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We are working with an Osprey 1000 capture card in a DELL XPS 200n with a 4.2GB Atlas Quantum for some video work with Real Networks Products.
Digitize Real Media from AVI, don't expect TV grade quality, buy more hard disk space, expect to suffer a little, be disappointed with the output.
A CIF (Common Intermedia Format, 352x240) video at 24 bit color, 15 fps(not 30) will kill all available space on your 4GB hard drive in only a few video minutes when captured as an AVI file. Dropping to QCIF (quarter size - 176x120) will allow you to get about 5 minutes of video per gigabyte. The Osprey 1000 will go to 30 fps, but the real network system supports only 15.
Why AVI? With AVI, you get better quality input to feed to the Real Encoder. You are capturing in one step, and encoding/compressing in the other, so your video card is not dropping frames while the processor is busy compressing. You can encode...