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TVs and their accompanying stuff

I officially have an actual TV (27", too!). YAY! However, I don't want to set it up until I have all the necessary cables and other things that I need. I don't want to have to take out the TV to change my set up later.

Here's what I need to simply watch TV:
- Composite cable with female adapters to extend the jacks on the back of the TV.
- VCR/DVD Player - I need recommendations (even just your fav brand would be helpful)!

The next step, and part of my 101things is that I want to transfer video from my VCR to my computer. Originally, I was hoping to use my camcorder as the "middleman" here, but it doesn't look like that is a possibility. So, from the looks of it, I need a either a TV Tuner card or something that can do it's job.

I'm mulling over the idea of getting one of these:
http://www.usbvideoadapter.com/
or this:
http://www.usbgear.com/computer_cable_details.cfm?sku=CTX-002&cats=125&catid=614%2C125

But I'm also thinking it might be better to get some serious hardware like these cards:
http://hauppauge.com/pages/compare/compare_pvr.html

I'm out of PCI slots, so I'd have to take something out to put this in. Not a huge deal, because the wireless card will probably be the one to go since I've got the ethernet plugged directly into my PC at the moment, but I'm not looking forward to lots of PCI card switching.

Anyway - all recommendations and suggestions are welcome! :-)

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quantumduck
Oct. 15th, 2007 08:36 pm (UTC)
If your camcorder is DV or Digital-8 then it has a 'Firewire' or 'IEEE 1394' or 'iLink' connector. (They're all the same thing.) To hook that up to your computer you'll get the best quality by using a Firwire PCI card to capture digitally.

All of the solutions you linked to take the poorer quality composite video out and digitize it. That will do the job, but if your camcorder is digital then it's a pointless extra conversion.

Firewire cards are pretty cheap, and you even find you prefer using Firewire for backup to external drives etc.
tenthz
Oct. 15th, 2007 08:39 pm (UTC)
That's fine and dandy for the stuff that I've recorded with my camcorder, but for my old VHS tapes, I haven't been able to find any other options that don't involve composite signals.

I was thinking that I'd be able to somehow record from my VCR onto my camcorder and then to my computer via firewire, but I haven't been able to find anyway to get that done in a reasonable manner.
quantumduck
Oct. 15th, 2007 10:51 pm (UTC)
Gotcha. In that case - there's no real difference between the quality of a half decent USB video capture or the fancy PCI studio card. I'd suggest a breakout DV box. Pinnacle used to make a nice box that had video inputs on one end and Firewire/DV out the other. it cost about $60, but I can't find a link right now.
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