current capture capabilities of TV cards?

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Hi all,

I'm looking to buy a digital TV card soon, coincidentaly a friend has asked about transfering and cleaning their wedding VHS to DVD so I'm wondering if I can kill two birds with one stone. But I am limited to consumer priced cards.

I'm really looking for advice about which card/ features to look for since my reading hasn't concluded much, just raised questions. I don't want to go the external USB route cos it won't be used exclusively for capture.

Some of the issues I've noticed:

Hardware mpg2 encoding: not too much of an issue cos my rig will handle the encoding in software if I don't intend to multitask. And I don't envisige it being a regular need.

Driver issues: lots of older posts complain about driver issues causing crash/ sync/ drops/ volume problems etc. have these issues been ironed out?

Software: are the packages that come free with retail cards any good at 'cleaning' or am I still better off looking at manual filtering with virtualdub or something?

I suppose I'm wondering if something like the Hauppauge Nova T will suffice since I'm only looking for occasional basic capture capabilities through s-video and am willing to put the time into manual post processing...

WinTV HVR 1100?
Winfast?
Pinnacle?

Getting even more lost here by expanding my options!
 

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Thanks, looks like that almost completely covers my questions. Dumb of me not to have found it myself since Ars is a favourite of mine, duh!

Just seen the VHS that wants capturing though, and it's a beast. Only 3 years old but soooo grainy and rolls like a flat hulled boat in a storm. Got to try all my friends VCRs to find one which is equally as misaligned on the tracking...
 
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