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Can someone help me in selcting the best low priced capture card for capturing my home dvds and videos to VCD & SVCD. I have a Dazzle DVC 2 at work but because it is PCI it is hard to disconnect everytime and bring home. Does anyone know of an internal to external PCI lead/ adapter box? Although the DVC2 has excellent quality ,I wondered if there was any better card for the price? I looked at the DC10 plus but that captures in MJPEG which is not very good compression size and does not capture the audio. Also resolutions confuse me. If I was to capture / convert a DVD what is an acceptable resolution to write it to VCD without losing much quality when playing back on a DVD?
-- Mark Ellis (Mark.H.Ellis@btinternet.com), February 11, 2001
I personally use the Dazzle DVC2......I got it for $220 (please dont go emailing me where I got it at this price) and I must say for the quality and price you cannot get a better deal. There are so many other cards in this price range but they dont come near the cost/value, but rather the other way with inconvenienct. MJPEG cards take another step to go from AVI to MPEG-/MPEG-2 and unless you have a fast PC and alot of time on your hands, thats not gonna be something you should get into.
I myself use the Dazzle DVC-2 along with the Darim M-Filter and Sima Color Corrector and my SVCD's pretty much match the original video source. Plus if later on I wanted to make DVD's, the Dazzle DVC-2 has that area covered. Simply put, it CANNOT be beaten for the price and quality it delivers.
-- MrVCD (firstname.lastname@example.org), February 14, 2001.
DO NOT buy that piece of shit called Dazzle DVC-2! The quality is horrid ! C-cube sucks ! First of all even capturing an MPEG-2 at its highest bitrate supported by the card which is 8Mb/s, the result is fuzzy looking video with sort of like a white thin-film and lack of detail, this piece of trash has so many bad reviews, DO NOT get that crap! Dazzle = CHEAP SHIT!
-- John Rimmer (email@example.com), February 25, 2001.
Then which one is better
-- Aji Paul (firstname.lastname@example.org), April 10, 2001.
If you want to retain high video quality I would suggest the ATI All- in-Wonder 128. You can capture in high quality MPEG-2 format and then use software to convert it to a more compressed format such as divx. This is the best solution I have found. I have a Dazzle DVC and it is a piece of crap!
-- bucky (email@example.com), June 24, 2001.