I have an osprey 100, avermedia avertv, and a hauppauge winpvr 150 ... I want to save my old VCR tapes. From what I understand, any of these would be capable of this. For doing this I clearly do not need the tuner capability, just the video in. My question is whether any of them would be significantly better than the others?
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Depends on what you want to do with the captures. DVD, digital archive, or both? And the quality level you expect.Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end. -- Henry David Thoreau
Copying to DVD. Would like best possible quality ... But know VHS has limits.just do not want to be further limited by the card ... Within the constraints of using one of the ones I have on hand and not going out to buy yet another.
I used to have a hauppauge pvr250. If memory serves the 150 was its cheaper cousin was it not? And if memory servers it was something of a slightly inferior product to the 250 and 350 models I believe.
However that being said I'd still prefer a hauppauge to another brand.
Simple answer to your question though is try both out. Then do a sample with the same source on both cards and see which output is better.
Ideally for capture and conversion to dvd you should use the one that has hardware mpeg encoding. That way you can capture directly to mpeg2 and author that directly to dvd without any extra conversion steps (authoring doesn't convert it just aligns the dvd compliant video into a structure the dvd player will recognize - plus you can do menus and such if you so desire or just do movie only).
You can capture to avi using a dv codec if you so desire and the card in question has this capability. However that would require encoding it to mpeg2 and then authoring it to dvd. An extra step but if you want to apply filters and stuff it might be more suitable than using a mpeg2 captured mpg file.Donatello - The Shredder? Michelangelo - Maybe all that hardware is for making coleslaw?
The Osprey 100 only captures video. Audio would need to be captured from your PC's audio line in, which increases the chances of audio synchronization issues. I can't tell for certain but I'm guessing the Osprey 100 can capture to a lossless video format or DV using the right software. It is supposed to be a bt8x8 card, and those are reputedly good for capturing VHS.
Which AverMedia AverTV card do you have? That is the suffix AverMedia uses on their entire TV card line.
Originally Posted by usually quiet
Granted that is a generallity and is a case by case basis. Individual results may vary.
So yes strictly speaking you need it to be ac3 or pcm at LEAST and can include dts. But to say it won't work at all with just mp2 audio is innacurate.
But yes ac3 should be the preffered format. And the audio can be removed from the captured video and converted to ac3 (besweet for instance) and put back into the video.Donatello - The Shredder? Michelangelo - Maybe all that hardware is for making coleslaw?