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Old 12-10-02, 09:25 PM
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What's a good video capture unit?

I have an old Dazzle video capture unit that I'm thinking about replacing. I want to be able to hook up a vcr to my computer so I can transfer vhs tapes to DVD. I also want to be able to record T.V. shows from my satellite on to my computer. I also plan on buying a camcorder. Any suggestions for a good video capture unit at a reasonable price?
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the ati all in wonder radeon 7500 is a good card. It's about $130 at most places and comes with a breakout box with s-video in and composite in, also a tv tuner and nice recording software, been working great for me.. it also has tv out..
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I had the old ATI Radion and I had several problems trying to make my computer into a tivo like PVR. Video and voice would not sink correctly. Now I had a 1.2Ghz AMD at the time and a 7200RPM 60GB WD HD. Nothing else running in the background. I would go for the http://www.pinnaclesys.com/ProductPa...77&Langue_ID=7 if you want something solid.
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Originally posted by PhYbEr
the ati all in wonder radeon 7500 is a good card. It's about $130 at most places and comes with a breakout box with s-video in and composite in, also a tv tuner and nice recording software, been working great for me.. it also has tv out..
Isn't that a video card? I don't want to replace my existing video card in my machine. I have a great GeForce4 right now. I'm just looking for some type of capture unit. Sorry if I sound like an idiot but I am new at this stuff.

I'm starting to lean towards the adpatec VIDEO CREATOR DVD USB DEVICE KIT. Anyone know anything on this?

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Old 12-11-02, 12:37 AM
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Do a search for threads in this forum, first using "Pinnacle", then "Magic". These are two capture/tuner cards that have both composite and s-video in.
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Originally posted by Cyberock
Isn't that a video card? I don't want to replace my existing video card in my machine. I have a great GeForce4 right now. I'm just looking for some type of capture unit. Sorry if I sound like an idiot but I am new at this stuff.

I'm starting to lean towards the adpatec VIDEO CREATOR DVD USB DEVICE KIT. Anyone know anything on this?
In my experience USB devices not a proper solution... but I guess it depends on what model of USB it is using... mine uses 1.0 which, obviously is a horrible choose...

If it's USB 2.0, I think it would be fine... but if it's 1.0 or 1.1, I'd skip it, unless you like have 15 to 20 frames per second... low resolution...
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Do some reading over at http://www.vcdhelp.com
No insult intended to readers of this fourm, but VCDhelp is probably a better place to look for this kind of info than here.
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I got a new capture card for my HTPC, a Pixel View XCapture. Very nice, and only $52 delivered.

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I was thinking of picking up the ADS Technologies USB Instant DVD. Is it any good? I'm running XP, P3 551 MHz, 320 MB Ram (according to system properties).

Should I pick it up?

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