BTV picture quality

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  1. Steve Weeks

    Steve Weeks Stunt Coordinator

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    When I record shows at the highest quality setting (~3GB/hour,) the quality is still pretty grainy. I notice this mostly while watching sporting events, but it is present in all my recordings.

    I am using an ATI AIW video card for the video capture. Would a hardware encoding card, such as a Hauppauge, help with the picture quality?
     
  2. ChristopherDAC

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    Short answer: not likely.

    Try a better antenna first, but you have to understand that broadcast NTSC has its limits, and the broadcast NTSC you usually get does not come near pushing those limits. Signal/noise ratio, colour, resolution and so forth are rarely going to be much better than VHS; if you want to see how your card is really performing, try a high-quality analog source such as LaserDisc. Anyway, having used both the AIW and the tuner-compressor-only "eHome Wonder" [effectively the same as the Hauppage] I definitely recommend the former. My suggestion would be to try changing your CODEC and other settings, such as the "video soap" noise reducer, and see if that makes a difference.
     
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    How would I change the CODEC or adjust the video soap?
     
  4. ChristopherDAC

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    Try starting the "ATi Multimedia Center": open TV, go to "Setup" [the box with the check-mark in it at the bottom of the Control Panel], to the "Personal Video Recorder" tab, and hit "Map Preset" to get a list of available recording modes and options for making your own.
     

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