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hello! I saw your name on the videohelp forum so I wondered if you could help me?

I want to digitize the old hi8 tapes that I have. I went searching on the great internet for some advice on how to do so. I've seen you recommending the ATI TV Wonder 600 usb. so I searched for it on ebay and found that there is also a card with the same name. Is one better than the other performance wise? or is it just that the first one is portable while the other is stationary?

btw I have vista 64bit, and also all my tapes are PAL (my camcorder too). Will this card work for me?

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I'll reply to this, piece by piece...

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I saw your name on the videohelp forum so I wondered if you could help me?
Yes, I post in several places online, between projects -- usually while waiting for computers to process video. The best place to reach me will always be here at digitalFAQ.com.

Be sure to also read this: http://www.digitalfaq.com/forum/show...ered-1530.html

And then post tech questions in the forum, not PMs. We try to give advice in public, so that as many people as possible can benefit from the advice. We try to avoid "hiding" advice in emails or private messages.

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I've seen you recommending the ATI TV Wonder 600 usb. so I searched for it on ebay and found that there is also a card with the same name. Is one better than the other performance wise? or is it just that the first one is portable while the other is stationary?
I believe so, yes. However, as a disclaimer, I personally have only used the 600 USB cards to date. But others -- reliable sources, not random people -- have stated it's the same card. And I believe them.

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btw I have vista 64bit, and also all my tapes are PAL (my camcorder too). Will this card work for me?
Yes. There are Vista 64 drivers, at least for the USB version -- and therefore probably for the internal card as well. I've used the card on a Vista 64 system -- quite regularly, in fact. Works fine. It does not capture PAL MPEG, but you can capture PAL lossless AVI in VirtualDub. No issues, looks great.

Randomly, some USB 600 users have AGC errors, and there's one post here on this forum right now where a member is experiencing it. However, on my card, no such problem has been observed to date. You don't hear about it very much, which either means (1) it's not widespread and is therefore not a flaw of all cards, or (2) people just deal with crappy quality. Of course, I would never do #2, so I tend to believe it's #1. I'm not blind to IRE/luma issues.

Hope that helps.

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thanks I was thinking about using virtualdub to capture lossless avi(with huffyuv). I want to store them on a hdd for safe keepings and preserve the original quality as much as I can.

about buying the usb stick, I see you often post a link to this
http://www.amazon.com/Tv-Wonder-600-...=pd_rhf_shvl_2

however it's currently out of stock, but I guess this is the same stick just bundled with more stuff?
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=AQS23MB45XEET
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