Which Capture Card is better?

Posted on 2009-07-07
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Last Modified: 2013-11-13
I want help deciding between two Capture Cards, my goal is to convert VHS tapes to DVD. I have 3 old VCRs all which only have composite-yellow out.

Here are the two capture cards i am comparing

1.  $90 tuner card

2. $130 capture card

The second, more expensive, card looks like it will produce better quality. Is it worth paying the extra $40. Also the first card would also let me capture TV as well, which i would like. But, i dont like how for the first card i would have to adapt my composite-yellow signal into svideo using their supplied adapter.

This question is related to my earlier question.
Question by:Thomas4019
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I am open to other alternatives as well. However i don't want to spend much more than $130 if possible. If you know of a better card that i can buy online or at a store, i live in Utah, that would be great as well.

I am afraid of using a USB solution because the computer is a single-core with 1.5Gb of RAM, so i'm worried about if it could maintain the frame rate with USB. It does have USB 2.0 though.
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Callandor earned 1200 total points
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Pinnacle in general has been making good quality video capture cards.  With the VisionTek, you are paying for the tuner as well.  You also want fewer transition connectors to reduce signal loss.
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I also just realized that my System can't support PCIe which the second card is (and most seem to be now). I guess i will probably just buy the Pinnacle.
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fredshovel earned 400 total points
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Hey Thomas, Re your computer:
Your computer will have no trouble handling a USB 2 video/audio stream. I've done extensive conversions with a far lesser PC with only 512m RAM. Save yourself some money and hassles and get one of these:
Analogue conversions via cards is a bit dated.
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Rartemass earned 400 total points
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If you are worried about performance then get a card with hardware mepg2 encoding.
This is a chip that does the processing on the card, instead of using all of your processor.

This card will do what you need, has hardware encoding, and is in your price range:

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Thanks for your help, i ended up buying the Pinacle and am very pleased with the quality.

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