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Canopus ADVC HD50 Advanced Digital Video Converter - £575.00 xvat 

Converts HD Video via HDMI to HDV via FireWire

Realtime HDMI-to-HDV Conversion:  The Thomson Grass Valley Canopus ADVC-HD50 converter lets you instantly convert uncompressed HD video and audio from HDMI devices to the HDV format, output via IEEE 1394 FireWire, for use in your nonlinear editor of choice.

The Thomson Grass Valley ADVC-HD50 carryies on the design philosophy already present with standard definition (SD) ADVC products, the ADVC-HD50 converter sports a sleek, portable design with an emphasis on simplicity and compatibility; the converter does not require any drivers or software to set up, and is compatible with both PC- and Mac-based editors.

The ADVC-HD50 converter will convert any uncompressed HDMI source, such as an AVCHD camcorder, to the HDV format for easier editing. This also reduces the need for a high-performance system or costly hard disk drive storage configurations to work with uncompressed HD video. The converter may also be used to convert non-HDCP-protected video from other HDMI sources, such as game consoles and set-top boxes.

Bringing affordable HD flexibility into the professional videography and prosumer workflow, the ADVC-HD50 converter is ideal for:

  • Anyone creating video productions from HDMI sources, with limited resources and/or hardware
  • Gamers and 3D graphics artists seeking to capture from HDMI sources
  • Universities and corporate training facilities - can be used as a live input for Thomson Grass Valley MediaEdge
  • Laptops and desktops that need HDMI ingest without internal hardware to support the input

ADVC-HD50: Key Features

  • Connects HDMI*-equipped video equipment to FireWire (IEEE 1394)-equipped computers and devices for video editing
  • Converts 1280x720 HDMI to 1280x720 HDV, and 1920x1080 to 1440x1080 HDV
  • Compatible with Windows and Macintosh operating system-based HDV editors
  • No need to install drivers or any software applications
  • Powered by FireWire (IEEE 1394) connector**
  • NTSC- and PAL-compatible

* HDCP not supported
** The ADVC-PSU5V AC adapter kit (sold separately) is required when connecting the ADVC-HD50 to a 4-pin FireWire (IEEE 1394) port

Package Contents

  • ADVC-HD50 converter unit
  • User manual
  • 1 x FireWire cable (6-pin – 6-pin)

Technical Specifications:

Digital Video/Audio Input

  • 1 x HDMI™ Connector (HDCP not supported)

Digital Video/Audio Output

  • 1 x 6-pin FireWire

Supported Video Input Resolutions

  • 1920x1080 (59.94i, 50i), 1280x720 (59.94p, 50p)1
  • 720x480 (59.94p), 720x576 (50p), 640x480 (60p)2

Supported Audio Input Formats

  • LPCM 2ch at 16-24bit, 32/44.1/48kHz3

Video Output Formats4

  • HDV Mode-1 (720p): 1280x720/59.94p, 1280x720/50p
  • HDV Mode-2 (1080i): 1440x1080/59.94i, 1440x1080/50i
  • IEC61883-4 MPEG Transport Stream

Audio Output Format

  • Stereo MPEG-1 Audio Layer 2 384kbps (multiplexed)

Power Source

  • IEEE 1394 bus powered or DC5V from EIAJ#2 DC jack

Power Usage

  • 8W

Unit Dimensions

  • Width 152mm x Depth 153mm x Height 23mm

Unit Weight

  • 400g (approx.)

1. The video signal is encoded to HDV with 8-bit precision
2. The output image is set within a black background, letter- and pillar-boxed (no scaling supported)
3. For multi-channel input, only channels 1 and 2 are used. The interface supports both 16-bit and 24-bit, but the captured precision is 16-bit.
4. Encoded resolution is set automatically by the HDMI input signal. 720p to 1080i, and 1080i to 720p up/down-conversion is not supported

ADVC-PSU5V AC Adapter Kit* Technical Specifications:
Power Input

  • DC5V

Power Supply

  • DC5V AC Adapter AC100V/240V

*ADVC-PSU5V Adapter Kit sold separately.
Note: Use of other power supplies for ADVC-HD50 operation is not recommended and will void warranty.

Tested Hardware/Software
The ADVC-HD50 converter is designed for maximum compatibility across the range of HDMI output devices, HDV input devices, and operating system and video editing software. The following hardware and software has been tested successfully with the converter.

HDMI Output Devices

Cameras / Decks

  • Panasonic: HDR-SD3 (HDC-SD3-S), HDC-DX1-S


  • Gefen: Component Audio to HDMI Adapter
  • Kurotoshiko: RH2600PRO-E256HW


  • Blackmagic Design: Intensity Pro capture card
  • Panasonic: DMR-BW200 Blu-ray Disc player

HDV Input Devices:
Cameras / Decks

  • Sony: HVR-M25J, HVR-Z7J, HDR-HC7

PC (OHCI-compatible IEEE 1394 FireWire)

Windows-based (x86)

  • Windows XP SP2: EDIUS Pro/EDIUS Broadcast v4.60, Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0
  • Windows Vista: Windows Movie Maker
  • Windows Vista SP1: EDIUS Neo, Windows Movie Maker (ver 6.0.6000.16386)


  • Mac OS X (10.4.3, 10.5.2): iMovie 6.0.3, Apple Final Cut Pro 5, Apple Final Cut Pro 6.0


  • Thomson Grass Valley HDCS7000 Video Distribution Unit

Service and Support:

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