Just a few years ago, you couldn't buy a TBC for under $2-3,000! Now along comes this gem at just over [$] that is nearly as sophisticated as those pricey pro units. Set up was easy, the unit locked to the appropriate TV standard, and away it went, outputting a stable, solid picture with no wavy vertical lines or subtle flickering in the image. Great for outputting directly to your TV or to another VCR or DVD recorder for dubbing purposes. The proc controls worked as advertised, allowing you to tweak picture settings for color, contrast, hue, etc. Kudos all around! Too bad the TBC doesn;t incorporate a recursive chroma filter to clean up some of the color noise, but that would add to the cost. And I wish it had an on-off switch, but I just put a rocker switch adapter on the AC plug to do the job so I didn't have to plug and unplug the unit every time I wanted to use it. These minor issues aside, a really awesome little device!

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                            2.0

                            Didn't work for me

                            By Scott

                            from Iowa

                            About Me Hobbyist

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use

                            Cons

                            • Poor Performance

                            Best Uses

                            • Home Movies

                            Comments about AV Toolbox AVT-8710 Multi-Standard Time Base Corrector:

                            I'm attempting to convert some old VHS tapes to digital. I started with the ADVC-110 and had an issue with some tapes where they would capture only with skips or jitters (even thought the tapes play fine in the VCR). So I purchased this to see if TBC would improve my results.

                            It was easy to get going out of the box, but the results for me were not good. In the video with the skips/jitters, the audio was fixed. But the video ended up with a lot of ghosting and was pretty much horrible.

                            And for tapes that I'd been able to capture perfectly with the ADVC-110 alone, when I added the AVT-8710 into the mix it actually added in skips that were not there before, thus worsening the result.

                            So overall it was disappointing - it didn't fix the capture of the tapes with jitters, and it worsened the tapes that had captured fine. I'm sending this unit back and will be trying another avenue to improve video conversion to digital.

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                            4.0

                            Helps Stabilize Old VHS Playback

                            By gjhinvt

                            from Jericho, VT

                            About Me Hobbyist

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Home Movies

                                Comments about AV Toolbox AVT-8710 Multi-Standard Time Base Corrector:

                                I have a couple of large boxes of old VHS & S-VHS tapes dating back to 1990 that I wanted to digitize. I have a JVC S4600U player attached to my computer via a Pinnacle DVC-100. VHS playback was really jumpy until I inserted the AVT-8710 into the mix, so I'm happy with that aspect of my purchase. I didn't see anything less expensive, so I'm OK with the price I paid, and B&H is always great about shipping. I have not needed to try any of the controls the AVT-8710 offers, so I can't comment on their effectiveness. The main con I've experienced is that I have to take the AVT-8710 out of the path when I go into my VCR's menu system. It does not pass that video signal on in any useful way. Once I get the VCR settings the way I want, I reinstert the AVT-8710 and transfer away.

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                AVT-8710 solved my problem instantly

                                By MikeN

                                from Australia

                                About Me Business Owner

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact Design
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Professional Quality
                                • Solved problem

                                Cons

                                • None for me

                                Best Uses

                                • Home Movies

                                Comments about AV Toolbox AVT-8710 Multi-Standard Time Base Corrector:

                                I could not capture video from HI8 tapes without flashing blackouts. [...] within only a few minutes I was capturing the video perfectly. Couldn't be happier with the AVT-8710

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                                3.0

                                Close but not a lifesaver

                                By mayhampixi

                                from Australia

                                About Me Hobbyist

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact Design
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Improves Performance

                                Cons

                                • Poor Performance
                                • Pricey / Poor Value

                                Best Uses

                                • Home Movies

                                Comments about AV Toolbox AVT-8710 Multi-Standard Time Base Corrector:

                                Solved my problem of not being able to capture old Vodeo 8 tapes, some of them..

                                I went from not being able to capture at all, to being able to capture some.

                                Unfortunatly i am still getting ghosting and dropped frames from some old 1989 Video 8 tapes.

                                I am now looking and asking around if a more expencive/prosumer TBC will improve my results.

                                I bought this because of reviews, however i might have been expecting too much.... But of a let down, however i went from nothing to something.

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                                1.0

                                Highly recommended, poor quality control

                                By boohoo

                                from SC

                                About Me Hobbyist

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                  Cons

                                  • Lacks Functionality
                                  • Limited Compatibility
                                  • Poor Performance

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about AV Toolbox AVT-8710 Multi-Standard Time Base Corrector:

                                    Product is highly recommended by [@] and others for doing VHS archiving. So far I have been shipped 2 defective units. As of this review I'm waiting for delivery of their third attempt.Supposedly this is dollar for dollar the best TBC available but until I see a functioning unit, I'm not convinced. If allowed I will updated this rating if that happens.

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                                    4.0

                                    Great item, but can be touchy

                                    By Yup Yup

                                    from Yupperville, DE

                                    About Me Hobbyist

                                    Pros

                                    • Good value
                                    • Works well

                                    Cons

                                    • No onoff switch

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Home Movies

                                    Comments about AV Toolbox AVT-8710 Multi-Standard Time Base Corrector:

                                    The first one of these I bought would shut down after about 90 minutes of use, probably due to heat-related issues because it would go fine indefinitely if I kept it cool. The second one I bought would fail after FIVE minutes of use, which is just ridiculous. Finally the third one works great. If you have a VHS tape that jitters, or has macro, this removes it and all you get is great picture. A semi-con is that it doesn't just fix the bad part of the picture like more expensive TBCs, it freezes the entire frame, so when things get bad with your picture it will 'freeze' on the last good frame until it finds the next good one (like half a second later, usually), and your recording will have a 'ghost' image quality to it. This is not much of a con, though, and at this price it's a great value. I wish it had an on/off switch, because even the ones that work well will overheat if it is working for too long.

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                                    5.0

                                    Best bang for the buck!

                                    By Billmeier Camera Shop

                                    from Fenton, MI

                                    About Me Business Owner

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Compact Design
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Highly Compatible
                                    • Improves Performance

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Home Movies

                                      Comments about AV Toolbox AVT-8710 Multi-Standard Time Base Corrector:

                                      Like this better than the $500 TBC-1000
                                      We're using this to transfer VHS tape to dvd and keeps the audio and video in sync with one another.
                                      Also love the fact that it out puts color bars at when there is no signal. Way better than the normal static or blue screen through vcr.

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                                      1.0

                                      Completely unusable

                                      By Mike

                                      from New Jersey

                                      Pros

                                        Cons

                                        • Poor Design
                                        • Poor Performance

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about AV Toolbox AVT-8710 Multi-Standard Time Base Corrector:

                                          The first one I received wasn't able to detect any composite input. I tried three different devices: a VCR, a digital camera, and a new DVD player. I sent it back. The replacement was little better. It worked for an hour or so, then exhibited similar behavior to the first. The only way to get it to work was to pull the power, wait a few seconds, and power up again, but it was only operational for about 5 minutes, even with strong, stable signals. Then it would just return to color bars for no apparent reason.

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                                          3.0

                                          Useful but no panacea

                                          By John Raines

                                          from San Francisco, CA

                                          About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                                          Pros

                                          • Compact Design
                                          • Easy To Use

                                          Cons

                                          • Limited Compatibility

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Home Movies
                                          • In The Studio

                                          Comments about AV Toolbox AVT-8710 Multi-Standard Time Base Corrector:

                                          On the plus side, this box is compact and the controls are easy to use. The proc amp is handy when you want to tweak a signal during capture. The 8710 does a good job of stabilizing jumpy video.

                                          On the minus side, the proc amp is not neutral in its default setting: I had to expand the dynamic range (contrast and brightness) a couple of notches and up the color one step to match the same signal captured without the 8710 in the chain. But the killer is its tendency to freeze fields, instead of frames, when the tape signal gets sketchy. You wind up with a frozen ghost image in one field while the other field keeps moving--totally unusable unless you throw out the bad field in post.

                                          In sum, the 8710 works for me when I've got jittery video but no frozen fields. Otherwise I leave it out.

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                                          4.0

                                          This TBC is all that

                                          By Markham Street

                                          from Toronto

                                          About Me Professional Artist

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Compact Design
                                          • Easy To Use

                                          Cons

                                          • No onoff switch

                                          Best Uses

                                          • AD archiving

                                          Comments about AV Toolbox AVT-8710 Multi-Standard Time Base Corrector:

                                          This TBC/proc amp is doing a great job so far for transferring old 3/4 inch tapes to DV. Very good, very stable. Very pleased!

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                                          2.0

                                          A bit overrated

                                          By Colonel Angus

                                          from North Carolina

                                          About Me Hobbyist

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Compact Design
                                          • Easy To Use

                                          Cons

                                          • Poor Performance

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Home Movies

                                          Comments about AV Toolbox AVT-8710 Multi-Standard Time Base Corrector:

                                          I recently bought a Canopus ADVC-55 video converter to transfer some old VHS tapes to DVD. I was having problems with dropped frames and had read I needed a time base correcter to remedy the problem. After doing some research the AVT-8710 was frequently mentioned as a good TBC, especially for the price.

                                          After ordering one and having used it to help transfer a few tapes I've come to the conclusion it's not all that it is cracked up to be. The AVT-8710 still drops frames, it's just that when it drops frames it outputs the last good frame in its buffer. If there's only one frame dropped in a place where there's little to no motion in the scene then it's really not noticeable. However, if several frames are dropped and there's a lot of motion in the scene an annoying stuttering/flickering effect can be seen. And with some of my tapes the top part of the video will be warped. Also the AVT-8710 will drop frames in areas that the ADVC-55 by itself has no problem handling.

                                          There are a couple of good things about the AVT-8710. Since it does output a constant video signal to the ADVC-55 I no longer have the audio popping/dropouts that occur when the ADVC-55 has to drop frames. Also the AVT-8710 has basic picture adjustments so that the picture can be adjusted prior to capture.

                                          Overall I'm disappointed with the AVT-8710. In all of the great things I've read about this device none of them mentioned the method it used to prevent dropped frames. I'm not an A/V expert so maybe this is the way all TBCs work. But the fact that it's more likely to drop frames than the ADVC-55 by itself prevents me from being able to recommend it to others.

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