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Cannot capture video from VCR through ADVC55

I have a Canopus ADVC55 and cannot get the red light to turn green (signaling that I am getting a picture to the ADVC55). I know the VCR is working because I can connect it to a TV and see a picture. Do the dip switches need to be set a certain way (I've tried them all). Any other suggestions?

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this sounds like its a setting problem on your controll can you change the setting that says av try this its sounds like its not picking up the right signal check all wires are not damaged then try changing the settings in your menu options it is not a fault with the unti itself so dont worry to much as i dont have manuall for that model i cant tell you what settings to change ill have a look for manuall on net for you and will email if find anything what make and model of telly are you using ill email info to you if i find it sorry couldnt be any more help going to bed 10 past 1 in mornung here will look on net for manuall in morning hope this is some help to you sorry couldnt help tonight its late will email tomoz...............................................

Posted on Nov 09, 2007

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Change the DIP switch to PAL, unplug the unit (no power), then plug it back in. You need to power-cycle the unit to after changing DIP switch settings.

Also make sure that your capture application is set to PAL mode, if there is a NTSC/PAL setting.

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It sounds like the DVDs are protected by Macrovision copy-protection. The ADVC units are not designed to bypass Macrovision copy-protection.

Posted on Apr 05, 2008

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SOURCE: "no device control" blue screen on imovie with ADVC55 connected

Hi - The red light indicates the VHS is Macrovision copy protected, so the ADVC55 is refusing to import it.
There is a sort of "secret" workaround for this that most people who own the old Canopus products know, and which Canopus also knew, supported, and had posted on their forums (unfortunately deleted by the new owner who seems to be unclear on copyright law).
Remember, it is LEGAL to make ONE (but ONLY one) copy of any copyrighted material for your personal use for backup purposes. In other words, if you do this, you can record the movie into your computer and store it there, or burn it to a DVD (after which you must erase the copy on your computer), but that's all! You cannot make another copy for anyone else - not even yourself - without violating copyright law.
That said, here are the two procedures that usually work, easiest first:
1) When you first turn the Canopus on, hold the select button down for roughly twenty seconds. Now the system should ignore any copy protection until you turn the unit off.
2) (if 1 doesn't work:)
1. Put all dip switches OFF (unless you have a PAL system). 2. Hook up the firewire cable from the unit to the PC while ensuring that both units are OFF (this is what the instructions say to do, because you can cause a damaging power surge otherwise).
3. Turn on the power to the DVD player, PC and ADVC-100.
4. Set capture on your PC (your software) to Manual.
5. Start the DVD.
6. The ANALOG IN LCD of the unit will light, and if the DVD is Macrovision protected, the red STATUS light will stay on for about 18 seconds, turn off for about three seconds, and then repeat the process (or may remain red longer on some units).
7. Depress and HOLD the INPUT SELECT silver button. The DIGITAL IN LCD will light up temporarily then turn off. Keep this button depressed until the red STATUS light stays off completely (about 15 seconds).
8. Release the INPUT SELECT BUTTON and press it briefly one more time until the ANALOG IN button lights up.
9. Macrovision is now bypassed!

Again, once you turn the ADVC55 off (which you must - if it stays on for long periods it can overheat and malfunction), you'll have to go through the Macrovision bypass procedure again next time you turn it on.
Good luck, and I hope this works for you as it did for me with my Canopus!

Posted on Aug 05, 2009

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