PowerPC Compatible USB Video Capture Card

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by lukel, Feb 15, 2015.

  1. lukel macrumors newbie

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    Hi all,

    I ordered the August VGB200 USB video capture card from Amazon and was pleasantly surprised to discover that the device, and the included software, is compatible with Power PC processors. Its minimum OS requirement is Leopard.

    I am using it with my G5 and it works seamlessly. I use it to archive recordings made with my PVR box and I am planning on digitising very old video recordings from tape. I haven't checked that it works on a G4, but I assume that it will. If anyone wants me to check then I can.

    I thought this information may be of use to some of you! I rarely find new(ish) devices that work with PowerPC.

    Cheers.

    (Disclaimer: I, perhaps unfortunately, do not have a connection with Amazon or the manufacturers of the device!)
     
  2. Altemose macrumors G3

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    I have been using the Diamond VC500Mac with my G5 and it works great! Does that adapter by chance use the VideoGlide Capture software? I think most of these USB adapters are all rebadged based off similar chipsets.
     
  3. lukel thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The included software is iGrabber. It's pretty straightforward to use, but, on the other hand, could do with some improvement!

    I'll take a look at VideoGlide; thanks for the tip!
     
  4. Altemose macrumors G3

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    VideoGlide Capture is a paid software and it ships with a bunch of those USB adapters.
     
  5. Cox Orange macrumors 68000

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    I tested Elgato/Pinacle EyeTv 250 USB device for capturing VHS and TV and was only half satisfied, most of the time it was blocky. You can disable using one of the frames (i, p or b... or what they are called) and that will improve quality, but only was satisfied in some cases.
    The very good in it is the option to convert to several formats out of the box, also one can transform the mpeg2 TS stream into PS to watch it in VLC without Quicktime mpeg2 plugin.

    Since I have a PVR-Satelite-Receiver I record TV on it and the cut out advertising etc. with avidemux under 10.5. It keeps the original TV quality. If I want to make it smaller I then use Handbrake to convert it to h.264.

    For capturing VHS I found Thompson/Grasvalley Canopus ADVC-300 very good (there are other ADVC variants, cheaper and more expensive). I had the case that doing this video dimensions were wrong by 1 pixel, you wouldn't notice, but if you want to have it perfect, well then... but I don't know, if it really was ADVC-300 or the old VCR.
     

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