Re: Capture card Vs parallel port

Jamie Erbes (
Tue, 23 Jun 1998 10:34:59 -0700

I prefer the quality (resolution and speed) of a capture card with an analog camera. As an educator, you may want to transmit recorded media (VCR tape) as well as live camera - a capture card would allow you this choice.

I don't ever recommend the USB devices to friends. People tend to have trouble getting USB support consistently on their windows OS (and it ends up being a tech support job for me). And I haven't been overly impressed with any USB camera I've seen yet.

I don't like the parallel port device as there may be port conflicts (printer, scanner, etc). If you can afford to dedicate your parallel port to the camera, this might be OK for you. If you get a QuickCam, get the newest ones, not the cheapo B&W or firesale variety. There is a definite difference in quality and driver performance.

>At 09:55 PM 6/23/98 +0800, Chan Ka-sing wrote:
>>Dear Members,
>>Hello, members. I'm a new member, also a new learner of the CU-SeeMe
>>technology. I am a teacher educator, who wants to promote the use of IT for
>>education. Before I can do so in this technology, I think I need some basic
>>understanding about CU-SeeMe. My first question is :
>>Which is better, according to your experience,
>>(1) A capture card plus a video output device, or
>>(2) A video output device without a capture card, such as Connecticus. Plug
>>at the parallel port.
>>Some friends told me that teh first option may lead to conflict between the
>>display card and capture card.
>>Can any members share your preference and experience ? I wonder which option
>>is teh most favourite. I hope members can show their preferences, so that
>>all other members know the general pattern of choice.
>> KS Chan CBiol MIBiol Areas of interest:
>> Curriculum development
>> World Wide Web and science education
>> Biology education