Grrrrr, I just accidentaly hit the back button and killed my post before I finished it. Here we go again!
Well, I'm going to be purchasing a capture card very soon. I like the idea of using a stand alone with a video stabilizer, as we used to call them, to strip the copy protections, but between the "GoDVD," type box, and the stand-alone DVD recorder, I'd be looking at a $250-$300 investment JUST to get started. My name? Well.... Joe because I'm pretty much just another, "Joe," and dirt, as in "As poor as...." lol
Now, I'll be spending less than $60 on this project as I WILL in fact, be using a video capture card and the writer I already own. (An NEC ND-3500) If there is enough interest, I'm also going to be journaling my experience from beginning to end in the general hardware forum. (Perhaps eventualy there will be a sticky made out of it with some editing done, hu?) So, if this topic interests you, please let me know. The more interest I see, the more willing I'll be to put time into sharing my experience breaking into this area that's new to me, as well as the pitfalls and successes I have along the way.
Here are the cards I am considering:
(Not sure I'm liking the poor rating with ^^^^^ THAT one though)
(I like ^^^^ this one for the fact that it also has a BNC connector, though I don't know that I'll ever use it, and security is NOT the primary reason for this purchase)
As you can see, the most expensive of these cards is $52.00 shipped as of this writing. Well below the $60 limit that I'm imposing.
Some of these cards are 8 bit, and some are 10 bit engines. More than likely, I'll select one that's a 10 bit, but what I see and hear over the next couple days will determine if other features may sway that decision.
If any of you have any personal experience with any of these cards, I'd LOVE to hear from you. I certainly wish I had the money to purchase, install, and review them all, but alas, there's the, "Dirt," factor.
Also, if anyone wants to be "Guinea Pig Number 2," please let me know. It'd be nice to have a second person out there with the same card doing the same things to compare results in different test-beds. Additionaly if we each had DIFFERENT cards, we could also compare notes. Please private message me if you're interested in THAT. (It'd also be useful if you'd be willing to speak voice to discuss our findings, which would make it preferable that you be in the USA or Canada. I'm a Vonage Digital Voice user, so racking up telephone charges hasn't scared me for 3 years and counting. )
That's about it for now. I'm excited about embarking on this journey, and I'm hoping this topic generates alot of interest!