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Old 01-07-2009, 10:44 PM   #1
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Default ADVC110 Analog Capture - Colors Washed Out

I just received a new ADVC110 today that I plan to use to convert a bunch of VHS home movies to digital. I am using iMovie on a MacBookPro running OSX Leopard. I have tried a couple of pre-recorded movies as a test, since I figured their quality would be consistent for testing. I have tried several and they are all coming in with the colors very unsaturated and washed out. It looks pretty bad.

I've got the box connected to my MBP via the firewire port on the back and in Analog mode by the switch on the front. I have the 3 RCA cables connected from the front panel to my Sony VCR. Fiddling around, I found that if I remove the video cable and then reinsert it, the colors look correct for a second, and then immediately go to washed out. After a lot more unsuccessful attempts, I pulled out an SVGA cable and connected it, and then disconnected the video cable. All looked great at that point. I still wanted to know for sure that this fixed it so I went back to video cable, and problem came back. Then I went back to SVGA and the problem persisted... so now that doesn't work either. Whether video cable or SVGA, on initial insertion of the cable, the video looks correct for a second and then immediately goes to a very washed out and unsaturated look.

Do I have a defective ADVC110, or am I doing something wrong here? I had heard rave reviews about the ADVC110 and that it was basically plug and play.
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Old 01-07-2009, 10:55 PM   #2
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Commercial, pre-recorded VHS tapes usually have Macrovision protection which prevents the ADVC110 from capturing the video! Symptoms are you get a second or two of good video, then it suddenly goes dark. You will need to try one of your own known good recordings.

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Old 01-07-2009, 11:14 PM   #3
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OK, thanks for the fast reply. I just tried an old TV recording and although the quality is pretty bad, it doesn't have that problem from before. I need to get my home movies out and give them a try.
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