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Capture cards

By ThrasherFan22
Feb 20, 2007
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  1. Hi, Im sorry if I am posting this thread in the wrong place but i need to know what a good capture card at the lowest price would be. I need it so i can play games on my xbox 360 and be able to post the video online. Thanks in advance.
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu Newcomer, in training Posts: 9,431

    If you have a cheap capture card, then you need an expensive computer :)

    Maybe give us a rough budget and also your capture computer specs?
  3. ThrasherFan22

    ThrasherFan22 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 86

    Im getting a custom in about 2 weeks and that will be in the $700-$800 range. Im getting a really good deal on it though because i am getting it from someone that my mom knows. I know for a fact that it is a gaming pc because that is exactly what I asked for, if that helps.
  4. Nodsu

    Nodsu Newcomer, in training Posts: 9,431

    Basically, you have three choices:
    - A capture card that has a hardware encoder. This will grab and encode video on the fly without bothering the CPU much. These are expensive and may not compress to the format you want. Then again, the quality is excellent and you don't need a very powerful PC.
    - A lousy capture card and a powerful CPU. The capture card will throw all the data at your CPU that has to compress it on the fly. Depending on your disk speed and CPU power, your compression choices are limited.
    - A lousy capture card and lots of fast disk space (preferably RAID). The capture card will not compress anything, nor will your CPU. The raw video is dumped on the disk and you can compress and edit it later. You need a disk that can keep up with the datastream.
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