I'm working on a project that ultimately needs to incorporate an analog video camera input, digitizing it and spitting it out a USB port as an MPEG stream. My general aim is for roughly a VGA resolution, so it's not super demanding in those terms.
While I've been digging quite a lot, I'm having a tough time finding ICs or example circuits that aren't either overkill or more focused on frame grabs rather than real-time streams.
Overkill examples are the enormous line of TI products that are aimed at home A/V receivers with multiple HDMI IO, for example.
I want this to essentially be a stand-alone module, but the larger project has a microcontroller and other elements that make me lean away from any SOC or FPGA or Linux-on-OMAP etc solutions, in favor of what I hope and would think could be a simpler circuit.
Can anyone here point me in the right direction? Or give me an appropriate kick-in-the-head, if I'm running off half-cocked in my thinking so far?
BTW - there is one cool, albeit dated design that I found here Homebrew digitizer: http://www.techmind.org/vd/vidmk2.html