Some pre-purchase questions

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Chris Williams
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I'm going to purchase an editing system, and the DV.now.AV is one at which I'm looking closely. I have a Radius MotoDV currently. It's lame and abandoned now, and never had the ability to capture more than 2 gigs.

First off, does the DV.now.AV have any requirment for Apple's wretched software QuickTime?

Second, I have a bunch of PAL DV tapes and an NTSC Sony DV cam. It can play the PAL tapes, but the analog video out is in a pseudo-PAL format...PAL frame-rate and NTSC color (the worst of both worlds.) Because the analog output is neither NTSC or PAL, my multi-standard monitor shows the video as B&W. So any system that uses the analog output of the camcorder for editing display will not work. I need a board with it's own codec and it's own analog out to deliver a true PAL video signal to my monitor.

Does the DV.now.AV fill this bill? Do I need to spend more? Can I spend less?

I have no need of real-time effects. I need to be able to load frames into a program and touch them up, ideally to be able to clone-paint from one frame to another to cover up drop-outs.

The ideal system will have a TWAIN or Video For Windows compatible system so I can use it with a wide array of software.

Thanks in advance.

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"First off, does the DV.now.AV have any requirment for Apple's wretched software QuickTime?"

DV.now AV captures video in the FAST DV codec, but this can be played in Quicktime Player because it has a 'Quicktime wrapper.' You do not have to have Quicktime installed on the system, unless you want to play the files outside of FAST.forward and Premiere.

"I need a board with it's own codec and it's own analog out to deliver a true PAL video signal to my monitor."

Do you mean you want it to input NTSC but output PAL? It cannot do that. You have to set DV.now AV up as a PAL-only or NTSC-only system. You specify which one you are using when you install the software and cannot convert between them.

"The ideal system will have a TWAIN or Video For Windows compatible system so I can use it with a wide array of software."

DV.now AV does not use a Twain or VfW driver, so you cannot capture in other software. However, you can play or edit the video in any Quicktime-compatible software.

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