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Best way to capture and burn video from TV

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Hello,

I am interested in finding out if it is possible to capture video from TV such as MTV, VH1, CMT etc.. and capture it in high quality format, maybe even digital format since I have digital cable?

I would then want to burn it to DVD.

Basically, I want to capture and create my own catalog of music videos and tv programming and burn it for my own use.

I have an amd xp 1800 system. What hardware would I want to buy and do I need to upgrade to a faster chip or anything? What capture device or card is the best? What else do I need?

Can I get a high quality product this way or am I dreaming?

Chuck
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by:Callandor
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If you get a Hauppauge PVR250 tuner card and SageTV (if you are in the U.S. and they provide coverage for your area), you will have the capability of a TIVO recorder, that is, you can schedule and record TV programs.  If the cable show requires the cable box, you can pass the video signal to the card with the s-video connector.  This card will make recordings in mpeg2 format, about 2GB/hour for highest quality.  The output is the best I've seen for standard definition TV.  

By the way, don't let the term "digital cable" fool you into thinking it's sharper - it's not, if it isn't high definition.  What they do is cram more channels in the same space, so you get more compression and more artifacts - not really sharper.
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by:webnso
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Thanks for the inout, sounds like something I need to check out...

I also found something that looks promising from ATI. The new HDTV wonder or even the all in wonder pro. But the HDTV wonder looks very interesting. Any thoughts on these products? I did own a haupage card years ago but the driver was lame. I will take a look at what you suggested, I live in CT. I do already have a series one tivo. Maybe I could go from rca out on the tivo to the capture card? hmm

Chuck
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Hey,

Is there any advantage to the PVR 350 card? Notsure I understand the difference...

Chuck
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The ATI HDTV is a new product, so it may have some teething problems, but it is kind of exciting to see such a product available for a low cost.  I use a MyHD MD-120 HDTV card, and it works great - the tuner can really pull in weaker signals, and I'm in the NYC suburbs - I recommend it wholeheartedly.  Of course, HDTV recording will eat up 9GB/hour, so get some large disks if you want to go that route.  Once you've seen HDTV, DVDs will pale in comparison, and you'll end up watching stupid shows just to see high-definition ;-)

The PVR350 is the same as the PVR250, except it adds an FM tuner.
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