View Full Version : [all variants] Help me choose a TV Tuner please

August 21st, 2009, 12:01 PM

I have an analog Sony video camera and tons of cassettes of video which I want to transfer on my Ubuntu computer.

The camera is a CCD-TRV48E which curiously is not listed on Sony's website, but looks like this one:

The output from the camera is RCA :
but it has only one output for sound (mono?)

Which Linux compatible TV tuner can you recommend for capturing video from the cassettes? Is it worth buying a Windows-compatible only TV tuner and make use of the Virtual Machine or, in the worst case, install XP on a separate partition?

The camera may be scrapped in the near future since it's already 8 yrs old and taking kinda bad pictures.
Once I finish transferring the videos I'd hate to be stuck with an useless piece of hardware inside my computer, so I'd like the TV tuner to have inputs for analog TV (they use this (http://www.allproducts.com/manufacture97/baifuda/Product-2006615174154.jpg) in my country - ANTENNA IN, but I could buy a converter if necessary; it's not an issue) and some kind of digital (prefferably higher than 720). (by the end of 2010 the conversion to digital networks should be complete here in Romania)

Any other feature like FM radio, PIP etc. would be a plus but I'm not actively looking for their presence.

I have no preference of internal or external.

I'd really really really really ... really like it to be Linux compatible.

I want to keep the cost under $70 / 50€.

August 21st, 2009, 01:34 PM
It sounds like you need a video capture card rather than a TV tuner card. That said I believe most of the analogue terrestrial cards support video capture (Though you will need to check the information about the card you are considering)

I remember a discussion I had at a Linux user group about TV tuners. Hauppage tuners tend to be linux friendly. Can anyone comment on their tuners?

August 23rd, 2009, 07:20 PM
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August 25th, 2009, 04:46 PM
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August 25th, 2009, 05:45 PM
Check the V4L (http://www.linuxtv.org/v4lwiki/index.php/Main_Page) wiki for supported hardware.