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Poor picture quality, but it can capture Macrovision-protected videos
on 3 May 2016
I bought the Hauppauge Live 2 mainly as a more portable way (in conjunction with a laptop) of copying from VHS and Sky box than having to lug a large desktop PC and monitor downstairs. However the Hauppauge's picture quality, when recording from VHS, is very poor compared with my XP-based desktop PC with a built-in Asus 7134 PCI card for doing video capture. The resolution is fine, but there is a *lot* of PAL dot-patterning, especially on saturated colours. Also some bright highlights reproduce as pale pink and/or lose detail. It's better than nothing, but I think I'll carry on using the desktop PC wherever I can.
The only case where the Hauppauge does have an advantage is when copying a Macrovision-protected VHS tape: it ignores Macrovision whereas the Asus card refuses to record in that situation.