Cheep TV Capture USB/Firewire Device

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by ZicklePop, Mar 31, 2005.

  1. ZicklePop macrumors member

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    I want a CHEEP usb tv capture card, all it needs is coaxil in and hook into firewire perifbly but USB is great too.

    PS: With USB/Firewire ones will their be a delay inbetween the tv and the computer? I hope not.

    Thanks,
    Jake
     
  2. Bear macrumors G3

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    There will be a delay, so using your computer as the display for a video game console won't work well at all.

    However, does the short delay really matter for watching TV?
     
  3. ftaok macrumors 601

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    I'm not sure what your definition of cheap is, but ATI has a new product that works with USB2. All-In-Wonder something or other. I think it does hardware encoding/decoding, so there's minimal delay.

    I think they sell it at elgato.com
     
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  5. ZicklePop thread starter macrumors member

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    Just aslong as its not that noticeable cause I'm used to watching TV on my TV and Computer (just CNN and stuff) I don't own a console heh.

    I was hoping for something equal to or less than 100 dollars heh...
     
  6. sandman42 macrumors 6502a

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    How would you notice? You don't need to worry about this. Unless you had a TV nearby to compare to (in which case you wouldn't need the device, right?), there'd be no way for you to detect the delay for normal TV viewing. Think about it: whenever you watch TV there's no way for you to tell how many milliseconds (or even seconds) 'late' you're seeing the image. When a 'live' TV broadcast is on a delay for censorship purposes, can you tell the difference? Without some some temporal reference, you won't notice the latency of a tv tuner/video capture device.
     
  7. ZicklePop thread starter macrumors member

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    I have a TV about 10 feet away and I'm used to using the TV to view the and my computer speakers to listen heh... but even if there is a delay, I still need one thats pretty cheep so I can record TV shows to put on my Playstation Portible.
     
  8. sandman42 macrumors 6502a

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    Oh, I see. Well, in that case I think most of the USB and Firewire devices have a delay (latency) that you would definitely notice -- it doesn't take much to make it noticeable, though maybe it wouldn't annoy you. From what I read, the ATI Wonder device is supposed to have a very small delay, but it doesn't fit your price range.
     

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