Capture Card | TV Tuner
I currently have a cheap-o PCI capture card that doubles as a TV tuner. The thing only cost me about thirty bucks, and I knew it was going to be fairly crappy; but it was all I needed at the time.
Now, however, I'm building an HTPC (as indicated in the 'My Refined HTPC Build' thread), and I want a fairly decent, low-profile PCI-E card that can to the following:
By the way, through standard Component, what is the resolution Component broadcasts at? I know it's not as high as Composite, but I'm pretty sure Component doesn't broadcast max at 320 x 240, which is what my capture card software captures raw AVI input as. (actually, i can use the MPEG-2 encoding at 640 x 480, but the recorded file has highly noticeable compression artifacts).
Or is this problem merely caused by the severely limiting 133MB/s bandwidth of the PCI slot? I know that raw AVI files at 320 x 240 go about 26GB an hour, so I think that's why. Not sure though.
How mine is setup as follows.
Cable splitter on the wall
One cable for the digibox or TV if you don't dont have a topset box.
One cable for the HTPC
Allows you to record and watch tv at the same time. So if you are recording something but wanna watch something else you can... ergo you cant.
Oh, and as I've realized, it needs to be low-profile; the Antec Minuet case I'll be stuffing it into only features Half-Size expansion slots.
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