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Hauppauge ImpactVCB Video Capture Low-Profile Card PCI

  • PCI Interface
  • 3 x Composite video
  • 1 x S-Video inputs
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The Hauppauge 166 capture card is an ideal solution for transcoding analog video into digital format or capturing images from the desktop CCD camera. Featuring three composite and one S-Video input connector, the Hauppauge 166 can easily connect to a wide range of analog video sources and convert the video into digital format with its built-in digitizer, reach the speed of up to 30fps over the PCI bus.

Besides the capability of capturing motion video or still frame images, the Hauppauge 166 can also display live video from NTSC or PAL video sources in a resizable window on the PC screen. And thanks to the hardware processing, digitizing of the analog video signal and the resizing of the video image is performed by Hauppauge 166 without slowing down the CPU, providing maximum system performance.

  • newegg Digitize Your Analog Video Collection The Hauppauge 166 can easily capture your analog video source as motion video or still frame image with the same quality as original signal.
  • newegg S-Video and Composite Input The Hauppauge 166 features three composite video and one S-Video input connector to provide easy connection to a wide variety of video devices such as DVD players, VHS players and DVs.
  • newegg Low-Profile Design The Hauppauge 166 comes equipped with low-profile bracket to perfectly fit HTPC and other small form factor case.


Learn more about the Hauppauge 166

Model

Brand
Hauppauge
Model
166

General

Type
Video Capture & Editing
TV Standards
No
FM Tuner
No
Remote Control
No
Interface
PCI
Low Profile Ready
Yes

Features

Features
Video Capture
Video from any analog source (composite or S-Video) can be captured as either still frame video images or motion video. Composite video inputs are provided as female RCA jacks, while S-Video uses standard 4-pin DIN connectors. The ImpactVCB comes with a VFW capture driver (Video for Windows)for Windows 95 and Windows NT, and a WDM driver for use with WindowsXP, Windows98SE, Windows Me and Windows 2000. Typical capture rates range from 15 to 30 fps depending on system configuration.

Live Video Display
The ImpactVCB can display live video from NTSC or PAL video sources in a resizable window on the PC screen. The digitizing of the analog video signal and the resizing of the video image is performed by hardware on the ImpactVCB, thereby not slowing down the CPU. After video is digitized and resized, the digitized video image is drawn by the ImpactVCB directly into the memory of the PC's VGA card. This uses a feature of Windows called Direct Draw, and the ImpactVCB can be used with most VGA cards which support Direct Draw 5 or higher. This technique is used on Windows95, Windows98, WindowsME, Windows2000 and WindowsNT 4.0

Specifications

Ports In
3 x Composite video
1 x S-Video inputs

System Requirements

Processor
All Pentium PCs
Graphics Card
All NVidea, 3DFX and ATI graphics cards with WINDOWS Direct Draw support
Available Slot
PCI slot
Operating Systems Supported
WindowsXP, WindowsME, Windows2000, Windows 95, Windows98, and Windows NT 4.0 with Service Pack 3

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited
Labor
1 year limited

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  • Barbara T.
  • 12/12/2012 9:42:01 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsKnow what you're getting into!!!

Pros: Fits in a low pro slot.

Cons: I can understand the vitriol at people who didn't see that it was a low profile card. However, I can't believe that there is a production card on the market with NO WINDOWS 7 DRIVERS. You cannot even shoe-horn the drivers from XP onto the system. DON'T BUY THIS IF YOU HAVE WINDOWS 7. P.S. I'm not yelling, I'm WARNING YOU!

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  • Tou Y.
  • 3/30/2011 4:44:41 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsNot compatible with Windows 7

Pros: Rather cheap. Brand name.

Cons: Had a hard time placing it into the computer. It kept popping back out, but I was able to force it in somehow. When I was able to force it in, I discovered that the device did not support Windows 7. I should've read the details before purchasing.

Other Thoughts: I'm sure it would have been an okay card if it worked, but I never did for me because I was running on Windows 7. I don't know why newegg still has this card posted on their site. I figured "since newegg pretty much only carries the latest parts, I should be good." WRONG! Ahh well..... again, my fault for not reading details before purchasing. Instead of buying this card, spend a little extra money and get a something more better that does support Windows 7.

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  • Scott F.
  • 2/16/2010 2:49:20 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsBest capture card for the price

Pros: I personally get no noticeably delay when viewing the input on my PC, allowing me to play my games through it while recording or streaming without a need for splitters or a TV. Your mileage may vary.

Cons: Included software leaves something to be desired, and when multiple sources are plugged in under Windows, only one seems to work; not one at a time, one period, it doesn't seem willing to switch between sources.

Other Thoughts: Video quality for streaming and/or recordings is excellent (for 480i), but the quality of your own display (if you choose to use it) suffers a bit when stretched out to a playable size.

Using the WinTV software's recording options will scramble the video while recording. You can fix this by running a program installed in the same directory, called amcap, manually, instead of using WinTV's recording panel.

Do keep in mind this is low profile. If you don't have a low profile case, don't buy it, and don't complain when it doesn't fit.

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  • Mike N.
  • 11/12/2009 8:18:01 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsToo Short?

Pros: Cheap. Name brand.

Cons: I never got to try it because it won't fit in my case. The back brace of the card is about half the height of every other PCI card I've ever seen. I don't see any spec that explains this, so I assumed it was the normal standard size.

Other Thoughts: Make sure your computer has the short expansion card back panels like I'm sure home theater PC cases have.

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  • John B.
  • 8/17/2009 12:51:11 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDisappointing under Windows

Pros: Works with one input at a time, so-so linux support

Cons: This card does NOT work with more than one input at a time under windows drivers.

Other Thoughts: Why put 4 inputs on a card when it only supports one at a time.

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  • Andrew G.
  • 7/4/2009 2:00:53 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsFair to middling

Pros: Pretty decent with a good NTSC CCD camera

Cons: The RCA connectors are pure, unadulterated junk. Now I remember why professional equipment uses BNCs for even baseband video. My video cable keeps losing contact, even though it is mechanically connected. And which physical input is which logical input is a head scratcher - you find out through trial & error.

Other Thoughts: My experience is with Linux, Debian kernel 2.6.25 and it just works with V4L2 out of the box. No tweaking required. I wouldn't even begin to think about messing with goofball Winders drivers for 32 bit/64 bit 2K/XP/Vista/7 and beyond. Since MS makes device drivers a moving target, you'd better be prepared to write your own. And if you complain about it, then you probably shouldn't be working with hardware.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/29/2009 8:17:37 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsPaperweight

Pros: It fits in the PCI slot...

Cons: This card might have potential... but the drivers don't work right... and don't get me started on the WinTV software. What a joke.

Other Thoughts: I bought this card... I have x64 bit windows. Drivers are incompatible. So I waste a ton of time digging up an old HDD and installing x32 for a dual boot. Drivers still won't work. Now they install, but the card doesn't output the video... so what cha gunna do. I had planned on doing thins ages ago... and now it's too late to return it. Goodbye $40... I'll miss you.

Hauppauge service is terrible too... and the website is unnecessarily difficult to navigate.

Conclusion: Don't buy this card. There are better ones out there that do the same thing for cheaper.... and actually work.

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  • John H.
  • 2/4/2009 6:26:45 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsUseless

Pros: None

Cons: Misleading customer service.

Other Thoughts: I bought this card on the assurance that there were Vista 64bit drivers available for it. Reality hit when I learned that there are no such drivers available. Thus, this card is completely useless in Vista.

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