I guys, I'm new to this Video editing stuff, and have been reading on it for a while now. I'm now at the point of buying my first capture card. The problem I have is that I would like to get a card that does both hardware compression (MPEG1 & 2) and also be able to capture in DV. So my question is, does such a card exist or what? I just can't seem to find one.
Take a look at the Snazzi III AV.DV, which is a combo hardware mpeg encoder and firewire card. The encoder is the same one the TIVO2 DVR uses. Adaptec also makes an mpeg encoder using the same hardware encoder.
You would be just as well off getting a standard firewire card and one of the hardware encoders.