I have seen it suggested that buying a digital video camera with either S-Video or composite inputs is another solution. Such cameras can take the analog input and write in its own media format for later replay. Anyone have experience with such cameras in this mode?
UPDATE: Found a discussion on the Corel forum that I suspect explains the problem (even though it refers to the X2 version):
Here's the latest..I've been communicating with Corel email and finally phone calls. The latest tech I talked to said that I need two computers, one to capture, one to edit. He said that my two versions of VS , 9 SE and X2 will have contention. He basically said since I upgraded from 9 SE to X2, I no longer can capture on that computer. As long as X2 is installed, I cannot capture with 9 SE or CapWiz, both of which came bundled with the ADSTECH DVDXpressDX2 external device. And trying to capture with X2 is a no go. It previews just fine. In the preview window I get video and audio. Then when I start the actual record, X2 locks up with an unexpected error.Since I have two PCs, and I only occasionally need to capture from an analog device, this may be the answer: install the old version, Ulead VisualStudio 9 SE and use that to capture from the ADS Tech Xpress DX2. Use the new version of VideoStudio Pro X5 to do editing. Yes, it is a bit clumsy, but like I said, I only occasionally need to capture from an analog device. In addition, capture is slow, and gobbles resources like crazy. It is best to do that on a machine that I am trying to do anything else on at the same time.
UPDATE 2: It turns out that the CapWiz program (a very simple video capture only program) that comes on the same disc as Ulead VideoStudio 9 works just fine on the same PC as Corel VideoStudio Pro X5. I can capture using CapWiz from my VCR to MPEG-2, then import that into VS Pro X5. The thing that is a bit quirky is that when I do so, VS Pro X5 seems to duplicate (with a slight delay) the audio portion of the video into the voice audio track, producing a bizarre echo. But I can turn off the voice audio track for those situations, and solve the problem. I guess that I am about ready to spend the money to buy the license for VS Pro X5.
UPDATE 3: It turns out that I was able to get Ulead VisualStudio 9 SE and the ADS Tech Xpress DX2 box working on the older laptop by removing the current QuickTime version first. I can now capture analog there from VisualStudio 9 just fine. I wonder if that might be the case on my other PC too -- but I am not sure that I really want to try it. There are some nice features to the new version. At least I can still do video capture on one box why working on the other.