Firstly I have tried to find an answer within the archives, appologies if this has already been covered.

I have been considering the Hauupage PVR250 against Pinnacle Studio DC10.

In your guides you appear to advise against these type of cards as the files created become card dependant. I am confused as they both appear to offer hardware compression into MPEG2.

The Dazzle DV bridge and Cannopus you talk about are too expensive. Are you aware of any cheaper cards that offer hardware compression and produce an acceptable level of quality. (I would like to burn them to DVD)

I recently returned a swann card 40 because the capture frame size would not go to DVD quality and there was lip sync problems. :

Any advice would be most welcome.