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Old 04-19-2005, 03:17 PM   #1
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I have a DC 3000 Movie writer ( http://www.cwol.com/usb/hp-dc3000-dvd-movie-writer.htm ). I'm running on a 1.6 P4, 512MB of DDRRAM computer.

Basically what this Movie writer does is capture video trhough RCA or S-video cable and you can burn it to dvd or cd. My problem is that during the capturing state, the video and sound being captured lags and sometimes the video and sound "jumps" like a scratched dvd movie and scratched music cd. What do you guys think might be the problem? Is it that my comp is too slow? The cable are not fast enough? btw, I only use RCA cables. Any help would be great.
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Old 04-19-2005, 06:18 PM   #2
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what kind of video card do you have? And your processor might not be able to handle that much.
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Old 04-20-2005, 12:06 AM   #3
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Here is the system requirement for this device:

Minimum system requirements: 800MHz IntelŪ PentiumŪ III processor or equivalent, 128MB RAM (256 recommended for video editing), 1024x768 video resolution with a minimum of 16 bit color required for video capture, authoring, & editing, USB interface (USB 2.0 Highly Recommended)

I'm still using the original video card, It says "Nvidia RIVA TNT2 model 64/model 64 pro" but shouldn't this be enough? Also, I do have usb 2.0 ports too. Can the OS be a factor? I'm running on XP home ed.
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well, usually if you run games at minimum requirements, it doesnt run that nicely. So i would upgrade the cpu, vid card, and maybe the RAM. The RAM should be the last thing though.
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Your RAM is fine for now...concentrate on your CPU and video card. The nVIDIA RIVA TNT2 64mb card is OLLLLLDDDDDD and obsolete, so you might want to get a newer budget card like the GeForce 5700 Ultra or the Radeon 9800 Pro (which are pretty cheap, since they're several years old now)
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Thanks guys... one last question... does the cable play a factor? Or it doesn't matter how cheap the cable is?
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It wouldn't play a factor in the speed of the movie,
but depending on the cable, you will get a better/worse quality at the end of recording because of interference etc., as with any analog capturing/viewing cables

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try upgrading to maybe 256-512 mb video card..with .. two 256 sdram sticks
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512mb video card? There not out yet...

Mine a Radeon 9800 PRo 128mb would run that type of thing fine, though I'd need something to capture it.

I would definetly change the graphics card to something newer though don't spend too much on it, as it seems like you don't play much games to bother.

I'd go about as low as a geforce 4 based card, as this would run that kind of stuff, but make sure it has about 128mb of memory for caching of data.

Another problem I just thought of could be the PAL to NTSC switch, though I'm sure this would only cause minor slowdown or jumpyness depending on whcih way it was concerning to your region.
If you live in America, check that it is set to NTSC. If you live in United Kingdom, check that it is set to PAL.

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512mb video card? There not out yet...

Mine a Radeon 9800 PRo 128mb would run that type of thing fine, though I'd need something to capture it.

I would definetly change the graphics card to something newer though don't spend too much on it, as it seems like you don't play much games to bother.

I'd go about as low as a geforce 4 based card, as this would run that kind of stuff, but make sure it has about 128mb of memory for caching of data.

Another problem I just thought of could be the PAL to NTSC switch, though I'm sure this would only cause minor slowdown or jumpyness depending on whcih way it was concerning to your region.
If you live in America, check that it is set to NTSC. If you live in United Kingdom, check that it is set to PAL.

Hope this helps
Yeah, I don't play much games only sometimes, emulation games ...but those don't require anything so I'm going to spend small on the graphics card. Yes, I am aware of the regeion issues but still, I think that's minor.

Kage, Do you have a specific geforce 4 that you think will work best and how much do they cost nowadays in american currency? (since I noticed a lot of you are from the UK) ..

Thanks in advance.
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Well since you don't play much games and only emulation games, which do only need a smaller type graphics card, a geforce 4 really will do you fine, as theres no point spending more on somethnig you don't need. Though I found a geforce 5 class card called the 5200, which is okay for new games too, though not at high settings. It is also very cheap now and will do your work, plus you will have some flexibility on what you want to do:

http://www.epinions.com/pr-MicroStar..._Graphics_Card

You should have an AGP interface which will let this be plugged in, as I think your TNT2 used a 4x AGP interface, while this uses an 8x but is still compatable with older speeds of AGP too, so you should be fine for anything you want to do

That site gives you a list of prices all in american money , and the cheapest is 48 dollars

That DVD writer seems like a great kit too I hope this speeds it up for you, as it is kinda new, but cheap too.
Oh and it also has a TV Out function so you could watch what you've captured on a TV before copying I would presume with that device

EDIT: How much hard drive space do you have? Or does it automatically copy straight onto the disc as it's capturing?

Hope this helps
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This device does capture your vhs and copy it to your hard drive, therefor you have the option to also edit. You can customize your own menu and chapters as well as the thumbnails for each chapters. I think I have enough hard drive space, max capacity is 80gig, I have about 20gig left and usually after I'm done copying a movie, I delete the file to save room. This computer is old and I don't want to do any major upgrade on it, since the mobo is also old. I'm saving up for a new comp but in the mean time, I also want to transfer my vhs to dvd.

Thanks for the site. I also went to ebay and found this one:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...MEWA%3AIT&rd=1
Do you think it's worth bidding for?
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Yeah thats much better than the 5200 that i mentioned, though that bid won't stay that low, not for 3 days...

It's much more expensive than that usually, I mean thats lower than the 5200 at the mo... and thats models above it.
You could still bid though yeah, though if you don't play games, i seriously don't think you'll need it to be that good, and so I wouldn't go too high on the price
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Yeah, if the bid+shipping isn't above $65 3 days from now then I'll get it otherwise, I'll stick to 5200..

Thanks a lot by the way for your help.
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No probs.
Its best to check how much the card really costs in shops though before bidding on ebay because sometimes people are cheated into paying more...

As for paying, I don't want you to pay to much, because you might find that after buying the card and plugging it up, this is not the prob, and turns out to be the processor being too slow.
Though it should cope with a good video card to back it up, since video encoding does use it.

Happy bidding!
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