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    Hi, sorry if this is in the wrong forum but I'd like some advice.

    I found this video capture card on Maplins website
    Maplin > Pinnacle Dazzle TV/Video Capture Card

    And I was wondering if it's any good? I'm looking for a decent but cheap basic video capturing system so I can record games onto my PC. I've also seen some stuff going on eBay for a lil bit cheaper, but they're all from Hong Kong which bothers me some.

    Anyway, any advice would be great thanks.

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    It will capture video via an s-video input.

    Cannot see any audio input though - is capturing audio important to you?

    There are plenty of USB-based video capture solutions that also capture from analogue video sources. Google 'USB vhs to DVD' or something similar - you will get plenty of ideas. These devices tend to capture in MPEG 1/2/4 format - great for viewing/distribution, but crap for editing with, if this is your intention.


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    Hmm it says it records sound too throught the analogue (which is good for retro games like my mega drive) but I would prefer to have sound too for more recent games (all through composite cables). And yes, there is going to be plenty of editing, but I'm using a Mac for that.

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    On closer inspection I think you're right.

    I was expecting to see red and white phono connectors to accept audio - instead there appears to be a mini-jack socket - this could be where you connect the audio.

    The FAQ's on the product page seem to support this. But considering this is a PCI card, this particular bit confuses me:

    "Q) I want to capture VHS Video and edit it using Ulead Video Studio Software .... does the DAZZLE faciltate this and does it plug into USB2 terminal TKU - David Scouler
    A) Yes the product does support that."

    It clearly isn't a USB product.

    For 15 it's worth the risk anyway, but check out the video capture specs - can the card capture at full PAL-compliant quality? ie 25fps @ 720x576 resolution.


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