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 Post subject: Seeking TV tuner/video capture device advice (hey it rhymes)
PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2005 8:40 pm 
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One of the things I definitely want to buy this coming summer is a TV tuner or similar capture device for my system so I can slowly turn my VHS collection into a DVD collection, however I'm just totally swamped by the sheer amount of choices I have. So I'm looking for any advice I can garner on this perticular field of hardware.

There is only one thing I want it to have and that is a hardware-based MPEG-2 encoder, because software ones are real resource hogs and I don't mind spending a few extra dollars to get optimal image quality. A remote isn't nessiscary, as well as other bells and whistles. A basic device is all that is needed.

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 Post subject: TV Tuner Card
PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2005 9:22 pm 
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I personally use MSI 8606 Tv Tuner Card/FM Radio. It allow me to record to mpeg format and then use Pinnacle to convert and edit to dvd. Everything turns out well but you will see that quality is not as good as true dvd. Another suggestion for you may be to use Dazzle if you just want to transfer through usb 2.0 or firewire rather than take up a PCI slot in your computer.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2005 8:34 am 
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I've heard some good things about PLEXTOR'S line of converters.

As soon as I can scrape up some cash...


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2005 9:18 am 
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I bought the PVR-250, might have been the 350, cant remember, lol. It worked great. I returned it to get the USB version instead so i could use it with the laptop. Im definitely liking the USB better. I have done about 20 hours of home movies, converted to DVD and it works great. TV tuner is awesome too, i love being able to record shows and pause TV.

When I was looking around, it was Hauppage and Plextor that everyone was recommending to me, and i love my hauppage card.


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ATI makes a hardware-based encoding tv tuner.

http://www.ati.com/products/ehome/index.html

http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=15-116-308&depa=0


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Happague 250


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_alex911 wrote:
Happague 250

Those sure are expensive, anything that makes them particularly worthwhile?


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im looking at the K-World cards on newegg, they get great reviews and theyre cheap.


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ASUS TV-FM Card
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urmumsacow wrote:
_alex911 wrote:
Happague 250

Those sure are expensive, anything that makes them particularly worthwhile?


Drivers and hardware based. Other cheaper cards are software based so there is really a half second delay between what you see and realtime, plus the pictures are sharper on them. I personally have the leadtek one at the time.

If I were doing something that wasn't just playing around with taking short recordings of southpark I would want a little higher quality.


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Hauppage is a name that keeps coming up when I search for quality hardware-based encoding. I think I'll definitely give them a good look over when I finally get ready to buy one.

Thanks for the input, folks.

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I am not familiar with the newer Hauppauge cards. However I have a couple of WinTV-PCI cards that I have had for 7-8 years and continue to be happy with through Windows 95, 98, ME, and now XP Pro. It seems they keep their drivers updated forever.


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the $70 ATI card uses the same hardware-based encoding as the hauppauge 250 for half the price. it is actually the same exact chip. read the reviews on newegg, i'd say it's a much better deal.


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