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July 15, 2010 7:02:16 AM

Hi guys,
I'm trying to capture video with a leadtek dtv1000s tv card but the video is very jerky.
Even just playing a dvd is also jerky but not as bad as the captured video.
My Athlon 64 3000+ is running at between 50% & 70% while capturing.
Do i need a more powerful cpu?
Graphics card is a ATI X1650 if thats any help?

If anybody can help me sort this out it would be much appreciated.

Jamie

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July 15, 2010 7:16:32 AM

Athlon 64 3000+, the single core @ 2.2GHz?

Yes, your CPU is very outdated. Same goes for your video card. You should build yourself a new computer.

A good AthlonII x4 build can run you around $400 or so.
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July 15, 2010 8:17:26 AM

Thanks for the quick reply.
Any suggestions what cpu, motherboard & video card would easily cope with capturing video on regular basis.
I am currently using XP pro, can i keep that or should i upgrade?
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July 15, 2010 9:14:11 AM

I would build a system with an intel i3. They are video editing machines of a pretty decent price. Frys sells em in store for $100 or so cpu mobo combo atleast once a month.

If you want PM me and I can help you pick the parts, and will even be willing to build it for you. I sell PCs on Ebay so I can stay home with my disabled son.

I do alot of video work, i3 works very nice.
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July 15, 2010 10:02:22 PM

I'm not sure it's the cpu alone, one of the other components, capture card or gpu or hdd, is causing it. Could also be antivurus software being overprotective. I have an older P4 2.8GHz system with onboard Intel graphics and Haupagge pci card that captured video and audio just fine from vhs-c camorder tapes. Also plays dvd's fine.
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July 15, 2010 10:05:29 PM

What is your budget for a new computer build?

You can reuse XP as long as you have the original disc.
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July 16, 2010 3:44:26 AM

A new computer will probably fix the problem, but the real question is: Why is DVD playback slow? Even an old slow athlon should be able to play a dvd, no?

I would say there is something else going on, maybe a virus or driver or something.

The bottom line is your h/ware should be fine. Something is definitely not working right.
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