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- Video capture and TVO
November 29, 2007, 7:36 pm
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WinXP PC with 3800+ AMD CPU, 1 GB RAM, 300 GB harddrive, 480w P/S. I
want to transfer VCR tapes to DVD, and be allowed to edit the video. I
have both movies and recorded tapes from TV. Of second importance is
being able to record TV programs. It could be internal or external
(although I might prefer external for the portability and keeping heat
out of my case). There are so many products available, I'd like to
hear some suggestions. Under $150 is okay, under $100 is great. Is
the Hauppauge WinTV PVR any good? Thanks!
Re: Video capture and TVO
Heat isn't much of a concern, they don't produce much of it.
You want an internal card for the best result, because
external are either very expensive, or use USB which forces
you to compress the video before editing it which is
something undesirable, degrades quality.
They make multiple models, which you chose (if any) would
depend on the finer feature sets you desire. You don't need
anything more than a basic video capture card since it
should be capturing to a lossless codec or kept uncompressed
(which takes up a ton of hard drive space) until encoded on
your final editing pass.
For recording TV you might consider a card with hardware
MPEG compression and then you still have the option to
choose a non-hardware-compression codec for recording and/or
transferring (like the VCR tapes) events which you'll want
to edit later.
The majority of cards out there will do what you have
described, if you go with an internal card, so you might
seek some reviews that show the software front-end for them
and make a more detailed list of other features you want.
One other feature I find desirable is the ability to record
to MPEG4, since it has much better compression than MPEG2
and thus, takes up less hard drive space. I happen to have
a DVD player that can play MPEG4 though, in addition to a
HTPC, so my situation might be different than yours.
Re: Video capture and TVO
On Sun, 02 Dec 2007 04:53:01 GMT, J Spitzer
No. LOL. I hate recommending capture cards because they
all seem to have one bug or another which randomly effect
different users. In general they're more alike than
different though MPEG4 hardware encoding is still a bit of a
rarity AFAIK, at least on consumer grade parts.
I suggest you go somewhere like Newegg.com and read the
reviews there, also buying from a seller with a good return
policy if the manufacturer's updated driver and software
(from their respective website) doesn't resolve any issues.