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No Drivers Needed

The Grass Valley® ADVC®-HD50 provides instant conversion of uncompressed HD video and audio from HDMI devices to the HDV format—with output to your nonlinear editor. Featuring a sleek, portable design it requires no drivers or software to set up, and is compatible with Windows and Macintosh platforms.

The ADVC-HD50 is ideal for anyone creating video packages from HDMI devices, as well as game developers and 3D graphic artists seeking to capture from HDMI sources. This is the perfect solution for laptop and desktop users who need HDMI ingest without internal hardware.

  • Compatible with Windows and Macintosh platforms
  • No need to install drivers or any software applications
  • 50 Hz and 60 Hz compatible
  • Ideal for studio production environments
  • Robust and reliable—over 250,000 ADVC converters sold worldwide

Digital Video/Audio Input
1 x HDMI connector (HDCP not supported)

Digital Video/Audio Output
1 x 6-pin FireWire (IEEE 1394)

Supported Video Input Resolutions

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

Supported Audio Input Formats
LPCM 2ch at 16-24 bit, 32/44.1/48 kHz

Video Output Formats

  • 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 2 384 kb/s (multiplexed)

Power Source
IEEE 1394 bus powered or DC 5V from optional AC adapter

Power Usage

Environmental Characteristics

  • Operating temperature: 5 to 40°C
  • Storage temperature: -20 to 60°C
  • Maximum humidity: 80% (no condensation)


  • Width: 152 mm (5.98 in.)
  • Height: 23 mm (0.91 in.)
  • Depth: 153 mm (6.02 in.)


Minimum System Requirements

Windows PC

  • Windows 2000 (Service Pack 3 or higher)
  • Windows XP Home, Windows XP Professional (Service Pack 1 or higher)
  • Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Ultimate (Service Pack 1 or higher)
  • Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate
  • DirectX 8.0 or higher



  • Mac OS X (10.2.7/10.2.8/10.3/10.4.x/10.5/10.6)

Note: A video-capture card or OHCI FireWire (IEEE 1394) connection is required to capture DV.

See more related documents
Model ADVC-HD50
Package Contents ADVC-HD50 unit
1 x FireWire (IEEE 1394) cable (6-pin to 6-pin)
User manual
Optional Power Supply*1, 2 ADVC-PSU5V adapter kit*2
1 x AC power adapter
1 x FireWire (IEEE 1394) cable (6-pin to 4-pin)

*1 – Sold separately.
*2 – Use of other power supplies with this ADVC unit is not recommended and will void warranty.

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