If not, what's good to use to capture widescreen DVD quality to DVD compliant MPEG2 via s-video? I can get my existing Hauppauge WinTV to do pretty good with SD, but am afraid to take a chance on a new Hauppauge device for widescreen because I don't think you can have multiple versions of the WinTV software on the same computer and I would like to keep the old device operational just in case a new device doesn't work right. Are there new Hauppauge devices that can do widescreen HD and also widescreen and SD DVD compliant MPEG2? Thanks.
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I don't really understand what you want. Do you want an HDTV tuner with the ability to capture DVD-compatible video from an S-Video connection? ...or do you want a capture device with no tuner that can capture HD video and SD video in MPEG-2 format from a line input? Do you need a device with a USB interface for the machine described in your computer details?
As far as capturing SD widescreen video, there is nothing in an NTSC SD analog signal that indicates whether the video being sent is 16:9 or 4:3. If given an NTSC SD anamorphic widescreen source to capture (no letterbox bars), the capture will have no letterbox bars, and won't be cropped, but will be squished into a 4:3 frame. If the video received isn't anamorphic widescreen, but is 4:3 with letterbox bars, then the capture will also be 4:3 with letterbox bars. I don't think a device or software could automatically detect and "correct" that either. In both cases the video can only be fixed after capturing.
http://www.hauppauge.com/pages/products/data_pvrusb2.html What you describe with the anamorphic squished 4x3 is what mine does. What I want is a device that takes S-Video + white & red audio and captures that into widescreen. If there's such a device that will take ATSC widescreen via the coaxial input and capture in widescreen DVD compliant, that'd be good.
Last edited by jagabo; 25th Jun 2012 at 08:33.
The only workarounds I can suggest is that you get one of the DTA converter boxes made by Channel Master and capture from their S-Video output using your existing device
... or get a DVD recorder with an ATSC tuner. I have one. It converts an HDTV signal to anamorphic widescreen DVD-compatible video as it records, and can create a DVD, although it doesn't set the widescreen flags either.
Last edited by usually_quiet; 25th Jun 2012 at 10:08. Reason: clarity