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Canopus ADVC-110 Video Capture


High-Quality Analog/Digital Video Conversion

The ADVC professional family supports virtually any professional video conversion need. Each contains the innovative Canopus DV codec technology, which provides the industry's best picture-quality preservation during analog/DV conversion.

The ADVC110 unit connects to all analog and digital video cameras, decks, and editing systems. This portable and easy-to-use digital video converter is ideal for capturing and outputting analog video from any FireWire (IEEE 1394a)-equipped notebook or desktop computer. There are no drivers to install, and the unit does not require a power supply when used with a 6-pin FireWire (IEEE 1394a) cable.

Full Description



Video Format:
  • NTSC, PAL, SECAM (input only)
Digital Video:
  • 6-pin FireWire (IEEE 1394), 4-pin FireWire (IEEE 1394)
Audio Format:
  • 2-channel, 48 kHz, 16-bit
Analog Video Input:
  • S-video, composite (RCA)
Analog Audio Input:
  • Stereo unbalanced (2 x RCA)
Analog Video Output:
  • S-video, composite (RCA)
Analog Audio Output
  • Stereo unbalanced (2 x RCA)
Device Control:
  • AV/C over FireWire (IEEE 1394)
  • 1394 bus power (6-pin), optional DC adapter
  • 146 (W) x 27.2 (H) x 120 (D) mm



Macrovision Protection/Elimination Controversy

As many people in the video editing world are aware, Canopus has been around in the mainstream for a long time. One of their earlier products was an analog to digital converter called the ADVC-100. And often, when people talk about the Canopus ADVC-110, then often refer to it as "the ADVC-100 without macrovision elimination". This is mainly because the ADVC-110 is only slightly different from the ADVC-100. According to Canopus, they added the powered bus feature to the 110, but got rid of the ability to disable macrovision. Because of these minor changes and because the ADVC-110 and 110 look almost exactly the same, people have been asking if there was a way to still disable macrovision on the 110. Many people have offered suggestions on how to accomplish this. And although Canopus doesn't officially support this feature on the ADVC-110, we figured we'd give it a try anyway.

How to Disable Macrovision on the Canopus ADVC-110

  • Press and hold the Input Select button on the front panel for about 15 seconds
  • While holding, your captured image will freeze
  • When the video starts playing again, you can stop pushing the button.
  • Macrovision copy-protection is now disabled until you switch off the ADVC-110

This process is pretty much the same as it was on the ADVC-100. We didn't test this with multiple units; therefore we're not sure if this will work for everyone. Nor are we aware if Canopus or Grass Valley will continue to allow this awesome feature to keep working. But for now, feel free to bask in the joy of a cool little tweak.

DAC-200 or ADVC-110?

There are two very comparable products on the market right now, The DAC-200 by Datavideo and the ADVC-110 by Canopus. Both do essentially the same thing when it comes to analog to digital video conversion. A few years ago (when the DAC-200 was the DAC-100 and the ADVC-110 was the ADVC-100) it was safe to say there was a big difference. The ADVC-100 Claimed to have locked audio and the ability to disable macrovision, while the DAC-100 was falling behind in such features. But now, with the spirit of competition, they have both grown in quality and features as they advanced into today's models. The biggest difference is the DAC-200 comes with a power supply and the ADVC-110 does not. The ADVC-110 is Bus Powered, meaning it draws its power from your computer through the 6 pin firewire port. This also means you'll save on messy cables. Assuming your laptop has a 6 pin firewire port, the ADVC-110 would be the best choice, since you won't have to find a power outlet to make the thing run. Still, if you need AC power, Canopus offers an optional power supply. I've heard people, who have tried both products, claim that one has better picture over the other or works better with Macs than the other, but on a large scale most everyone is pleased with whatever product they chose. From the tests I've done, I think the quality on both products is equally high. Upon disabling the Macrovision, The ADVC-110 seemed to have a very minor "Auto brightness and contrast" effect on video I captured. Still, the ADVC-110 looked great.


The ADVC-110 has the ability to disable macrovision and can capture full resolution NTSC or PAL video and sound. It's a good converter at a great price. The bus powered feature is nice by eliminating excess cables, but is a draw back if your computer only has a 4 pin firewire port. Still, the ADVC-110 does everything it says it can do. And that can be a rare find in today's world.




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