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recommendation :video card \ sound cards \ dvd writer

Discussion in 'Computer Components' started by F4STLOVE, Aug 27, 2003.

  1. F4STLOVE

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    hiya

    Im at present thinking of upgrading my pc, now that I have a
    gamecube and xbox. Im not too fussed abt what games graphics
    card i have. But what video\ sound card will i need for dvd viewing
    recording and home video.
    Are there any particular brands you recommend. Id like a video
    and sound card with loads of connectivity eg digital sound ports,
    s-video in and out.

    Are dvd recorder format standards and prices settled down yet?
    or should i wait a little longer. I would like to make my own dvds
    from old video tapes.


    Cheers!
     
  2. Gary Lightfoot

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    For DVD playback Radeons are the best choice - the 9600 being the best of the bunch by all accounts. Only get the Pro version if you play games and don't mind the fan noise, otherwise dvd playabck is the same on both.

    Soundcards such as the Soundblaster 4.1 or 5.1 will pass DD/DTS ES/EX through spdif to youtr amp. If you want to output that as analogue, the M-Audio range get good reviews.

    There's still a DVDR- and DVDR+ war going on, so maybe a dual format recorder such as the Pioneer DVDR 106 will fit the bill.

    Can't hep with the dvd recording etc but I'm sure somebody can

    Gary.
     
  3. F4STLOVE

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    Thanks for your advice, i'll look into those products from their
    web sites.
     
  4. gab2001uk

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    There are a number of dual format DVD drives available. I use +RW for testing purposes, and -R for most write-once, mainly because they are cheaper than +r, especially the printable versions. I do have one DVD player that refuses -R, but will play +R/RW, and another that refuses +R, but will play -R and +RW!

    For transferring VHS to DVD, I have 2 methods:
    1) VHS-> Cryptik Field Blanking Inserter box-> Pinnacle Studio Deluxe capture card via s-video. This records onto a SCSI HDD at 4GB per 20 mins in AVI format. A 90 min tape creates an 18GB file!
    (The Cryptic box removes Macrovision)

    2) VHS-> Vidac VMagic MPEG2 Hardware encoder card. This card ignores all copy protection methods, and produces an MPEG1/2 file in real time to VCD /SVCD /DVD format.

    I use Ulead DVD Workshop to author the files from either of the above methods. With the AVI file a 90 min AVI takes around 2 -3 hours to render and create the DVD, or a few minutes with the MPEG2 files from the hardware encoder. Much faster, but quality not as good
     

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