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Turtle Beach Video Advantage PCI

Price: $149.00 US


As the previous era of magnetically recorded tapes fades into history, the new digital era of faster and sharper video has almost completed its takeover. This takeover, however, leaves at least one very serious problem. How do we get all of these volumes of video tapes into the 21st century? Well, depending on the type of video equipment you had, you may have to search high and low to find the proper video capture hardware and then you’ll definitely have to think about the software you’ll need after that. Video capturing and editing itself, has become a huge industry and you can now find everything from simple USB video capture hardware, all the way to full blown, professional quality equipment for your computer. Turtle Beach has introduced the Video Advantage PCI to the market, to help you make your decision easier. The Video Advantage PCI is a fully equipped video capture hardware suite that includes almost every known video input format, as well as the software you’ll need to get the job done right.

Turtle beach was founded in 1985 and produced sound equipment for early personal computers. Having gained a footing in the marketplace with the development and release of the MultiSound sound card, Turtle Beach’s success has continued to blossom. In 1996 Turtle Beach was acquired by Voyetra Technologies and continues to produce some of the worlds best audio and video equipment for the PC.


Closer Look:

The packaging the Video Advantage PCI comes in is quite colourful and filled with images and information about the product. Along with a complete listing of the package contents, you can also see a glimpse of the software that is included.




Inside the box almost everything is covered with bubble wrap for protection during shipping. There was no damage that I could see to any of the articles inside the box. Along with the supplied hardware is the software and driver CD’s, as well as the instructions.


With the hardware, you can see there are a lot of cables that are supplied. Some are used for interconnecting the hardware inside your PC, while others are supplied to connect your video equipment to the Video Advantage PCI. These are supplied as a convenience, so you don’t have to go out and purchase them, which is a very nice touch.


Here is a shot of the front 5.25” drive bay connector panel and the connection points on the Video Advantage PCI card.


After checking the inventory of supplied cables and components, it’s now time to install the software.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Installation: Software Part 1
  3. Installation: Hardware
  4. Installation: Hardware Continued
  5. Installation: Software Part 2
  6. Configuration
  7. Configuration Continued
  8. Testing
  9. Testing Continued
  10. Conclusion
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