Many people are turning to video capture cards in order to save money and still be able to control the video feed that they want to put onto their hard drive. For many, these cards can be used in conjunction with their desktop computer or their laptop as a security surveillance system. This can save a lot of money.
What this mean is your computer can actually become a home security surveillance system. Just by using your computer's port and using a USB 2.0 cable. When it is installed then the images can be converted into digital format.
It can save a lot of money just by using a video capture card. A security system with cameras can be a lot of money if you plan on having a live camera system. Using a card and your computer you can set up your own live video system for a lot less money.
What is great about these cards is that you can record video from many different places. Whether it is a video camera, satellite or cable broadcast these cards work very well. It can also work well with analog or digital signals. The card itself has many different inputs so that you can plug pretty much anything you need into it.
The video capture card will also be able to process video from the television and cable broadcasts. When you do this, you can actually put this video onto your hard drive. Finding the right card that will work best with your computer and your monitor can be tricky, though. You will need to find out what resolution, frame rate and refresh rates your computer and monitor can handle.
A video capture card needs to be installed in your computer. You will need to open the computer case so that you can put it into an open PCI slot on the motherboard. In order to do this you will need a screwdriver. Once you do this you need to restart the computer and install the CD that came with the video capture card.