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Video Capture [Sep. 23rd, 2002|04:03 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
I want to buy a video capture card, but I can't decide what I want. The contenders:

Linux Media Labs: LML33
Pros:
Linux support + hardware compression = can put in my Mini-ITX system.
Bt chipset = good quality.
Cons:
$410.

Linux Media Labs: LML33R10
Pros:
Linux support + hardware compression = can put in my Mini-ITX system.
$200 = more affordable.
Cons:
Phillips chipset = worse quality.
Lower MJPEG compression rate = too much bandwidth for network? Probably not.

Hauppauge: WinTV-PCI
Pros:
Linux drivers
$100-$120 = really cheap
Cons:
No hardware compression = Would require massive CPU to compress... if I put it in my Mini-ITX system I'm not sure I'd have enough bandwidth to send the uncompressed video to another machine (or rather, 4 machines) to compress and save.

Hauppauge: WinTV-PVR-250
Pros:
Hardware MPEG-2 compression! (not just MJPEG)
Reasonable price. ($150-ish)
Cons:
Windows only.




So I guess maybe the smart thing to do would be buy the cheapest thing available locally, make sure there's a good return policy, then work on it really hard right after I buy it, setting up the cluster compression. If I can't get it working well enough, return it, telling the salespeople it crashed Windows randomly every so often while I was using it.

Props to kvance for putting up with my stupid video capture questions.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2002-09-23 04:14 pm (UTC)
The WinTV-PCI model I'd buy is stereo.

Only the cheapest ones are stereo.
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[User Picture]From: krow
2002-09-23 04:34 pm (UTC)
If you want to play with a Hauppauge I will loan you one. I don't even have mine currently in my computer (the redraw is just too slow not to drive me nuts in X).
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2002-09-23 05:09 pm (UTC)
Maybe roll the price of an in-target probe into the cost of the Hauppauge PVR, and include reverse engineering it as part of your vidcap project? :)
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[User Picture]From: tydel
2002-09-23 05:33 pm (UTC)
I have the WinTV-PVR ... what exactly aren't there drivers for? I *swear* I used to use at least the tuner part of it in Linux.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2002-09-23 05:35 pm (UTC)
Hardware MPEG-2 capture.

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