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AVerMedia AVerTV HD DVR C027 PCI-Express x1 Interface
  • Capture HD video up to 1080i
  • Save as MPEG 2/H.264
  • PCI-Express x1 Interface
  • $109.99
  • $89.99
  • Save: $20.00 (18%)
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4 out of 5 eggs functional capture card 12/19/2011

This review is from: AVerMedia AVerTV HD DVR C027 PCI-Express x1 Interface

Pros:

I purchased this card to convert VHS tapes to digital files. The included software is extremely customizable. It allows you to record at a video bit rate of up to 15,000 kilo bits per second and an audio bit rate of 192 kilo bits per second per channel which equals a total of 384 bits per second. It lets you save the files in a huge number of formats including AVI WMA H.264 MPEG-2 and many Apple compatible profiles. The card is physically small and fits very easily into my somewhat large case.

Cons:

*Because it has no hardware encoder it uses a lot of CPU power to record. I have a phenom 2 x4 with a clock speed of 3.4 GHz. When recording at 5500 kb per second video and 192 kb per second per channel audio at 720 by 480 resolution it uses between 20 and 25% of my total CPU time.
*Even though it claims to have HDMI support, I tried to record from the HDMI port on my new DVD/VCR combo unit I bought, and although it would let me see and hear the audio and video it would not let me record it saying something about copy protection or some other nonsense.
* When installing this into my computer's PCI slot the process of securing the bracket to the case with a screw prevented the card from being completely inserted into the PCI slot. The card works though but it still was a little unnerving.

Other Thoughts:

I haven't yet decided if I will keep this card or not. I was not expecting it to be so resource intensive during the record process especially at such a low resolution and moderate bit rate. Competitors offers similar products with all the same features but also include a hardware encoder, which means all of the processing power needed to facilitate recording is physically included on the card. What this means is that using a competitor's card with a hardware encoder there will be virtually no additional load put on your CPU. These competing cards do cost about 50% more though

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