Capture Cards FAQs

1. Q: I’d like to record my xbox 360 gameplay and I want to avoid buying a capture card for this

A: If you need to record some xbox 360 videos on my PC, you’ll need to use a capture card for this. It matters little whether your CD or DVD driver gets screwed. You could download the software online. Or just ask a friend of yours to copy the software on a flash drive, so you can install the software off it.

When it comes to recording gameplays, there’re other ways around to it. You could use a video camera or a DVD Recorder. The use of a VHS recorder or PVR also makes sense. Just connect it to the gaming console (you could also connect it to your TV output).

2. Q: I’ve got an old computer. Can I still run the Hauppauge HD PVR?

A: Yes! This unit could be used even with older PCs equipped with single core processors.

Say you use a 2004 PC that features a single core AMD Athlon 64 3400+ (i.e. “Clawhammer” socket) 754 CPU with 1 MB of L2 cache and 2 GB RAM. You can still capture seamless 1080i HD contents off your Dish DVR. Just TURN OFF the feature labeled as “ENABLE PREVIEW ON RECORDING.” When this preview gets turned off, the PC can focus its power into the encoding. It will also be able to cease the display / decoding on the video screen.

If the preview is disabled your CPU can runs @ average 30 % and peaks right at 60 % usage as there wouldn’t be any other tasks to run (e.g. anti-virus or other programs) at the back end. Would you believe that some people have managed to back up 100s of hrs of concerts in addition to other HD programs on your computer, which are saved as a special file format called .TS file format @ 8 MB of video capture bit rate.

These things can be later transferred through a USB into any external hard drive. And there isn’t any need to deal with any stutter. This means, you could watch it all with your LG Bluray player LG BD 530 1080 p Network Blu ray Disc Player through USB. There’s no need for you to bother with higher settings since you won’t see any difference at all – thanks to the source compression by DISH Network.

Please do not shy away from purchasing this unit. It’s just that there would be a few tiny tweaks. And it would not be much of a problem to get your old computer to seamlessly record as well as share your favorite TV shows with your family & friends!

3. Q: Is it possible that I use Hauppauge HD PVR on my Mac pc?

A: Some people have a Mac PC and discover later on that they can’t run the software which came with the box. Actually, the software required to get this fully compatible with their Mac can cost an addition $30. Here, a special program – eyeTV 3.1 is needed for capturing the video, since the archsoft capture software isn’t compatible with a Mac

4. Q: Is it possible that I use my Hauppauge HD PVR with a standard definition TV?

A: Well, lots of people out there are asking whether the Hauppauge HD PVR will work with a standard def television…. and the answer is fortunately – YES! It’ll absolutely work perfectly with any standard def television. It’s just that you need to pass up the point of the (HD) of it. For those who own a standard defection TV and if they want to record, buying something like a smart Dazzle Capture card is absolutely recommended as they can run for about US$50 to US$90 at the local electronic stores.

2 Responses to Capture Cards FAQs

  1. MR.MOHD says:

    Is EasyCap a good (not best) capture card for Xbox 360?

  2. admin says:

    Yes EasyCap is a good capture card but I would recommend dazzle capture card if you’re on a tight budget :)

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