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Matt Barton
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I just bought a new PC that has a front panel with a component inputs. My thought was that I should be able to connect my Dreamcast into these ports and record footage, but I can't for the life of me figure out what to do. Does anyone have experience with this? I know my PC has a TV tuner card. The back only has coaxial inputs; the front has svideo and those RCA component cables that I need to use.

I tried WMC but it keeps assuming I want to setup a set-top box instead of a console. Help!

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That's the sole reason for

That's the sole reason for still owning a VCR in my case. I have transferred almost all tapes that were good enough to do so.



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Bill Loguidice
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Matt Barton wrote:

Well, I figured out that I can stream the VCR through the coaxial-input on the back of the computer, but the component a/v inputs on front of the machine appear to be inaccessible. I can't find any software that came with the machine to help, but WMC will recognize the coaxial signal in the back.

I noticed other people with HP machines having the same issue. It's a real shame, because it'd be nice just to be able to plug in my DC or PS and grab screenshots that way. I guess I can wire them through the VCR, but the signal will fuzzy.

I do have to occasionally use a VCR as an intermediary for the older systems.



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Well, I figured out that I

Well, I figured out that I can stream the VCR through the coaxial-input on the back of the computer, but the component a/v inputs on front of the machine appear to be inaccessible. I can't find any software that came with the machine to help, but WMC will recognize the coaxial signal in the back.

I noticed other people with HP machines having the same issue. It's a real shame, because it'd be nice just to be able to plug in my DC or PS and grab screenshots that way. I guess I can wire them through the VCR, but the signal will fuzzy.

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I can record lots of analog

I can record lots of analog PAL/NTSC signals with my Vista Machine.
Both with USB capture cards and PCI Pinnacle cards.

It is just a matter of having the right capture hardware in combination with the right software.



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Bill Loguidice
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Matt Barton wrote:

I just heard back from HP about it. Apparently Vista doesn't support importing analog signals.

I think they might have misunderstood. I use both a USB and PCMCIA capture card on my Windows Vista laptop and I can support anything.



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I just heard back from HP

I just heard back from HP about it. Apparently Vista doesn't support importing analog signals.

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Mark Vergeer
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Be sure to use a PC that is

Be sure to use a PC that is powerful enough to process the video signal without producing jaggies or dropped frames. DScaler might be a piece of freeware that does an excellent job at scaling and deinterlacing.



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Matt Barton wrote:

I'm not seeing them. Come to think of it, I don't see any CD's here except one for the monitor!

What's the brand of the computer? If it came pre-installed with a TV Tuner card, then at minimum it would need software installed I would think. The company that makes the software for the two cards that I use seems to be the most common creator of the stuff. Are they expecting you to just watch TV via WMC? Seems strange.



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I'm not seeing them. Come to

I'm not seeing them. Come to think of it, I don't see any CD's here except one for the monitor!

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Bill Loguidice
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Matt Barton wrote:

No. Are they free?

Yes and no. They came with my capture devices. You must have something like them on your system if it came with a TV tuner card, no?



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