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Capturing Videos using the Turtle Beach Video Advantage


To test quality, we compared the original image from a DVD to S-Video and Composite Video inputs of the Turtle Beach Video Advantage and ATI TV Wonder Elite. The TV Wonder Elite has an excellent reputation for noise filtration. Other hardware remained the same, using the same high-quality cables on the same system. All images are shown at full resolution, cropped (click for un-cropped image).

Test System
CPUIntel Pentium 4 2.6 GHz, 512k Cache
FSB200 MHz
MotherboardSoyo P4I875P Dragon 2 V1.0
Memory2x Corsair XMS4000 Pro, 1024 MB
GraphicsATI All-In-Wonder X800 XT
HDDWestern Digital WD800JB 80 GB ATA (8 MB)
DVDCompaq DVD-115
LANIntel Pro/1000 onboard
Power SupplyCustom
Drivers & Configuration
GraphicsATI Catalyst v5.4
ChipsetIntel Inf. Update
OSWindows XP Prof. SP1a
DirectXDirectX 9.0c

The original image shows fast motion, a wide gamma range, and fine details

ATI reproduces the image very well using S-Video Input

Turtle Beach S-Video produces similar results with slightly less detail S-Video inputs work well for both cards, but the TV Wonder Elite exhibits slight horizontal squishing, while the Video Advantage suffers slight losses in detail.

Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.