Current Video Capture Products For Analog Input

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Fastfwd, Nov 15, 2007.

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    Fastfwd Guest

    I am looking for an option that will allow me to capture analog video
    from sources such as Tivo, VCR, and 8mm. I had an ATI All In Wonder
    128 AGP in my old computer that allowed me to capture in AVI. That's
    what I'm looking for with my new computer - something that will allow
    AVI capture for editing in Adobe Premiere.

    My new computer is an HP Pavillion 5600+:

    I appreciate your suggestions.
    Fastfwd, Nov 15, 2007
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    Paul Guest

    Pavilion a6230n - had to use the HP Parts store to get a power supply spec.
    The spec below, should be printed on the side of the supply (for confirmation).

    300W Merlot power supply, Hp part number 5188-2625 = Bestec ATX-300-12Z
    +3.3V @ 28A, +5V @ 30A, +12V @ 19A, -12V @ 0.8A, +5VSB @ 2.0A

    5600+ 89W/12V * (1/0.90) = 8.24A from 12V
    2.6A to about 4.1A for basics. (4.1A if both optical drives busy at the
    same time, while gaming - a highly unlikely config.) I'll use the 2.6A
    figure instead. 19 - (8.24 + 2.6) = 8.16A remaining.

    Leaves about 8.16A on the 12V rail, enough for a good video card.

    This search is a list of PCI Express x16 video cards with VIVO (video
    in video out capability). There are several expensive HD 2900 series
    cards listed as in stock.

    The interesting one, is this one that is expected back on 11/19/2007.

    HIS Hightech H195PRQT256DVN-R-V2 Radeon X1950PRO 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 IceQ3

    It looks to have a video in and video out cable. The only question is,
    what kind of software does it provide for video capture.

    This is not exactly the same card, but Xbitlabs comments that the
    card uses a Rage Theater chip for the video capture, seen left middle here.

    That gives you a card suitable for gaming as well.

    That is overkill, and I only picked that one out, to match the concept
    of the AIW card you had previously. I don't think the design is quite
    the same, with a VIVO card. (AIW had a tuner ?)

    The X1950 Pro draws about 5 amps from the 12V rail.

    As for other form factors, there are a ton of capture devices buried in
    this list, and I'd probably aim for something in a PCI card (I'm not a
    fan of USB stuff, simply because of the compromises). There are plenty
    of reviews and information here. Read the comments about software
    carefully, as many times a product can be ruined by the accompanying
    software and drivers.

    Paul, Nov 15, 2007
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    Mark Guest

    You could probably get a Pinnacle DC10+ off an auction site.

    Mark, Nov 15, 2007
  4. "Fastfwd" wrote ...
    The foolproof an widely accalaimed solution would be
    something like a Canopus ADVC external box.. Several
    different varities available according to your budget and
    requirements. Needs only a Firewire port (which is very
    inexpensive if you don't already have one)
    Richard Crowley, Nov 15, 2007
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    rb608 Guest

    I used to have an old Dazzle (now Pinnacle) DVC100 analog/digital
    bridge; but I had so many driver problems with it, I gave up on that
    years ago.

    My dual-purpose solution was to buy a new digital camcorder. The
    camcorder (Sony DCR-TRV22) has an analog/digital bridge built in; and
    it works great. I now have a converter that works; plus I got a new
    camcorder to boot. It was a good solution for me.
    rb608, Nov 15, 2007
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    Gary Bettan Guest

    If you have a firewire port then the ADS Pyro AV Link (includes
    Premiere Elements for under $150) or Grass Valley (Canopus) ADVC110
    (more expoensive around $250) are excellent choices. Both take your
    analog vidseo and convert it into DV footage on the fly. You just
    capture it as DV and edit it.

    If you do not have FireWire Pinnacle has released a bundle called the
    Studio 100 Ultimate Movie Box for under $150. It includes a USB
    capture device and the latest version of their Studio Software.

    We just updateds thegetting started page on our website.

    I think you will find plenty of useful stuff their, as well as
    additional info ont he proidcuts mentioned above.

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    Gary Bettan, Nov 22, 2007
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