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Maybe an end to this discussion is for Klara Foeller, the originator of
this debate, to contact Avid, the noted long standing high end (and also
lower end versions) and ask which version would suit her specific needs
and cost and what platform works best with what hardware/software.  They
have software that runs on both Macs and PCs, so they're not out to
recommend one platform over another as long as they make the sale.

Rod Stephens
Family Theater Productions

Dave Bradley wrote:

>> 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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