I have heard conflicting reports as to which will capture analog video better, firewire or USB2. I have a new Dell PC with USB2 and no firewire. Will a USB2 capture card capture as well as firewire? Or does it depend on what it is capturing to? (DV, MPEG2). And if so, which one is better in the under $300 market? Thanks.
I don't know the details but I believe that USB 2 uses quite a bit of resources to just work. This means it probably is not as quick as believed (also I think there is a "certified" USB 2 and uncertified). Not sure how this compares to the FireWire 400 mbps.
There are some USB 2 hardware mpeg encoders on the market, but no USB 2 analog-to-DV AVI converters that I know of. On the other hand, there are a number of fire wire analog-to-DV AVI converters on the market.