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Which Video Capture Card is best

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I have a pentium II 233mhz with 96meg ram running windows98 and have 2 USB ports. I want to use my Video Camera for both a web cam, as as video editing some family stuff. Can someone recommend a video card and also some tips on looking for a video card. Also some pros and cons on some as well.
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by:Epsylon
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What HDD do you have? It's important to have a fast one...

Take a look at the Matrox Marvel G400. It's a video and capture card in one.
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by:airborne
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That card appears to be a TV PC card, will this do the Video Capture, as well as allow me to use the Video Camera as a "Cam Ball"?
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by:Epsylon
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Look here if you haven't alread done that:

http://www.matrox.com/mga/products/marv_g400/home.htm


Btw: what camera do you have?
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by:kevinandrews
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Hello to you
Well there a number of video cards out there today that will capture viedo.

Question 1
What sort of video do you whant to capture. Do you want to make movies and special effects eg Star Wars.

2 Find out weather the video card that you are going to buy. Can capture 24-30 frames a second.

Most cheap cards on the market are struggling with 15 frames and above.

You will have to spend some money to buy a good video card.

Important tip make sure that the video card will output into your video machine.
I have seen some cards that they input and no output.

i hope this answer some of your questions
see you later
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by:TSMITH
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Try searching for Pinnacle System's DV500. This can handle digital and analogue input and output. It captures in broadcast resolution @ 30fps and can apply real-time studio effects without rendering. It comes with good editing software...
Sonic foundry, Adobe Premiere 5.1, Photoshop etc. It also handles distribution to CD, DVD, Video etc.
Cost is 549UKP, I don't know whether it handles US format or how much that would cost.

Hope this helps
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by:airborne
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I want to answer a couple of questions asked above.
I have a Sony CCD-TRV65. If you look it up on the web, you can get more details of the specs.

I want to have these capabilities,1) Capture Video from the camera to the computer in whatever format. 2) Edit that video more for home use than StarWars type effects. 3) Capture images from the video as well, basically play the video, and stop it at certain points then capture the image. 4) I would like to use the camera to capture images for a potential Web Cam which refreshes every 30 or so seconds. 5) I would also like to use it to do video conferencing as well. Am I outta line here to expect that I can do this all with one card? Please send URL's for me to check. I will add additional points to the answer, provided it is what satisfies my needs.

Thanx for your attention.
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Epsylon earned 300 total points
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That camera has, as far as I can see, no DV (Digital Video) capabilities, so the Miro/Pinnacle DV500 is a little too expensive I think. The DC30+ or DV200 saves some money.

http://www.pinnaclesys.com/Products/
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by:Epsylon
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If you don't care to much about quality then the Miro DC10+ is a nice option.
And see my first comment about the Matrox...
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by:airborne
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I will consider those other suggestions, but you believe that that card will do all that I want to do above?

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by:Epsylon
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I checked out the DV200 more closely and I'm not sure about the connectors. I think it's DV only.

And with 4) and 5) I don't have any experience but with the right software it is possible.
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by:Epsylon
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Btw, I think that you computer is NOT powerfull enough for the DV500 and a fast harddrive is required anyway...
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by:airborne
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I will consider those other suggestions, but you believe that that card will do all that I want to do above?

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by:airborne
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Adjusted points from 200 to 300
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by:airborne
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It appears to me that this company Pinnacle is the leader in this type of equipment. I think that I will contact them directly now to find out what is best for what I have and need. Thanks for all your help.

Angel
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by:airborne
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Need I say more? You did a great job.

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