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Thanks for the info and the link. I checked out the vcdhelper site briefly, but it raises many questions. Maybe someone here can answer these:
1. I'm confused by cards that say they create MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 output. My (limited) understanding is that capture cards will generally output in an .avi format. After the capture, you can use software to convert the file to MPEG. Is this right? Are these cards actually creating the MPEG in real-time? If so, is it as good a quality as software created MPEGs?
2. VCD is a very specific format. If it is a two-step process, is it advantageous to capture in a large (.avi) format like 640x480, and then convert down when creating the MPEG?
3. SVCD seems to be a better quality VCD. Will SVCD's play in standalone DVD players?
4. Assuming I can get the best possible quality, will I notice a degredation in quality between my VHS tapes and a VCD?
5. At best quality, how much (in minutes) can I get on a VCD?