Looking to digitise some VHS tapes, so am looking for some old video capture cards, but not sure if they will work with Windows 7 or Linux - can't find the information online, so am hoping someone here can tell me...
The cards I'm looking at is the:
Pinnacle Redstone 5.0
Pinnacle Callisto 7.0
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
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The capture cards you are asking about were designed to work with Windows XP. The most likely reason that you could not find Windows 7 drivers available for them is that Pinnacle abandoned them years ago. Pinnacle has been sold and re-sold since those cards were released and likely those in charge decided that was continuing support for them after Windows 7 arrived was not worthwhile.
If you know the chipset e.g. bt848, BT878. bt878a etc... you may be able to use generic drivers. I haven't used them except on xp but a Google search with those codes or "Conexant" and window 7 or 8 (and possible 32 or 64 bit) will show some claiming 64 bit drivers are available. Caution... as with many Google driver search results some links lead to "driver search/download programs" instead of the driver file itself. I found a rar file for bt848 drivers but since I haven't tested it I won't post the link. They shouldn't be too hard to find. This is all I put in the Google search "generic bt878 64 bit drivers for window 7". Whether they work or not above XP I can't say for sure. You could try the same search with Linux but it could be hit and miss. I did see some threads where people said the old bt878 cards work. I successfully tested the generic drivers with Linux but that was a few years ago there may may issues with newer versions of Linux.
If you already own the card it wouldn't hurt to try but you can buy a pretty cheap usb capture device that can capture from multiple digital and analog sources.There's not much to do but then I can't do much anyway.
Even a new generic type card would be a better investment than shopping for a used and outdated card. Prices start at $20 for new hardware. Personally, I'd only recommend Hauppauge.Google is your Friend
I agree. There are at least a couple of current decent and relatively inexpensive USB capture devices that would work well for capturing video with both Windows 7 and Linux. I found a review on Amazon indicating the Hauppauge USB Live 2 works with Ubuntu 12.04, and another on Amazon indicating there are Linux drivers for the EZCAP.TV 116