capture directv/vcr

capture directv/vcr

Post by Mike Balla » Sun, 01 Feb 2004 05:21:36



I'm looking for a reasonably priced something that has S-video, composite
video and two audio inputs so that I can run my DirecTV/VCR signals (not
at the same time) to my computer and copy from them. Those inputs are the
only features I'm interested in.

I tried the ATI TV Wonder PCI card which works but only supports RF cable
input. I"m also a little unclear on its output - mpg. The couple Windows
progs I used hoping to burn to a DVD as a test (to see just how bad RF
inputs were going to look when played back), they don't recognize mpg as
something I can burn to DVD.

Couple other things I'm wondering are, is there such a thing as an S-video
splitter? And would I have signal quality problems if I used a 25'
S-video cable?

Mike
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capture directv/vcr

Post by Mike Balla » Sun, 01 Feb 2004 06:40:34


On Fri Jan 30, Mike Ballard disturbed my nap when he said:


Also I was wondering, if all I'm interested in is copying from TV/VCR,
does this ATI TV card give me anything that the Dazzle connector doesn't
(even though the Dazzle USB connector is $20 higher)? I'm not interested
in a program guide (part of the ATI package) or being able to change
channels at my computer because I can't anyway with DirecTV.

Mike
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capture directv/vcr

Post by Jayson Gar » Sun, 01 Feb 2004 09:17:24


The best thing and probably the easiest would be to get a Hauppuage PVR250
card, pci capture card. It caputers all video in hardware, unlike the ati
or bttv cards, so little to no cpu over head during capture of your video.
The have all of the inputs that you require, can capture in mpeg-ts,
mpeg-ps, dvd, dvd special1 & dvd special2, you can even adjust the video
bit rate and/or resolution. Also they can be had for $150US at local
compusa or frys, or you can do like I did and get the OEM version off of
ebay for 89.99 (OEM version has no remote though). After you connect it
all, caputer card to vcr, all you really have to do is 'cat /dev/video0 >
your_captured_video.mpg' or you can use a program like mythtv, or the
like. Hell a simple little bash script would do the trick of a simple
caputre.

You won't be sorry for buying the pvr250 (OEM version is called the
'Freestyle')

Jayson Garrell
 
 
 

capture directv/vcr

Post by jDeGra » Sun, 01 Feb 2004 22:14:41


I just wanted to add that the PVR250 does not have TV out. So if you are
interested in outputing to your tv then you will be more interested in the
PVR 350 model. I have the PVR 250 running with MythTV and love it.

The driver for the PVR cards is available at

http://www.yqcomputer.com/


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