Video card with TV-In or dedicated TV-Tuner card

Video card with TV-In or dedicated TV-Tuner card

Post by James R. S » Mon, 07 Mar 2005 05:21:36


I have just starting looking at building my first Media Center PC, so I have
a few questions on what's possible. My setup is that I have a set-top box
(from look.ca) that I will need to have Media Center control though an IR
Blaster/Transmitter (which I am told comes with the Microsoft Media Center
Remote control?)

My question is that since I don't need a TV-Tuner card can I just use a
Video card with a TV-In connector. My set-top box has S-Video output so I
plan to use that to connect it to my Media Center PC. My understanding is
that the video card used has to have hardware DX9 support and be in the Logo
Partner List I also understand that the hardware capturing the video must
support realtime hardware MPEG-2 compression?

So my questions are:
1. Can I user just a video card with a TV-In/Video-In connector with
Microsoft Media Center 2005?
2. Are there any video cards that meet all meet all the DX9, MPEG-2, etc
requirements that would be able to do what I want?

Are their any advantages with using separate TV-Tuner card even though I
don't need the TV-Tuner portion of the card?

Thanks, -James
 
 
 

Video card with TV-In or dedicated TV-Tuner card

Post by Michael Ea » Mon, 07 Mar 2005 20:39:49

As long as your video card is on the list of supported tuners AND video
cards.

While you don't need a tuner card for your setup, I don't think there are
any S-Video only cards out there that work with Media Center. The supported
tuner cards are so inexpensive these days that I almost think an S-Video
only would cost more. I have two tuner/video combo cards in a box in my
garage because I bought them a long time ago and they're not MCE compatible.
Remember the 3DFX Voodoo 3500 TV card? That was $400 in 2000. I can get
the same capbility for $100 today by buying two separate cards (maybe even
cheaper).

I have a dual tuner nVidia NVTV card on my MCE, but I use the S-Video input
on both of them to connect to my DirecTV. It seems most people do not use
the tuner portion of the cards anymore because of digital cable or
satellite.

--
Michael Earls
The Cerebral Kitchen
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Video card with TV-In or dedicated TV-Tuner card

Post by Peter Near » Tue, 08 Mar 2005 00:07:04

James:

I don't know of any tuner cards on the market that will work with MCE
and have no analog tuner. Seems like a good idea, but for whatever
reason it doesn't exist (probably the tuner itself is not that expensive
to add onto the card).

As for video card, most any newer card from ATI or nVidia will do the
trick. I'd recommend sticking to those simply for driver support.
nVidia is my personal favorite, but that's really up to you.

Tuner card, again be careful to get one that will have good driver
support in the future. At this point, I always recommend the Hauppauge
PVR-150. Good price, good quality, great driver support.
http://www.yqcomputer.com/ +150&location=Canada&go=go

As for Look, while I've not used it I can verify that it shows up on the
guide. I assume you're in the GTA, feel free to shoot me an email if
you have any other issues (I'm in Milton) and I can give you a hand.

Pete
 
 
 

Video card with TV-In or dedicated TV-Tuner card

Post by Barry Watz » Tue, 08 Mar 2005 01:19:12

It is very unlikely that any video card with TV video input is MCE
approved or even will work. For example, none of the ATI
"All-in-Wonder" cards work at this time.
 
 
 

Video card with TV-In or dedicated TV-Tuner card

Post by pete » Thu, 31 Mar 2005 13:03:01

James

I don't know of any tuner cards on the market that will work with MCE
and have no analog tuner. Seems like a good idea, but for whatever
reason it doesn't exist (probably the tuner itself is not tha
expensive
to add onto the card)

As for video card, most any newer card from ATI or nVidia will do the
trick. I'd recommend sticking to those simply for driver support.
nVidia is my personal favorite, but that's really up to you

Tuner card, again be careful to get one that will have good driver
support in the future. At this point, I always recommend th
Hauppauge
PVR-150. Good price, good quality, great driver support
http://www.yqcomputer.com/ +150&location=Canada&go=g

As for Look, while I've not used it I can verify that it shows up o
the
guide. I assume you're in the GTA, feel free to shoot me an email if
you have any other issues (I'm in Milton) and I can give you a hand

Pet

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Video card with TV-In or dedicated TV-Tuner card

Post by Watzma » Thu, 31 Mar 2005 20:03:01

It is very unlikely that any video card with TV video input is MCE
approved or even will work. For example, none of the ATI
"All-in-Wonder" cards work at this time.




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