I don't know about USB but I have just started the same type of home
project - trying to save all the Hi-8 and VHS video I have. I have an
old Haupage TV card based on the BT878 chipset - it does analogue
capture but doesn't do digital.
There isn't much software around to capture analogue video - most sites
recommend xawdecode or the offshoot xdtv - however I had problems with
this and it often crashed. I ended up using mencoder based on the
I fed the video composite cable into the TV card, the audio into the
standard line input on the computer and just ran the following from the
PAL HIGH ('DVD' QUALITY) RES CAPTURE
mencoder -tv norm=PAL:driver=v4l2:width=720:height=576:input=1:fps=25
tv:// -oac lavc -ovc lavc -of mpeg -mpegopts format=dvd -vf
pp=lb/ha/va/dr,hqdn3d,harddup -srate 48000 -af lavcresample=48000
Worked perfect and last night I captured the first 1 1/2 hours of Hi-8
tape with no problems - you can then import to Kino and convert to
digital video - quality looks quite good after all that crunching.
I captured to mpeg2 - can anyone with digital video knowledge tell me if
that is a sensible format to save my tapes in or should I use something
Frank Duignan wrote:
> Has anyone successfully used a usb tv capture device with Linux that is
> compatible with RTE's free to air digital tv (DVB-T?)?
> Does it do analog capture so I can move home movies into the digital arena?
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