Re: video board or quickcam

Jim Hall (
Wed, 22 May 1996 13:11:46 -0400

> If you can afford it, get a video capture board instead of a Quickcam.
> The reason for this is that you will get a higher frames per second rate
> with the capture card than with the Quickcam (on your sent video). The
> reason for this is that the capture board has it's own microprocessor to
> process the video it has captured from the camera, whereas the Quickcam
> simply offloads all the processing work to your computer's CPU. This is
> in addition to (and previous to) the compression and encoding that
> CuSeeMe does.

But unless you're on a T-1 or better, I still don't think the better frame rate of a
digitizing card is going to get you anything. The bottleneck is in the bandwidth, not the
CPU...I've run both the QuickCam and the Hi-8 on my system (840AV connected to a T-1) and
found that the QuickCam gives better overall performance in terms of cost, ease of use,
functionality, and image quality, etc.