28seven- excellent card, I use the same one daily for capturing (and archiving) Conan O'Brien and other shows. I also bought this card over the popular LeadTek and other brands because it specifically records broadcasts in stereo. Here are some tips to keep in mind when using it:
- The inlcuded program Cyberlink PowerVCR2 is quite good but like most other programs it won't let you record in any codec you want, you're limited to mpeg-1 & 2.
- Virtual Dub can capture video from this card in any codec you want but NOT audio for some weird reason. It may be possible to run Sound Recorder in conjunction with VDub as you can hear the audio but not record it.
- When using PowerVCR, the MPEG audio is crappy plain and simple. I use to capture everything in its highest bitrate (384kbps) but it was still very lacking, expecially for a musical performance. What I do now if the audio part is important is disable mpeg audio recording in PVCR and simultaneously record with Windows Sound Recorder in uncompressed PCM. I later convert the mpeg to Divx5, the PCM to LAME mp3, and use AVIMux to put em together. Wish I did this sooner!