I'm thinking of perhaps next time I want to record a show from the TV,
instead of doing it onto VHS tape, to record it to my computer, and watch it
from the hard drive, or burn it to a CD. (I don't yet have a DVD burner.) I
might even transfer some VHS tapes I already have to digital format.
I realize I would have to get some kind of analog-digital cable device to
transfer and convert the signal from my TV or VCR to the computer. As my
computer is a laptop, this would could not connect to the computer via PCI
card, but would have to use an external connection, such as USB (mine
supports USB 2.0 as well as 1.1), Firewire (also on my laptop), or PC Card.
What devices of this type would people recommend? What features should one
look for in considering such a device? I have no need for a TV tuner for the
computer, just to record from TV or VCR to the computer. My preference would
be for something small, light, and convenient to use (preferable powered
through the computer, no need for AC). And of course, price is to be
considered. I don't need something at a professional level, the quality of
the original tapes or TV signal is not that great to begin with. But of
course I would want something that works reliably and easily, that I won't
have problems with.
Just in looking around on the web a little right now, I have found two such
devices. Anyone familiar with these two models please comment on them. Also,
I would like to hear about others.
One is the AVerMedia DVD EZMaker USB2.0. Following is a CNET review of it
Sounds good. One of the system requirements for it is "graphics card capable
of 720-by-480-resolution video". How do I find out whether my graphics card
supports that resolution video? Under "Control Panel", "Display". My laptop
is a recent model, a Fujitsu Lifebook Series C 2210, P4M 2 gHz, RAM expanded
to the maximum 768 MB.
It retails for around $80-$90.
The other one I found is considerably cheaper, sells for about $50, and I
believe a $10 rebate is available for it now. It is the Hauppauge USB-Live.
It has much less stringent system requirements. However, since it doesn't
specify for USB 2.0, I assume it is a USB 1.1 device. Is that too slow for
Anyone used either of these two models? Any recommendations between them?
Any other such devices you know about?
Any feedback would be appreciated. Thank you.