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Sweetspot card: ideal solution for Sky capture?

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by dr_mabuse, Dec 1, 2003.

  1. dr_mabuse

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    Just found the Sweetspot card and have searched this forum for each mention of it - looks impressive!

    I have been searching for a way for ages to get output from my Sky Digibox (which does NOT offer S-Video Out) from RGB into my PC.
    edit: I don't want to buy a standalone DVD recorder!!

    At one point I was going to buy the Canopus ADVC100, but I'd have needed an RGB to S-Video converter as well; then I went the other way and tried to find a capture card of any sort that could capture without frame loss and audio-sync (yes I realise that a multiple of other local factors with the host PC can affect that, but it's not encouraging reading most of the time...)

    I realise it's not on sale yet but if Alex or David are reading could you detail any host PC considerations that I should be prepared for?

    I want to capture from Sky Digital, edit and author menus on my PC, then burn to DVD also from my PC. I am happy to spend a little more than the card if there are any "extras" to maximise the captured picture - obviously it will only be as good as Sky supply it!!

    My PC is a Sony VAIO with XP2600+, 512MB PC2700 and spare 40GB - need more space? What is the file format captured in mb/minute?

    Sorry to drone on but I'm excited that this product might end my somewhat frustrating searching!!

    Thanks for any help

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  2. David PluggedIn

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    There is a lot of interest that we have received directly and that has also been expressed on other forums for using the SweetSpot card as a PVR solution.

    While this isn’t the primary application for the card, which has been designed as a display enhancement solution using DScaler, we do see it as an interesting future direction for the product.

    What we would say though is *at the moment* there are easier / established solutions on the market to do give you PVR capabilities, and the most obvious for you as a Sky subscriber is of course Sky+ which is being heavily promoted now with the recent removal of the monthly subscription fee (though you have to subscribe to enough channels to qualify).

    You could then use a PC based editing solution to archive to DVD, though as your own research has shown this is not really a plug and play field – it may be that for simply archiving broadcast material you can get 90% of what you need with a standalone DVD recorder!

    So I guess what we are saying is that at the moment we would not want to advise you to spec your PC to meet a potential PC based editing solution around SweetSpot because there aren’t any established software solutions out there yet!

    As things develop though we will keep you posted…

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    I am also looking to do as dr_m - ie capture Sky in RGB.

    I already have editing and authoring suite on my PC - don't get me wrong, I'm only talking about chopping ads out and adding static chapter points and menus, which I do at the mo when constructing DVD rips.

    That being the case, could your card be used from the outset in this way? (please note I do not mean as a programmable PVR, I mean as a manual capture device that I would start and stop as required).

    I have Ulead DVD Movie Factory 2 which is able to look for incoming signals etc - would it recognise your card? If not, could you or anyone else advise what software I could use to grab the output from the sweetspot card? I have heard that IUVCR is good.

    Thanks

    Nick
     

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