[mythtv-users] S-Video capture card choices?
Michael T. Dean
mtdean at thirdcontact.com
Tue Aug 30 23:55:00 UTC 2005
> On Tue, 30 Aug 2005 16:24:06 -0700, Michael T. Dean
> <mtdean at thirdcontact.com> wrote:
>> If you can't afford the extra $3, you shouldn't be wasting money on a
>> Myth box. ;) So, basically, it's nothing to worry about. I have a
>> PVR-350, a PVR-250, and two PVR-150's and do not have any RF
>> feeds--everything is fed over S-Video--and the quality of the Hauppauge
>> PVR-x50's is good enough that I was happy to spend an extra $3 on
>> something I'll never use to get the rest of the card.
> OK. I was looking at $50 for just a grabber versus $100 for the
> Hauppauge. I'll see if I can secure one for $75.
The difference there is probably that the $50 "grabber" is exactly
that--a frame grabber. It dumps raw frames to the CPU and the CPU uses
software to encode them (for Myth, into a NuppelVideo container in
RTJPEG (for lowest-processor usage) or MPEG-4 (for smallest files) format).
The Hauppauge PVR-x50's have a hardware encoder. The card actually
encodes the video into MPEG-2 data, so the CPU basically has no work to
do. That means your CPU can do important things while recording--things
like flagging commercials, playing back a DVD, drawing Goom output while
you listen to music, etc.
As far as the rebates go, watch CompUSA, Circuit City, etc. They
typically have a good rebate every couple of weeks (none this week,
though). I'm guessing (assuming you're in the US) Labor Day weekend
will be the time to buy.
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