I embarked on a little project today which involved transferring some old footage from VHS to DVD. Wanting to do it as cheaply as possible, I dug out my old Pinnacle PCTV Rave TV tuner/analogue capture card. Unfortunately, I had some difficulty getting it to work under Windows XP with Service Pack 2, but luckily I found this post.
The instructions were slightly outdated, so here’s my version of what to do:
- If you have any version of Nero installed, remove it – apparently this conflicts with the PCTV drivers somehow
- Install the latest PCTV drivers from here
- Now install this file
- Reinstall the latest version of Nero, if you need it
That seems to be all you need to do to kick the card back into life :)
Finally, I had some hardware hacking fun: I built a SCART to phono and 3.5mm jack converter out of spare parts as I’d left the relevant bits of kit in my student house and didn’t want to lose quality by using the card’s RF input.