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  • KennyG
    Moderator Emeritus
    • Sep 2000
    • 745

    Video Capture cards

    Well, my htpc is running so smoothly I just have to see if I can screw it up.
    I'm ready to add more inputs into my projector, but of course I need to be able to scale them up to something that'll look at least half way decent on my screen...so it's time to look into a video capture card.
    What are you guys using, and just how good can htpc make an NTSC signal look?
  • JonMarsh
    Mad Max Moderator
    • Aug 2000
    • 15336

    #2
    Kenny,

    As you're probably familiar with, a capture card compatible with DTV is probably the best way to go; I'm no one to offer advice, since I'm not capturing any NTSC. I'm a bit of a curmudgeon, not having cable hooked up, and with my conventional LD player and Toshiba DVD player in my daughter's bedroom, haven't viewed anything other than DVD in a while. I've bought a few DVD's with TV shows, for ones I'm interested in; video quality has been quite good, scaled to XGA at 4:3. Maybe this could become the "preferred" commercial free way of watching TV- a season at a time!

    I'm curious about the Samsung SIRT150, which seems to have been designed with my limited curmudgeon tastes in mind- HDTV only, OTA only, RGB or Component output, can convert all formats to selected output format; options include 1080i, 720p, 480p. It's about 6 dB more senstive than an RCA DTC-100. Also has composite and S-Video outputs which are always active, for feeding those secondary sets, or recording on VCR. That may get me out of my DVD rut some day.

    Regards,

    Jon




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    • KennyG
      Moderator Emeritus
      • Sep 2000
      • 745

      #3
      Jon, you say it has RGB and component outputs?? What about the video card, if you've got your htpc running a projector why would you use the outputs of the video capture card? I'm missing something here?????????

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      • KennyG
        Moderator Emeritus
        • Sep 2000
        • 745

        #4
        Hey Jon, please note the above post???

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