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artsci2
Super Low Budget Video Capture
on Jan 22, 2008 at 3:49:01 pm

I'm trying to build a low cost direct-to-disk video capture system.

Current hardware:
Sempron 3100+, 1.5Gig RAM, K8VM800-RH motherboard
ATI All-in-Wonder 2006 256Mb
160Gb SATA system drive ( HD tach test 61MB/s),
60Gb ATA spare drive (Hd tach test 35MB/s),
Sil 0680 RAID 0 (2) 200Gb WD200 8Mb cache (HD tach test 85 MB/s)
Win XP home

Camera: JVC S-VHS with its S-video output going into the ATI AIW

I'm using this for sports coaching. The biggest issue is blurring of any motion. I have tetsted with Windows Movie Maker and with the ATI version of Pinnacle studio 9 with the most recent patch. Movie Makker will not capture uncompressed video and this seems to make motion blur a bigger problem. Pinnacle will capture uncompressed 720x480 30FPS but it makes Windows explorer shut down (code execution protection error?) whenever I open the folder where the captured video is stored. This problem dissapears after uninstalling Pinnacle Studio.

Testing with stronger light gave no reduction in blurring of motion.

I am looking for inexpesive software that will allow me to capture uncompressed 720x480 30fps.

Can Vegas capture uncompressed with this hardware? What are my choices?


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Evan Newsome
Re: Super Low Budget Video Capture
on Jan 23, 2008 at 2:42:46 am

Do a search on Firestore or DVRack (now called something else since it was bought by adobe)

and since your analog out-- you'll need a convert like Canopus 110.


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artsci2
Re: Super Low Budget Video Capture
on Jan 23, 2008 at 4:17:01 pm

Thanks for the reply. I searched as you suggested and found that the Canopus 110 is a device for analog video input to a computer. Maybe I misunderstood what you are suggesting. I already have analog input with the ATI All-in_Wonder card. That's what I use when capturing with movie maker and Pinnacle Studio. Are you suggesting that the blurred motion would be improved if I used the Canopus 110?


When I searched for "Firestore" a firewire based hard drive system came up. The 400Gb RAID 0 I already have should be large and fast enough for 720x480 30fps? When I use Pinnacle studio to capture uncompressed it never dropped a frame.

What I'm looking for is an inexpensive program that will allow me to capture 720x480 uncompressed through the ATI AIW card without the crashing that Pinnacle Studio causes.


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Evan Newsome
Re: Super Low Budget Video Capture
on Jan 23, 2008 at 7:02:11 pm

You said
artsci2: I'm trying to build a low cost direct-to-disk video capture system.

well the firestore will allow you go to direct to disk without going to tape.
your specs sounds like a desktop computer and not a laptop.

I go direct to disk with firestore. and if my camera is analog out, i use the Canopus to convert.
if you want to bring a desktop computer to your location so you can go direct to disk.... good luck!!!


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artsci2
Re: Super Low Budget Video Capture
on Jan 24, 2008 at 9:39:27 pm

OH! OK I get it now (maybe).

You are telling me I can go from my analog NTSC S-video camera output directly to the Canopus 110 and from the canopus 110 direct to the Firestore Firewire hard drive? No computer needed on site?


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