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Capturing from SKY +

Discussion in 'Sky Digital TV Forum' started by lukeherd, Feb 21, 2005.

  1. lukeherd

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    I need some help.

    I have a WinFast TV USB 2 device and want to capture some programs off my SKY + box.

    I understand that S-Video offers good output. But the amount of capture settings is immense. What format MPEG2? What video and audio codec? What capture resolution?

    Anyone know what works well?

    Thanks
     
  2. Starburst

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    Depends what you intend to do with the final capture.

    If you want to put it onto DVD then capture to mpegII (there should be DVD spec templates) and then run the file through an authoring app and you are away.
    If you only want to play the file on the PC then mpeg2 will give you good quality but a large file size, AVI will reduce the file size but put a load on the processor when it's compressing in realtime.
    Audio codecs are the same, some are standard for DVD spec files while others can be used entirely at the users preference.


    Doom9 while mostly dealing with DVD manipulation also carries guides and links to other subjects which should be of interest.
     
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    Thank you for this Starburst. can I ask what you mean by an authoring app? Is that Nero or Moviemaker or similar program?
     
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    When you capture a DVD spec file it will be a plain mpeg which isn't the format an actual DVD uses. An authoring application takes the mpeg and breaks it down into a file format that can be written on a DVD and then played back on a standalone DVD player or dvd-rom drive.


    I think NeroVision will do the job, I use Ulead DVD Movie Factory and there is also TMPGEnc DVD Author plus a dozen others.
     

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