How to Select Capture Cards?

on Wednesday, February 27, 2008

nalog video-capture cards are usually installed inside your computer in much the same way. That means you’ll have to have some expertise in upgrading computer hardware, and you should follow the computer upgrade guidelines I detail in that earlier section of the chapter. Okay, it may seem obvious, but I’ll say it anyway: Make sure your computer has an available expansion slot of the correct type in which you can install the card.

Many capture cards have neat little accessories called breakout boxes. The space available on the back of an expansion card is pretty small, and may not provide enough room for all the needed audio and video ports. Instead, the ports will reside in a breakout box — which can sit conveniently on your desk. The breakout box connects to the capture card using a special (included) Cable. This product allows both digital and analog video capture because it not only has two FireWire ports on the card, but also S-Video and composite video ports on a breakout box.