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Capturing Videos using the Turtle Beach Video Advantage

Performance, Continued

ATI composite inputs are a little blurrier than their S-Video inputs

Turtle Beach composite loses a few more details and picks up some noise

Both cards do composite video input better than expected, but the TV-Wonder Elite offers superior filtration. Filtering is best appreciated with lower quality sources, such as VHS tapes and home videos.

We also noticed occasional minor artifacting around slow moving-objects and minor interlacing issues, however post-processing seemed to eliminate most of that. Trying to catch such small and random problems was like chasing ghosts, and after several hours we gave up.

Conclusion

The Turtle Beach Video Advantage doesn't offer the most powerful hardware in its price range, but what it has is sufficient, and is augmented by exceptional software. We even compared it to a card known for exceptional hardware and lackluster software. For the intended purpose of creating DVD compliant video from analog sources, great software is the true advantage of the Video Advantage.

Pros
Excellent software package
Convenient front panel connection
Complete cable kit
IEE1394 FireWire controller
Cons
Average internal hardware
No hardware compression
No tuner or remote
Thomas Soderstrom
Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.