EyeTV 250 vs TVMax vs others

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by mahonmeister, Feb 5, 2007.

  1. mahonmeister macrumors 6502

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    I'm looking for a good hardware encoding capture-card/TV tuner. For now I will be using the capture features rather then for watching TV. I'm recording video from an original Xbox using S-video to my PowerBook G4 1.5GHz. It will also record stereo audio through RCA cables.

    The EyeTV 250 ($200) looks great, has great reviews and I would buy it but it's pricey and has no hardware mpeg-4 encoding.

    The TVMax (~$185) looks to have most of the same features but also has hardware mpeg-4 encoding.

    The EvolutionTV also looks very similar to TVMax but it is a ton cheaper (~$70). Seems like a good deal but I'm wondering if it can match the quality of the other two.

    ? Other Choices ?

    I'll be recording in 640x480 or 720x480 and I'm trying to get the best quality possible. Mpeg-4 seems to be the most efficient way to get max quality at minimum file size. Which one should I buy? Any other products I should consider before making a choice? I've recorded video on my PC with an ATI TVWonder Pro for some time and it has been nothing but problems. When it did work, the quality was great except for vertical bands running up and down the video, which kinda ruined it. Basically, I've become obsessed with video quality and want the best.
     
  2. CmonRichard macrumors newbie

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    TV Max

    I have recently acquired Miglia's TV Max. What a great unit. I haven't tried the other 2 units but based I wanted the TV Max for certain reason. Once the video is encoded the options available are great. Fast trimming of video files (great for removing adverts from TV shows), quick exporting into iDVD.
    I recorded an episode of Desperate Houswives (I know, I know) for my sister-in-law last night & had trimmed the adverts, exported to iDVD (did iDVD magic by adding theme, menu music) & burned it within 45 mins. She was highly impressed. Quality is the same as on my TV so I'm very happy with it. Hope this helps.
     
  3. Passante macrumors 6502a

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    I have the Eyetv 250 and I am very pleased with the unit except for the lack of mpeg-4 hardware encoding. I didn't find out about that until after I purchased it.
     

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