[mythtv-users] Cheapest card for capturing with MythTV?
tony at maro.net
Fri Mar 5 10:58:11 EST 2004
Andrew Dodd wrote:
> Quoting Steve Dorsey <steve at dorseygraphics.com>:
>>I think I have a card that will play back video, now I need one to
>>What's the cheapest card I can find for capturing?
> My advice: Don't go cheap on the capture card. It is one of the key factors in
> defining your MythTV experience. Last time I tried Myth with a dumb capture
> card I was VERY disappointed with it. With my new PVR-350 board, Myth works great.
I'll agree on principle, but also tell you that an AMD 1800xp 256 MB RAM
with a $40 ATI TV Wonder VE card works just fine for me. I get true
broadcast quality when watching TV, and I've set my recording somewhere
between VHS and broadcast quality (for space and performance concerns.)
I also get 640x480 with this hardware. Audio is recorded using the
line-in on the sound card.
I have noticed if I start watching a recording before the commercial
custlist is done generating (or while still recording), the quality
seems noticably worse. If I wait until commercial cutting is done to
watch, the quality is great. The quality problem I notice there is NOT
saved into the file, because going back later and watching the same show
results in great quality.
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