Video Capture Devices

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For the first time in years I looked at home video from the early 90s. It
got me thinking it'd be nice to transfer the video to computer and do some
rudimentary editing like removing gaps between segments and adding titles. I
thought a USB device would be good because I don't want to haul the VCR to
my desktop when we have two laptops around the house.

I rather like the look of this item from TigerDirect:

http://tinyurl.com/53wuq

Has anyone tried this technology? How good is the quality, how fast is
conversion?

Any experiences you'd like to share?
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  1. Archived from groups: comp.sys.ibm.pc.hardware.video (More info?)

    Box134 wrote:

    > For the first time in years I looked at home video from the early 90s. It
    > got me thinking it'd be nice to transfer the video to computer and do some
    > rudimentary editing like removing gaps between segments and adding titles.
    > I thought a USB device would be good because I don't want to haul the VCR
    > to my desktop when we have two laptops around the house.
    >
    > I rather like the look of this item from TigerDirect:
    >
    > http://tinyurl.com/53wuq
    >
    > Has anyone tried this technology? How good is the quality, how fast is
    > conversion?
    >
    > Any experiences you'd like to share?

    TinyURL seems to be down. Try using a direct link instead.

    Regardless, the USB 1 devices univerally are pretty dismal. Some of the
    USB2 devices might be decent. You'd do best though to use one of the
    Firewire devices such as the Canopus ADVC100 or a digital camcorder that
    will pass through analog capture to the firewire port--most of the better
    ones will do that, the real cheapies won't.

    --
    --John
    Reply to jclarke at ae tee tee global dot net
    (was jclarke at eye bee em dot net)
  2. Archived from groups: comp.sys.ibm.pc.hardware.video (More info?)

    Oh knickers. TigerDirect pulled the part in my URL from their catalogue.
    However, they do have other gadgets with USB 2 and Firewire interfaces. Now
    when you said USB 1 was dismal, did you mean in terms of speed, quality, or
    both?

    Thanks for the reply.


    "J. Clarke" <jclarke@nospam.invalid> wrote in message
    news:cdjq3k012s2@news1.newsguy.com...
    >
    > Regardless, the USB 1 devices univerally are pretty dismal. Some of the
    > USB2 devices might be decent. You'd do best though to use one of the
    > Firewire devices such as the Canopus ADVC100 or a digital camcorder that
    > will pass through analog capture to the firewire port--most of the better
    > ones will do that, the real cheapies won't.
  3. Archived from groups: comp.sys.ibm.pc.hardware.video (More info?)

    On Wed, 21 Jul 2004 00:45:34 -0500, "Box134" <box134@wooky.invalid>
    wrote:

    >Oh knickers. TigerDirect pulled the part in my URL from their catalogue.
    >However, they do have other gadgets with USB 2 and Firewire interfaces. Now
    >when you said USB 1 was dismal, did you mean in terms of speed, quality, or
    >both?

    USB 2.0 will let you capture at higher bitrates than with USB 1.

    Kevin Miller

    "Either way, it is bad for Zathras."
  4. Archived from groups: comp.sys.ibm.pc.hardware.video (More info?)

    Box134 wrote:

    > Oh knickers. TigerDirect pulled the part in my URL from their catalogue.
    > However, they do have other gadgets with USB 2 and Firewire interfaces.
    > Now when you said USB 1 was dismal, did you mean in terms of speed,
    > quality, or both?

    One leads to the other. USB 1 in practical terms doesn't have a high enough
    data transfer rate for reliable live video transfer.

    You might want to go over to <http://www.avsforum.com> and search the Home
    Theater PC forum on keyword "USB". You'll find a lot of practical
    discussion there including comments on specific devices and for the ones
    that work well extensive discussion of their tuning and optimization.

    > Thanks for the reply.
    >
    >
    > "J. Clarke" <jclarke@nospam.invalid> wrote in message
    > news:cdjq3k012s2@news1.newsguy.com...
    >>
    >> Regardless, the USB 1 devices univerally are pretty dismal. Some of the
    >> USB2 devices might be decent. You'd do best though to use one of the
    >> Firewire devices such as the Canopus ADVC100 or a digital camcorder that
    >> will pass through analog capture to the firewire port--most of the better
    >> ones will do that, the real cheapies won't.

    --
    --John
    Reply to jclarke at ae tee tee global dot net
    (was jclarke at eye bee em dot net)
  5. Archived from groups: comp.sys.ibm.pc.hardware.video (More info?)

    OK, thanks for the advice.

    "J. Clarke" <jclarke@nospam.invalid> wrote in message
    news:cdm3ur0kiu@news4.newsguy.com...
    >
    > You might want to go over to <http://www.avsforum.com> and search the Home
    > Theater PC forum on keyword "USB". You'll find a lot of practical
    > discussion there including comments on specific devices and for the ones
    > that work well extensive discussion of their tuning and optimization.
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