USB 2.0 TV Tuner & Video Capture Cards

Exploring USB 2.0 TV Tuner and Video Capture Cards

Digital technology has come a long way in the last decade, but if often requires consumers to upgrade to new devices before older devices have lost functionality, and some consumers even prefer buying older devices thanks to the lower price tag. Thankfully, there are a number of different ways to make older devices compatible with newer technology. A Tuner or Video Capture device can be used for a wide variety of tasks, including facilitating compatibility between older devices and newer tech.

What can you use a USB Video Capture card device for?

There are a wide variety of reasons you might use this type of device. Here are some of the top uses:

  • Turn your older computer monitor into a TV screen: Since many computers now have HDMI ports, the line between a computer monitor and a TV is becoming less and less distinct. Older monitors may not have HDMI ports, however, which is where a USB 2.0 TV tuner accessory can come in handy.
  • Use your computer as a DVR: You can use this device as a capture card by running a cable outlet directly to your computer. You can then use the hard drive on your computer to record all your favorite movies, sporting events and shows. If you start to run out of space on your computers hard drive, you can transfer any media you want to save to either the cloud or an external hard drive, which will give you an almost unlimited amount of storage space.
  • Transfer old VHS tapes to DVDs: A USB 2.0 Video capture device will allow you to connect your old VCR to your computer to make digital copies of your videos. Once your videos have been digitized, you can then either store them digitally on your computer or an external hard drive or transfer them to DVD.
Is there a way to use this with my gaming device?

You can eliminate the need to switch between a gaming device and TV. The Hauppauge Digital TV Tuner, in particular, is designed to work specifically with the Xbox One to allow you to watch TV and game at the same time. In addition, the Hauppauge Digital Tuner will also allow you to use Xbox One functionality such as voice commands with your TV and even allow you to pause live TV. The Hauppauge Digital Tuner will allow you to use your Xbox One in much the same way as any commercial DVR.

What kinds of devices can you use this type of device on?

If your TV has a USB port, then you can link a number of different devices to your TV through the USB port. If your TV does not have a USB port, then you can use the device to connect other media devices to your laptop computer or monitor. While you can use a device to stream wirelessly to an older computer monitor, that requires the computers processor to be fast enough to keep up with the stream of data. By connecting your cable directly to your computer monitor, you dont need a fast processor to watch full uncompressed HD video.