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ADS API-203 Webcam PYRO 1394

ADS API-203 Webcam PYRO 1394
alaScore 73

50 reviews

Dec, 2018

We have collected and analyzed 4 expert reviews and 46 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 69/100 and users rate it 76/100. The average review date is May 18, 2006. We have compared these reviews to 143363 reviews from other Webcams. The alaScore™ for this product is 73/100 = Good. Last update: Dec 11, 2018.

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Consumer review ( review summary for ADS API-203 Webcam PYRO 1394


alaTest has collected and analyzed 19 user reviews of ADS API-203 Webcam PYRO 1394 from The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other products in the same category on

79% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: ADS Technologies PYRO 1394 WebCam (FireWire)ADS Technologies PYRO 1394 WebCam (FireWire)

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Jason Cox (

ADS, contact PYRO 1394 Reader for Digital Media


No external power supply necessary


Feb, 2001

Expert review by : Jan Ozer (

Hold Your Fire: Wait on ADS' PYRO 1394 WebCam

Jan, 2001

Expert review by : Matthew Honan (

FireWire Web Cams


In terms of overall quality, none of these cameras can touch the iSight, thanks to its excellent picture and sound capabilities and its industrial design. In terms of value, the Pyro's price, software bundle, and picture quality make it the best budget-co

Great picture quality ; best software bundle

Bulky ; hard to position at eye-level

Dec, 2003

Consumer review (

Decent for Archival


If it had support for other resolutions and codecs, that would be nice. It's locked at 720x480 DV.

It has pretty good quality outputting to DV from a variety of source types

The component inputs were non-functional for me, which makes recording analog content at the highest quality impossible. Also, there is a delay of at least a second between whatever your source video is doing and what is outputted by DV. This makes...

Feb, 2011

Consumer review (

Ext. capture card


Recognized as a camcorder in the Capture Viewer(DELL)..I'm useing this product w/Windows 7 HP and its excellent..with ROXIO Creator 10(Capture)-great..and the Import TOOL for Windows/recognized as a AVCompliant Device.

Excellent Firewire connectivity/has analog IN/OUT

Finding software for XP Computers/had to use a DELL Computer w/XP Home Edition and DELL Picture Studio(VideoWAVE)software..with a Atlantis Video Card

Feb, 2010

Consumer review (

Pretty nice


works great for me with Leopard and Final Cut... Component INs work great too and are very clear

Poor explanation of dipswitch combinations in manual. Make sure you lock the audio to 48khz 16bit or it will go out of sync (all switches down)

Jun, 2009

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ADS Tech not good with QA.


1st when I opened the box all the plastic bags were already torn open and was missing the 6 pin FireWire cable (had one on hand tho) & the Quick Start guide. After trying to capture video without success I started to dig a little deeper. Win 7 and XP...

the power light works and the others flash. Has FireWire connections

Couldn't get it to work after 5 hours on two different computers with XP and Windows 7 RC (fresh install) even after correcting for the mislabeled model number and hardware dip switch settings

Jun, 2009

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ADS Tech PYRO A/V Link


I like it..if your having quality problems from your Television COPY-I seem to have found that there is a security device running these days..that makes the VIDEO-skip when CAPTURED to a HDD..even on the VCR-tape..and SAVING to your PC(Vid-skips)..but...

It works if you have a COMPATIBLE Capture CARD installed..all the Connections are sending Vid/Audio to the PC..the Stand-alone even acknowledges weither your useing a Analog or a Digital Device to RECORD-from..the FILES are Perfect for EDITING..//I...

Its very lightweight..I think the REAR-FRONT Panel is configured cables are a should have SIDE-connectors

Nov, 2008

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It works/nice design..I use it with a Version of DELL Movie Studio PLUS-VideoWave Movie Creator/it replaced a INPUT/OUTPUT Cable that came with that Application--sound quality-is superb

Its very light-weight/I actually tape it to my Printer when I'm useing it..its also kinda' backwards/this Component has a great looking FRONT Panel and when I'm useing it--the FACE is towards my equipment--while my PC is looking at its REAR...

Sep, 2008

Consumer review (

Buyer Beware


Works great if transferring from a digital source

If you are thinking about purchasing this product for transferring analog vhs tapes think twice ; This hardware is to finiky. Captures are horrible

Feb, 2008

Product Specifications

PYRO Drive Kit has two 1394 ports for maximum flexibility in your FireWire topology. 1394 bus power is supplied through the port for a bus-powered drive (or other devices). The secret ingredient that converts your IDE into a FireWire Drive is the PYRO Native Bridge board. This board comes pre-installed in your PYRO Drive Kit. The PYRO Native Bridge board is 1394a-compliant and supports 1394 bus speeds of 100, 200 and 400 Mega bits per second. The PYRO 2.5" Drive Kit will help you maximize the data throughput of your drive. Data Burst speeds of up to 400 Mbps (50MB/sec) are supported by the 1394 technology. Sustained transfer rates of over 16MB/sec. have been achieved with hard drives in the testing labs. Digital Video only requires 3.9 MB/sec. so you have lots of SPEED left over for other tasks. With the PYRO 1394 2.5" Drive Kit it's never been easier to add storage to your computer or network server. Just install your drive and connect. You can easily connect one drive to the next. There are no terminators or device ID's to worry about, FireWire does all of that for you automatically. Want to add a drive to your computer, just plug it in. No re-booting required. Want to remove a drive, just let your operating system know that you are removing a drive and unplug. This is so easy


Max Digital Video Resolution:640 x 480

Dimensions & Weight



Compatibility:Mac / PC/PC / Mac
Manufacturer:ADS Technologies
Model:1394 Drive Kit/1394 DV For Notebooks/1394 PCI Express/1394 WebCam/1394DV with Premiere Elements/WebCam
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:ADS Pyro

Input Device

Form Factor:Plug-in card
Input Adapter Type:Video input adapter
Interface Type:PCI 64


Color:Black/Gray / White
Hard Drive Form Factor Compatibility:2.5 / 2.5"
Hard Drive Form Factor Compatibility (metric):6.4 cm
Product Type (CG):Storage controller


Cabling Type:IEEE 1394
Connectivity Technology:Wired
Data Link Protocol:IEEE 1394 (FireWire)
Data Transfer Rate:400Mbps
Form Factor:Plug-in card/Plug-in module
Interface (Bus) Type:CardBus/PCI Express
Type:FireWire adapter

Optical Sensor

Total Pixels:330,000 pixels

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


Type:Storage enclosure

Storage Controller

Controller Interface Type:ATA-100
Form Factor:External
Interface Type:IEEE 1394 (FireWire)
RAID Level: None
Supported Devices:CD drive / DVD drive / Hard drive / Removable media drive/Hard drive

Storage Controller (2nd)

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive

Interface Type:ATA-66

System Requirements

OS Required:Apple MacOS 9 / Microsoft Windows 2000 / Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition/Apple MacOS 9.0 or later / Microsoft Windows 2000 / Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition / Windows ME / Microsoft Windows XP/Apple MacOS 9.x / Apple MacOS X 10.0 / Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition / Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition / Microsoft Windows XP Professional/Apple MacOS 9.x / Microsoft Windows 2000 / Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition / Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition/Apple MacOS 9.x / Microsoft Windows 2000 / Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition / Windows ME / Microsoft Windows XP/Apple MacOS X 10.0 or later / Microsoft Windows XP/Microsoft Windows XP / Apple MacOS X 10.0 or later

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC / PAL
Camera Type:Web camera
Computer Interface:IEEE 1394 (FireWire)
Digital Video Capture Resolution:720 x 480 / 720 x 576
Digital Video Format:DV
Interface Type:IEEE 1394 (FireWire)
Still Image Capture Resolution:160 x 120 / 320 x 240 / 640 x 480
Still Image Capture Speed:30images per second