I have just purchased a new, high spec. PC and it has a DVD writer.
Now I want to use it to capture my old VHS collection and then transfer them to DVD (some editing may also be involved).
However, the neccesity is that video and sound quality remains almost if not exactly the same.
Here are the options I have looked into:
1) PCI Video Capture Card e.g. Haupaugge's Win TV PVR 250 and AVI AIW
The advantages of this first are foremost, I think, is that it is a PCI card so it won't drain the computer's resources like a USB device would. Also, it would be that I can encode straight into mpeg 2 format preventing frame loss. However, would this prevent me editing?
Is it still possible to capture in avi format using Virtual Dub and by pass the card's encoding if one wishes to?
The major problem I am worried about is that the sound quality will not be up to scratch. I think this because I only have AC97 on board sound. I would have to attach the composite lead to the TV Tuner card and then a RCA to 3.5mm jack would be inserted into the line in of the sound card. Past experience suggests this is not a brilliant sollution which may lead to out of sync sound as well as poor quality.
2) USB Video Capture Device e.g. Haupaugge's Win TV PVR 350 and Pinnacle's Dazzle DVC 150
The advantage of this is that it has all the inputs - both S-Video/Composite + the RCA Audio.
Will this maintain sound quality?
Also, if I was to capture this with Virtual Dub, how would the sound be captured with the video??
Will the fact that they are USB 2.0 devices mean they are faster and capture a better quality? (Becuase I read the old USB 1.0 devices used up a lot of the system's resources and their was a fair bit of frame loss as well as a poorer quality compared to a PCI option.)
3) Use a Analogue to Digital Converter which connects to the PC through firewire, e.g. Canopus ADVC-100 Analog to DV Video Converter
This seems a good option, but an expensive one at that. Also, what puts me off is that it is compressed to DV-avi by the hardware. I have read posts stating there can be colour problems and also DV-avi would not be my first compression option.
Any help much appreciated on which option you think suits me.
P.S. I tried a TV Tuner card from my old PC into the new one, the capture quality seemed poor and there was a lot frame dropping.
This suprised me since my new PC has a dedicated hard drive for vid capping (160Gb) and I have plenty of RAM (1024Mb) and a 3.2GHz Processor)
Did the fact that the card is five years old have anything to do with this?
So would another cheap but new TV card be an option?