How to Buy a Video Capture Card

Do you want to buy a video capture card? A video capture card allows you to send a video to your computer, and then you can store it on the hard drive of your computer. There are many different types of capture cards, and each have varying functions.


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    Decide on what you're going to use your video capture card for. Are you using it to record camcorder video or video from a VHS? Or are you using it for video editing? Some can do what you're looking for, and others can do all of it, and possibly more!
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    Decide on using an internal video capture card, or an external capture card. External video capture cards can be plugged into your computer via a USB 2.0 cable. They're literally "plug-and-play" and require very little labor. Internal video capture cards require you to install the video card inside your computer, meaning you must open up the PC's case and install the card. While it requires more labor and more knowledge on computer parts, they are typically cheaper than external video capture cards, and have more advanced functions.
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    What types of inputs do you need? Some cards capture only Firewire input (also called IEEE 1394 or i.LINK), while others only capture analog inputs, like RCA and S-Video. There are others that capture both Digital/Firewire and Analog.
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    Check the software bundled with the video capture card. Some are better than others, so pay attention.
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    Read reviews on video capture cards, so you don't end up with a bad product.


  • Don't go for the cheapest one you find. Go for the one that has the best reviews, but at the best price possible.

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