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Help in Choosing the right TV Tuner Card

Discussion in 'QnA (read only)' started by amit_w, Dec 16, 2004.

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  1. amit_w

    amit_w New Member

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    Hi everyone!

    Can you please suggest a right TV Tuner card for my computer?

    I got a P4 2 gigs with 256mb ddr1, 160 GB with a cd writer and a Riva tnt2 graphics card!
    My Budget is not more than 5000 bucks! also i want to capture tv programs in mpeg1 format. i am looking for good picture quality from the card

    Please suggest!
     
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    Sourabh Laptoping

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    Well as fas as the tv-tuner card that u need go for PINNACLE PCTV PRO
    it has the following features:

    :arrow: High quality Stereo TV tuner for hyper band cable and terrestrial antenna reception
    :arrow: Record Stereo FM radio with real-time compression to MPEG audio and Microsoft® Audio (WMA) format
    :arrow: Real-time MPEG-1, MPEG-2* and DV software compression with presets for VideoCD, SuperVCD* and DVD* format
    :arrow: Digital MPEG VCR for TV - and video recording from Camcorder , VCR or DVD-Player
    :arrow: and oh yaa its the simples of the tv-tuner cards to install. Installation of all other tv-tuners card is borin and a manual process for drivers but not with pinnacle

    this is wht i wod suggest since i have this personally

    ur budget is more than sufficient for this card. u can get a pinncle pctv pro
    at lammy for 2400 Rs. THis is the price in Mumbai i expect it to be some 300-400 higher at ur place

    mate get a descent graphic card too tnt riva 2 is history mate
    atleast get a XFX GeForce fx5200 for around 3k

    mebbe these 2 together wod b a better upgrade

    [* - To capture or export MPEG-2 video for VCD, SVCD or DVD, you need to activate this feature]
     
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    amit_w New Member

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    Thanks Sourabh for your valued suggestion! :)

    However between Pinnacle and pixelview tv tuners, which one u think is better?

    I am not too much into gaming, only odd games i play are NBA LIVE 2003, Cricket 2004, and FIFA WC etc and these games work just fine with the old out dated graphics card of mine. Maybe i will buy new graphics card later sometime.
    Right now TV tuner is on top of my 'to-buy' list. 8)
     
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    go for Pinnacle,it's qaulity in playing/recording is better than PixelView.
     
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    Yaaa....pinnacle will b the best option 4 u......
    Happy Viewing ............... :lol: :lol: :lol:
     
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    The pinnacle card that comes for ~2400 is pctv plus - it doesn't have FM .

    pctv pro is significantly costlier !!
     
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    Btw , I was looking for a tv tuner myself and have been reading a few reviews -- the main choice is between PCTV plus or Compro videomate ( pvr/fm or gold+ )

    Compro has got some really great reviews , has FM and costs less than pctv pro . :D
    Besides I have come across complaints regarding pinnacle's service on quite a few websites :(

    I am not sure about the exact prices - will make a final decision after that .

    Any suggestions from any of you ???

    Are the "budget" tuners fom mercury / intex etc. any good ?
     
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    Don't go for Mercury or Intex.Mercuy has some Software problems and u have to update it from thier website to a new version.This is also mentioned in some old issue of Digit.
    The choice is between Pinnacle and Compro.Pinnacle has more experience in video encoder/decoder/DV cards.
     
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    Read out the article by AGENT in Dec issue ... that migth help u a lot ....
    its a good article .
     
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    Just bought a compro videomate tv/fm for Rs. 2550 from nehru place . - Excellent reception ( I never thought such good reception was possible on a computer !!! )

    Nice recording features and abundant formats to choose from !!!
    The fm is more clear than on my sony music system !!!

    I couldn't ask for better :D
     
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    i hav a pinnacle pctv plus.

    It skips some channels like AXN ,maybe due to some conflict. I have to manually scan it using SECAM option. It doesnt get detected in PAL.
     
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    the pinnacle card is the best option.
    pinnacle pctv+sourceforge drivers=pure viewing pleasure
     
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    which are the sourceforge drivers ?
    can u give any link?

    thanks
     
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    I am a owner of PixelView Tv tuner card and i must say it roks!! :p

    It doesnt skip any channels and plus have a FM radio!!! :p

    We can record in both mpeg-1 and mpeg-2 and avi,and lots more formats directly!!

    Now, i am not saying that pinnacle is bad but, there's not much difference in quality of pinnacle and pixelview. i hv seen both and used the latter for about 4 months. Also pinnacle card is a lil bit expensive.

    However just curious, which card do you want i mean an internal card or external card :?:
     
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    Well i think u shud go for PINNACLE only and u can also read about it on TECHTREE
     
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    cooljeba The Photoshop Guy

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    hmm i had aver media card before and believe me it rocked after the got card screwed up i brought a pctc plus and it's not bad but i miss my aver media :cry: .
    I didn't get the avermedia card so had to settle for pctv.

    ..:: peace ::..
    Jeba
     
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    Compro Videomate rocks man!!!!!!!

    Beats pinnacle PCTV PLus by far!
     
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    So far I have used 3 TV Tuner cards, namely TekRam, AverMedia and currently Pinnacle PCTV Pro. IMO, Pinnacle has been the best.
     
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    How much is a Pinnacle PCTV Pro for :?:
     
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