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  • ADVC110 adjustability?

    I've had the ADVC110 for a few months now but I cant seem to find a program to adjust the picture settings (brightness, contrast, saturation, hue, sharpness, etc.). Does such a program exist? I think something like this exists with the 300, but what about the 110? I currently use virtualdub to capture, but I cant adjust the picture settings (which is possible with other capture cards). The ADVC is connected to my laptop via 6-pin to 4-pin firewire. Perhaps this is the reason there is no adjustability in capture settings? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  • #2
    ADVC110 doesn't have any associated colour correction software.

    You might want to consider trialling our EDIUS software to get the video looking the way you would like..


    • #3
      Also understand that correction done to the already-DV-compressed data isn't as flexible as corrections done to the analog input prior to compression, as is done with the ADVC300.

      TV-capture type cards let you adjust prior to compression because they usually don't compress at all, which is why you need a hefty system to keep up with realtime capture+compression in those cases.

      The analog realm has "headroom" or wiggle-room. The digital world has far less.
      For example, imagine this scenario...

      You're taking a picture of your friend in front of nice scenery.

      You take the picture and realize that it out of focus and overexposed.
      There's a limited amount of fixing you can do at this point. That's how it is with the compressed DV. In some cases you'll get it nice, in other cases it may still be problematic.

      Now if you go back and adjust your camera settings and took the picture again, you'd get a much better result, and even if it's not perfect, you have more room to adjust things so your end-result can be better than in the previous case.


      • #4
        Thanks for the replies.

        -will the EDIUS software make a difference in my capture? you said use EDIUS "to get the video looking the way you would like..." does this program offer something extra/special over all the other programs I have tried?

        -following your analogy... what if i cant adjust my "camera" (or the video source in my case)? If I capture from a VCR and I have no way of adjusting picture settings so that I can get a better capture result (assume the VCR is outputs good video). Am I just out of luck then?

        Should I have just spent an extra $150 for the 300? :( too late now.

        Once again, thank you for your help.


        • #5
          Hey Fatalize,

          Since you already bought a 110, I'd look into getting a standalone Time-Base Corrector with video adjustment. This will happen on the analog side of the chain, before the signal hits the ADVC and gets compressed to DV.

          TBCs run a large price range, depending on what features you want, so shop around for one that does as much or as little as you need.