Hi there, I got a Pinnacle analog tv capture card with a Bt484 chip. And I wonder if there is anything I could use it for. I have just encountered this community and perhaps you have a better idea on what can be done with it.
If this is not the right place to post this question, I am happy to move it elsewhere.
Still haven’t got around to writing up notes ( not had access to equipment for quite a while ), but there is some info here:
I’m still getting around to writing up the notes:
PC Building At The End of The World
Which is intended as a guide for this sort of thing.
From memory, most of these older cards will work with any flavour of Linux (drivers are in the kernel, so doesn’t matter if Ubuntu or PopOS or Arch etc). They get registered as a V4L2 device and show up as a webcam-like device in OBS and other software.
On Linux there’s no auto-detect, so you must find and then enable the driver for the type of capture ch…
Brooktree / Conexant based capture card will work easily with Linux and show up as a video source like a webcam.
So technically I could make use of it, if I used linux, but I guess there is no chance to make it work with Windows 10 at all.
Maybe there’s a driver maybe not. Only way to tell is to try it and see ( and report back results ).
So far I have encountered some old drivers, but none of them seem to work. I have seen some people to be successful with a DScaler modded version, having the BIOS in legacy mode. But I haven’t managed to make it work.
I have managed to make it work in Windows!
You need to activate the DirectX 9
compatibility layer: Control panel > programs > programs > activate or deactivate windows functions > legacy components > Activate Direct play.
Then you need to download a couple of unofficial fixes for DScaler, then install it:
DScaler :: View topic - DScaler release 4.2.3 alpha
Then you need to replace all installation files with another unofficial fix:
DScaler 4.2.3a \ VOGONS
Then you need to make sure to select the right TV tunner, in my case:
And voila, it works. You can capture everything using DScaler.
Main problem, it only works within DScaler, this means, you can´t use the output for OBS or similar. You can capture the windows of DScaler with OBS, but DScaler is the only thingy getting the image.
RMRubert's blog: Repurposing an old Pinnacle TV capture card