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Old 08-09-01, 02:08 PM
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What is a good video card with "TV-in" (for use with a VCR)?

An unusual request, I know. Let me explain...

In our conference room here at work we have one of those big 30+" monitors. Yeah, the resolution is kinda crappy, but it gets the job done for PowerPoint presentations and such.

Since it's just a big monitor and not a TV, the VCR won't play directly through it. Is there a decent video card I can buy that has a video-in option (via the coxial cable? maybe via RCA plugs?), with which the VCR will run in through the card to the PC, then back out to the monitor? Of course, this would also require some sort of special software to watch the VCR's image, and I would hope that the card would be bundled with such a program.

Oh, and somehow I'd need to get sound incorporated, as well. And it must be new enough to be Windows 2000 compliant.

Any ideas?

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Old 08-09-01, 02:21 PM
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might want to check the suggestions at vcdhelp.com

they are listed with the capture cards.. but thats pretty much what it sounds like your looking for
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Old 08-10-01, 08:48 AM
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I'd recommend you pick up cheap WinTV card (or any card that uses the Brooktree 84x/87x decoder chip). couple that with Dscaler software (free deinterlacing software) and you'll be set
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Old 08-10-01, 09:23 AM
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Would the ol' All-In-Wonder do the trick?

And now that I think about it, it might be nice to go beyond viewing a videotape in the conference room - with the All-In-Wonder can't you encode a clip from a videotape into an mpeg or something? That could then become a part of a PowerPoint presentation. Interesting...

But - with an A-I-W, I can certainly watch a videotape all by itself, right?
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You wouldn't have to pay the premium for an All in Wonder. You can get an ATI Radeon with "VIVO" (video-in, video-out) for much less than you would pay for the AIW, if you don't need the tuner. I know that my local Office Depot carries the Radeon with 32 MB SDR (single date rate) RAM for $119. Next door, Circuit City has the model with 64 MB of DDR for $199. I concidered buying one of those, but ended up springing for the AIW.
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Old 08-11-01, 01:05 AM
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the AIW can realtime encode mpeg 1 and 2 if your computer is fast enough.. it also has a setting for vcd so it captures the video in the correct mpeg1 format that can be dropped into a nero layout and burned as a vcd that plays in some dvd players. Also the AIW has a tivo function that lets you pause live tv and record programs to files.
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