Buz vs. Mirro DC30+

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I am trying to decide if the Bus card is a good option to the dc30+ card. I know the DC30+ will look better at higher res. but I only need low res. editing with an EDL I can take to an online session.

My big concern is sync and frame rates. I nned to be sure that the input and outputs are the same so that my EDL is accurate.

Does anyone know if the Buz card is capable of maintaining sync in & out?

Any input would be helpful.


-- Chris (chris.longo@disney.com), March 23, 1999


I have a Buz Card for Mac, and use it in pretty much the same way as you, as an offline to cut on and master to a Media 100 with EDL.

The Buz card is capable of maintaining the sync, as long as you use the latest version of Premiere to edit with (v. 5.0). It was Premiere's fault that sync drift existed pre 5.0 due to a time base of 30fps and not 29.97fps.

I've found that as long as your drives can handle the data rate, and using the onboard UltraSCSI from the Buz to an Ultra SCSI drive is the best way to achieve this. But even at low quality (25%), I can digitize to my internal HD without dropping frames.

NOTE: If you plan to use Premiere to edit with. and need a frame accurate EDL to take to an online session, then when you digitize, make sure your preferences specify you want the digitize to abort on dropped frames. This will ensure that any TC based EDLs use clips whose TC is frame accurate.

Best O'luck.


-- David Bigelow (bigelowd@aol.com), April 12, 1999.

Well, if you're not concerned with capturing audio, then you might want to consider the MiroVideo DC20 plus. That runs around double the price of the Buzz card, but will give you a lot less problems. They're actually working on updated drivers now, but the people working on them, don't really know what they're doing. One of the people working on the driver does, but the rest are idiots. Just keep in mind that you can't capture audio with the buzz card.

-- ALan (SCSI_01@hotmail.com), June 10, 1999.

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