Video Capture Card Advice

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belithrawien

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I would like to save our families vhs home videos and have been looking for a video capture card. It is important that the resolution be very good, as 640 x 480 is too small. I have read some good things about canopus, with exceptional audio/video synchronizing. Is this a huge issue with the cards? If anyone here has some personal experiences with good/bad cards, I would appreciate you sharing your opinions with me, thank you.

I do not care about included software so much as the quality of the card, if it is internal or external, PCI , Firewire or USB --- unless that affects quality.

I am pretty sure my system is up to the task of any card, my specs would be -

1GB DDR RAM,
256MB DDR PCI-E Video (ABIT RX600 Pro-256PCIE )
AMD Athlon 64 Processor 3200+
OB AC'97 sound ( would a separate card synch better ? )

( I think those are the most important specs ? )

Thank you everyone :)

Bel
 
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Do you think that you'd get more of a response in the Digital Photography and Imaging forum, belithrawien? If so, click the red triangle and ask one of the Mods to move your query there.
 

belithrawien

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Oh thanks smeegle! I have to admit, I was unsure where this one should go., Appreciate the tip.
 

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Not sure where it was to begin with but... Hardware or Multimedia seems much more appropriate... really nothing to do with Digital Phoptography & Imaging
 
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Canopus is "state of the art" for capture---you will get 720x480 (thats normal NTSC size) so it will look good on your TV. Your system is definately equal to the job. You can save yourself a bunch if you have a DV camera that supports pass through-----Go from your VCR---to your DV camera to your computer via firewire. If not the Canopus box will work fine.
 
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