Things have changed a bit from composite to s-video on card

Posted on 2005-04-18
Last Modified: 2010-04-06
I am wondering.  My system is basically an analog capture machine as I had a Sony Analog Video8 for 10 years - but I just bought a Sony Analog Hi8 and my TV Card (A K-World something) cannot handle it right.  The Sony has a min-plug to send Composite video out and a S-video out.  But it seems tha Card does not handle for the computer - but yet when capturing for the TV - it is wonderful.

S-video has extra lines of resolution compared to composite.  On the LED monitor of the camera - perfect.  So I know something missing somewhere.  thoughts?
Question by:bobsanders653
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    First of all, have you tried updating the drivers for the card? You should be able to get them at KWorld's website,
    If that doesn't help (or if you tried it already), try another application for capturing the video. I suggest iuVCR ( or FreeVCR ( and see if they can do a better job of handling the incoming video.

    Otherwise, tell us more about the behavior you see when you do try to record.

    Good luck,
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    Well - the Sony Video8 I had was a camcorder using the same type of things a TV uses.  I mean in terms of lines of resolution.  The TV-Card emulates a standard Analog TV.  The New Sony - a Hi-8 camcorder has 400 lines of resolution and outputs in S-video and/or Composite via a mini-plug.  

    I just looked at something after I wrote -  I hook up the new Hi-8 to a VCR to capture directly to VHS tape - and I played back the VHS tape on the TV-Card, and it was wonderful on the Computer Screen.  I captured the VHS tape to MPEG-2 using the TV-Card and a more wpmderful picture you could not have envisioned.

    This of course indicates the card I have cannot handle S-video properly, as I sent the video via S-video to the VHS and was perfect.  Any thoughts - and I mean thoughts of folks who have s-video for a card?  Same question I think.
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    Well, I suspect that the handling of s-video and the increased lines of resolution could be either a hardware (in the card itself) or software (drivers and capture application) problem. So updating drivers if possible, and trying another application may give you a chance at doing direct capture with your current card.

    I personally use a Pinnacle PCTV card that's about 6+ years old with my Sony Analog Hi8 camcorder, and have no problems capturing via s-video.
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    Thanks for getting my mind to working.  It is I believe a Hardware problem.  I took an old Video8 tape I had and inserted it into the Hi8 Sony and tried a test.  After recording on the Video8 and then playing back - everything was absolutely perfect!  I will need to either find a new card - or just use Video8 tapes instead of Hi8 - probably will just use Video8 as TV is still analog as well.

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