Building a Digital Video Capture System - Part II

Summary Chart

Manufacturer ADS Dazzle Pinnacle Matrox
Model PRYO ProDV DVC II DV500+ RT2500
Street Price $249.95 $249.95 $779 $899
Recommended CPU(s)/speed Pentium II or AMD K6 / 400 MHz or higher Pentium II, Celeron, or AMD K6-2 / 400 MHz or higher Pentium II or compatible processor / 450 MHz or higher Pentium II or AMD Athlon CPU / 350 MHz or higher
OS Windows 2000, ME, and 98 SE Windows 2000, ME, and 98 Windows 2000, NT, ME, 98SE and 98 Windows 2000 (Service Pack 1 is recommended) or Windows ME
Input Format(s) DV Analog DV/Analog DV/Analog
Output formats .AVI, Real Video, .ASF, MPEG & Quick time video, DV MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, RealVideo, Composite MPEG-2 (DVD compliant),MPEG-1, MP3,Real Media, Windows Media. Also DV, DV Cam, DVCPro, Digital8, S-Video, Hi8, Composite, Video8 MPEG-1, MPEG-2 (DVD compliant), RealVideo, Windows Media, QuickTime, DV, S-Video, Composite
Video In Ports IEEE 1394 S-Video / Composite IEEE 1394 / S-Video / Composite IEEE 1394 / S-Video / Composite
Audio In IEEE 1394 RCA IEEE 1394 / RCA IEEE 1394 / RCA
Breakout Box No Yes Yes Yes
NLE Software Media Studio Pro 6.0 (Full Version) or Adobe Premier 6.0 (Full Version) Dazzle MovieStar Adobe Premier 6.0 (Full Version) Adobe Premier 6.0 (Full Version)

About The Author

Guy Wright has worked as a video engineer, video editor, and producer/director for cable and experimental television stations. He is a published science fiction author and author of books on computers and video. He has been Technical Editor, Technical Manager, and Editor-in-Chief for a number of high-tech magazines since 1983 including Run Magazine, Amiga World Magazine, OS/2 Magazine, InterActivity Magazine, and Multimedia Week. He has published over 500 articles in more than two dozen high-tech and video magazines.

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