ATI All-in-Wonder 128 w/32mb Ram vs. Pinnacle DV-500 : LUSENET : Video CD : One Thread


I want to capture through music videos (from a satellite dish) through an s-video input in mpeg-1 and mpeg-2 format, then burn them to a CD-R for playback on a home DVD/VCD player.

I have not upgraded my machine, but will be doing this in the next week or two.

I will be using:

PIII 500 150mb RAM Plextor PlexWriter 4/12 CD-Recorder Plextor UltraPlex CD-ROM UDMA hard drive or SCSI hard drive (probably SCSI because the people at Pinnacle tell me although UDMA is fast, it does not smoothly stream video like SCSI does)

I am thinking of buying either the ATI All-In-Wonder 128 with 32MB RAM for a video capture card (it uses Ligos' GoMotion on board), or the Pinnacle DV500 capture device (new) which will work with my present video card (Intel i740). Both of the ATI and the Pinnacle are capable of capturing both mpeg-1 & 2.

What is the mpeg-1 and 2 quality like from the ATI All-in-Wonder 128 w/32mb?

Should I go with the ATI or the Pinnacle?

Has anyone used the new Pinnacle DV-500? I know that it captures in DV native, and then you have to convert to mpeg-2 (or 1), whereas the ATI captures directly in mpeg-2. Which will give better results?

Am I looking in the right direction?

Lots of questions (I know), but I'm about to spend a lot of money. Please help!

-- Ed Lauzon (, November 21, 1999


Pls get rid of any ATI products, I am 100%sure it will trouble ur system one or another way... Sometimes with your scanner, videocamera etc.. ALL_IN_WONDER PRO 32MB is royaly screwing me for past 3 months . I lost my money ($199) and time.. Simply ATI products will not work...

-- Aji Paul (, June 18, 2001.

I have the 32MB ATI All in Wonder RADEON and it works great

-- Jeffro (, September 22, 2001.

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