Looking for a hardware realtime xvid, divx, mpeg4 or h.264 encoder to encode lots of video tapes.

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by digitaltoast, May 22, 2007.

  1. digitaltoast

    digitaltoast Guest

    I'm coming up with a bit of a blank on searches on Amazon, Dabs,
    newsgroups etc - just others looking for the same!
    I want to encode a load of old video tapes - not really to DVD, just
    to the most effective storage method. Like xvid, divx, mpeg4 or h.264
    or whatever is best for a "non-pure" source, like from an analog video

    But it really needs to be realtime - my PC is not fast enough to do it
    realtime, but I have firewire and USB2 ports and a big external drive.
    I was wondering if there was some sort of internal or external
    hardware device that could do a whole two-pass decent encode without
    taxing the PC too much. Failing that, just ANY reasonably priced
    external encoder would do. But I can already get an mpeg2 encoder but
    I don't really want to do that.

    digitaltoast, May 22, 2007
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    Smarty Guest

    Smarty, May 23, 2007
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    Fred Bloggs Guest

    The 'Dazzle' products get good reviews in the magazines, although I have
    not tried them myself. Worth a look.



    Fred Bloggs, May 23, 2007
  4. Just buy a DVD recorder.
    You can transfer it from the DVD to the PC or keep it on the DVD.
    It is by far the easiest way and probably the cheapest.
    [email protected], May 23, 2007
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    digitaltoast Guest

    Hmmm, I'm not entirely sure I made the original point about NOT
    wanting to use DVDs clear enough!
    Anyway, in the end I bough the Dazzle Platinum encoder which seems to
    do just what I want. Got a bargain from Amazon.
    Dazzle wanted £69 plus postage. Amazon wanted £49 with free postage.
    Then I got my 5% student discount, and then I had a £7 voucher to use.

    So, thanks to Fred Bloggs for pointing me in that direction!
    digitaltoast, May 24, 2007
  6. There is nothing wrong with using dvd as the capture medium.
    You can do what you want with the video afterwards.

    The dazzle just encodes in mpeg2 the same as a dvd recorder does.
    It was cheap though.

    Let us know how long it takes to convert the mpeg2 to divx when you try it.
    [email protected], May 25, 2007
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    digitaltoast Guest

    Except DVD is old-tech, low-tech, uses a DVD, and will just add
    another stage between capturing and storing. Why not just cut out the
    middleman? Over 60 vidoes, this is going to save literally days.
    Check out my reply again - I said I bought the PLATINUM model, which,
    as it says:
    "It allows you to record home videos and TV recordings of the highest
    quality, thanks to MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 and DivX hardware encoding"

    So I guess it won't take me any time at all to convert it to divx or
    mpeg4, as it'll already be done. Which was the whole point :)
    digitaltoast, May 25, 2007
  8. So you aren't going to try it?
    I would have thought you would want to see how well a two pass divx encoder
    compared to a hardware single pass encoder.
    That would depend on if it does what you want.

    Anyway Maplin had some Dazzles in the shop today £29.99 but I don't think
    they were the platinum ones.
    [email protected], May 25, 2007
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    digitaltoast Guest

    No, definintely not the ones! Although, in fact, that's cheaper than
    the one on Amazon, but the Platinum one (with hardware divx encoding)
    is £20 cheaper on Amazon than in Maplin. I'll post a quick vid when it
    digitaltoast, May 25, 2007
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