[mythtv-users] cheap ($250) HD component video capture..

Jay R. Ashworth jra at baylink.com
Sat Oct 27 18:36:34 UTC 2007

On Fri, Oct 26, 2007 at 11:57:09AM -0600, Brian Wood wrote:
> Jay R. Ashworth wrote:
> > On Fri, Oct 26, 2007 at 09:17:58AM -0600, Brian Wood wrote:
> >> That's probably a safe bet. There are HD camcorders available today that
> >> appear to have hardware encoding chips. These sell for under $2000
> >> retail, so how much could that chip cost?
> > 
> > It's at least an order of magnitude easier to scan right off the chips
> > and encode to mpeg2 than it is to track an analog video signal and
> > break it back down; maybe 2 orders.  Analog video capture cards for SD
> > were $800-1500 in their heyday; firewire cards... 15 bucks.
> But a firewire card wouldn't have to encode to mpeg2, as it's already in
> that form over firewire.

Meaning that you not only lose the cost of the analog stuff, but the
MPEG stuff as well; yeah.  But having compared analog MJPEG cards to
analog MPEG cards, I can tell you the analog stuff is where the money

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