I’m in the UK (in case that makes a difference). I use a fairly high-spec PC, Win 98 SE. I want to be able to plug in a VCR, play tapes, and use my PC to grab still frames off the video images. Later on, I may also be interested in creating short sequences, such as .avi files, but for now the still images are the main thing.
It’s fairly important that I can control the resolution of these image grabs, with options to store quite hi-res jpegs if I want to (even though the file size may be huge).
Also, my VCR can play both PAL and NTSC tapes, and I may want to take stills off both types.
I know nothing about this area, so I wondered if any Dopers could point me towards the best solution.
I saw some ‘Win TV’ products that looked ideal, but they say they only work with ‘Windows Direct Draw video cards’, and frankly I don’t know if my video card is Direct Draw compatible / capable, and probably don’t know how to find out. My PC is about two years old (and the manufacturer… Dan… has gone out of business, the bastards).