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Great DVR card!
This review is from: ATRIX DVCCP8RDH 8 Channel Encoder Real time H.264 Base Profile (MPEG4 Part 10) Capture Card
Pros: 240 FPS. This means that you can capture up to 8 cameras at a full 30 FPS, so your video is nice and smooth. Lesser cards drop frames and the result is jerky looking stop-action type playback. Software which works great, even under Vista. Every machine in our office can view the cameras with no problems. We'd previously purchased a cheaper card from e bay, the card worked great, but the software didn't.
Cons: Confusing manual, even when printed out (doesn't come with a printed manual). Better than many I've seen, it still would have been nice to have a "tutorial" included in the manual, showing how to set up a camera, rather than just explaining what the settings are, which doesn't tell you how to set one up. You can figure it out if you put some time in, and after that it's fairly simple, but there's no reason why a manual can't include this. Also, you can't (or at least I couldn't figure out how to) record to the c: drive on the machine the card is installed in, despite having nearly 500 GB free. The manual makes NO reference of this. I copied the contents of the 500 GB drive to an 80 GB drive, and then installed the 500 GB drive as E:, and it records to it without any problems. If you don't want to use 2 drives, I imagine having 2 partitions on one drive would work OK too. If not for these 2 things, I would have given the card 5 stars.
Other Thoughts: For the money, the card can't be beat. You'd have to spend almost another $500 to get a comparable card from GeoVision. Also, other than GeoVision, this is the ONLY card that I know of that supports Vista. And, of course, if the card hadn't lived up to my expectations, I knew I could have returned it without any problems since it was from Newegg
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