i am going to buy a new tv tuner card for my system. can anyone pls suggest a good LEADTEK or PINNACLE tv tuner card. I need it for good quality recording and for building a media center system. should be compatible with windows vista. my budget is 3500 Rs.
Go for either PCTV Hybrid Tuner Kit for Windows Vista or Leadtek WinFast DTV 1800H Media Center Edition. These are the cheapest yet the most effective TV Tuners to be used in Windows Vista with Vista Media Center.
OEM means the TV Tuner is not available for sale to the general public & is sold only the system builders like Dell or HP
Hardware encoder will encode in MPEG2 format only while Software encoder can encode in DivX format too among other formats which is better then MPEG2.
The only benefit of hardware mpeg2 encoder is that CPU usage is reduced while encoding, but with today's CPU, I prefer a software based card so that I can record directly to DivX.
Most important is that in India we usually have Cable TV with resolution of 640X480 with Mono Audio & PAL format. This isn't high quality already. So to record this, software based card is good enough.
If you are using DTH like Tata Sky or something else, then the feed u get is MPEG2 based which is always advised to record in DivX format. So in both the cases, if you have a new CPU then buying a hardware mpeg2 encoder based card is not advised.W
What is your system config? If you have a fairly new system then go for Leadtek Winfast PxDTV2300 H if possible & available. Although WinFast DTV1800 H Media Center Edition should be enough for general home usage recording.
Running Vista on that config is not such a good idea. Why don't you downgrade to XP.
Your system specs are a bit low for DivX recording of TV. If you buy a hardware MPEG2 Encoder based graphics card then you can record video easily with Vista MCE, but then you will need to convert them again to DivX for saving hard disk space. However this method is still better then real time DivX recording.
I don't know about Tata Sky.
in leadtek's website they r telling that it supports direct divx encoding with 3rd party softwares..
I want to make my pc - a tv recording + Video watching media center pc
Following is the Config:
2.4 ghz Pentium 4
768 mb ram
ATI Radion 9250 AGP card with 256 mb vram
sony dvd rw
My video card supports s-video out and I am getting a s-video cable so that i can hook it up to the tv.
can you advise what all I need to do to make it media center pc at the least cost.. (quality not to be compromised)
can anyone tell me from where i can find good reviews and comparison of tv tuner cards available in India?
@gx: can you please advise what upgrades i can do to have divx recording?
Also can you suggest a good hardware mpeg2 encoder..