Video Input Cards...

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  1. venger240

    venger240 Hoemoe

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    So thanks to all the help from my last thread, I now have a DVD burner on the way. I have decided to convert some old VHS tapes into DVDs. So obviously I need an input card...

    I have NO idea where to begin to look for a decent input card. Any advice is needed. What features am I looking for?

    Thanks for any help you guys can give!
     
  2. Wolf68k

    Wolf68k OT Supporter

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    I like the Leadtek TV2000 XP Expert
    It can do TV and FM radio, composite video and S-Video. Remote control. As strange as it might sound I also really like the fact that the audio cable from the TV tuner card to the soundcard is an internal cable like what you find from the CD drive to the soundcard, instead of using an external audio cable, this mean fewer wires hanging out the back. Most of Leadtek's other card use an external cable.

    You can burn direct to DVD, VCD and SVCD discs.
    Software for watching TV is also a PVR software. It also includes Ulead Video Studio 8 SE which is good from some basic editting and I've also used to capture from the compsite video, of course you can also use Window Movie Maker or Adobe Preimere or other such programs. The Ulead software can do full capture, basic editting and basic authoring to DVD including some menus.

    You can get it at Newegg for around $40.
    Leadtek has a card that can do HDTV but it's not in the USA
     
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    venger240 Hoemoe

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    Thanks for that advice. Anybody else have any input?
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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    I suggest you search the forum. We've gone over this many times, and you want to AVOID Leadtek at *all* costs.

    I like my nVidia NVTV. Its MCE-certified.
     
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    No sub. :(

    Can you point me to just a couple of the threads? Thanks.
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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    well, the consensus is basically:

    eVGA NVTV16 for single tuner
    eVGA NVTV32 for dual tunner

    Hauppage PVR-150 for single tuner
    Hauppage PVR-500 for dual tunner

    Those are your best bets, imo. The Hauppage PVR-250 is also popular, but the 150 (despite getting a lower model number) is tech-superior. The PVR-500 actually employs dual 250 decoders.

    The Hauppage cards are popular, and include some (lame) software.

    The NVTV cards are better, imo. However, they include no software (only drivers).
     
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    :werd: leadtek ftmfl
     

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