Video capture card

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Video Capture Cards

These are what get the picture from the cable/aerial/satelle into your PC. See 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 Guide Linux Tv Tuner Guide.pdf here or MythTv Tuner Guide.pdf mythtv cards only

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) Tuners
    • 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 Air Star 5000)
    • Air Star 5000 (dvb drivers) (Terrestrial and clear QAM)
    • FusionHDTV 5 Gold or Lite (dvb & v4l cvs, mm kernels) (Terrestrial and clear QAM)
  • /Hardware Encoders
  • /Software Encoders
    • Brook Tree (bttv) based cards
      • BT848 (bt848 is the generic chipset they use)
        • Hauppauge WinTV Go card
        • AverTV Desktop PVR
        • ATI TV Wonder
        • ATI TV Wonder VE
        • ATI TV Wonder Pro
        • Hauppauge WinTV Nicam Stereo PCI card NTSC/PAL
        • Leadtek Win Fast 2000/ Win Fast 2000 XP
        • Leadtek Win View 601
        • Pinnacle PCTV Studio/Rave
        • Pinnacle PCTV Studio Pro
        • Lifeview Fly Video II (Bt848) LR26 / MAXI TV Video PCI2 LR26
        • Lifeview Fly Video 98 LR50 / Chronos Video Shuttle II
        • Lifeview Fly Video 98/ Lucky Star Image World ConferenceTV LR50
        • Lifeview Fly Video 98/ MAXI TV Video PCI2 LR50
        • Lifeview Fly Video 98FM LR50 / Typhoon TView TV/FM Tuner
        • Lifeview Fly Video 2000 /Fly Video A2/ Lifetec LT 9415 TV [LR90]
        • Prolink PV-BT878P+4E / Lenco MXTV-9578 CP
        • Prolink Pixel View PlayTV pro / Pixel View PlayTV PAK
        • A Ver Media TVCapture 98
        • STB TV PCI FM, Gateway P/N 6000704 (bt878)
        • 3Dfx VoodooTV 100, Gateway P/N 6000699 (btt878)
        • Sigma TVII-FM
        • Zoltrix Genie TV/FM / TV-Max (people reported having Audio Issues with card)
        • Sabrent Tv Tuner (bt878)
      • BT878 (Takes an MPEG2 HDTV(?) stream)
        • ATSC - pcHDTV / HD-2000
    • Philips SAA7134
      • Terratec Cinergy 400
      • Terratec Cinergy 600
  • /DVBCards
      • 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)
      • Leadtek LR6650 DVB-T and other cards based on the Conexant 'reference' DVB-T design.

Also these cards 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).

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