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    Default Video playback device advice

    Greetings, Apologies if this is not the right forum for this question - finding the "right" forum has been a task in itself... I'm helping a retirement community with their cable-TV station. There's no live content - mostly just repeating MPGs scheduled back-to-back and played, full-screen, on a PC monitor. A "Video Graphics Card" outputs what's on the PC monitor (via composit-video connectors) to the equipment/device that puts our channel onto the community's cable. Whenever maintenance is done at the PC, the "program" has to be stopped and anyone watching our channel can see the Windows desktop and mouse as it flits around the screen. When maintenance is done, programming is restarted. Isn't it possible to output video (composit or S-Video), without having to display a desktop? If so, what kind of card do we need? We have an ATI Radeon 4600, but it doesn't seem like the right choice of card, as there aren't any options to select a video-stream/source - it just outputs what's being displayed on a monitor. Any help is appreciated!

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    What about putting something on a VCR or DVD player. While you do the computer maintenance you could just swap the plugs into the other device and then back into the computer when finished.

    Just an idea.

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    That's a good idea, MB!
    As a matter of fact, there's a VCR there just for that purpose - but people don't use it.

    I think it would be an improvement to allow file-transfers and video-schedule updates any time, without disturbing the program that's currently playing. Having a standard standby tape for the VCR doesn't really solve that; maintenance is usually postponed until nothing-special is playing.

    What is the correct hardware for converting a Video Stream (from MPEG) to a composit or S-Video output?

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    I didn't think you needed to convert anything so long as you record from an analogue output to the VCR. It should just record what ever is being sent to it.

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