Which product for library archiving

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avelasqu

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Which product for library archiving

PostFri Nov 22, 2019 5:42 pm

I work at a University Library and am researching how to digitize older formats such as VHS, Laserdisc, etc. for our Digital Library/Exhibits. Could I get a recommendation of what product would be best for this type of work?

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Re: Which product for library archiving

PostMon Nov 25, 2019 6:10 am

If capturing on a PC I would suggest the Intensity Pro PCI card with the analogue breakout cable. If on a Mac, then the Intensity Shuttle for Thunderbolt 2. If your Mac has USB-C Thunderbolt 3 you will need to research a compatible adapter.

In either case, for VHS capture, you will need a TBC (Time Base Corrector) to ensure a stable video signal.
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Re: Which product for library archiving

PostTue Nov 26, 2019 3:33 pm

Harry Parker wrote:If capturing on a PC I would suggest the Intensity Pro PCI card with the analogue breakout cable. If on a Mac, then the Intensity Shuttle for Thunderbolt 2. If your Mac has USB-C Thunderbolt 3 you will need to research a compatible adapter.

In either case, for VHS capture, you will need a TBC (Time Base Corrector) to ensure a stable video signal.


Thanks, we are getting a PC with a Thunderbolt 3 connection. We do have an AVT-8710 TBC. I am wondering what the difference between the Intensity and the UltraStudio products are? Does the Ultrastudio give better capture quality? I think ideally we would want something that is more future-proof even if we have pay more.

I am also wondering if there is a way to connect multiple analog devices at the same time to these capture devices or will we have to disconnect cables if we switch between VHS, laserdisc, etc.?

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