[mythtv-users] Need help installing video capture card with no tuner.

Brad DerManouelian myth at dermanouelian.com
Sun Jul 6 03:08:44 UTC 2008

On Jul 5, 2008, at 7:23 PM, Alen Edwards wrote:

> Brad DerManouelian wrote:
>> Even this way, typing cat /dev/video > video.mpg is way easier than
>> what you're trying to accomplish. :)
> Does that capture the video and sound?

Depends on your driver. Mine does. I have no idea how your video card/ 
driver works.

>> Or you could set it up the way it was meant to be set up. With a
>> listing grabber for Dish network and an IR blaster to change the
>> channel on the STB. :)
>> Sometimes the answer is to do it right instead of trying to trick it.
> I am beginning to think you are correct.  I am really surprised.  Even
> an old VCR can capture a video input.  I would think that would be a
> basic item.  I guess I am wrong.

You aren't using an old VCR. I would guess a VERY high percentage of  
people on this list have no use for plugging in a video source,  
hitting record and watching the video back later. If they do, they use  
something much simpler. cat /dev/video. :)

> One problem is I don't even know if this card will work and hate to  
> get
> a blaster and then decide it isn't going to work.  I just thought  
> since
> I had the card I would try it out and see how well it works.

Say it with me.. cat /dev/video to see if your capture card will work.

> I guess I can do the cat approach to test the quality of the signal  
> and
> go from there if none of these other ideas I am getting work out.

Now you've got it!!


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