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Recommended hardware and software to capture video stream

This echoes my own question which is that I'm tempted to try make a 
FreeBSD 'tivo' (DVR?) but haven't been following developments in
the field.. WHat cards can be used and how does one go about outputing
standard TV-like video?


On Wed, 21 Jan 2004, John-Mark Gurney wrote:

> Bill Stokes wrote this message on Wed, Jan 21, 2004 at 17:24 -0500:
> >        I have been asked to build a video capture system for a friend. He'd like 
> >        a FreeBSD system with svideo input. I'm to grab a video stream from 
> >        the svideo input and write an mpeg. My stream will vary from 30 minutes
> >        to two hours in length. I believe the source will run at 30 frames per 
> >        second.  He would like to input a filename for output and the number
> >        of minutes to capture data. Can anyone recommend a video card
> >        and the software required for data capture? 
> Do you want MPEG-1 or MPEG-2?  If you just want MPEG-1 (320x240 or there
> abouts), then a standard Bt848 card would work.  If you want MPEG-2,
> there in a PVR-250+ that should do what you want.  The driver isn't
> integrated into FreeBSD but was posted to this list recently.

does it need a sponsor for commit?

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