looking for alternate software for WINTV PVR 250

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by shiner, May 16, 2004.

  1. shiner

    shiner Guest

    It's a good card but I would like to capture AVI files as well or even
    be able to select a custom size for the MPEG2 files which the lame
    software it comes with doesn't allow. Any ideas?
    shiner, May 16, 2004
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    Mary H Guest

    I use SageRecorder with very good results. It has options for about 8
    different quality levels, one of them should fill your needs.
    (This is different from SageTV, which also works well if you want PVR

    Mary H, May 17, 2004
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    Keith Clark Guest

    Try BeyondTV from http://www.snapstream.net.

    It's awesome. I use it in the living room instead of a Tivo.

    But, the PVR-250's strength is hardware mpeg encoding. Go ahead and
    capture in mpeg-2, since that takes no CPU cycles and gives extremely
    clean, good quality, then convert to AVI Divx off-line.

    BeyondTV has a feature that will automatically convert your mpeg-2 files
    to AVI during off-peak times (I think the default starts at 3 AM but you
    can change that).

    Personally, if I'm going to convert to AVI I use VirtualDub-mpeg2 and
    strip the commercials in the same pass.

    Keith Clark, May 17, 2004
  4. shiner

    Keith Clark Guest

    I meant http://www.snapstream.com.
    Keith Clark, May 17, 2004
  5. Does the 250 come with WinTV2000 or something else? In WinTV2000 for my
    350 card you can set the mpeg bit rate. Using the hardware mpeg encoder
    to capture AVIs might be asking a little much.
    Chris Phillipo, May 18, 2004
  6. shiner

    Keith Clark Guest

    It comes with WinTV2K

    WinTV2K is worthless in my opinion...

    Don't bother installing it.

    If you want to capture straight to AVI off the air, then you might want to
    consider a cheap WinTV-Go and ShowShifter.

    I'm not a fan of ShowShifter though.
    Keith Clark, May 18, 2004
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