Recommendation for video capture with sound please

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by A B, Jul 29, 2004.

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    A B Guest

    Hi,

    I have an older Conexant chipset PCI video capture card with an RCA jack
    video input. Could somebody recommend a full-featured trial/free
    sotware title that will capture sound from my Soundcard's LINE IN jack
    along with the video signal? I want to record from my VCR's tuner and
    get the sound as well. I would prefer MPEG I or II so I can convert to
    VCD later.

    Thanks,

    AB
     
    A B, Jul 29, 2004
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    DeepOne Guest

    AVI_IO is good for capturing. It will keep the audio and video in
    sync; you're likely to have trouble with that if you capture with
    other programs. TMPGEnc is good for MPEG encoding; if all you need is
    MPEG1 (that's what VCDs use), then I don't think you ever have to pay
    for it.
     
    DeepOne, Jul 30, 2004
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    A B Guest

    Thank you. Now for my next question: what do I look for on the box of a
    player that will indicate it will play VCDs? I bought a Zenith player
    yesterday, thinking it would play VCDs, and now I don't think it will.
    It indicated in the manual it would play *audio* files on CD-R/CD-RW.
    Obviously, I need it to play a VCD on a CD-R, and preferrably a CD-RW.
    It would not recognize MP3 files on a CD-RW but would recognize them on
    CD-R, so I already have my doubts about it. I thought it was a
    no-brainer in 2004 that any new player would play VCDs from CD-R at the
    least.
     
    A B, Jul 30, 2004
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    steve Wilcox Guest

    steve Wilcox, Jul 30, 2004
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    DeepOne Guest

    And when you have your eye on a specific model, you should also check
    the manufacturer's website to see what they say about it. I would
    recommend a Pioneer player.
     
    DeepOne, Jul 31, 2004
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  6. My observation is that the manufacturers (particularly the
    major ones) rarely publish information about ability to play
    the non-mainstream disk formats. Frequently this is because
    they actually WON'T play them, but even when they do, it is
    not mentioned in the official published information.

    The videohelp list is where I go to learn the capabilities of
    various models. Some of us have been known to print out a
    hard copy of the list to take with us while shopping at Costco,
    etc. The info on the box (or the vendor's website) is usually
    not reliable as a complete listing.
     
    Richard Crowley, Jul 31, 2004
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    RedFox Guest

    Because I have never tried VCDs, I have never tried to play them in the
    computer
    that generates them but would be astonished if they didn't play there. You
    may have missed this
    point.

    Secondly, I don't understand why you bother with VCDs because they are so
    limited. DVD RWs
    are now getting very cheap and the DVDs are now around a buck each, so why
    not go for 4,362 MB
    instead of 700-800??? You can easily put a 2 hour movie on it vs 20-25 mins
    on the VCD.

    OTOH you may want to send videos of your kids to friends etc.

    You probably already know that CD RWs play readily on the box that has made
    them but very often
    don't play in ordinary CDROMs

    Cheers

    RF
     
    RedFox, Sep 3, 2004
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