[mythtv-users] Capture cards
jmeans at physics.tamu.edu
Fri Jan 12 16:02:40 UTC 2007
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Rich West wrote:
> I was asked by a neighbor to help finalize a setup for his son's
> computer before he went back to college. When I got over there, one of
> the things on his list of "I can't get this to work" was the video
> capture card. Apparently, he wanted to set up the machine as a dual
> purpose school computer/television and the card he bought wasn't
> Being Windows (ugh), I checked and quickly got the card functioning
> properly, but, as I was doing that, I looked at the card
> specifications. Apparently, the card records in either MPEG-2 or
> MPEG-4, all via hardware.
> I thought the reception was horrible, but apparently my neighbor is
> having problems with their cable, so all of their TV's have horrible
> analog cable reception. Anyhow, this card was a "Powercolor Real Angel
> 330" that his son picked up for ~$40.
> It *seems* like it would be a great alternative to the Hauppauge card
> which, as we all know, does hardware MPEG-2 encoding. Does anyone have
> any experience with this card? If so, any news as to the quality of the
> card and the compatibility of it with MythTV?
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> mythtv-users at mythtv.org
The powercolor website
(http://www.powercolor.com/product_realangel330_pci.html) is confusing.
On the flyer touting its virtues, it claims you can "Record your TV
shows to disk by using built-in MPEG-1/2/4 encoder". But in the specs
it says "Core: Software MPEG2 Encoding". So, is the "built-in" encoder
built-into the software, I guess? I would also be interested in hearing
if anyone has experience with one.
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