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Windows Capture Card Macrovision Problems

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I have a question about I problem I've had for YEARS and hope someone can help. I do a lot of VHS to DVD conversion...all legal (why would anyone want to put a low quality VHS rental on a DVD anyway?). A few years ago I tried about 8 different capture cards. All had the same issue: they read tape noise as macrovision. All of the concerts and home videos I had were coming out horrible because of this. I finally found an NVIDIA video card from MSI that had VIVO (Video-In Video-Out). I was able to use an old NVIDIA WDM driver that didn't have macrovision and it worked PERFECT!! That was actually the best part...there was no unreliable hack, just an older driver. Here's the problem...the video card is AGP and I want to upgrade my PC. I need just a plain PCI capture card that doesn't have macrovision protection. Anyone know of any? I don't want to have to buy and return another 8 cards before I find one that is reliable as the one I have now. Thanks for your help!!!
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Hasn't anyone else been facing a similar problem?
I specifically built a capture/recording PC using the latest AGP motherboard that I could find using Windows 2000. PC cards that require a framebuffer (most video capturing cards) seem to have problems with PCIe boards and their lack of aperture settings. This may change in the future but right now getting a Hauppauge or MyHD card working with PCIe is a gamble. I wanted something immune to broadcast flags as well since I switched from tape recording to DVRs. My Hauppauge PVR250 seems to accept anything I throw at it, but a Time Base Corrector might be needed if your tape quality is low or erratic.

I found that almost nothing but the bare case and some drives were reusable when upgrading. Unless you PC is broken, you'll have almost enough spare parts to build a second, dedicated, capture computer. With a KVM switch and a network card you can capture on one machine while you're gaming or editing on the other.
Actually, a few years ago a friend of mine and I both had this same problem. I ended up finding the NVIDIA card with the older, macrovision free driver. His solution was to buy a Datavideo Time Base Corrector. Using the TBC resulted in a slightly lower picture quality, but it did the trick. Using the TBC allowed him to capture ANY S-Video source to DVD with no issues whatsoever...even Macrovision protected VHS tapes or cable TV recordings. This is still my last resort and would much rather use a video card with macrovision-free driver.

How is everyone else solving the problem? I find it hard to believe people are having the same issues they were having 4 years ago when I started VHS to DVD conversion. Surely someone must have found a macrovision-free capture card or driver hack!!
From what I read on thegreenbutton you can buy the sima ct-2 on *bay. You'll then be able to record those channels. (disables the flags)
That's odd. I just finished copying all of my VHS comercial video tapes to DVD. I used the Haupauge PVR-500's composite video and audio connections to my VCR. No problems with any of them. PVR-150 MCE should do the same since it too has composite video and audio rca jacks.

The quality wasn't that good, but then I don't watch these movies much any more (Indianna Jones series, the Startrek series, etc). I was just mainly archiving them in case someday I wanted to watch them,
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