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Old 5th February 2007, 23:55   #1  |  Link
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Video capture card

Sorry if this is a repeat topic.

I want to capture all my Hi8 analog videos into the PC via the S-video cable.

Can anyone recommend a decent card/software for what I want to accomplish?

I eventually want to put it onto DVD. What format should I capture, MPEG2, MPEG4, AVI?



WHOOPS, just read the forum rules.... Let me re-phrase. Who has had good results doing what I want to do on what hardware/software combo? ....sorry


Thanks,
Mike

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Since you asked about the ATI 550/650Pro, both of these cards will yield excellent results either when used with lossless compression or direct to MPEG-2. Many popular capture programs include VirtualDub and VirtualVCR, both of which are great. Many of the Hauppage cards are also good but I've never owned any. Depending on your level of expertise in the area, you'll need to do a lot of playing around and tweaking stuff to find what works best for you.
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Since you asked about the ATI 550/650Pro, both of these cards will yield excellent results either when used with lossless compression or direct to MPEG-2. Many popular capture programs include VirtualDub and VirtualVCR, both of which are great. Many of the Hauppage cards are also good but I've never owned any. Depending on your level of expertise in the area, you'll need to do a lot of playing around and tweaking stuff to find what works best for you.

So your post from a similar thread holds true?

The 550 and 650 theater pro lines also have both 3D and 2D comb filter along with a host of on-chip noise reduction and other tweaks. And they don't only encode in MPEG-2--that's dependent on the software used to capture. I use my 550 pro to capture via VirtualVCR with Huffyuv and lagarith quite successfully.

Which software combo do you think will require less screwing around for a noob? VirtualDub or VirtualVcr?

I also see several manufacturers of cards with the ATI chipsets, any experience there?

Thanks!
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Yes, my other post holds true as this was a factual statement. Both models have 2D and 3D comb filters, but since you'll be capturing via S-Video you won't have any need for these since chroma is carried in a separate channel from luma anyway, so no separating is necessary.
I'd suggest you check out VirtualVcr first (depending on the card you get). Either way, there will be considerable screwing around to get a system up and running.
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B.T.W.

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i capture with xp home sp2
no matter..
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i capture with xp home sp2
no matter..

What hardware/software?
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hardware (a cheap dell LOL) p4 3gig, 1gig ram, ati x300.

an even cheaper pinnacle PCTV usb2 capture card

vdub 1.6.15
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I've been using a Hauppauge PVR USB2 with my laptop for quite a while and can say that's a pretty good option too. Check the capture card list over at videohelp.com. Personally, if I was going to do it again I'd probably use a stand alone DVD recorder.
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Yeah, standalone recorders are stupid cheap these days.

You can get better results by capturing to a lossless codec (HuffYUV AVI), filtering, and encoding with a 2 pass MPEG-2 encoder - then authoring and burning a DVD.

But it will definitely take a LOT longer!
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