how do I use a pinnacle pctv pro 110i?

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  1. slitherin96
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    I found an old pinnacle pctv pro 110i at home and was wondering if I can play my old consoles on it, via a 3rca to svideo adapter? will it have any lag? does it need special software or does the automatically installed driver do the job?
     
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    I can not speak to the lag without testing it but a lot of the time these old PCI cards are pretty low latency. It is almost certain to be hugely better than any cheap and nasty USB things you might have seen.

    If you do happen to need a driver (the page makes it sound like something might be needed) then http://www.pctvsystems.com/Support/Downloads/Driver/tabid/123/language/en-GB/Default.aspx should have them, it says Vista but you should be able to force it through on later operating systems.

    For most capture purposes I suggest virtualdub, it is far better than the bundled junk that comes with the average TV card and certainly better than whatever stock windows can cook up. Click the file dropdown menu and then "capture AVI" to get to the capture mode.
    http://www.virtualdub.org/docs_capture.html

    If you are just wanting to play the games and not capture any footage then ignore the next few lines.
    The only downside to virtualdub is it will want VFW codecs rather than the standalone or directshow versions. Fortunately people backported many things to it
    http://sourceforge.net/projects/x264vfw/ for X264/H264
    http://sourceforge.net/projects/ffdshow-tryout/ has several more.
    Personally I suggest capturing to a lossless codec, ffdshow above probably has it inbuilt but huffyuv is what I tend to use ( http://www.videohelp.com/software/HuffYUV ).

    If you are just playing then I still suggest virtualdub, you can usually get most of the GUI out of the way if it bother you, although I would suggest keeping it slightly windowed as 576i/480i, or worse, does not look great when upscaled in real time to 1080p or whatever your computer screen is at.
     
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    I honestly thank you. the only problem left is that the picture is in a horrible state. albeit I can see some things from the wii menu it looks mostly like there is no signal. I have a feeling the card is broken( i now remember that it was in a computer with a really bad power supply), so there seems to be only one option left - getting an 3rca to HDMI converter and upscaler to be able to play my old games in glorious 1080p. again, thank you.
     
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    my dad works for nintendo.
    i had a tv card for pc back in the days when i had a mega drive (about year 2002 maybe..) i tried to play with it... it was really unplayable. because the latency. i pressed one key and the image would appear half or even 1 second later...