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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?
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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, http://www.kworldcomputer.com/index.html.
If that doesn't help (or if you tried it already), try another application for capturing the video. I suggest iuVCR (http://www.iulabs.com/iuvcr/index.shtml) or FreeVCR (http://freevcr.ifrance.com/freevcr/index-en.html) 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,
LHerrou
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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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