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  • Does what It Says on the Tin

    posted by zerodgz on 07/30/2011
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    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:1 week to 1 month

    Pros:

    Yes indeed, this is an actual 4 channel video capture card for a fraction of the price you could get such a "professional" piece of gear elsewhere. It can capture from all 4 inputs simultaneously, in color, from just about any standard-def camera (NTSC or PAL) you can plug into it.

    Cons:

    The card does not support sound capture. There is a blank spot on the port bracket for an audio port, and many multichannel cards such as these will support one sound channel for the first input... Maybe there is a version of this card out there that has a sound input, but this one does not.

    OtherThoughts:

    The included Windows software is beyond terrible. Luckily, this card is based on a few (four, actually) bog-standard SAA71xx encoder chips, which are well supported by Linux and for which Windows drivers are available. I have this card working with Zoneminder under Ubuntu at the moment, and it will also work with Catspy, Dscaler, etc. in Windows.

    Bottomline:

    If you need multicamera monitoring or capturing on the cheap, forget all the USB 4-way adapters out there and get this instead. It actually works.

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