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= Video Capture Cards =
 
 
These are what get the picture from the cable/aerial/satelle into your PC.
 
These are what get the picture from the cable/aerial/satelle into your PC.
 
See [http://www.mythtv.org/docs/mythtv-HOWTO-3.html#video_capture_device MythTV.org FAQ/Video Capture Device] for more info.
 
See [http://www.mythtv.org/docs/mythtv-HOWTO-3.html#video_capture_device MythTV.org FAQ/Video Capture Device] for more info.
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For extra notes on each device see below: (I'm not hot on the way this is organized, but I guess until I come up with something better, this is what we've got. -- [[John Sturgeon]])
 
For extra notes on each device see below: (I'm not hot on the way this is organized, but I guess until I come up with something better, this is what we've got. -- [[John Sturgeon]])
  
* [[ATSC]] (HDTV) cards
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== [[ATSC]] (HDTV) cards ==
 
** [[pcHDTV HD-2000]] (V4L w/pcHDTV patch -or- dvb driver) (Terrestrial only) (replaced by HD-3000)
 
** [[pcHDTV HD-2000]] (V4L w/pcHDTV patch -or- dvb driver) (Terrestrial only) (replaced by HD-3000)
 
** [[pcHDTV HD-3000]] (V4L w/pcHDTV patch -or- dvb driver) (Terrestrial and clear QAM)
 
** [[pcHDTV HD-3000]] (V4L w/pcHDTV patch -or- dvb driver) (Terrestrial and clear QAM)
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** [[ATI HDTV Wonder]] (dvb drivers) (Terrestrial, clear QAM?)
 
** [[ATI HDTV Wonder]] (dvb drivers) (Terrestrial, clear QAM?)
 
** FusionHDTV 5 Gold or Lite (dvb & v4l cvs, mm kernels) (Terrestrial and clear QAM)
 
** FusionHDTV 5 Gold or Lite (dvb & v4l cvs, mm kernels) (Terrestrial and clear QAM)
* Hardware Encoder cards
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== Hardware Encoder cards ==
 
** iTVC15 family of MPEG encoders supported by the [[IVTV]] drivers
 
** iTVC15 family of MPEG encoders supported by the [[IVTV]] drivers
 
*** [[Hauppauge PVR-500]]
 
*** [[Hauppauge PVR-500]]
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*** [[AVerMedia M179]]
 
*** [[AVerMedia M179]]
 
** Matrox Marvel G200/G400 MJPEG encoders
 
** Matrox Marvel G200/G400 MJPEG encoders
* Software Encoder cards
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== Software Encoder cards ==
 
** BrookTree ([[bttv]]) based cards
 
** BrookTree ([[bttv]]) based cards
 
*** BT848
 
*** BT848
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*** Terratec Cinergy 400
 
*** Terratec Cinergy 400
 
*** Terratec Cinergy 600
 
*** Terratec Cinergy 600
* [[DVB Cards]]
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== [[DVB Cards]] ==
 
*** Hauppauge WinTV-Nova-T PCI Cards  
 
*** Hauppauge WinTV-Nova-T PCI Cards  
 
*** Avermedia DVB-T (Bt8xx)
 
*** Avermedia DVB-T (Bt8xx)
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*** DNTV Live! DVB-T Pro ([http://www.itee.uq.edu.au/~chrisp/Linux-DVB/DNTV/ More Info])
 
*** DNTV Live! DVB-T Pro ([http://www.itee.uq.edu.au/~chrisp/Linux-DVB/DNTV/ More Info])
 
*** Leadtek LR6650 DVB-T and other cards based on the Conexant 'reference' DVB-T design.
 
*** Leadtek LR6650 DVB-T and other cards based on the Conexant 'reference' DVB-T design.
* USB Capture Cards
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== USB Capture Cards ==
 
*** [[Hauppauge DEC2000-T]]
 
*** [[Hauppauge DEC2000-T]]
 
*** [[Hauppauge WinTV-NOVA-T-USB-2]]
 
*** [[Hauppauge WinTV-NOVA-T-USB-2]]
  
  
Also these cards '''WON'T WORK''':
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== Card that won't work ==
 
* ATI All-in-Wonder cards<br>
 
* ATI All-in-Wonder cards<br>
 
   The [http://gatos.sourceforge.net ATI drivers] provide a kernel module for basic V4L support which allows for capturing video from the <BR>device as it is playing. They do not, however, provide the tuner functions necessary for MythTV to select <BR>channels. Instead, they implement their channel tuning using the Xv extensions of X-Windows. A solution <BR>might be to patch the MythTV source code to recognize the ATI hardware and use Xv frequency changing to <BR>change the channel rather than solely relying on the V4L tuning functions. Then it would depend on whether <BR>the V4L support for capture is adequate enough in the ATI drivers for MythTV to work. It also might be possible <BR>to use an externally called Xv channel changing utility to change the channels.
 
   The [http://gatos.sourceforge.net ATI drivers] provide a kernel module for basic V4L support which allows for capturing video from the <BR>device as it is playing. They do not, however, provide the tuner functions necessary for MythTV to select <BR>channels. Instead, they implement their channel tuning using the Xv extensions of X-Windows. A solution <BR>might be to patch the MythTV source code to recognize the ATI hardware and use Xv frequency changing to <BR>change the channel rather than solely relying on the V4L tuning functions. Then it would depend on whether <BR>the V4L support for capture is adequate enough in the ATI drivers for MythTV to work. It also might be possible <BR>to use an externally called Xv channel changing utility to change the channels.

Revision as of 05:17, 26 January 2006

These are what get the picture from the cable/aerial/satelle into your PC. See MythTV.org FAQ/Video Capture Device for more info.

Here is a Capture Card Matrix with some basic information about known cards.

View The Comprehensive Guide of TV Cards that Work with Linux here or The Comprehensive Guide of TV Cards that Work with MythTV here. (Note: these articles may be out of date. --TylerDrake 23:55, 24 January 2006 (UTC))

For extra notes on each device see below: (I'm not hot on the way this is organized, but I guess until I come up with something better, this is what we've got. -- John Sturgeon)

ATSC (HDTV) cards

    • pcHDTV HD-2000 (V4L w/pcHDTV patch -or- dvb driver) (Terrestrial only) (replaced by HD-3000)
    • pcHDTV HD-3000 (V4L w/pcHDTV patch -or- dvb driver) (Terrestrial and clear QAM)
    • Air2PC (dvb drivers) (Terrestrial and clear QAM) (replaced by AirStar 5000)
    • AirStar 5000 (dvb drivers) (Terrestrial and clear QAM)
    • ATI HDTV Wonder (dvb drivers) (Terrestrial, clear QAM?)
    • FusionHDTV 5 Gold or Lite (dvb & v4l cvs, mm kernels) (Terrestrial and clear QAM)

Hardware Encoder cards

Software Encoder cards

DVB Cards

      • Hauppauge WinTV-Nova-T PCI Cards
      • Avermedia DVB-T (Bt8xx)
      • Nebula Electronics DigiTV PCI (Bt878, Nxt6000)
      • Pinnacle PCTV DVB-S (Bt878)
      • Technisat Sky Star 2 PCI
      • Hauppauge Nova-T (Digital Terrestrial)
      • Hauppauge Nova-S (Digital Satellite)
      • Hauppauge Nexus-S (STV02998 based) Mpeg Encoder
      • DVICO FusionHDTV DVB-T (More Info)
      • DNTV Live! DVB-T Pro (More Info)
      • Leadtek LR6650 DVB-T and other cards based on the Conexant 'reference' DVB-T design.

USB Capture Cards


Card that won't work

  • ATI All-in-Wonder cards
  The ATI drivers provide a kernel module for basic V4L support which allows for capturing video from the 
device as it is playing. They do not, however, provide the tuner functions necessary for MythTV to select
channels. Instead, they implement their channel tuning using the Xv extensions of X-Windows. A solution
might be to patch the MythTV source code to recognize the ATI hardware and use Xv frequency changing to
change the channel rather than solely relying on the V4L tuning functions. Then it would depend on whether
the V4L support for capture is adequate enough in the ATI drivers for MythTV to work. It also might be possible
to use an externally called Xv channel changing utility to change the channels. The ATI All-in-Wonder card cannot (it is said elsewhere on the internet) send video across the PCI bus. It can
only show video on the VGA output on the card. It is on this basis that neither the card nor drivers are
appropriate for use with mythtv.
  • Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-Roslyn (P/N: 28552 on the TV Tuner).
  • Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-USB2 (MPEG2 encoder box with USB2.0)
  • Cards based on the Conexant cx23416 MPEG encoder chip not already supported under ivtv (e.g. PVR2000).. development work has been done but cannot be considered a good solution for mythtv (yet).