RecordingTV to disc

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Lew, May 24, 2002.

  1. Lew

    Lew Auditioning

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    I've read quite a few posts and beginner areas but I am still confused.What I want to do is simply record tv to a hard disk and then play it back. I have a PIII 800Mhz with 256MB ram & 2 x 60GB discs, XP pro. Australian TV PAL B I think
    What is better a tv tuner card with a video card with TV out or a capture card with TV in/out.
    What sort of image quality could I expect to get, it is only playing back on a 68cm tv no fancy sound... so its not at all a home theater system I just want to build a digital video recorder. So in simple terms:
    what capture card should I get?
    what software should I get?

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. Chris Bardon

    Chris Bardon Cinematographer

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    Well, I have an ATI TV Wonder, which is nice because it means that I can have another primary graphics adapter. The difference is that the AIW boards have everything, but they take a hit in 3d performance. That being said though, the AIW Radeon 8500 DV is the best one on the market if you can afford it (even comes with a remote control).

    As for software though, be warned. ATI makes great hardware, but their software is terrible. I've had nothing but problems with their TV software-it crashes my machine, and the scheduler doesn't like to work about half of the time. Theoretically it should work, but in reality it falls short.
     
  3. Kimmo Jaskari

    Kimmo Jaskari Screenwriter

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    Also, keep in mind that the AIW doesn't work if you want to use Dscaler to linedouble/scale TV. Dscaler really is a remarkable piece of software and a reason in itself to get a separate TV card and a graphics card with a TV out if you need that.

    Of course, the biggest benefit from dscaler you get if using the PC with a front projection system.
     

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