ive installed these in tv-station context, together with an external genlock
and (very expensive) jvc machines and scala (plus some ex for the machines
and an external video mixer) its a state of the art tv station then.
however, today we have decend compression or hd bandwidth which amiga
cant handle in old soft/hardware, but pcs from the trash bin of a gamer can
(ie a garbage pc with a riva tnt2 vivo) but its questionable that it ever
reaches same stability. and forget genlock or extern video sync then...
both solutions have advantages and disadvantages (combine pc trash with amiga goods!).
if you go amiga you get easy access to tv broadcast standard signals, but
cant cope with current abilities. depending on what you intend to do with
it you will be happy. but dont even think of realtime divx encoding or efficient
dvr. and you need lots of space and good disk(s).
in this time "video capable" harddisks were sold, which basically meant, the
disk does not take a rest to read its calibration track to adapt to temperature
drift, or people used raid alike striping across multiple disks to set the os
free from disk read/write delay, so you cant use all disks labeled scsi.
if you get hangs in the flow as you know it from "100ghz" windows machines
and it doesnt look as smooth as c64 soft scroll, then its likely a wrong disk
for this purpose... most recent disks (with good buffering) might not create
problems. just that you know, its not the amiga's disability if you notice such
behaviour, its a disk not usable for this purpose then...
i have a toccata myself, if you got a good one (one which does not forward
the volume slider steps to the sound) its reasonable (like todays cheap
onboard sound cards). however, mine (500 german marks) has enormous
dc, and whatever i switch makes plop (sucks).
a garbage pc with a 15euro sp/dif capable card has better sound as of my
experience, preferable with an old dat or minidisc recorder as adda codec.
(my old dat has 2hz-22khz +-0.25db and youll never use a soundcard any
more once you tried it.) its a matter of possible voltage ranges in pc/amiga.
no builtin card will ever reach the sound of a cheap external codec.
but i worked ages with my toccata, defeating its dc problems wherever
possible, together with samplitude and bars+pipes (last is free now) its still a
if you dont want to invest and have no pc trash at hand, its the best you
can get. if you dont use it, i'll happily forward you my physical address ;-)