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Grass Valley ADVC110 Bi-Directional Analog / Digital Converter

B&H # GRADVC110 Mfr # 602029
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Product Highlights
  • Connects Analog Video to All A/D Devices
  • Powered by IEEE-1394 (FireWire)
  • Composite (RCA), S-Video I/O
  • Unbalanced Stereo Audio
  • NTSC/PAL/SECAM (Input Only)
  • PC/Mac Compatible

The Grass Valley ADVC110 is a high-quality, bi-directional analog/digital video converter. Conversion is accomplished by transferring media data from an IEEE-1394 FireWire port and outputting through composite and Y/C video and unbalanced stereo audio connections, and vice versa.

Note: For use with 4-Pin FireWire port an optional power supply is needed.

Note! A video capture card or OHCI FireWire (IEEE 1394) connection is required to capture DV.

Connects analog video equipment to FireWire (IEEE 1394)-equipped computers for video editing.
Compatible with Windows (including Windows 7) and Mac operating system-based DV editing systems.
Compatible with leading editing and DVD authoring applications including Grass Valley EDIUS, Sony Vegas, Apple Final Cut Pro and iMovie, Avid Xpress DV and Liquid, Adobe Premiere Pro, Ulead MediaStudio Pro, and Windows Movie Maker.
No drivers or software applications to install.
Powered by FireWire (IEEE 1394a) connector.
NTSC and PAL compatible
Works with many FireWire 800 (IEEE 1394b) equipped computers by means of an appropriate adapter cable (customer supplied).
Input Digital Video Input/Output
1 x 4-pin FireWire (100Mbps)
1 x 6-pin FireWire (100Mbps)

Analog Video Input

1 x S-Video (4-pin miniDIN)
1 x composite (RCA)

Analog Audio Input (unbalanced)
1 x stereo (RCA)

Output Analog Video Output
1 x S-Video (4-pin miniDIN)
1 x composite (RCA)

Analog Audio Output (unbalanced)

1 x stereo (RCA)
Formats Video Formats
NTSC: 720x480 @ 29.97fps
PAL/SECAM: 720x576 @ 25fps

Audio Formats
2-channel 48kHz 16-bit
2-channel 32kHz 12-bit

Conversion IEEE-1394 Digital A/V to Analog A/V Composite and Y/C video and stereo unbalanced audio
System Requirements Windows PC:
Windows 2000 (requires Service Pack 3 or higher, Windows XP Home, Windows XP Professional (Service Pack 1 or higher), Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Ultimate (Service Pack 1 or higher), Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, DirectX 8.0 or higher

Mac:
Mac OS X (10.2.7/10.2.8/10.3/10.4.x/10.5/10.6)
Control Power On/Off
Power Source IEEE 1394 bus powered or DC5V from EIAJ#2 DC jack
Dimensions (WxDxH) 5.75 x 4.72 x 1.07" (14.6 x 12 x 27.2cm)
Weight 2.2 lbs (1kg)
Grass Valley ADVC110 Bi-Directional Analog / Digital Converter
  • IEEE-1394a (6 pin - 6 pin) Cable
  • User Manual
  • One-Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    Grass ValleyADVC110 Bi-Directional Analog / Digital Converter
     
    4.6

    (based on 265 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (194)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (57)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (4)

    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (126)
    • Easy to setup (122)
    • Highly compatible (108)
    • Easy to set up (96)
    • Professional quality (83)

    Cons

    • Lacks functionality (6)
    • Limited compatibility (4)

    Best Uses

    • Home movies (91)
    • Home use (53)
    • In the studio (47)
    • Independent films (34)
    • Complex projects (33)
      • How long have you owned it:
      • A month or less

         

        50% 

        (10 reviews)

        One-to-three months

         

        Three-to-six months

         

        More than six months

         
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Enthusiast (101), Power user (55), Business owner (47), Casual user (31), Professional artist (23)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (111), Yes (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    How good is output quality? You decide.

    This review is to provide an example of the quality of output. I have read the technical evaluations written by others, and they are good, so I will not amplify except to say...Read complete review

    This review is to provide an example of the quality of output. I have read the technical evaluations written by others, and they are good, so I will not amplify except to say that I did have to purchase a Firewire 400 to 800 adapter in order to plug the supplied cable into my MacBook Pro. I paid $ at a local store for it. No need for the optional power supply.I wanted to know how good is the quality of the captured video compared with the DVR I have. I was not pleased with the DVR output of a wedding and I sure would have been disappointed if the output from this device was only a little bit better.Take a look at the uploaded images. They are not quite the same frame; however, the camera was on a tripod and nobody touched it during recording (I was in the wedding, so the photog was a "dead man").They are different as night and day! In one, you can't even read the words on the banner. They are nice and clear on the other. The source was a Hi-8 mini-DV camera original. The tape was 12 years old. The ADVC110 did a great job of reproducing the original, and that is all I can ask.Both images are displayed on my MacPro at full screen playback, so will appear slightly less sharp, although bigger. Hi-8 is not HD and this device will not make it so.I am very pleased with the ease of setup and use, but I did have to review the manual carefully to get my first successful capture. No special software needed for the Mac. iMovie will capture the video just great.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    GOOD NEWS... BAD NEWS?

    I BOUGHT THE ADVC-110 BIDIRECTIONAL MEDIA CONVERTER BY CANOPUS TO TRANSFER SOME MINI 8 TAPES TO MY FINAL CUT. THE PICTURE FOR THE S-VIDEO CAME UP BLACK & WHITE. THE RCA PLUG...Read complete review

    I BOUGHT THE ADVC-110 BIDIRECTIONAL MEDIA CONVERTER BY CANOPUS TO TRANSFER SOME MINI 8 TAPES TO MY FINAL CUT. THE PICTURE FOR THE S-VIDEO CAME UP BLACK & WHITE. THE RCA PLUG WAS BETTER...COLOR AND AND A NICE IMAGE.
    THE REAL PROBLEM IS THAT THERE IS NO SOUND... NO MATTER WHAT I DO.
    I'M HOPING MY MAC COACH CAN FIX IT. I'VE GOT DEADLINES COMING UP AND I NEED TO GET THIS TRANSFER & EDIT DONE.
    SOUNDS LIKE A GOOD IDEA IF I CAN EVENTUALLY GET IT TO WORK.
    BOB SMITH
    FLAMING FILMS & VIDEO

    Reviewed by 265 customers

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    5.0

    Works Great So Far!

    By Chris

    from Bentonville, AR

    About Me Enthusiast

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy To Set Up
    • Fast Setup
    • Good Audio

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Grass Valley ADVC110 Bi-Directional Analog / Digital Converter:

        Finally had a chance to hook this up to give it a quick test. First of all, I did not have to make any setting changes on the unit itself. It simply plugged right into the MB's firewire slot, hit play on the camera and record on the software and voila! Couldn't have been easier. I am taking my desktop on vacation with me to transfer all my Hi8 tapes to digital.I posted a question whether this device would work with Windows 8.1; obviously it worked flawlessly.I used Adobe Premier Pro CS6 to capture and exported the test clip in several different formats with no issues. I did purchase the optional power supply for this unit. With the 6-pin to 6-pin you shouldn't need it but I didn't want to chance it. The unit comes with the 6-pin to 6-pin cable and the optional PSU comes with a 6-pin to 4-pin cable.

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        4.0

        Digital Conversion Over Firewire

        By VisionScribe

        from Georgia

        About Me Power User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Simple Controls

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Use

          Comments about Grass Valley ADVC110 Bi-Directional Analog / Digital Converter:

          This product is one of the industry standard products for converting analog video to digital over IEEE Firewire Standards. It does exactly what it says it does.

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          • No

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          5.0

          It does the job converting Hi8 to DV

          By fkaMikeB

          from US

          Comments about Grass Valley ADVC110 Bi-Directional Analog / Digital Converter:

          Easy connection and the device was recognized right away using Windows 7 64-bit. I used free ScenalyzerLive software to capture using optical scene recognition. Have not encountered any problems thus far.

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          5.0

          Great Product

          By Nate

          from Indiana, PA

          About Me Casual User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up
          • Fast Setup
          • Good Audio
          • Improved Reception

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Use

            Comments about Grass Valley ADVC110 Bi-Directional Analog / Digital Converter:

            The Grass Valley digital converter does exactly what I needed it to do. Easy to set up and use with great quality. I definitely recommend this product.

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            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            How good is output quality? You decide.

            By Ed

            from Houston, TX

            About Me Power User

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Fast Setup

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Use

              Comments about Grass Valley ADVC110 Bi-Directional Analog / Digital Converter:

              This review is to provide an example of the quality of output. I have read the technical evaluations written by others, and they are good, so I will not amplify except to say that I did have to purchase a Firewire 400 to 800 adapter in order to plug the supplied cable into my MacBook Pro. I paid $ at a local store for it. No need for the optional power supply.I wanted to know how good is the quality of the captured video compared with the DVR I have. I was not pleased with the DVR output of a wedding and I sure would have been disappointed if the output from this device was only a little bit better.Take a look at the uploaded images. They are not quite the same frame; however, the camera was on a tripod and nobody touched it during recording (I was in the wedding, so the photog was a "dead man").They are different as night and day! In one, you can't even read the words on the banner. They are nice and clear on the other. The source was a Hi-8 mini-DV camera original. The tape was 12 years old. The ADVC110 did a great job of reproducing the original, and that is all I can ask.Both images are displayed on my MacPro at full screen playback, so will appear slightly less sharp, although bigger. Hi-8 is not HD and this device will not make it so.I am very pleased with the ease of setup and use, but I did have to review the manual carefully to get my first successful capture. No special software needed for the Mac. iMovie will capture the video just great.

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              5.0

              Serve the purpose

              By Dave

              from Urbana, IL

              About Me Casual User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Fast Setup
              • Simple Controls

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Use

                Comments about Grass Valley ADVC110 Bi-Directional Analog / Digital Converter:

                Hi8 to digital conversion

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                • No

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                1.0

                Pixelated picture quality

                By Mike the teacher

                from Minneapolis

                About Me Casual User

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up
                • Fast Setup
                • Good Audio

                Cons

                • Bad Reception

                Best Uses

                • Home Use

                Comments about Grass Valley ADVC110 Bi-Directional Analog / Digital Converter:

                After reading reviews I thought this would be the best way to transfer 8mm and Hi 8 tapes to Mac for editing.The synchronization was good, but the analog to digital created noticeable pixellation in my final product.The clarity was also less than the original Hi8 when the Hi 8 was connected directly to a television. It was almost as though a filter was used to soften edges....it did create soft edges but pixelation as well.

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                5.0

                Excellent Products

                By Philip

                from Dallas

                About Me Power User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up
                • Good Audio
                • Improved Reception
                • Simple Controls

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Use

                  Comments about Grass Valley ADVC110 Bi-Directional Analog / Digital Converter:

                  ADVC110 Bi-Directional Analog / Digital Converter by Grass Valley Work well for my job i'm using this live webcast its give me quality Video stream . I read so so many review about this product everyone say its receive without power cord well you no need power cord.Excellent Products love it. shipment received on time.

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                  5.0

                  Great quality for the price

                  By Ari

                  from Omaha, Ne

                  About Me Power User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Professional Quality
                  • Simple Controls

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Grass Valley ADVC110 Bi-Directional Analog / Digital Converter:

                      I purchased this converter mainly to convert VHS to DVD. I use a Funai VCR and Adobe Premiere to capture the video. The digital quality is very good. I have used it to produce proffessional conversions for our customers, and recieved very good feedback from them.
                      I did have to purchase a firewire card for my desktop, so that I could use this converter. I would not say that was a con though, because I needed firewire for other projects anyway.
                      This equipment has turned out to be an excelent purchase.

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                      5.0

                      Well made and stable video

                      By ITWireGuy

                      from NEPA

                      About Me Casual User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Fast Setup
                      • Good Audio
                      • Simple Controls

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Use

                        Comments about Grass Valley ADVC110 Bi-Directional Analog / Digital Converter:

                        Works as advertized

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Excellent Item

                        By B Nyman

                        from Dothan, AL

                        About Me Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Fast Setup
                        • Good Audio

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Professional Video

                          Comments about Grass Valley ADVC110 Bi-Directional Analog / Digital Converter:

                          This item is used to convert the audio and video from a BETA tape machine to an iMac computer input. The set-up of the unit is very easy. From the time we received the item to the time we were using it was about 10 minutes. This is an excellent converter and I recommend it to anyone wanting to convert video and audio.

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                          5.0

                          Does a nice job

                          By MetroCast Channel 10-PA

                          from Berwick, PA

                          About Me Power User

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Fast Setup
                          • Improved Reception
                          • Simple Controls

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home Use

                            Comments about Grass Valley ADVC110 Bi-Directional Analog / Digital Converter:

                            Well constructed and lightweight... I use this to convert the analog signal from a sony robotic cam to digital. Plug and play! What could be easier?

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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            Works perfectly.

                            By Welsh Dog

                            from Sydney, Australia

                            Comments about Grass Valley ADVC110 Bi-Directional Analog / Digital Converter:

                            I needed the product to enable copying VHS - tapes to my computer. The instructions were clear and easy to follow once I read them To begin with tho I neglected to change the default output to our local system PAL which caused a short panic. Adjustments are made via dip switches which are clearly marked and easy to set. RCA inputs from tje video player are converted to Firewire so transfer speeds are adequate. The device works exactly as expected. No complaints from me on any level.

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                            5.0

                            Great product!

                            By LB

                            from Pittsburgh, pa

                            Comments about Grass Valley ADVC110 Bi-Directional Analog / Digital Converter:

                            Does exactly what I need. Taking AV from my Canon camcorder and feeding my FireWire port the laptop.
                            Good job!

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                            5.0

                            **** "PERFECT" ****

                            By Video in NJ

                            from NJ

                            About Me Casual User

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Fast Setup
                            • Good Audio
                            • Improved Reception

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Grass Valley ADVC110 Bi-Directional Analog / Digital Converter:

                                Worked out of the box......

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                                5.0

                                great device for home hobbyist

                                By Creative1

                                from Australia

                                About Me Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Set Up
                                • Fast Setup
                                • Simple Controls

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Home Use

                                  Comments about Grass Valley ADVC110 Bi-Directional Analog / Digital Converter:

                                  bought this product to convert old family videos saved to vhs tapes into a digital format for archival, editing and publishing purposes
                                  Used to connect a VHS player to the mac for capturing via iMovie as dv file
                                  Quick set up that works straight out of the box
                                  Only downside was had to order an extra firewire 4 cable to firewire 8 as computer does not have a firewire 4 port therefore cable that came with product was useless

                                  Product arrived swiftly from B&H very happy and would order again from them

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                                  5.0

                                  GREAT CONVERTER !!!

                                  By Mad Dawg

                                  from Chicago, IL

                                  About Me Power User

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Set Up
                                  • Fast Setup
                                  • Good Audio
                                  • Improved Reception
                                  • Simple Controls

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Home Use

                                    Comments about Grass Valley ADVC110 Bi-Directional Analog / Digital Converter:

                                    This converter does exactly what it said it would !!

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                                    • No

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                                    5.0

                                    Great ADVC for any price!

                                    By Matt M

                                    from Boise, ID

                                    About Me Power User

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Set Up
                                    • Fast Setup
                                    • Good Audio
                                    • Simple Controls

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Grass Valley ADVC110 Bi-Directional Analog / Digital Converter:

                                        I use this to convert VHS and Hi8 tapes to digital information a computer can process. Easily imports into iMovie for sharing via YouTube and streaming. Also can make DVDs if using earlier version of iMovie. Must have firewire connection on your computer. It does not import properly if you have an external adapter. You must use power supply PSUV5 if you are not importing through the devices 6 pin Firewire cable. This imports fine through FW800 port on my Macbook Pro with a 6 pin to 9 pin FW cable adapter (I use the one from Moshi). I upgraded from the older ADVC100 from 2003. There was nothing wrong with the other, I just bought this one now incase it goes out of production. The quality of the video captured seems to be improved but I have not tested side by side.

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                                        5.0

                                        Easy, instant, excellent quality.

                                        By Jenny

                                        from Sydney Australia

                                        About Me Enthusiast

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Does Pal Video
                                        • Easy To Set Up
                                        • Fast Setup
                                        • Good Audio

                                        Cons

                                        • Need A Firewire In Pc

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Home Use
                                        • Save Your Videos

                                        Comments about Grass Valley ADVC110 Bi-Directional Analog / Digital Converter:

                                        A quick read of the instructions helped me configure the little dip switches at the bottom of the unit to set the unit for PAL video as I am in Australia. The black and white capture I got on 'plug and play' suddenly improved, and voila! perfect video capture.
                                        Very easy unit to understand, I had only yellow and black lead, not composite 3 colours, and plugged that into the red and white ports.
                                        I admit I had to prepare my computer as this unit has the rather old fashioned 6 pin firewire port (you sort of expect hdmi or other these days) and had to buy a firewire card/port to put into my computer. That was an extra cost, however after that I was set up. Attach firewire to pc, attach converter to firewire, attach black and yellow lead to front of converter (in) and attach my old sony Hi8 camcorder to other end of leads. Open up my video editing/capturing suite, find the video in the capture screen, press play on the camcorder, press record on the screen.
                                        I chose mpeg2 - not a lot of information about video files in the booklet,none in fact. You have to learn about that yourself.
                                        Perfect video files on my pc. Plays while you watch, real time transfer. Make sure you've got plenty of hours and leave it to do it's thing. Ensure your output unit is plugged into electricity, not on a battery!!
                                        A great unit, easy for a newbie to understand.
                                        converting all my Hi 8 tapes, VHSC tapes and video tapes to digital.

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                                        5.0

                                        So far, so very good

                                        By lizerrr

                                        from tampa bay

                                        About Me Power User

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Set Up
                                        • Fast Setup
                                        • Good Audio
                                        • Improved Reception
                                        • Simple Controls

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Emergency Use
                                          • Home Use
                                          • Obstructed Areas
                                          • Rural Areas
                                          • RVs/Mobile Homes

                                          Comments about Grass Valley ADVC110 Bi-Directional Analog / Digital Converter:

                                          So far, with only a month is use, so very good. The unit was very easy to set up, an intuitive application in all respects. At first I was a little disappointed in how the digitized image was darker than original. I called Grass Valley and the tech assured me that the image could only be what was coming in. I checked the lcd screen of camera; lowered the brightness and still the digitized image was/is darker. But after a few weeks in use I have come to appreciate that the digitized image might actually be improving on the source material. Where the original image might be slightly fuzzy, the digitized version appears to be recalculating slightly to fill in that 'missing' info to improve the overall image. In short, in may appear darker, but it actually looks better. In many cases the color looks less 'burnt out.' In other cases, if I want to improve the saturation I can do that in post effects. The audio is excellent; the most excellent capture system for the audio I have heard to date. Like many other reviewers, I have used many other capture devices, this is by far the best. It costs more, but you get more. I did get a warning from Grass valley that the unit is sensitive to electrical charge. A warning I have been taking seriously. So make sure it is grounded and left unplugged if not is use. The content of my analog material is irreplaceable and I feel this unit has improved the image so much I can complete some old projects with confidence in the finished product. So far so very good.

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