[mythtv-users] good hardware for transferring videos from vhs and dvd players
gull at gull.us
Mon Jan 11 02:19:11 UTC 2010
Mike Andrews wrote:
> dear folks,
> i'm interested in mythtv for transferring my vhs and dvd collection to
> the computer. do folks have a particular set of hardware cards or O/S
> to recommend for this?
I've used an AVC-2410 MPEG capture card to do this with VHS tapes.
(It's basically a clone of the PVR-150.) I think these cards have been
discontinued, though, so I'm not sure how helpful that will be.
Note that if these are commercial videotapes they will probably be
Macrovision protected, and this will cause flickering, flashing, and
blackouts in the recording. I actually had problems with it just
*watching* tapes on my video projector due to this form of copy
protection. There are devices that will stabilize the video but I'm not
going to say anything more about that here because of list rules about
discussing copy protection.
Note that Myth itself is probably not the best way to capture video from
tape; you'll have to mess with the scheduler to fool it into recording
the whole tape without interruption. It's best to do the actual capture
with something else. In the case of an MPEG card this can be as simple
as "cat /dev/video0 >video.mpg".
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