Hi all, I need some advice on whether I should buy an ATI RADEON 9800SE All-in-Wonder Graphics Card
Basically I want to transfer all my videos (home and retail) to VCD and was wondering if this card is any good. Ive heard of cheep USB products (around £30) which can do this but ive heard USB doesnít work properly and last time I spent £30 on a TV card it was useless. So bad that I put off transferring my videos to VCD for about 7 years.
The reason I havenít asked what the best card out there is because I need to upgrade my Graphics Adapter anyway and this product seemed to fit my needs. However as with most products if you buy a 2-in-1 product it usually has drawbacks. Can someone please tell me if this product meets the requirements outlined below? If it doesnít can someone recommend something that does?
1. It must work with PAL
2. It must capture video without any dropped frames
3. It must not be buggy and prone to faults
4. It must be able to reproduce what is on the video with out any
degradation (ok, ill allow some as its analogue)
5. It must not have audio sync problems
6. It must be fairly cheep
Ideally It should be able Capture A video and compress it at the same time (is this called Hardware Encoding or Real-time editing, perhaps some one can clear this up?)
Ideally I want to capture video from a VCR and simultaneously watch the captured videoís output on a TV. I donít want to watch output straight from the VCR.
Ideally I want to capture video from the VCR and at the same time watch another video stored on my hard drive
Ideally I want to be able to play videos in any program (for example Media Player, or Media Jukebox) but instead of the output being on the computer screen it is output to a TV. I know you could probably get a special program like the above mentioned which has this special feature but I really want this to work with any program. Iím not sure how you would go about doing this, Some kinda driver?
What I want is have a rack next to my TV that has VCR, DVD, Satellite, etc, which also has a computer with a monitor. I can then select a video that I watch regularly (stored on the HDD) and it is output to the TV.
So are my expectations way off? If they are what do I buy? Should I use Firewire? (I dont have a DV cam)
Before my brother moved to New Zealand, he told me I should by a SGI computer, as thatís what he used and that would do what I wanted out of the box. Please donít tell me do that cus Ive checked the prices and last time I checked a basic model was about $10,000, and thatís way way too much. The maximum I want to spend is about £200 but if itís worth it I could possibly spend a maximum of about £500, but for that price I want something extremely good.
My current System Setup:
1x AMD Athlon 1800 (Is this way to slow)
1x 512MB DDR RAM (Is this way to low)
1x NVIDIA tnt2 32MB Graphics Adapter
1x 16x SCSI-2 CD Writer (New LG GSA-4 60B Dual Layer DVD Writer coming soon)
1x IDE DVD Drive
1x ATA133 80GB Maxtor IDE HDD (System)
Cheap Sil SATA Raid controller (this Sucks can anyone recommend something good)
2x Maxtor Diamond Plus 10 300GB HDDS (1 Empty, 1 a third full). NOT In a raid Setup
1x 650W PSU
Lots of Fans
Any help much apreciated