FA: Broadway Realtime MPEG-1 PCI Capture Card

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Ideal for capturing DVD, VHS, Laserdisc and creating VCD's The Broadway is seen as the best quality for creating Video CD's from any source.

2 Video Inputs / Video Outputs The card is a v4.0 card and can run the latest software (v4.5) - Copy provided Real-time MPEG-1 compression Supports RealNetworks G2 Internet streaming Support for Video CD Captures AVI and MPEG formats

This card retails at 799.00 in both the states and over in in the UK. www.bit.co.uk - These guys sell the card in the UK (see page 30 - Computer Video March 2000 Magazine)

all leads, manuals, v2.5 software, v4.5 software

I WOULD IDEALLY LIKE TO SWAP THE CARD FOR A 2ND HAND Pioneer 626 DVD Player (modded) - Offers please

References: http://www.datx.com/broadway/ for full spec details http://www.oldskool.org/mpeg/mpegfaq.html - Section below taken from here What's the best hardware MPEG encoder in a consumer price range? General consensus points to the Broadway being the best, with all others trailing slightly in terms of output quality. It's a bit pricy at $800, but it can deal with marginal source material much better than the others, and can also output back to TV (the Dazzle DVC can also output to TV). I am unsure if it captures and/or takes into consideration both video fields, however. If I had to rank them, I'd rank the Adaptec VideOh (which is a repackaged, OEM'd Futuretel Video Sphynx) 2nd after the Broadway, the Videonics Python ranking third, and the Dazzle DVC after that. But they're all acceptable if you have clean source material. I own a Python myself, and use it to encode live feeds from my video camera and images generated from PCs with results comparible to software encoders.

http://www.videoguys.com/datatran.htm - US online retailers

-- Nigel Arnold (narnold@cableinet.co.uk), May 26, 2000


How do you rate the Vitec RT-6 and the Optibase Movie Maker(s)? These two cards are also realtime Mpeg1 encoders. I would like to see the results from broadway pitch against these two encoders. Samples from VHS, DVD, Laser Discs, and Digital Satellite receiver would be good to compare the quality. Both the Vitec RT-6 and Optibase will capture at VCD bitrate and ready to burn to CD as is. Does the broadway allow such feature?

-- lnguyen (wingstarzz@hotmail.com), May 27, 2000.


Braodway can encode mpeg as high quality, or standard quality, or video cd mpeg. You can also ask for mixed or unmixed stream, ie. video and sound as mpv and mpa files respectively.

I am quite happy with Broadway's quality. Compared to Optibase MovieMaker, the quality difference is only marginal.

-- Daniel Lee (siangneng@hotmail.com), May 27, 2000.


Thanks for the response.

-- lnguyen (wingstarzz@hotmail.com), May 30, 2000.

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