I might get a TV tuner card for digitizing VHS tapes and using game consoles with my monitor. All I really need is a composite video input, but most people seem to buy these for the antenna input part, and most of the reviews I read address only the TV-tuning capabilities. So it's been difficult for me to tell how a card will work for my purposes. I've decided that this Hauppauge WinTV card
would probably be what I want. I'm not sure though, and I thought someone here might be able to confirm that this is a good one or point me to something else.
In particular, I'm wondering if $50 is a reasonable price, and whether the recording/capture resolution depends on the rest of my computer's capability in addition to the card. It seems like it doesn't do hardware encoding, so my computer might not be able to do software encoding in realtime, but that shouldn't affect the ability to capture and display video in realtime, right?