rec. comptr. video to VHS while using computer?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Andrew Bestfrenn, Dec 3, 2003.

  1. I have a simple problem , wondering how to solve it.
    I would like to transfer video files to VHS while
    still using my computer for other things. Right now,
    the VCR records only what is displayed on my monitor
    for the duration that it is recording. This means
    that I cannot use my computer while transferring video
    to VHS . I have an ATI All in Wonder video card.
    Would it help to get a a TV Wonder USB card ?
    What is the simplest way to free up my monitor while
    my VCR is taping a video file from my hard drive?
    Andrew Bestfrenn, Dec 3, 2003
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    Martin Guest

    Does the All In Wonder come with any software to create (virtual) multiple

    I have a Radeon 7000 and part of the included Hydravision software is the
    MultiDesk utility.
    I setup MultiDesk to create a second virtual desktop.
    I then open Windows Media Player and put it on my second desktop.
    Then i play whatever video i want to record (from the TV-out) in Windows
    Media Player.
    I can switch back and forth between the two desktops with a mouse click -
    the video playing in Windows Media Player on the second desktop continues to
    play through the TV-out even when i switch back to my main desktop.
    Leaving my pc and monitor free for use while recording the TV-out.

    I don't think the All In Wonder cards include the Hydravision/MultiDesk
    software but there's loads of alternatives - have a search on Google.

    However - can the All In Wonder perform the TV-out and at the same time a
    standard desktop via VGA?
    My Radeon 7000 has two digital to analogue convertors so is capable of the
    task - the All In Wonder may be limited to producing just one display output
    at a time.


    Martin, Dec 4, 2003
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    erik phoxie Guest

    it can be done with much better quality on something like the DC10.
    You're stuck with their AVI-codec though, which is quite
    sssllllooooowwwww to convert to.

    erik phoxie, Dec 4, 2003
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    Samuel Paik Guest

    Exactly which model do you have? Or do you have an
    original All-in-Wonder based on the 3D RAGE II chip?
    Be aware that every ATI card I have used with TV out
    always scaled/deinterlaced the video so you couldn't
    get proper interlaced video out. I suspect
    this wasn't a problem with the pre-RAGE THEATER
    boards but I don't have one to verify.

    Samuel Paik, Dec 5, 2003
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    It is an ATI All In Wonder Radeon 32m
    32 meg video card.
    I tried downloading hydravision from the ATI
    site with multidesk but it is a complete mess.
    I cannot get it installed properly. Multidesk
    will not load no matter what I do.

    ARe you saying that, with the card that I have, there is no way
    to watch
    a video file on tv while using the computer for
    other things? I got a program called Deskwin which
    allows me to switch from one desktop to another ,
    but I can see no way to make the video out feed
    exclusively from a specified desktop .

    Anyone have any experience with this?
    Does Multidesk in Hydravision do this?
    Andrew Bestfrenn, Dec 21, 2003
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    Martin, I believe that you are right. The All In Wonder 32 meg Radeon
    card that I have is limited to producing just one display output.
    My question is this: I have a couple of basic old video cards from
    old pentium 160's. Could I install one of these to create a secondary
    display output to use with Multidesk?
    Andrew Bestfrenn, Dec 22, 2003
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    Samuel Paik Guest

    PCI or AGP version? (however, this doesn't matter for what you
    are looking for)
    I believe (based on reading the specs available on ATI and vague
    recollections) the original RADEON did not have dual display
    capability, so yes, you can not have your VGA and your video show
    different things. The first RADEON with dual (independent) display
    capability was the RADEON 7000.
    Hydravision does not do what you want. It is basically a virtual
    display manager--it lets you create multiple desktops and switch
    between them.

    Samuel Paik, Dec 22, 2003
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