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are plenty of options for getting analogue and digital video onto a
PC for editing - some better than others. A couple of years ago, Snazzi
came up with a sturdy arrangement in the form of the USB2 Gold Deluxe
Edition, but how does the company's latest offering deal with advances
in DVD authoring?
Even though most
camcorders sold today are DV models, there are plenty of analogue camcorders
still in use, whether Hi8, 8mm, or one of the four VHS variants. Given
the wide range of low-cost video editing hardware and software available
and the capabilities of modern PCs, it's never been easier for anyone
to start video editing, irrespective of what type of footage they have.
V One's latest Snazzi-branded editing solution, DV.AVIO, can handle
analogue and digital capture and is based around a PCI card - still
the only route open to users of desktop PCs without FireWire capability
built in - paired with a breakout box for analogue inputs.
This package has lots going for it. The analogue/DV hardware worked
fine, likewise the (rather quirky) capture program, and the choice of
InterVideo WinDVD Creator Plus for editing seems fairly sound, though
we were slightly concerned at the program's initial failings. In fairness,
though, the Snazzi's biggest rival - Pinnacle's MovieBox USB - comes
with Pinnacle Studio, an editing program with its own well-documented
problems, though support for Pinnacle is, at least, a one-stop shop.
The promised addition of a FireWire port to the breakout box is welcome,
but what's most likely to swing votes is the huge range of formats that
DV Studio can capture to. There are few products available at this lowly
price point that offer such a wealth of options for encoding analogue
footage along with full DV editing and DVD authoring capability.
As a further incentive on the price front, a discount is on offer to
CVE readers for the Snazzi DV.AVIO. See the Specifications box on p78
for info on how to claim.
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Terratec Aureon 7.1
Sony Sound Forge 7 v Steinberg Wavelab 5
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Casablanca uses MainConcept
Sony TRV950 replacement
Apple Production Suite
Hitachi 400GByte HDD
MainConcept HD DVD encoder
Networkable Panasonic DVD recorder
Software assistance for DV filmmakers
Roxio sells software arm to Sonic
Miglia FireWire800 storage