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Old 04-16-2009, 11:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I want to convert VHS tapes to the PC with good quality. Wouldnt a PCI TV card solve the problem and convert both video and audio data? becuase the retailer told me only a video covertor card would do that?


BTW, all the TV card i have seen ( like this one here ) have the audio-in jack different from the video-in which is not the case with the VCR i have? anyway around this?

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Hmmmm.... I know at my last job we had an ATI All-In-Wonder setup to do just this very thing. I'm pretty sure any TV tuner card will work, but don't consider my answer conclusive. If in doubt, the All-In-Wonder definitely gets the job done, but is usually a bit more expensive than the standard TV tuner since it is also a standard GPU as well.
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Any TV tuner card should work, as far as I know. We sell them at work, I'll look at them tonight.
This should help.
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k thanks for the reply but what about the audio-in jack? its different from what I have on the VCR?
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k thanks for the reply but what about the audio-in jack? its different from what I have on the VCR?
Does your VCR have a standard analog output? If so, you want a TV tuner card that looks like this:
Newegg.com - Hauppauge WinTV-HVR 1800 MCE Kit 1128 PCI-Express x1 Interface - TV Tuners & Video Devices

Obviously you don't need one this expensive that has 3 of them, but analog signal from VCR caries both video and audio so get one that has one of these inputs. That is, if your VCR has that as an output.
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i have this tv tuner card,

Newegg.com - ASUS My Cinema-PHC3-100/NAQ/FM/AV/RC TV Tuner Card PCI Interface - TV Tuners & Video Devices

it works wonders with getting videos off of my camcorter. so it should be fine with a VCR.
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here is what the back of my VCR looks like ...the tv cards i have seen at the retailer looks pretty much like this which shows that the audio-in difference. BTW, my budget is tight, around 20 bucks which is just the price of the TV card i have seen at the shop(don't know the brand though) ? but The ones philbar71 and surgeVel posted are more expensive than the one i saw? Does that make a difference?
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What about something like this?
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I took at look at it (I work at Staples), and I'm pretty sure it would work.
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here is what the back of my VCR looks like ...the tv cards i have seen at the retailer looks pretty much like this which shows that the audio-in difference. BTW, my budget is tight, around 20 bucks which is just the price of the TV card i have seen at the shop(don't know the brand though) ? but The ones philbar71 and surgeVel posted are more expensive than the one i saw? Does that make a difference?
the cheap card and this $4.00 adapter will work:
Newegg.com - Rosewill RCW-H9012 6 ft. Mini-Stereo to RCA Audio Cable M-2M - Audio Video Cables
it will take the stereo RCA output of your VCR and convert it to 3.5mm stereo, which will then plug into that card you posted.
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