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Windows 7: Need Win7 64bit, WMC Compatable SD Capture Card - USB or PCI

26 May 2011   #1

Win 7 Home Premium x2
Need Win7 64bit, WMC Compatable SD Capture Card - USB or PCI

Hi all!

I am looking for a Windows 7 64 bit, WMC compatible capture card that has S-video/Composite and Stereo Audio inputs. I am looking to set up an IPTV receiver in Windows Media Center. PCI-E is not an option as I am out of those slots. TV is not necessary - just a simple capture card for SD (480i) video. Even an old card would be fine - I would be happy to search eBay once I know of one that will work.

I am currently using a DIAMOND One Touch Video Capture USB 2.0 VC500 to capture video from the IPTV - but it is not seen in WMC, so I have to start recordings manually.

What really has me stumped is the fact that this above capture device actually showed up ONCE in WMC. Nothing since - go figure.

Thanks in advance!

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27 May 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

Not sure whether Windows 7's HCL is of any use to you, but here's the link anyway.

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27 May 2011   #3

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)

ATI TV Wonder 650 PCI

Works perfect with S-video input and L/R-stereo analog audio.

Unfortunately, WMC itself does NOT support the S-video input on the card to the best of my knowledge. I used BeyondTV when that was how I was operating.

Both BeyondTV and WMC DO support the OTA/ATSC digital tuner in the card. But for S-video input, I'm afraid WMC is a weakling and does NOT recognize that hardware functionality.

BeyondTV DOES work in 64-bit Win7, and runs perfectly with this card... supporting both analog S-video input as well as its digital ATSC tuner.
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28 May 2011   #4

Win 7 Home Premium x2

After a lot of research, I picked up an Adaptec External USB AVC-3610 - waiting for delivery now. The S-video in on my fancy HD TV card would not record video off of Sky Angel - probably because of some kind of video "protection". My current USB device is working fine outside of WMC - and I am hoping that this older unit - which reports indicate is WMC and Win. 7 64 bit compatible - will solve my problem. Several people have posted reports indicating that they are successfully using this USB unit in much the same way I intend to use it: Analog inputs (s-video/L+R in) and channel changing via IR Blaster.

We shall see if this works.....
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13 Jun 2011   #5

Win 7 Home Premium x2

I have installed the Adaptec External USB AVC-3610 and it works great in WMC. I have used one of the two component inputs for Sky Angel. Used with an IR blaster (came with the AVC-3610) it works great for Sky Angel and the second input allows me to keep a VCR permanently hooked up for digitizing old video cassettes.

The only problem I have is a weird copy protection prohibition. If I set virtually any show to "timer record" it won't record and gripes about the owner of the content not allowing any recording. However, if I am watching the program and press record at any time after it starts, it records fine.

Of course, the Diamond VC500 records anything with the warnings. So what I am now doing as a work around is connecting the Sky Angel box to the VC500 and starting capture before I leave the house. WMC then dutifully changes channels for me and gripes that their is no video signal. It's kind of a pain, but it works.

BTW, the owners of the content often encourage people to set their PVRs to record it! So what gives with the record prohibition? Why would a content provider want fewer viewers? It just doesn't make any sense.
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