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Components that affect video capture quality

Video capture requires a higher and more consistent level of computer performance— far more than you need to run general office software, and even more than you need to work with image-editing software. Getting professional results depends upon the performance and capacity of all the components of your system working together to move frames from the video-capture card to the processor and hard disk. The ability of your computer to capture video depends upon the combined performance of the following components:

Video-capture card

You need to have a video-capture card installed, or the equivalent capability built into your computer to transfer video from a video camcorder, tape deck, or other video source to your computer's hard drive. A video-capture card is not the same as the video card that drives your computer monitor.


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