Video Demo Woes

Tuesday December18, 2007 9:28 pm in Quick Blip

Two weeks have passed, I’ve been through two different TV tuners, and so far each has had a second long delay that makes games completely unplayable.  After a bunch of searching around I discovered that hardware encoding TV tuners are the ones that have this issue, it takes some time to do the compression.  Good news is that I know what to look for in a TV tuner and I’ll be sending the current tuner I have back and ordering a different one, unless I can figure out how to disable hardware encoding.  Bad news is I won’t have a video demo ready for a while longer.

Here’s to hoping that my next purchase will be the last and we can get on with the video demos.   Also, I hope everyone has a great last month of the year, 2007 is just about done with and Virtual Console Mondays is almost a year old!  (Jan. 23rd)

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  1. 1. yeoz December 19, 2007, 6:53 am

    What’s your budget for a card like? I’ve been using the Blackmagic Intensity Pro ($330 online) for my Wii video captures and it works fairly well. All frames are passed uncompressed and ideally, you wouldn’t even be playing any games through it, since you’d be using the video out RIGHT on the card for video output to a tv or monitor. (But, you’d still need a fairly recent computer if you want to compress to disk in real time, or relatively fast disks to save uncompressed frames.)

    Or, really, you should just go the cheap route and use a video splitter, and split output to whatever cheapo card and to a TV seperately, resulting in no lag at all.

    A good place to ask about this kind of thing is

  2. 2. yeoz December 19, 2007, 6:56 am

    Oh, and the Blackmagic Intensity is PCI-Express, so, you’d need a relatively recent machine to even use it…

  3. 3. Chris December 19, 2007, 8:27 am

    Thanks for the tips! To tell the truth, I probably wouldn’t have had this problem if I had a working desktop pc instead of only a laptop. That fact alone cuts down the number of tuner cards that I can use.

    I am pretty much restricted to USB, FireWire, and ExpressCard for the interface and the tuner has to have composite in. Like I mentioned in the post, I’ve found a USB tuner that quite a few people have said works great for recording off of a game console. I’ll give that site a look over though, it looks as if it could be really helpful.

  4. 4. yeoz December 19, 2007, 8:40 am

    Ah, too bad. Laptops really restrict things. :-(
    If you have any problems with the new tuner, you should still look into using a video splitter (under ten bucks on monoprice, plus maybe a few more bucks for cables) so that you can capture on your laptop and play on your TV lag-free at the same time. It’s a solution that should work with any capture card.

  5. 5. CyberWarriorX December 23, 2007, 12:04 pm

    The main thing is to avoid PVR-style cards. Those have a very noticeable delay because of instant replay, etc. Also, I’ve noticed sometimes the software can contribute too with latency.


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