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I have a Sigma Hollywood plus dvd decoder card. I am building the em8300 drivers as i type this, though a new kernal is needed first. On the card is a video-out socket and a video-in socket. I thought i could plug my video into the video in and watch tv on my pc, perhaps even record a few class episodes of "Weirs Way". I know the windows drivers can do that, but i cant seem to find anything about it under linux.
Does anyone know if video capture is supported with either xine or mplayer or some other program for this card? or is it that the driver does not support capture, but only playback?
This is for a slackware 10.0 box if that makes any diff
guess im stuck with win_nt for now then unless i buy an actual tv card. So do you know if the video-in port is simply for a stream thats to be decoded, as the nt software has a record function. I thought i could use my video to tune the tv channels and just send the signal to the card like i would a tv. Guess ill go bombard sigma with stalker-type emails asking for help
I didn't realise you had a video-in stream section.. as root type this ina terminal: lspci and post the output, look for bttv or bt87x or bt8xx or something, if it has one of those it has a tv-tuner built in, if not you need to buy one.
if the tuner is inside try modprobe bttv then check the last few lines of output when typing "dmesg" it will say weather or not a card was found.
sorry i didn't explain very well. The card has vga in for capturing video and i assume encoding it as an mpeg or something, i thought i could plug my video recorder into it (which has the tv channels on it, the card has no tuner) and switch channels on the video. Anyway no matter as the connecting wire i have is wrong (4 prong, but the video-in port is 6 prong i think) so i cant plug the video into the card anyway, and i will prob just buy a tv tuner when i can afford it.
oh, the vga in is not for encoding, it is strictly pass-through, the card has 2 modes, output to tv, or output to vga, to output vga you need a vga monitor attached to ti, however if you only have one monitor it left you with a dilemma, eather the videocard or the dvd card, so the passthrough will take the vga fromt he video card put it into the dvd card then directly out tot eh monitor, then when the dvd decoder card outputs to vga it cuts off the video cards signal and sends it's own, you cannot record with it though.
any tv card witha bttv chip should work that is like 95% of the market on pci cards. just don't do an ati card, it requires a seperate set of everything that I never got working, the haupagge and pinaccle lines are usually ok. and also the card stuff (drx.sourceforge.net) for the dvd card should let you switch between tv-out and vga-out modes.