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>My experience is that short clips - up to 30 minutes or so - are likely to
>be fine. But any sort of anomaly can cause the picture to freeze for a few
>frames to a few seconds and to remain out of sync at least to the next
>glitch. The result is that capturing a lengthy selection almost always
>results in audio anticipating video. It can be corrected in Adobe Premiere
>or a similar tool, but the effort involved is prohibitive. I've found an
>occasional problem with the standalone, but it's rarely more than a few
>frames of error and it is corrected within a second or two; in short, it
>needs careful watching to be detectable.

That sounds as if you are capturing to MPEG format, not AVI, and using an
external converter such as the Dazzle or Pinnacle PCTV converters. They
have problems staying in sync.  Get a Canopus converter and you're going to
be in perfect sync. Capture to AVI, not MPEG and the sync problems are far
less likely to happen too.

I've been using a PC for video for quite some time and once I got rid of
the Pinnacle converter everything has been in perfect sync and I've used
the system to capture up to 4 hours of non stop video and then edit it from
there with no sync problems.

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