Recording composite video with Windows Media Player: capture device for laptop?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by james007, Dec 12, 2004.

  1. james007

    james007 Guest

    I have a (quite old) iPaq, and also have a (quite old) Windows laptop.

    I also have a Sky Plus box, capable of recording more television than I
    ever have time to watch.

    So, here's my plan.

    - On top of the Sky+ box, I will put my laptop.

    - When I go to bed, I will use the 'copy' function of my Sky+ box to
    play out an hours' worth of programmes that I wouldn't mind watching
    the next day.

    - While I sleep, the laptop will capture and convert the video/audio to
    a low-quality Windows Media file, and copy the resulting file onto an
    SD card.

    - When I wake up, I will grab the SD card as I leave the house, stick
    it into the iPaq, and watch the telly programmes on the tube on the way
    in to work.

    My laptop should be capable of the encoding; and I have played Windows
    Media files on my Ipaq flawlessly. So... the only thing I need is
    something to plug from the Sky+ box into the laptop - via USB, ideally
    - to get the PAL composite video into it, so that it presents itself as
    a recording source for Windows Media Encoder.

    Does such a thing exist?

    (PS: I also own a Hauppauge DEC 2000-t Freeview USB box, but this
    irritatingly doesn't appear as a source for Windows Media Encoder to do
    anything with.)

    Any help would be appreciated.
    james007, Dec 12, 2004
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    james007, Dec 12, 2004
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  3. james007

    james007 Guest

    Well, nobody replied, but the answer is a Hauppauge WinTV USB - the TV
    tuner inside is superfluous, but it was £49 in PC World and has both a
    composite video input and an s-video input, which was even better.
    james007, Dec 13, 2004
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