TV Tuner Card vs. Graphics Card

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Mike Smith, Jan 6, 2004.

  1. Mike Smith

    Mike Smith Guest

    I am considering purchasing a new computer and have a question. Does
    it make sense to buy a TV Tuner Card seperate from the Graphics Card
    or is it better if they are integrated?

    The computer I am considering is the Sony PCV-RZ40CG which has
    Gigapocket as their Tuner Hardware and nVIDIA GeForce FX 5600 as their
    Graphics Card. I could also just scrap those and get an ATI
    All-In-Wonder Card which I guess has it all in 1 package.

    Here's what I'll use it for: Mainly watching TV but I will do some
    Video Editing (like take some of my old VCR tapes, run them through
    the computer and Burn them to DVD). Since I have a little experience
    trying to render video, I know that video capture cards are pretty
    important in regards to the output quality. Finally, I'll play the
    occasional game but don't need cutting edge lighting/shading/etc..-
    just enough video horsepower to play 2004 released games.

    Summary: Am I good with the Sony Setup or should I scrap that and get
    an integrated All-In-Wonder card? Also, does anybody have any reviews
    of the Sony Gigapocket hardware for TV input. I've heard not great
    things about their Gigapocket software but since this computer uses
    Media Center 2004, I will be using that.

    Any help is greatly appreciated.


    Mike Smith
    Mike Smith, Jan 6, 2004
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  2. Mike Smith

    J.Clarke Guest

    On 6 Jan 2004 10:22:23 -0800
    Don't know anything about Gigapocket but you'd to better to go with
    something Conexant or Phillips based--the ATI Rage Theater chip is
    apparently very good hardware but not widely supported--there are a lot
    of third party packages that support the Conexant and Phillips
    chips--the BT8x8 series are the most widely supported but not the best

    If you're using Media Center Edition then whatever you get, make sure
    that you have drivers in your possession before you buy third-party
    hardware--for some products there's no support and for others the
    drivers aren't available except to manufacturers.
    J.Clarke, Jan 7, 2004
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  3. Avoid Conexant especially if you're PAL/SECAM viewer. Go with Philips
    chip based cards if you want good quality. Philips ADC was used in
    professional cards like Fast AV Master, Pinnacle DV500, Pinnacle
    Pro-ONE and others. I can't say anything about ATI Rage Theater.

    Leonid Makarovsky, Jan 7, 2004
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    J.Clarke Guest

    On 7 Jan 2004 09:50:45 -0800
    Just picking a nit here but if you check you'll find that the BT8x8
    chips are made by Conexant.
    J.Clarke, Jan 7, 2004
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