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DAC-100 DV Converter




   Datavideo is one of the leading Digital Video (DV) equipment providers. We are going to take a look at their DAC-100 Digital Video converter. This piece of equipment is designed to convert any video and audio to another medium. You can go from PC to PC using Fire Wire or RCA to PC for analog setups or even Digital to analog with S-video. Lets take a closer look and see how it works at least in a few setups and if its stands up to our testing...


The Bridge Between Digital and Analog Video
PC, Power Mac and iMac platform video editors now have a simple, competent solution for transferring video and audio back and forth between analog tape and DV. --> Unedited customer comments about the DAC-100
Unit Dimensions/Weight
6.15 inches, 156 mm, Depth: 6.0 inches, 150 mm
Height: 1.6 inches, 40 mm, Net Weight: 0.88 lbs/0.4 Kg


Digital Video Inputs:
 Two 6-pin FireWire (iLink) I/O ports. Selectable NTSC PAL, DV format (25Mbps)
Analog Video Inputs:
 Y/C (S-Video) (DIN 4-pin 75 ohm)
 Composite (RCA ) 1.0Vp-p.
Analog Audio Outputs:
 Two unbalanced audio RCA connectors.
LED Indicators:
 Video input source: AV or DV.
 Digital audio sample rate: 32KHz/12-bit or 48KHz/16-bit.
Digital Video Inputs:
 Two 6-pin FireWire (iLink) I/O ports.
Analog Video Inputs:
 Y/C (S-Video) (DIN 4-pin 75 ohm) Composite (RCA ).
Analog Audio Outputs:
 Two unbalanced audio RCA connectors.
LED Indicators:
 Video input source: AV or DV.
 Digital audio sample rate: 32KHz/12-bit or 48KHz/16-bit.

Selectable Video Standard:
NTSC (525 lines / 60Hz), PAL (625 lines / 50Hz).

Inputs: DV, Y/C, composite.
Outputs: DV, Y/C, composite.

Two 6-pin FireWire (iLink) I / O ports, available in NTSC 4:1:1 or PAL 4:2:0 DV25 format (25Mbps data transfer rate).

Selectable video level, at 0 IRE or 7.5 IRE.

Video comb filter for high quality video.

Video input source auto-detection.

Audio Sampling Rate:
Selectable 32KHz (12-bit) or 48 KHz (16-bit) for unbalanced audio.

Audio Decoding Rate:
Selectable 32KHz, 44.1KHz or 48KHz DV audio decoding.

DV (iLink), Digital 8, Video 8, Hi8, VHS, S-VHS, VHS-C and S-VHS-C, U-Matic, etc.

Power Mac, iMac, Windows 98 / ME / 2000 and XP.

Power input: + DC 5V, 6W.

External switching power
AC/DC adapter 90 - 240V AC,
50/60Hz, + DC 5V/6W

Included Cable Sets
RCA cable 3R to 3R (1)
Y/C (S-Video) cable (1)
IEEE 1394/400 Mbps FireWire Cable (1)
1.8m IEEE 1394 6-6 Cable (1) Instruction Manual

Product Page





  If not mistaken this product is in the $200 USD range very cost effective media solution.



   Now this unit can be hooked up just about any video equipment or PC so we are only going to go over a few major points hooking up from DV camera to VHS and DV camera to PC (Fire wire). But please note there are many  other ways to hook up to the DAC-100. Make sure you read the documentation carefully to get the best results due to the multiple hook-ups. (Make sure to go over DMA settings in the driver properties to guarantee a proper install)


   Appearance is not a huge deal when discussing a video converter but datavideo makes this unit look like a sleek hub or router. So that being said we will just post some pics so you can see the product.



   Performance is a bit tuff to rate seeing this is the first DV converter I have ever personally used but I can tell you this it works well. The data stream converts with little to no data loss and for all intent and purpose I can not find a flaw in there system. Please note I only tested under one configuration DV to PC from a camcorder but I would expect results to be similar no mater what type of device you are trying to convert from. I give the DAC-100 a plus for performance very easy to use and install.


   Data Video has made a very nice piece of media equipment. They go to great care to double box the merchandise for shipping and presentation of the product is well displayed on the packaging as a hole... The Documentation is well written and easy to follow even if this is your first real media product anyone should be able to perform the install and setup easily.



   The product itself seems very well designed the construction is solid no moving parts or frilly add-ons that will only cause failure or breakage down the line. As i mentioned earlier it looks almost like a mini hub but when you pick this product up you can quickly notice how well it is construed... Now I don't have time to really see if this product will withstand years of abuse but from the time I have used the DAC-100 I feel pretty confident it will around for the long haul.



Easy Install Plug n Play.

Multiple configurations for any type of conversation.

Performs well no noticeable data loss on conversion.

Quality construction designed for wear and tear..


Nothing negative to speak of.


   Being our first DV review I was impressed at the easy of usability and will definitely recommend the DAC-100 from datavideo to anyone in need of an inexpensive conversion solution.. Nice product datavideo. I am confident when awarding the DAC-100 our coveted Editors Choice Trophy of Excellence for a well rounded cost effect multi-media solution.. Congratulations datavideo!!!!


Rating: 6 out of 6 Stars PERFECT SCORE!!! 

Review Date: 01/10/05

Reviewer: pr101j (Paul)


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Contact Info:

Datavideo Corporation
12300 E. Washington Blvd., Suite U
Whittier, CA 90606 U.S.A.

Tel: (562) 696-2324
Fax: (562) 698-6930

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Business Hours
Monday - Friday
9:00a.m. - 5:00p.m. PST





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