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Chapter 9. The Big Picture: Upgrading Vi... > Upgrade #5: Adding a Video Capture C...

Upgrade #5: Adding a Video Capture Card or Device

If you plan on using your PC to edit home movies, there's another upgrade you might need to make. To connect a non-digital camcorder to your PC, you'll need to install an analog-to-digital converter (ADC) card—also called a video capture card. You plug your camcorder into the jacks in this card, typically using standard RCA connectors, and the card converts the analog signals from your recorder into the digital audio and video your computer understands.

If you don't want to go to all the trouble of installing a new card, you can use an external video capture device instead. Most of these devices connect via USB or Firewire, which means they're easy to install and configure—just plug the unit into your USB or Firewire port and you're ready to roll. Performance is no different from an internal card.


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