Wanted: suggestions for best PCI video editing card with RCA inputs

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by slugbug, Jun 11, 2006.

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    slugbug Guest

    I am looking for a PCI video editing card for my Father's PC. It
    needs to have the following features:

    1) rear RCA inputs for video and audio (preferably, two for stereo
    audio, and one for video)

    2) Easy to use software

    3) capability of capturing Hi-8 or MiniDV resolutions

    4) Works well with an AMD 2800+ cpu

    5) rear firewire port would also be a big plus, for future expansion
    and use with newer
    video cameras

    That's it! We are finally ready to try to capture some old 8mm home
    movies by projecting them onto a screen, and capturing them using a
    Hi-8 or MiniDV camcorder. (and running the resulting video and audio
    feed (audio mostly from a bunch of us talking about our memories of the
    shown events) into the PC to capture and eventually burn to DVD's.

    It is a sort of family genealogy project that we've wanted to get to
    for years. Now we are worried that the old 8mm movie film is
    deteriorating, and would like to get this project finished, pronto!

    The big problem I have is that I can't seem to find a decent capture
    card with the features above. These are the only features I need, and
    I want to try to keep it all simple for my Dad. I've seen plenty of
    cards out there that don't capture at very high resolution, or ones
    that don't have rear RCA inputs. If you have any ideas on what would
    work for us, I would greatly appreciate it if you could post a response
    here. Thanks!
    slugbug, Jun 11, 2006
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    Bernie Guest

    If you're using miniDV, you don't need a capture card, you need a
    Firewire port.
    Bernie, Jun 11, 2006
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    J. Clarke Guest

    If you're using miniDV then you don't need RCA inputs. Generally speaking
    unless you're talking about a broadcast quality board, PCI analog capture
    solutions aren't terribly satisfactory. However I have seen few analog
    capture boards that do _not_ have rear RCA inputs, either on the board or
    on a cable that plugs into a smaller connector.
    J. Clarke, Jun 11, 2006
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    Steve King Guest

    If I were you, I would choose the capture and editing software first. And,
    in your case, I would probably go with Microsoft Movie Maker. It is free.
    It is easy to learn. It will do what you say you want to do.

    Capturing through a firewire port is dead easy, when using any of the DV
    (MiniDV) cameras. In addition, many MiniDV cameras have video and stereo
    inputs, which allow copying to DV tape from analogue inputs --- such as from
    a VHS or Hi-8 analogue camera or deck. Many of those cameras provide for
    throughput of the video and audio signals to the Firewire output of the
    camera. In other words, if you have a miniDV camera with these features you
    don't need an analogue PCI card --- which, as another poster pointed out,
    have problems of their own. If you currently have such a camera you are
    good to go with no other capture device. Your computer will need a Firewire
    port, but that can be had for $15 bucks or so on a PCI card. Your AMD 2800,
    which will be just fine for editing video, probably already has Firewire.

    A third choice is to get a Canopus ADVC 100. This is an external box that
    provides two-way conversion from analogue to firewire and firewire to
    analogue. Plug the Hi-8 camera into the video and stereo audio RCA jacks on
    ADVC 100; then, go firewire from the ADVC 100 to your computer. The ADVC
    100 also will take a firewire output from your computer (or a miniDV camera
    for that matter) and feed analogue signals for video and stereo audio to
    analogue decks: VHS, Hi-8, etc. You can find the ADVC 100 on EBAY for $160
    to $200. When your project is completed, sell it on EBAY and get all or
    most of your money back. I have one. It works flawlessly. In addition to
    using it as I described above, I use it to feed the preview window of my
    video editing software to a standard NTSC TV. That gives me a real world
    look at my video rather than the less accurate depiction one gets on a
    computer monitor.

    The PCI analogue capture card would be my third choice of last resort.

    Hope this helps.

    Steve King
    Steve King, Jun 11, 2006
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