(GTH Note: This review naturally takes the videomaker's viewpoint. However the ACE works with ANY video source and will also correct other people's mistakes or equipment faults! Home Theater owners wanting perfect results also find it ideal.)
" I am playing my source material on a JVC BR-S800U S-VHS edit deck with a digital noise reduction card. The signal is carried via S-VHS cable into the ACE and out via S-VHS cable into my editing computer for digitizing. The output is viewed on a JVC TM131 su monitor via composite video.
- The dials which are set up in red green and blue are GREAT! My other processor, from a well known US manufacturer, drives me crazy with it's non-intuitive color balance dials. I found the range more than adequate to clean up minor color balance problems. The dials are placed well on the face of the unit and very clearly marked. This tool alone makes the ACE worth the price. I can quickly and easily color correct most video I put into it.
Balance control was moderately effective in improving skin tone on the video I was testing. I do like the general warmth this can add overall to the video.
The shift control is great for making dubs or using
rough video provided by clients on vhs or worse. I tried it on some
generation video and it helped the color bleed, although the soft edge of the reds still stuck out.
The "Sharpness" control can be pretty handy.
Although it also adds noise to the picture, I found this feature useful
sharpening some minor unintentionally soft focus shots, rendering them less noticeable. Normal footage is not worth the noise
I like this unit much more than my other processor. It's controls are much more logical and intuitive. I don't have to introduce unwanted detail enhancing effects in order to utilize other controls. The white balance, color control, and brightness controls are enough to make this a perfect solution for day to day event and industrial editing. For A/B roll editing it's worth it to consider buying 2. I don't know the US price yet, but if they can keep it under $300 to $400US, two are still in the same price range as 1 of the comparable video processors. (GTH Note: For details of US & Canada power supply requirements see Power Supply Details)
If you don't own a color corrector now, buy it just for that. You'll be surprised how many more uses you'll find."
Dream Video Productions
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