My first capture card was ATI AIW 7500, then I got AIW 9600.
After dealing with numerous driver situations that I felt were unnecessary...I decided ditch ATI cards and try Hauppauge. I have one of their legacy cards, http://www.hauppauge.com/site/products/data_goplus.html
I think I've had it 3 years or so, it was a 2005/2006 new product.
I have no major complaints about it but I feel the "need" to get a different card before the NCAA basketball season kicks in
. I record mostly sports events on TV, then take out the commercials (using Pinnacle software) and save the files for possible future viewing. I do this with a number of things
and sometimes I actually do go back and view them.
Anyway, I've been thinking about this one: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/Se...&CatId=1427
I would have bought it yesterday (money is just sitting here) but I really don't want it before basketball kicks into gear.
There are "better" cards but I'm not enthralled by HD or making HD captures so I don't care about that feature. I'm old enough to just appreciate the ability to remove some of the nonsensical commercials thrown our way...from things that I enjoy watching.
Capturing video is one thing, while editing is another. To me, it makes no sense to capture any event from TV with commercials and other interruptions...and not edit those out. To edit, you have to choose software. I like Pinnacle Studio 12 and Ulead Video Studio 10...neither of these are the latest versions (they roll them out just like any other consumer product), but they are fine for doing what I do or want to do. There are other softwares available.
As for VCR to computer...I did that with all of my sports tapes. Time-consuming that way...I believe they now have devices that can do it faster than normal let's-watch-the-video-tape speed, but I won't swear to it. I did all my conversions to digital the hard way (VCR to capture card video/sound connections).