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Video Capture software? Tech Help

For those who are part of the wonderful group of folks ripping and posting video, i could use your assistance.

I have been using WM Recorder, and windows Movie Maker to rip, then edit streaming stations online, to record video and post on the web. I know the ideal situation would be to have cable, and then use my capture card to record. But, i unfortunately do not have cable and only get basic channels, and have to resort to finding online steams and recording them.

WM captures in FLV format only. Normally these captures record perfectly, but when i go to edit, or even to post directly to the tube, the subsiquent video is choppy, or off sync. No matter what i do, i cant fix this. I have downloaded another video editing software, which worked well. Allowed me to cut and edit video with no negative effect to it. Yet when i upload to the tube, i once again get a sync problem.

Im guessing it may have something to do with my capture software, though its strange because its resulting recordings work great playing on my pc. I am in the market for trying some new software. Any suggestions? thanks

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for me, when I had this problem

it was .m2ts and my video cam, kind of like making blu-ray talk to youtube proficiently and it doesn't work. I've also only had this problem with the sync specifically if I edited the video before uploading to youtube. Editing must mess with the HD and widescreen specs?

I had to export file to wmv for youtube. Even with unedited videos the upload time is much less if I convert to wmv. Of course it takes off a tad of the video quality.

This may have absolutely nothing to do with what's going on with you but may be a breadcrumb on the trail. :)

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Your hardware...

needs to be up to snuff also as far as encoding. Not all video/capture cards are equal. A low end graphics card or one built-in to the motherboard is going to be more problematic. The newer cards have better algorithms with support for more encoding standards. Google for "best encoding graphics cards" to research the best ones. Tom's Hardware is a good resource for reviews.

Also, some cpus/chipsets/motherboards are better at handling the video encoding process more smoothly than others. Also, it helps to have fast memory and hard drives, etc.. Some hard drives are designed/tweaked to be able to handle media streaming/recording more smoothly with less hiccups than others.

In summary, having the proper hardware is critical for good results when capturing, encoding and editing video...

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I use Pinnacle's EyeTV for Mac - they make one for windows too

You need the pro version (an extra 20-30 bucks) if you want to export the video and do anything with it. It should export to most useful and common formats.

The version I have cost $99, (which I upgraded) and comes with a usb stick that has a mini usb port on the side and a coax connection. (some have RCA types directly, this one used a RCA/S-Video cable to capture those connections - as well as sound - via the mini usb)

The kicker is it has a digital tuner built in, so I can watch and capture digital broadcasts without further equipment as long as the coax connection is attached to an antenna. (it can be rabbit ears - the tuner is in the usb stick)

I can capture any other source I want via the S-Video/A-V jacks. Some more expensive models also have component inputs and HDMI.

As for streaming, there are plenty of free plug-ins for firefox that should do the trick, then use ffmpeg or VLC to convert if you need to. (some plugins can even pass the stream to ffmpeg in the background for you so it simply saves in the format you want.) Of course, I don't know if there is a windows version of ffmpeg - it is a *nix program.