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What Type Of Tv Tuner/pci Card Should I Get?


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#1 whatever8586

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Posted 18 September 2008 - 11:06 PM

I would like to be able to capture, edit and convert HDTV on my PC. I need to know what the best option for me would be? I would like to spend under $150 if possible.

I know literally nothing about this stuff so any suggestions about what would work best for me would be great. I have a HD cable box if that matters. And I will be using my desktop to record tv shows in which I'd like to be able to edit, and convert them to mpg, avi files, etc.

Thanks!

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Posted 19 September 2008 - 09:27 AM

Hi :thumbsup:.

In my limited experience, you are addressing two things:

a. The capture which is a primarily hardware function.

b. Conversion to various file formats, which is a primarily software function.

Obvious Possibilities:

http://www.pinnaclesys.com/PublicSite/us/P...CTV+HD+Card.htm

http://www.pinnaclesys.com/PublicSite/us/P...mily/Studio.htm

http://www.hauppauge.com/site/products/data_hdpvr.html

http://www.hauppauge.com/site/products/data_hvr2250.html

There are a number of possibilities, take your time and review various ones before deciding.

Hauppauge and Pinnacle are two of the more reliable vendors (not costing an arm and leg) in this field.

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Posted 20 September 2008 - 03:05 AM

There is also the ATI All in wonder, I use to have the video card years ago and it worked great. HERE is a link to ATI and the TV in wonder card... :thumbsup:
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Posted 20 September 2008 - 01:31 PM

Thanks so much!

So what is the main difference between the Pinnacle one that costs around $80 and the Hauppauge one that costs $250? Is the more expensive one worth it? They both capture in HD, right?

Edited by whatever8586, 20 September 2008 - 01:31 PM.


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Posted 21 September 2008 - 04:40 AM

My Experience :

I went to a computer store and bought the cheapest TV tuner card manufactured by Adcom. I thought I just want to watch TVwhy spend more money.

Man I was wrong, the cheaper cards use cheaper chipsets. They do not process the TV signal real well. So the output is crappy. I had the same cable on TV, TV would show the channels fine. But my tuner card was showing them with huge noise. This tuner card used Brooktree BT878 chipsets. It has recording function but would record only uncompressed AVI format.

So after a month, I went to same store and bought AVermedia's AVerTV Combo PCI-E. Now this card gace nice performance with same cable tv signal. The TV output was clear resolution was better. This card can record in MPEG and MP4 format without any codecs installation(direct hardware encoding). So you have VCD/DVD and iPod formats.

Wish you happy TV tuning :thumbsup:

Edited by Romeo29, 21 September 2008 - 04:54 AM.


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Posted 21 September 2008 - 12:47 PM

Aver has long been a respected name in this field...looks like a pretty good card, Romeo29 :thumbsup:

The OP asked about differences between products...well, it's kind of hard to say without having said products at hand, IMO.

Before I bought my first capture card (ATI All In Wonder 7500), I did extensive research and was happy with it.

Things have changed a lot...but any prospective purchaser of a capture card or device...still has a lot to absorb. The following link may just serve to muddy the waters more, but it illustrates some of the more basic options available and choices to be made: http://dvr.about.com/od/capturetvwithacomp...tp/toppick1.htm

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