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Tuner/capture Cards


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#1 qwest212

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Posted 27 April 2006 - 06:16 PM

I want a card that can tune to cable and record and all that, but I also want it to be able to take in audio/video from a VCR and record that. For a practical example, I want to record Adult Swim at night AND archive my collection of DBZ tapes.

My problem is, I don't neccessarily know what to look for. I've been looking at cards at newegg.com and I see that they have capture in the name but only tuner in the spec's. Should I be looking for an AV-input enabled mpeg encoder card? And, what are some cheap solutions?

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#2 HitSquad

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Posted 28 April 2006 - 06:41 AM

Hi qwest212.
For your particular application, I'd go with the ATI TV Wonder Pro.
It'll allow you view and record live television.
It has all the needed audio\video hookups and software as well.
The problem with most capture cards is they don't detect all makes and models of hardware. (like vcr's).
One card will detect this HW only, another card that HW only, etc.
With the ATI card, even if it can't see your vcr when it's directly connected to it, you just play the tape and record through the television instead. Your covered either way.
They're priced around $65.00 US

Edited by HitSquad, 28 April 2006 - 06:45 AM.





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