I've been trying to deal with this for a while; I'd like a more or less all-purpose device for capturing video on my home computer (It's a laptop, if that's important). Meaning, I would like to be able to have a device (preferably an external box) that can easily be used to hook up- My camcorder (a fairly old one that uses DV tapes), A VCR (for recording old home movies), A playstation 2, and a DVD player (my sister's school video projects are all on dvd and I'd like to be able to easily capture some for her.)
I bought the most inexpensive video box I could find on ebay, but... well, it was not a good piece of hardware, I'll just say that much. It was an off-brand device, very cheap, didn't get sound, only recorded some flickering video. Not fun to use.
I'd like to know what brand I can rely on for a capture box, but one that still won't be too expensive. At Best Buy, the salesperson told me that pinnacle was the only one that nobody had any complaints about, but the only package for that was $150 and came with the pinnacle software, greenscreen and a microphone. I've tried pinnacle and don't like it.
(I plan to use Sony Vegas with this technology, perhaps occasionally put things together quickly on Windows Movie Maker still.)
Haha, that was far too long of a post for such a simple question.
In summary- What is the best quality, most reliable brand and model of capture box that won't cost too much?