I have connected my canopus converter to a macbook pro using RCA cables from a panasonic nv-hv62 vcr. It is a multi function VCR. I have connected the converter to the macbook pro via a 6 pin fire wire cable. It works except there is no color in the picture. I have switched the Dip switch 1 on the back from off to on and vice versa with no result. I have the dip switches in the default positions. I have played the tape through the TV and it works fine - I live in Australia and the TV is Pal.
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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...............................................
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I had this same problem. Took it back and got my money back. Was trying to use with iMovie. Was told I needed at least the ADVC300 (also known as Canopus). Not sure why, but the 300 did the trick. Could be other problems, though. Maybe your firewire is bad, or the port on the computer. Or the connectors you're using between the VCR and converter. I hope it isn't too late to exchange any of the equipment you bought. Usually it's 14 days for these things. Good luck! It is hard to pin down these problems!
You are trying to copy or record a copy protected video or your VCR has internal copy prevention turned on.
If you wish to copy tapes or dvd's, use a PC based system. You can also pull the raw video information off the VCR if you know where to connect to on the video board of the VCR. I cannot tell you how to to this as I have no idea which VCR you are using however, google the brand and model of your VCR, find a schematic and you should be able to pick the raw video feed into the video decoder chip and use that. Use shielded cables and NEVER undertake any work inside anything when it is plugged into the power outlet, disconnect it first by removing the plug from the outlet (never rely on the switch either).
take the yellow rca cable and push it into you video out, the the other colors red and white rca's on the left and right channel audio out, really easy, then plug in to the pc via usb, and connect, if you dont get it right email me, firstname.lastname@example.org then take me a photo of the back of the vcr then i will show you, how
How did You connect Canopus? Canopus has 2 Firewire slots - on the back and on the front.
If You connect FW cable to a front slot, then, Canopus will not work. Only with external power supply. I´m offering the next proceeding:
1. Connect ADVC with FW cable 6 to 4 to Your macbook via back FW slot. The ADVC lights will now on. On front panel by default light is on mode "digital". If the light don't work - it's a Canopus problem. If light is up and working, then next step.
2. Go to apple menu-about this mac - more info - firewire. You MUST see here Your Canopus a a device. If so, go to the next step.
3. Connect Your VCR to analog inputs, on the front panel of Canopus.
4. Run FCE. If it says "apple firewire device is missing" then is something wrong with Canopus. If not, proceed to next step.
5. On the top of the front panel of Canopus, press button. The light changes from digital to analogue.
6. Press apple+8, then capture settings. Set the firewire device as uncontrollable device. Make sure that in capture window is "vtr ok". Turn the VCR on
7. Press the play button on capture window. In the window appears the screen of Your VCR. Then press play on VCR and then "capture now" on capture panel. Voila! Must to work.
Not having camcorder control is normal, as the ADVC110 doesn't translate DV (AV/C) control to anything else. It just accepts and replies to deck control commands so the capture application doesn't get stuck waiting for a response.
First off, make sure you only have the ADVC110, your VCR, and your computer connected. No other Firewire devices.
Be sure your have the output from your VCR connected to the ADVC's input. Connect your VCR's output to your TV. You should see in iMovie the same image you see on your TV, slightly delayed.