help me choose a tv/video capture device

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Looking fo something in USB2. I've been looking at ratings on
VideoHelp.com. It seems like someone has a problem with every device.
Some picture quality is bad, some crash, some drivers blow... Anyone
using anything thats works and installs good? I'm running WinXP on P4
@ 3.0 Ghz with hyperthreading, 1Gb DDR, dual SATA drives in a RAID 0.
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    <sdeyoreo@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:8f27k05banhio1bb00aepujc7ef9iuoltp@4ax.com...
    > Looking fo something in USB2. I've been looking at ratings on
    > VideoHelp.com. It seems like someone has a problem with every device.

    If they're trying to capture high-bandwidth video over a USB2 connection,
    it's no wonder they have a problem with every device. I've had good luck
    with a Leadtek Winfast TV2000 XP Expert PCI card. I record movies off DBS
    to replay them later. -Dave
  2. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt (More info?)

    So you think I'm better off with a PCI card than an external USB2
    device?
    On Sat, 11 Sep 2004 20:22:52 -0400, "Dave C." <mdupre@sff.net> wrote:

    >
    ><sdeyoreo@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    >news:8f27k05banhio1bb00aepujc7ef9iuoltp@4ax.com...
    >> Looking fo something in USB2. I've been looking at ratings on
    >> VideoHelp.com. It seems like someone has a problem with every device.
    >
    >If they're trying to capture high-bandwidth video over a USB2 connection,
    >it's no wonder they have a problem with every device. I've had good luck
    >with a Leadtek Winfast TV2000 XP Expert PCI card. I record movies off DBS
    >to replay them later. -Dave
    >
  3. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt (More info?)

    On Sat, 11 Sep 2004 20:31:40 -0400, sdeyoreo@hotmail.com whipped out
    "The Mallet O' Understanding" and bashed *this* into my head:

    >So you think I'm better off with a PCI card than an external USB2
    >device?

    I don't know what he thinks, but my response is: "oh, *yeah*.
    Definitely."

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    <sdeyoreo@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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    > So you think I'm better off with a PCI card than an external USB2
    > device?

    A LOT. That is, unless the external USB2 device has it's own mass storage,
    such as a 100GB hard drive, to record video to be transferred over USB2 to
    the computer LATER. -Dave
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    unless you want to capture direct to MPEG your best option is a firewire
    device like the canopus advc, datavideo dac or ads pyro av link. you can
    still capture to MPEG with these but you'll need software that can convert
    on the fly to do it, mainconcepts mpeg encoder works well for this.

    <sdeyoreo@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:8f27k05banhio1bb00aepujc7ef9iuoltp@4ax.com...
    > Looking fo something in USB2. I've been looking at ratings on
    > VideoHelp.com. It seems like someone has a problem with every device.
    > Some picture quality is bad, some crash, some drivers blow... Anyone
    > using anything thats works and installs good? I'm running WinXP on P4
    > @ 3.0 Ghz with hyperthreading, 1Gb DDR, dual SATA drives in a RAID 0.
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    John Mann <metroboyeh5@yahoo.com> wrote in
    news:s0c7k0hkosc7ndcseqrg71ngpbi5547imj@4ax.com:

    >>So you think I'm better off with a PCI card than an external USB2
    >>device?
    >
    > I don't know what he thinks, but my response is: "oh, *yeah*.
    > Definitely."
    >

    Can you please explain why an internal PCI card is better then external
    USB?

    TIA
  7. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt (More info?)

    > >
    >
    > Can you please explain why an internal PCI card is better then external
    > USB?
    >
    > TIA

    BANDWIDTH!!! Video capture needs lots of it. USB2 might be fine for low
    resolution video at low framerates, but I honestly don't think it would have
    enough bandwidth to support that, even. If users of USB2 video capture
    devices are reporting problems, that pretty much confirms what I suspect . .
    .. not enough bandwidth on USB2 for such a device. -Dave
  8. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt (More info?)

    I have Firewire ports also. Whats the data rate of each: USB2, PCI bus
    & FireWire?
    Now the question gets narrowed down: Anyone recommend a "installation
    & operation problem free" PCI tv tuner/video capture card? (I don't
    wnat replace my ATI video card) ATI, WinTV, PCTV? I read that ATI
    software is a pain. WinTV (haupage?) I read good things about. Lotsa
    3rd party stuff for it. PCTV by Pinnacle, no opinion.
    Besides the tv, I want to capture camcorder video, edit it, and as a
    later option, burn to DVD.
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    sdeyoreo@hotmail.com wrote in
    news:0ic9k09orr5vfera173rclog9iriuuo3ku@4ax.com:

    > I have Firewire ports also. Whats the data rate of each: USB2, PCI bus
    > & FireWire?
    > Now the question gets narrowed down: Anyone recommend a "installation
    > & operation problem free" PCI tv tuner/video capture card? (I don't
    > wnat replace my ATI video card) ATI, WinTV, PCTV? I read that ATI
    > software is a pain. WinTV (haupage?) I read good things about. Lotsa
    > 3rd party stuff for it. PCTV by Pinnacle, no opinion.
    > Besides the tv, I want to capture camcorder video, edit it, and as a
    > later option, burn to DVD.


    From: http://www.usb.org/faq/ans2#q2

    standard parallel port: 115kBYTES/s (.115MBYTES/s)
    Original USB: 12Mbits/s (1.5MBYTES/s) <----USB1
    ECP/EPP parallel port: 3MBYTES/s
    IDE: 3.3-16.7MBYTES/s
    SCSI-1: 5MBYTES/s
    SCSI-2 (Fast SCSI, Fast Narrow SCSI): 10MBYTES/s
    Fast Wide SCSI (Wide SCSI): 20MBYTES/s
    Ultra SCSI (SCSI-3, Fast-20, Ultra Narrow): 20MBYTES/s
    UltraIDE: 33MBYTES/s
    Wide Ultra SCSI (Fast Wide 20): 40MBYTES/s
    Ultra2 SCSI: 40MBYTES/s
    IEEE-1394: 100-400Mbits/s (12.5--50MBYTES/s) <----Firewire
    Hi-Speed USB: 480Mbits/s <----USB2
    Wide Ultra2 SCSI: 80MBYTES/s
    Ultra3 SCSI: 80MBYTES/s
    Wide Ultra3 SCSI: 160MBYTES/s
    FC-AL Fiber Channel: 100-400MBYTES/s

    I'll take a stab at PCI:

    33MHz X 4bytes/Hz = 132Mbytes/second = 1gigabit/second
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    JS wrote:

    > sdeyoreo@hotmail.com wrote in
    > news:0ic9k09orr5vfera173rclog9iriuuo3ku@4ax.com:
    >
    >
    >>I have Firewire ports also. Whats the data rate of each: USB2, PCI bus
    >>& FireWire?
    >>Now the question gets narrowed down: Anyone recommend a "installation
    >>& operation problem free" PCI tv tuner/video capture card? (I don't
    >>wnat replace my ATI video card) ATI, WinTV, PCTV? I read that ATI
    >>software is a pain. WinTV (haupage?) I read good things about. Lotsa
    >>3rd party stuff for it. PCTV by Pinnacle, no opinion.
    >> Besides the tv, I want to capture camcorder video, edit it, and as a
    >>later option, burn to DVD.
    >
    >
    >
    > From: http://www.usb.org/faq/ans2#q2
    >
    > standard parallel port: 115kBYTES/s (.115MBYTES/s)
    > Original USB: 12Mbits/s (1.5MBYTES/s) <----USB1
    > ECP/EPP parallel port: 3MBYTES/s
    > IDE: 3.3-16.7MBYTES/s
    > SCSI-1: 5MBYTES/s
    > SCSI-2 (Fast SCSI, Fast Narrow SCSI): 10MBYTES/s
    > Fast Wide SCSI (Wide SCSI): 20MBYTES/s
    > Ultra SCSI (SCSI-3, Fast-20, Ultra Narrow): 20MBYTES/s
    > UltraIDE: 33MBYTES/s
    and 66MBYTES/s
    and 100MBYTES/s
    and 133MBYTES/s

    > Wide Ultra SCSI (Fast Wide 20): 40MBYTES/s
    > Ultra2 SCSI: 40MBYTES/s
    > IEEE-1394: 100-400Mbits/s (12.5--50MBYTES/s) <----Firewire
    > Hi-Speed USB: 480Mbits/s <----USB2
    > Wide Ultra2 SCSI: 80MBYTES/s
    > Ultra3 SCSI: 80MBYTES/s
    > Wide Ultra3 SCSI: 160MBYTES/s
    > FC-AL Fiber Channel: 100-400MBYTES/s
    >
    > I'll take a stab at PCI:
    >
    > 33MHz X 4bytes/Hz = 132Mbytes/second = 1gigabit/second

    Just for the sake of precision, the clocks are actually 33.3333...Mhz, so
    it's 133.333...Mbytes/second
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    Cool, thanks. Now wonder Firewire is called FireWire!
    On Mon, 13 Sep 2004 09:51:04 GMT, JS <JS@huh.wha> wrote:

    >sdeyoreo@hotmail.com wrote in
    >news:0ic9k09orr5vfera173rclog9iriuuo3ku@4ax.com:
    >
    >> I have Firewire ports also. Whats the data rate of each: USB2, PCI bus
    >> & FireWire?
    >> Now the question gets narrowed down: Anyone recommend a "installation
    >> & operation problem free" PCI tv tuner/video capture card? (I don't
    >> wnat replace my ATI video card) ATI, WinTV, PCTV? I read that ATI
    >> software is a pain. WinTV (haupage?) I read good things about. Lotsa
    >> 3rd party stuff for it. PCTV by Pinnacle, no opinion.
    >> Besides the tv, I want to capture camcorder video, edit it, and as a
    >> later option, burn to DVD.
    >
    >
    >From: http://www.usb.org/faq/ans2#q2
    >
    >standard parallel port: 115kBYTES/s (.115MBYTES/s)
    >Original USB: 12Mbits/s (1.5MBYTES/s) <----USB1
    >ECP/EPP parallel port: 3MBYTES/s
    >IDE: 3.3-16.7MBYTES/s
    >SCSI-1: 5MBYTES/s
    >SCSI-2 (Fast SCSI, Fast Narrow SCSI): 10MBYTES/s
    >Fast Wide SCSI (Wide SCSI): 20MBYTES/s
    >Ultra SCSI (SCSI-3, Fast-20, Ultra Narrow): 20MBYTES/s
    >UltraIDE: 33MBYTES/s
    >Wide Ultra SCSI (Fast Wide 20): 40MBYTES/s
    >Ultra2 SCSI: 40MBYTES/s
    >IEEE-1394: 100-400Mbits/s (12.5--50MBYTES/s) <----Firewire
    >Hi-Speed USB: 480Mbits/s <----USB2
    >Wide Ultra2 SCSI: 80MBYTES/s
    >Ultra3 SCSI: 80MBYTES/s
    >Wide Ultra3 SCSI: 160MBYTES/s
    >FC-AL Fiber Channel: 100-400MBYTES/s
    >
    >I'll take a stab at PCI:
    >
    >33MHz X 4bytes/Hz = 132Mbytes/second = 1gigabit/second
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