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Timeshifting is that sought after ‘Tivo’ application, the ability to simultaneously watch and record live TV, so that you can pause the program you are watching, and resume it from the recorded version seamlessly. The second Window, provides picture adjustment options and a control for the quality of the timeshifting mode. Overall, I found the program fairly easy to get to grips with, though the timeshifting function was initially a bit confusing.
For example, there is no information provided on the advantages and disadvantages of the various video capture formats the card offers. No mention of which DVD media can or cannot be used, or whether rewritable media can be used. From here you can set several advanced options including the desired bit rate, and frames per second of the recorded feed.
This is the good stuff.
Leadtek WinFast TV2000 XP – TV / radio tuner / video input adapter – PCI Series
That is to say, they bring the video into the computer to be manipulated, or recorded, before being output to a monitor or TV.
Installing the Winfast PVR software was also very straightforward. Beginners Guides Cases and Access. Suffice to say, we were not impressed by the manual with the Leadtek Leadtej Expert, and hope the company makes efforts to improve the documentation with what is otherwise shapping up to be a fine product.
Leadtek WinFast TV XP Expert TV-tuner Review –
The first screen shown here, controls the capture format used to record TV signals onto hard disk or DVD, and audio configuration. This is a very unfortunate omission. Doesn’t sound too difficult you say? Also included in the bundle are an analog audio cable for outputting sound directly from the TVXP to a soundcard, an FM wire antenna, the aforementioned infrared sensor with a decently long cable and a short cable with both S-Video and RCA inputs for bringing non-coaxial TV signals and audio into the TVXP.
Newer devices provide a wealth of standard features, such as letting you capture TV input to hard disk as one compelling example. The separate multi-language quick setup guide is not a whole lot of help either.
For the record, it’s ‘TV XP series model 3. While it does lradtek a hardware and software installation walkthrough, the booklet covers several different Leadtek TV tuner models, so it’s rather difficult to leadtel the correct diagram. The card is also an FM radio tuner, with a separate coaxial input and included wire antenna for just this purpose. The key remote is simple to operate and runs on two included AAA batteries.
LEADTEK Tv Tuner WinFast TV2000XP Deluxe Application
Unless the user is well versed in computer video formats, he or she will have to use trial and error to find out which video format offers the best performance and file size. The small plug on the end is for the Infra-read sensor that goes along with the included remote control.
From here, you can choose which video compression method you wish to use, and change the location where recorded video and snapshots are stored on the computer – given their large size, I’d recommend designating one hard drive to this task exclusively. Very cool, but more on how the card fares in this role later in the review.